Heroin is an extremely powerful and addictive opiate, and users often need help to get off the drug.
While there are a variety of treatment options available for heroin addicts seeking help, it is important to understand the differences between them so you can choose the one that will work best for you.
Medical professionals recommend that heroin addicts undergo medical detoxification and attend in-patient rehab centers. What does this mean, and why is it recommended?
Undergoing a medical detox is sometimes necessary for your health and well-being, especially if you are a heavy or long-term drug user. The process of ridding your body of drugs can be long and painful, and a medical detox can sometimes be your best chance at actually quitting. Risk of relapse is high if you attempt to make it through withdrawal alone.
Heroin, in particular, can have severe withdrawal symptoms, which change as withdrawal proceeds. Short-term symptoms can include:
- Runny nose
- Uncontrollable yawning
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle aches/spasms
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
These symptoms often subside after the first 24 hours or so and are replaced with more intense and longer-lasting ones, including:
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Abdominal cramping
Medical detox includes pharmacological aids, drugs that will help you ‘taper’ off heroin rather than quitting cold turkey. Available drugs include Methadone, Naloxone, and Naltrexone. These can help make you more comfortable and able to better withstand the symptoms of withdrawal.
Detox from heroin can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on factors such as the length and amount of heroin abuse, you age, health, and weight. Once detox is completed, the next step in treatment is in-patient care at a residential rehab facility.
What is In-Patient Rehab?
Residential in-patient care is recommended for heroin addicts following medical detox. This is because of the incredibly addictive quality of heroin; risk of relapse is very high following detox, and further treatment is needed to ensure you are ready to sustain sobriety.
In-patient care allows you to remain in a monitored environment while working on the early stages of your recovery. Everything you need to pursue sobriety is readily available, 24 hours a day. At Recovery Village Palmer Lake, we provide Colorado residents with the following in residential rehab:
- Nursing staff available 24/7
- A community of recovering addicts
- Individual and group therapy, including family therapy
- Setting and constant reviewing of treatment goals
- Recreational therapy (yoga, meditation, horseback riding, etc.)
- Psychiatric evaluations one or more times a week
- Management of recovery medications
- Aftercare and discharge planning
These benefits and many more are crucial to developing and maintaining long-term recovery that will sustain itself out in the real world. Residential care provides tools and strategies you can use to avoid relapse and build a rich, meaningful life of sobriety.
We Are Ready To Help
If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for heroin addiction in Colorado, Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is here to help you. We offer medical detox, in-patient care, and other treatment options to help you achieve and maintain sobriety. Our plans are designed to meet your individual needs, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to recovery that addresses your mind, body, and spirit in a holistic way. Visit our website to learn about admissions and start your journey toward wellness today.