According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 23% of people who use heroin become dependent on the substance. Because it is a highly addictive drug, heroin can damage your body in numerous ways, including damage to the brain, veins, arteries and heart—which can lead to abscess, infections or death. Furthermore, heroin use can lead to kidney failure, liver disease, lung complications, veins collapsing and blockage of arteries.
Heroin is the most common of the opioids and is a major factor of the opioid overdose epidemic that’s currently unfolding in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin-related deaths have more than tripled between 2010 and 2015, with 12,989 heroin deaths in 2015.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with heroin addiction is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to heroin addiction and our treatment programs.
Heroin addiction occurs when a person is dependent on the drug and experiences major withdrawals when they stop taking the drug. Because heroin users develop tolerance at a fast rate, heroin is not only highly addictive, but requires the user to increase their dosage in order to get the same high as they did previously.
Once injected, snorted or swallowed, heroin travels to the brain and affects the limbic reward system by increasing the amount of dopamine. Heroin also damages healthy brain cells. When a person becomes addicted to heroin, their brain is “hijacked” and the person is looking for any way to get another high.
Because the drug has a powerful impact, heroin withdrawal and detoxing is difficult, but possible through heroin treatment. The sooner an addict can get treatment under the proper guidance, the better.
How to Tell if Someone is Addicted to Heroin
Those suffering from heroin addiction will show both physical signs and lifestyle changes.
Symptoms of heroin addiction include:
In addition to these symptoms, people addicted to heroin will exhibit lifestyle changes, including:
The severity will depend on the person and how much tolerance and dependence they’ve developed with heroin.
Withdrawing from heroin takes a toll both physically and emotionally, so much so that it’s important to detox under the proper guidance. Heroin treatment involves a long-term plan that includes medication in order to prevent symptoms of withdrawal, therapy, support groups and inpatient/residential care to prevent relapse.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer addiction recovery services and specifically treat those suffering from heroin addiction. Our services include Residential Treatment, PHP Day program, Intensive Outpatient program and general outpatient program. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you on a path towards recovery.
In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.