Heroin addiction treatment is needed now than ever before. Too many people are dying as the opioid crisis continues. While heroin produces a high that quickly creates a sense of calm and euphoria, it is more scary than ever. In fact, most of the heroin supplies are comprised of other dangerous substances. Moreover, the introduction of Fentanyl is increasing overdose fatalities. As a result, Safe Haven's licensed therapists are highly active in continuing addiction education. Also, many of them are in recovery themselves.
Heroin is known by many names including dope, smack, horse and junk. Its appearance can be as a white or brown powder or a sticky substance called black tar. Heroin is an opiate that is naturally derived the opium poppy plant, and it creates feelings of euphoria that most people get addicted to. However, the consequences of use and abuse are too dire to ignore.
Once heroin enters the bloodstream it begins binding to opioid receptors. Typically, heroin is snorted, smoked or it or injected intravenously (into a vein).
Heroin is such a strong drug that people who use it feel “high” within seconds. Because of the rise in supply and ease in obtaining it, individuals from all walks of life use heroin. As you can imagine, prescription pain medications like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin have become the gateway drugs to heroin. This leaves anyone taking these types of medications vulnerable to heroin and heroin addiction.
In the last few years, the opioid crisis has cut through the United States like a tornado, with over a hundred drug overdoses a day (two-thirds of those are opioid/heroin related). While there has been a crack-down on prescription opiates, people who have been addicted to prescription painkillers have turned to heroin for ease of procurement and relative low cost.
Heroin addiction continues to be a growing problem in the United States. While heroin is not new by anyone’s standards, the rate at which Americans continue to die from overdose remains alarming. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 70,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017. Of those deaths, two-thirds were from the use of synthetic opioids, like heroin.
This dramatic increase is partially due to a tightening of access to prescription painkillers (e.g. Oxycontin, Hydrocodone). Essentially, this has made heroin more attractive from a supply standpoint. Also, heroin is cheap, easily available and easy to use, especially now that it comes in forms that can be smoked or inhaled.
The numbers are so alarming that federal and state government officials are scrambling to allocate funds and manpower to address the crisis, particularly in the areas of law enforcement, overdose reversal treatments and medication assisted treatment (MAT). Along with that, the need for quality heroin addiction treatment centers is greater than ever before.
Our Florida heroin addiction treatment program addresses each individual client's needs. For this reason, all clients receive a medical and psychological assessment. To begin, the use of medications may be introduced to relieve cravings and withdrawal (i.e. medication assisted treatment). Afterwards, other modalities are integrated as the physical effects of withdrawal become more manageable. However, detox by itself is not considered treatment; It is only the first step on the road toward recovery.
Medical doctors will assess the need for medication going forward. Also, our doctors may continue medications to support long-term sobriety with opioid agonists (medication that blocks the effect of using an opioid such as heroin). These medications include buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), buprenorphine (Subutex), naltrexone, and naltrexone ER (Vivitrol). Safe Haven utilizes a medical approach in tandem with psychotherapy treatment for all clients. In fact, Safe Haven specializes in Suboxone Maintenance and other medication assisted treatments.
At Safe Haven Recovery, clients have a safe environment to get clean and stay stober. During this time, they can begin to work on themselves without feeling sick or craving heroin. Specifically, clients in our heroin addiction treatment program will participate in the following therapies:
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is not the one-size-fits-all remedy for heroin addiction. However, medication assisted treatment is the American Medical Association's recommendation when it comes heroin addiction. Specifically, suboxone is a long-term treatment medicine. At the same time, therapy is utilized in tandem to support long-term sobriety. In fact, recent studies have shown that used properly in a treatment setting, suboxone has shown to reduce relapse rates by more than half. As a result, all eligible clients must participate in a full treatment program that includes individual and group therapy with our licensed therapists.