Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Heroin abuse is a growing problem throughout the United States and around the world. Millions of people suffer from the repercussions of heroin abuse which may include addiction, withdrawal, overdose, accident, injury and untimely death.
What can be Treated?
Heroin abuse leads to physical dependence, tolerance and subsequent withdrawal when the user attempts to quit taking the drug. Fortunately, most of these situations can be treated through a combination of both behavioral therapies and medical care. Various medications are offered in treatment to help the individual feel comfortable and in control during his or her recovery. Such medications may include Suboxone, Methadone or Subutex as well as other combinations of buprenorphine or Naloxone.
Treating withdrawal symptoms becomes the first major concern in heroin rehab. Patients must stabilize physically in order to effectively begin receiving therapy for any underlying or existing mental health conditions or trauma that requires counseling during the recovery process. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal are best treated in a medical detox center in which monitoring and medical support can be provided on an immediate, as needed basis.
Where Should I Go For Help?
We can help you find an inpatient treatment program that will provide effective heroin abuse and addiction recovery options that meet your needs. Your first major decision, following the decision to seek inpatient treatment, will be whether you should choose a facility close to home or far away. Choosing treatment close to home ensures ease of access for your friends or family who can help by providing you with support while you’re in recovery. Likewise, if you choose treatment far from your hometown you can distance yourself from the triggers that may cause your drug use and you can focus all of your time on healing.
What Happens After Treatment?
Following your decision to get help for heroin abuse, you can expect to feel much better—but recovery efforts do not end simply because you finish a residential or inpatient treatment program. Following the time spent in treatment, you will work with a counselor to develop a solid aftercare program that will help to prevent relapse and ensure your success as your transition into a sober living situation. Future counseling may be necessary to help you remain in control of your sobriety and to further prevent relapse.