When looking for treatment for heroin addiction, it is important to choose a drug and alcohol treatment center that has a physician on staff and has an approved opioid treatment program that allows them to provide drug-assisted treatment. Many people prefer an inpatient detox environment where you will receive medical, psychological, and emotional support throughout the detox process. Medication-assisted treatment can help reduce the severe effects of withdrawal symptoms. Under medical supervision, your caregivers will also ensure your safety as the medication leaves your body during the first days and weeks of detoxing.
Because of the severity of your heroin addiction, you may experience symptoms such as:
Nausea, insomnia, sneezing and general weakness are also common withdrawal symptoms from heroin as are depression and insomnia (inability to sleep).
heroin addiction treatment
There are several FDA-approved drugs used to treat heroin addiction—each designed to help relieve heroin cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms as a person goes through the process of detoxing. In some cases, medications may also be used long-term and for years to come.
Buprenorphine (commonly known as Subutex) – reduces heroin cravings and does not produce a high, so there is less risk of getting stuck with it; However, it can be habit-forming and can be abused (injected)
Suboxone – a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, the medicine that helps reverse opioid overdose; However, it is not as strong as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone alone
Methadone – It has been used for more than 50 years in treating heroin addiction by making it impossible for a person to experience the high associated with it. Plus it works well for those who don’t respond to other types of medication. However, it is highly addictive and should be carefully monitored in daily doses to prevent overdose
Naltrexone – which also interferes with a person’s ability to experience anything pleasurable about heroin use. It is a non-addictive drug; The longer-acting versions of the drug appear to be more effective in terms of compliance among users
It has also been approved for drug-assisted treatment of heroin addiction for pregnant women. Heroin use during pregnancy leads to neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). It is a condition in which the child is addicted to heroin. Getting medication-assisted treatment during pregnancy may help the baby have milder symptoms and recover after birth. (Substance abuse treatment for pregnant women is available at Future Treatment Center for pregnant women up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Detox and drug-assisted therapy combined with carefully coordinated OB/GYN care with our clinical partner.)
Behavioral therapy for heroin addiction
In addition to physical withdrawal medications, treatment for heroin addiction also includes therapy. It is a critical component of success – and learning new habits and behaviors to help prevent relapse. Heroin in particular has a very high relapse rate. But as with any other addiction disorder, it is important to address any underlying trauma or mental health problems (dual diagnosis: mental health/substance use disorder). and acquiring a new lifestyle that does not include the people and places where heroin abuse occurs.
Another important aspect of heroin addiction treatment is the ability to deal with stressful life events without the need to get high. Evidence-based practices such as mindfulness-based stress reduction have become. For example, it is an integral part of the work we do here at the Future Treatment Center. To help patients live in the present – not just one day at a time, but one moment after another.
We also have specially trained relapse prevention therapists. To help people with heroin addiction learn about their thought patterns and behaviours. Instead of repeating the same negative behavior. A person with a heroin addiction is newly prepared for a relapse prevention plan to disrupt the relapse cycle and increase the likelihood of long-term success.