Heroin is a is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine that is often used illicitly. This very dangerous narcotic produces an extreme euphoria for users and eventually a tolerance builds up to where more of it is consumed each time producing life-threating results. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010”. Heroin addiction is a serious disease that requires professional help for treatment and recovery. Admitting you a have problem is the first step on the path to recovery and at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we want to show you how you can overcome a heroin addiction.
Once you have finally decided to get the help you need, medically monitored detox is the next step. Completely flushing your body from the toxins allows the detox period to begin. While detoxing from heroin can be uncomfortable and painful, this is a crucial step in the recovery process that should be handled with professional care. For someone with a strong dependency on heroin, the withdrawal symptoms can be more severe and last longer. Some common withdrawal symptoms include a fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and an extreme urge to use again. A drug and alcohol treatment center provides a safe and relaxing environment for detox to take place.
Once the detox phase is completed, an intensive residential or partial hospitalization program is required. Anyone suffering from an addiction should receive customized treatment to meet their individual needs, and medication combined with a treatment program may be necessary for someone with a heroin addiction. During this time, the addicted individual will be able to completely heal and enter recovery with the tools needed to prevent future relapses from occurring.