Heroin is a powerful semi-synthetic opiate derived from the Asian poppy plant. Heroin is used recreationally to provide users with an intense rush that is more powerful than most opioid analgesics as it quickly crosses the blood-brain barrier. Many individuals use this “downer” with other downers like alcohol or benzodiazepines to provide a more intense high. Unfortunately, polydrug abuse can lead to risky health consequences such as respiratory depression and death. Others combine heroin with uppers like cocaine and methamphetamines in order to combat some of the unpleasant side effects of stimulant abuse. This combination of uppers and downers can lead to cardiovascular complications and ultimately death.
Heroin, known as “chiva,” “smack,” “dope,” or “junk,” can be abused in a number of manners. Many individuals smoke heroin, snort it, or inject it. Unfortunately, because heroin is a street drug, it is impossible to determine the level of purity of the drug. Many smack dealers cut their heroin with other substances such as baby powder or talcum to maximize profits. Often used on the streets, a “speedball” is a mixture of cocaine and heroin that can lead quickly to death. IV drug abuse can lead to sharing needles and increases the risk that an individual will develop a blood borne pathogen such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.
Chronic heroin users may note that tolerance to the drug is quickly established and they must use greater quantities of smack to get high. Once an individual develops physical tolerance to heroin, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms can appear, leading to a relapse back into heroin abuse. Psychological withdrawal symptoms can cause a user to believe erroneously that he or she is unable to properly function without the drug, which can lead to intense cravings and drug-seeking behavior if the drug is unavailable.
Proper rehab and treatment are necessary for individuals who are addicted to heroin to be able to address the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. At Delta Med Center, we understand addiction and we’re ready to help you dump the smack and get your life back on track.
Why You Should Consider Inpatient Treatment for Heroin Addiction at Delta
Heroin addiction and abuse can lead to devastating personal consequences in nearly every aspect of a user’s life. Addiction leaves virtually no part of an addict unaffected. You may notice that you’ve lost the core group of individuals you once called friends. You may see that your family is out of their minds with worry about your drug use. You may have been fired from your job or kicked out of school for declining performance. You may learn that you are facing many major medical problems as a result of your addiction. You may feel alone, hopeless, and desperate. We are here to help.
At Delta, we offer state-of-the-art behavioral health treatments, including detox. This combination has proved beneficial for many men and women just like you who are struggling with substance addiction along with any medical problems. Our fully trained staff is well-equipped to help each person who comes to us struggling to beat addiction by administering comforting around-the-clock care. At Delta, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place to finally kick your heroin habit for good.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Delta, we strive to be a beacon of light in our community, offering the most effective and up-to-date treatments available in the comfort of our dual behavioral health center and medical hospital. We work hard to instill hope in those who may feel as though things are hopeless as we refocus their behaviors and teach proper coping skills. We pride ourselves on providing a full spectrum of mental health care for those who need it when they need it most. At Delta, you’re more than a collection of symptoms or a disorder to be treated, you’re a whole person who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect as you begin the recovery process.
Treatment Approaches We Use to Manage Heroin Addiction at Delta
When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychiatric examination to help us to determine how dependent upon heroin your body has become. We’ll also identify any co-occurring disorders and medical conditions you may be struggling with. This information will help us to work alongside you to develop a treatment plan that works to address all of your needs.
If you are struggling with a physical dependency to heroin, it is likely that the first step at your rehab center will involve our medically managed detox treatment. As we know that detox can be quite a frightening prospect, we will do our best to explain everything we do before it happens so that there are no surprises. In detox, you’ll safely and effectively be detoxed from heroin and any other substances that you may have in your system. When you are medically stabilized, you will move into the next phase of your rehab.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help control the effects of withdrawal or to manage symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. Many people find that once they develop more effective coping mechanisms, they will be able to taper down the amount of medication they use. Other people who are struggling with co-occurring disorders may need longer-term therapeutic management. The usage of medication will be decided by your treatment team.
Individual therapy will be used for the instances in which group therapy does not appropriately address your needs. You’ll work on problem-solving strategies for the challenges you are facing in your life in a more intimate environment.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that helps individuals with addiction problems effectively challenge their negative patterns of thinking and replace them with more positive ways of viewing the world. This can help those who feel helpless to see things as they really are.
Group therapy is the primary therapeutic approach at Delta as we’ve discovered that the best way of helping individuals recover from heroin addiction is to allow them to work together to work through difficult emotions and struggles. We offer both process-based and psycho-educational groups to help you process emotions surrounding your addiction and learn more about relapse prevention, coping skills, and triggers for using.
We understand that no person is an island. We aim to provide you and your loved ones the opportunity to work together to discover ways in which addiction has impacted each member of your family. We’ll hold family sessions to educate your loved ones about your illness, recovery, and how best to support you during your healing process. We’ll also provide connections to community resources such as A.A and N.A.
In addition to traditional therapeutic treatments, we also offer a number of experiential treatments to best allow us to help heal the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. These may include:
- Nutritional counseling and wellness
- Recreational activities
- Therapeutic activities
- Spiritual counseling
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As your discharge nears, you’ll work together with your treatment team to determine the next steps in your recovery process. We understand that discharge from our inpatient rehab can be a scary time for you, which is why we’re proud to offer a number of options for your continued care.
If you feel as though you’re not ready to leave the structure of an inpatient setting, we can help find you a residential care option to continue your healing. We also offer two step-down options for you. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) have proved to be a beneficial step-down from our inpatient treatment center. If you feel you’re ready to discharge into a stable home environment, we can provide you with appropriate referrals to outpatient therapy services and community resources.