Heroin addiction is a reality for many who experimented with opiate medications like OxyContin. Treating heroin addiction requires a special approach, which we offer at our drug rehabs in California.
Without fail, the men or women who find their way to our treatment & rehab centers and are addicted to heroin graduated to using the drug from more “harmless” substances like marijuana and (especially recently) OxyContin, Vicodin, or other prescription medications.
Heroin addiction puts the user in a dangerous situation with every use. Not only can heroin be fatal at any given time, the consequences of heroin abuse range far beyond the individual user.
Potential negative consequences of heroin abuse include the following:
- Crime and violence
- Fetal damage
- Disruptions in families, workplaces, and schools
Heroin Addiction Treatment Options
The Landing, The Rose, and Sunrise Recovery Ranch all provide specialized treatment for heroin addiction. Each of these centers are part of the Sober Living by the Sea network, and supply superior care that has helped countless men and women reclaim their lives and repair the damage that heroin has caused.
When you choose one of these three rehabilitation centers as the place to begin life anew without the abuse of heroin, you will benefit from the following treatment methods, which will help you to develop the skills and confidence to sustain long-term recovery.
Heroin Abuse at Epidemic Proportions
Heroin is an illegal drug that is highly addictive. The drug is an opiate that is processed from morphine.
Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed’s pod of certain varieties of poppy plants. Heroin is typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as a black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar heroin.”
Although pure heroin is becoming more common, most street heroin is “cut” with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine.
Heroin abuse has seen an upward trend in the past several years. Heroin’s prevalence is even higher than in the early 1990s (when we saw a wave of heroin addiction at our treatment & rehab centers).
According to a recent National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (which may actually underestimate illicit heroin use) an estimated 2.4 million people had used heroin at some time in their lives. Heroin is very often cited as the primary drug of choice in drug abuse treatment admissions throughout our rehab facilities.
This widespread abuse of heroin, even among school-age youth, can partially be attributed to its glamorization in music and films. Its increased purity and decreasing prices have led to a full-on epidemic of heroin abuse and overdose. We know how important it is to educate our patients about this drug and the destruction it brings.
This cannot be emphasized enough: Heroin addiction puts the user in a potentially life-threatening situation with every use.
Contributing to the danger is the fact that heroin abusers don’t always know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents. Drug dealers, for example, often cut street heroin with strychnine or other poisons, putting abusers at risk of overdose or death.
Fortunately, the availability of professional treatment to manage heroin addiction – and the development of new treatments provide hope for individuals who suffer from addiction and for those around them.
Heroin AbuseTreatment at our Rehab Centers in Newport Beach
At Sober Living by the Sea, we have learned that heroin-addicted individuals have special needs that we address by creating a customized recovery program.
Components of heroin treatment at Sober Living by the Sea:
- Relapse Prevention Education – Users of heroin and opiates are at a very high risk of relapse and so they will benefit from intensive workshops educating them about triggers for relapse and giving them tools to overcome cravings to relapse.
- Fun and Enjoyable Rehab Activities – Our rehab activities show the recovering clients how much fun life can be without drugs.
- Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship – Narcotics Anonymous is a branch of Alcoholics Anonymous that many of our clients prefer because it is more relevant to their drug of choice (heroin of opiate drugs).
- Suboxone Supported Detox and Early Recovery – Our treatment centers uses every possible tool we can to enhance recovery and increase the likelihood of long-term success.
To learn more about the world-class programming at The Landing, The Rose, or Sunrise Recovery Ranch, please reach out to the rehab center of your choosing at your convenience. Members of their treatment & rehabilitation teams are happy to speak with you or your loved one to determine if a Sober Living by the Sea provider is the perfect place to recover from an addiction to heroin.
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