Heroin is an illegal substance that is very addictive. Heroin is a thoroughly processed synthetic substance that derives from morphine, which is extracted from various strains of the poppy seed plant. Those who abuse Heroin either inject it intravenously, ingest it through the nasal passage, or smoke it.
Once consumed heroin affects the neurotransmitters, this is part of the brain that communicates with nerve cells and receptors throughout the body. These receptors are responsible for the feelings of pain, pleasure, cardiovascular functions, sleeping and breathing. Long term heroin use can cause blood vessels to clog, potentially causing permanent damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys and the brain. If an individual uses heroin intravenously, this puts them at a higher risk for certain infectious diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis. These infectious diseases can be contracted through sharing their needles with other users who are already infected.
What is Detox from Heroin?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2016) detoxing from heroin, also referred to as heroin withdrawal, lasts about one week. Depending on the person, duration of use, and the amount used the detox period can vary. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include nausea, runny nose, muscle aches, insomnia, irritability, abdominal pain, depression, anxiety, sweating, shaking, and drug cravings. If not supervised by a trained physician in a detox facility, individuals will often relapse due to these symptoms.
Since heroin has such intense and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, it is highly recommended that an individual seeks supervised medical detox. Although heroin withdrawal is not considered to be life threatening, many of the medical and psychological symptoms can have a severe impact on the body. Once admitted, the Physician or detox facility will provide medications to help ease the physical symptoms of the withdrawal period. Many detox facilities will also offer group therapy to help with the mental cravings during this process.
What is Heroin Treatment?
At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we provide our clients a safe, comfortable, and compassionate therapeutic environment. There are many therapeutic approached that be taken to treat those who suffer from heroin addiction. We want to make sure that each client is getting the help they require, this is why we treat each client individually. Our licensed, Master’s level clinicians guide our client through our clinical program and assist them in creating tools for success.
Our clinical team acknowledges that those who suffer from heroin addiction may have underlying core issues, or experiences that led them into their addiction. The clinical team works closely with our client to address these core issues through group therapy, and individual therapy. Many times a person who suffers from heroin addiction tend to also suffer from chronic relapses. Some ways our clinical team works towards a long term recovery is helping clients to reduce cravings and racing thoughts.
The Bright Futures medical team offers clients anti-craving medications such as Vivitrol and Naltrexone. Both medications work to block the effects of using opiates. Vivitrol is a prescription medication that is administered by our medical staff in the form of an injection. This shot is given once per month to help prevent the client from relapsing. Vivitrol also assist clients suffering from alcohol cravings. Another option is Naltrexone, which is a prescription medication which is taken orally.
Here at Bright Futures Treatment Center, we also offer Biofeedback by using the Biosound Healing Therapy approach. This approach is a rapidly advancing healing method. Biosound Healing Therapy is performed by using a Biolounge, this combines Biofeedback, sound frequency, and guided imagery. The combination of vibrations, music, and binaural beats gets clients into a deep meditative state. This approach has shown improvements with depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and racing thoughts.