Heroin is a dangerous and illicit semi-synthetic opioid. It is derived from morphine, which occurs naturally, that has been chemically altered. Heroin affects the pleasure and pain centers of a user’s brain, flooding them with feelings of euphoria. Unfortunately, it is also highly addictive.
The more the drug is used, the more quickly a person’s brain chemistry is altered. The brain stops producing its own chemicals that signal pleasure and becomes dependent upon the drug to supply that feeling. The user is essentially incapable of feeling joy without heroin in their system at the point of dependency. When they lack the drug, their body experiences extreme and oftentimes painful withdrawal symptoms.
Heroin addiction treatment and eventual recovery are possible. Recovery begins the same way for everyone–seeking out professional substance use treatment programs. At Northpoint Nebraska, we have a dedicated admissions team that will welcome you and answer all questions you have about getting treatment. Call today at 402.698.3475.
Heroin Detox at Northpoint Nebraska
Detoxing from heroin is a challenging ordeal that should not be attempted alone. Doing it alone is nearly impossible and also dangerous as your body grapples with itself to overcome the developed need for the drug. Allow Northpoint Nebraska to help you through this process by calling 402.698.3475 for more information.
Quitting heroin cold turkey alone is not recommended because it is dangerous. The symptoms of withdrawal can range from unpleasant to life-threatening. This is why we believe medical detox is essential for those with heroin addiction. Medical detox is a form of detox in which the person detoxing receives 24-hour supervision by medical professionals. This ensures the patient remains comfortable and safe.
At times, medical detox includes the use of prescribed medications. This is known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). At Northpoint Nebraska, we believe MAT leads to a higher likelihood of success in not only detox but rehab as well. Most people addicted to heroin will be advised to go through medical detox as the beginning step in their recovery journey.
Withdrawal symptoms from heroin can be very uncomfortable. Commonly, these symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea and abdominal cramps
- Rapid heart rate
- Sweats alternating with chills
- Muscle spasms
- Respiratory (breathing) issues
- Insomnia (inability to sleep)
- Intense cravings
With the right medical support team, facing withdrawal can be much more manageable.
Heroin Addiction Treatment at Northpoint Nebraska
After attending detox in our treatment center, there are multiple options for receiving treatment.
At Northpoint Nebraska, we offer treatment in outpatient, partial hospitalization, or inpatient settings.
In inpatient treatment, patients participate in our 28-day program within our safe and therapeutic environment. The space is designed to help you feel at home and comfortable throughout treatment.
With intensive outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization, patients will have the flexibility to continue their work, social, and personal lives away from treatment while also breaking down their addiction with the help of great therapists and medical professionals.
At Northpoint Nebraska, offering our patients a completely personalized treatment plan using our evidence-based treatments is a priority. If you or a loved one needs treatment for heroin addiction, do not hesitate to call us at 402.698.3475.
What to Expect from Heroin Addiction Treatment at Northpoint Nebraska
With evidence-based treatments, we will work together with you to identify triggers, develop a healthier lifestyle, and teach you how to avoid relapse. Treatment services will vary based on experiences but will often contain a mixture of the following:
We will work with our clients to help them cope with cravings. Overcoming these cravings, especially early on in recovery, is a key to success.
Hearing from others going through similar experiences can be helpful. It also helps to share your story with others and heal from your past.
We offer educational classes and skill-building workshops to help our clients learn more about why addiction can occur. These classes also cover various topics that can help restart your professional or social life.
Dual Diagnosis Therapy
Millions that face substance use disorder also face an underlying mental health disorder. By offering dual diagnosis treatment, we can treat more than just the addiction. This provides a better chance of avoiding relapse.
Families are complex. Throughout a substance use disorder, families can become splintered. Family therapy offers a chance to heal wounds that were possibly caused by the addiction.
Reach Out to Northpoint Nebraska Today
If you or a loved one are struggling with heroin addiction, do not wait to seek professional heroin addiction treatment. The heroin epidemic has taken far too many lives already. Don’t become a statistic; call us today at 402.698.3475 to learn how we can help.