Heroin. Alluring and dangerous. This white (or sometimes brown) powder, usually melted by heat and injected intravenously, is used by more than 17 million people worldwide.
The narcotic heroin is made from morphine, which is derived from the flowering opium poppy plant. In America, nearly 80 percent of heroin addicts start out by taking prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin. Given the current opioid epidemic plaguing the U.S., it’s no wonder more and more people are wisely seeking out heroin addiction treatment centers.
Dangers of Heroin Use and Why Recovery Is Challenging
Heroin is highly addictive. When injected into a vein, it hits the opioid receptors in the brain quickly and has 2 to 3 times the effect of a similar dose of morphine. Because of these factors and the euphoric feelings of pleasure the drug emits, heroin addiction is tough to break.
Prolonged heroin use can cause:
- Abscesses (pus-filled boils on the skin)
- Stomach problems
- Liver and kidney disease
- Mental disorders
- Sexual problems
- Risk of HIV, hepatitis and other bloodborne diseases
- Permanent brain damage
- Decreased ability to breathe
While there are many additional health risks of using heroin and other opioids, the most disturbing one is overdose and death. Due to impaired judgment and the severe withdrawal distress that occurs within hours of last use, accidental overdose happens all too frequently. Furthermore, if the user does not receive emergency help immediately, death is often the result.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of Americans dying from illicit opioid overdose is approaching 25,000 annually. And while there is a significant reason for heroin users to seek treatment, the individual must really want help and be self-motivated for any treatment to work.
Heroin Addiction Treatment Success Rates
Heroin addiction is tough. You have to be tougher. You have to want to get clean.
People will not perform behaviors unless or until they are motivated to do so. Studies reveal the more people are motivated to change, the more successful they will be with the desired change. The patient’s level of motivation, an important factor in success rates in addiction treatment, contributes significantly to the effectiveness of interventions, therapy and rehab.
People in recovery who have some motivating reasons to get well have a lower attrition rate than those people who are not self-motivated.
If you truly want to be successful and are ready to become sober for good, Maryland Recovery’s heroin treatment programs can be your best chance at achieving a lasting recovery from heroin addiction.
The Recovery Homes at Maryland Recovery
Recovery homes subscribe to a social model approach to rehab. Individuals in our outpatient programs learn life skills during treatment and live in a recovery home, thereby receiving an immersive rehabilitation experience.
There are many benefits of staying in a recovery home while undergoing drug rehab. Here are a few of the advantages:
- Recovery homes are less expensive than inpatient programs.
- Clients can go to work and attend school while in rehab.
- Most people are more comfortable in a home-like environment than a hospital.
- Clients can still receive intensive treatment for addiction with more freedom than inpatient care.
- Residents have numerous opportunities to engage socially with others going through similar sobriety work.
- Support groups and meetings are easily accessible.
- Accountability checks keep residents on track with a curfew, housework contribution to community living, and the commitment to staying drug-free.
Clients involved in Maryland Recovery housing participate in our intensive outpatient program and partial hospitalization programs housed in our outpatient facility in downtown Bel Air, MD.
Intensive Outpatient Heroin Program
For individuals wanting to successfully quit heroin for good, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) can be the best answer. Oftentimes, insurance doesn’t cover long hospital and inpatient stays, leaving the patient unready to face the challenges of acclimating to a new drug-free life. People struggling with heroin addiction can instead choose a long-term IOP.
The treatment options in an IOP include:
- Group and individual therapy
- Family education and therapy
- Relapse prevention and life skill building
- Tools for dealing with cravings and triggers
- 12-step meetings
A heroin addiction rehab center shouldn’t offer treatment for a pre-set number of days, but often that is the case. Thirty, 60 or 90 days might work for some people, but we are all unique individuals, and when it comes to addiction recovery, you want a drug abuse treatment center that caters to your specific needs.
At Maryland Recovery, we have no set time that you must be healthy by. The decision on when it complete rehab is in your hands.
Recovery Housing Coupled with an Intensive Outpatient Program
There is a multitude of advantages in participating in a program that offers both a recovery home and effective outpatient rehabilitation. Relapse prevention, better recovery skills and a support system highlight a few such advantages.
Lengthy education, day-to-day structure, and help in implementing a new lifestyle work together to minimize your risk of going back to heroin.
Better Recovery Skills
Imagine a longer time frame to work on honing your new addiction-fighting skills. It’s easy to see how practicing new behaviors for a lengthier period of time aids in mastery.
Research has taught us the value of a support system when it comes to addiction recovery. And when you live with people, you inevitably become close. Gaining this new circle of supportive friends who know firsthand what you’re up against offers you the chance of a lifelong support system and some great future accountability partners and sponsors.
Holistic Rehab Approach
There are reasons we as humans develop addictions. At Maryland Recovery, our goal is to help people understand their personal reasons and to heal mentally, physically and spiritually.
We believe in recovery for the whole person. That’s why we are one of the leading dual diagnosis treatment centers on the East Coast. We understand that mental illness and drug addiction go hand in hand; statistics bear it out. Whether someone uses heroin to mask the pain of mental illness or they develop a mental illness because of heavy heroin use, we are here to help them attain complete wellness.
Maryland Recovery’s Solution to Fighting Heroin
If you are looking for the answer to successfully beat heroin addiction, our outpatient program-recovery home model might be perfect for you. The benefits of recovery housing coupled with a holistic intensive outpatient program can be a tremendous advantage in starting a journey to lasting sobriety.
Admitting you have a problem and need help is the first step. And the first step in learning what we can offer you personally begins with that first contact.
Heroin addiction is tough. Be tougher. Contact Maryland Recovery today.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.