Treating Heroin Addiction
Heroin is an opioid which binds to brain receptors to release a rush of hormones associated with feelings of pleasure. This is what causes the euphoric high that can be immediately and powerfully addictive. As a result, heroin addiction is both a psychological addiction, in which the user feels an emotional dependency on the drug, and a chemical addiction, in which the brain has been rewired to depend upon the presence of the drug to function normally.
As a result, withdrawal from heroin can result in extremely uncomfortable symptoms. These may range from milder symptoms, such as shaking, sweating, and abdominal pain, to more severe symptoms, such as depression, difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, and cold sweats. It can be extremely difficult for addicts in withdrawal to resist heroin, knowing that just one use could alleviate these painful symptoms. This is why it is important to seek support before attempting to quit.
The first step of treating heroin addiction is detox, or treating the initial symptoms of withdrawal. Although heroin withdrawal is painful, symptoms begin to fade after the first two or three days, and many disappear after a week. Withdrawal from heroin alone is not typically considered life-threatening, but if residents show dangerous signs of withdrawal, the staff at The Owl’s Nest will ensure that proper medical attention is received. Again, it is extremely difficult to resist heroin cravings in the midst of withdrawal symptoms. The Owl’s Nest can provide the support you need to overcome that temptation and move forward with your recovery.
Although acute withdrawal symptoms typically last no more than a week, treatment for heroin addiction takes longer. The Owl’s Nest teaches residents the 12-step program as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. This time tested and proven method of treatment helps users get to the root causes of their drug use and abuse. By learning how to respond to triggers in a healthy way, users are less likely to relapse upon completing the program.
The intensive program at The Owl’s Nest lasts 28 days. In it, there are no outside distractions so that residents can focus on learning recovery techniques thoroughly and quickly. Small group discussions, all-day workshops, and plenty of one on one time with a sponsor will equip residents with the necessary tools to pursue lives of sobriety.
Some heroin addicts, particularly those with a long history of drug use, may suffer Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. These long term symptoms provide another challenge for heroin users seeking freedom from addiction. When a resident needs additional support, they can enroll in an extended program with The Owl’s Nest for up to 4 months. In this program, residents continue focusing on their recovery while also preparing to re-enter society by securing employment and taking on some financial responsibility. The additional time spent applying and practicing the 12 step program can help recovering heroin addicts resist the urge to relapse. Graduates of The Owl’s Nest recovery program also benefit from a supportive alumni network, made up of thousands of individuals around the country who are living lives free of addiction.
The Owl’s Nest accepts heroin users who are high or still have drugs in their system when they check in. If you are using heroin, do not wait until you have attempted withdrawal alone to seek help. If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, please contact The Owl’s Nest today.