Did you know our own founder Dr. Howard Samuels entered heroin addiction rehab? Heroin addiction rehab was an integral part of his recovery. Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal and illicit drug that is bought and sold on the black market. Jargon for heroin includes “smack,” “junk,” “H,” “horse” and “skag.” It is a drug derived from the painkiller morphine, which is derived from an Asian poppy plant. We offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for people battling with heroin substance abuse. It’s not easy, but we can help. We have spent decades overcoming heroin addiction. Learn more about our heroin treatment center.
Heroin Abuse Patterns
Recent trends in heroin use reflect a shift from intravenous use to snorting or smoking the drug. When users are not shooting the drug directly into their bloodstream, they perpetuate the myth that snorting or smoking heroin reduces its potential for addiction. Jason Gluckman, addiction expert author on ezinarticles.com, defines drug abuse/addiction as the compulsive and habitual misuse of any drug for a number of purposes, such as:
- Achieving calming or euphoric effects
- Escape reality i.e. “checking out”
- As a route toward eliminating anxiety
- Dulling symptoms of depression
- To increase social proclivity in order to feel comfortable in social situations and seeking the drugs to the extent that the cost becomes unreasonable in comparison to the gain.
Thankfully, heroin rehab centers have been created as entities intended to restore hope, health and recovery to clients suffering from addiction. Holistic rehab centers boast a multifaceted approach to treatment – addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical effects addiction wreaks on the addict.
Heroin Addiction Rehab Treatment – Initial Assessment
Heroin addiction rehab centers begin with a basic evaluation of each patient to gain basic knowledge about their history of abuse as well as their personal lives. Once the initial health assessment is completed, rehabilitation staff members design a treatment plan in conjunction with client input. Both parties work together to draw up a treatment plan that incorporates daily individual and group therapy sessions, and sober activities that are chaperoned by a resident assistant. All aspects of the upcoming treatment plan are outlined clearly so that all parties are on the same page while the patient undergoes heroin withdrawal.
Part of the initial health assessment at a rehabilitation center involves a physical examination, blood and urine tests, and a visual screening of the patient. Medical professionals have experience working with heroin addicts and have a keen eye for assigning a severity level to the patient. Variables taken into consideration include age, number of years using, amount used per week, family history, and any underlying mental disorders.