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If you or your loved one struggles with heroin addiction, you are by no means alone. This drug killed 14,996 Americans in 2018, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and renders hundreds more addicted every day. In addition to creating a massive mortality crisis, heroin addiction has caused many vibrant, promising and loving people into lives of indignity, pain, sickness and desperation—this does not have to be you. iRecovery offers a comprehensive, telemedicine-based treatment program for heroin addiction to help you or your loved one take your life back from this insidious and deadly disease. Contact our representatives today at 855-770-0581 to start your journey toward recovery and a better quality of life.

Unlike certain other types of illicit drugs, the signs and indicators of heroin addiction will present themselves fairly quickly because of the fiercely addictive nature of the disease. Very often, users become dependent after just one or two cycles of use. Some of the primary indicators of heroin addiction include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe Physical and Psychological Withdrawal
  • Intense Cravings and Urges
  • Sudden Behavioral, Social and Lifestyle Changes
  • Neglecting Responsibilities at Work or at Home
  • Legal Issues and Other High-Risk Behavior
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Marks on the Skin
  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Lack of Coherency
If you have a loved one that is exhibiting these or any other odd symptoms that may indicate a drug problem, it is imperative that you intervene before it is too late. Overdose from heroin is incredibly common and requires immediate deployment of naloxone, a drug that works by rapidly binding to opioid receptors and blocking the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.
Heroin quickly binds to opioid receptors in the brain, creating an intense sense of euphoria when these receptors get an adequate supply of the drug. In a very short period of time, the brain requires higher doses at more frequent intervals. Eventually, these changes cause the brain to trick the body when users stop using, creating an intense, sickening, and painful withdrawal experience. Some of the most common heroin withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia and Bad Dreams
  • Hot and Cold Flashes
  • Extreme Perspiration
  • Severe Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Watery Discharge from Eyes and Nose
  • Diarrhea
The heroin withdrawal timeline is different for every patient; however, heroin and other short-acting opioids typically have a duration of around 4 to 10 days, and occur around 8 to 24 hours after the last cycle of use.
The reality of heroin addiction is that it affects every area of a person’s life, from their physical health to their emotional wellness to their economic stability and much more. It is important to have a treatment model that addresses all aspects of this disease to provide a holistic and comprehensive framework for sustained recovery. This means making sure patients‘ needs are addressed on the medical, behavioral and lifestyle levels. Fundamental components of effective heroin treatment include:

  • Medical Detoxification and Withdrawal Management from Experienced Medical Personnel
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Rehabilitation (Group Therapy, One-on-One Counseling, Supplemental Therapies and Aftercare)
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (Use of Buprenorphine or Other Approved Drugs to Curtail Cravings and Withdrawal Symptoms)
  • Aftercare and Ongoing Monitoring (Continued Follow-Up to Assess Patients’ Long-Term Progress and Vulnerability Level)
  • Family Involvement (Helping to Cultivate a Family-Based Support System to Ease Transition into Recovery and Provide Accountability in the Initial stages of the Process)

The behavioral rehabilitation process should address the actual psychological impact of heroin addiction, as well as any underlying mood disorders that led to or exacerbated the condition. As vital as treatment is to counteract the devastating effects of heroin addiction, only a fraction of those who actually need help end up receiving it.

When a person enters heroin treatment, they are generally sick, vulnerable and find it difficult to embrace the experience of new surroundings or a new set of circumstances. iRecovery brings most of the heroin addiction treatment experience to the comfort of your own home or space through a variety of remote care interventions, like therapy sessions, medication-adherence visits, medical assessments and more. Appointments, group therapy and counseling sessions can generally be done anywhere you or your loved one have a wireless connection and smartphone or computer.

Contact our admissions staff today at 855-770-0581 to start your treatment now. It is important to realize that heroin addiction is a time-sensitive issue. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can start living your life again.

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