Heroin is a powerful and highly addictive opioid drug. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for individuals suffering from heroin addiction. Treatment options vary depending on the individual’s needs, but almost all require professional help. This blog post will discuss the different types of treatment modalities that can be used to help individuals struggling with heroin addiction.
Seeking help for heroin addiction can be a difficult but necessary step in the recovery process. Entering rehab can be overwhelming and scary for those who have never experienced it before. It is important to understand what will take place during the treatment process so that you can prepare yourself and have realistic expectations.
Rehab programs are designed to provide comprehensive care that focuses on physical and mental health. This includes various treatment modalities, including individual therapy, group therapy, and medication management.
Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may also receive medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone or methadone. These therapies help you address underlying issues related to your heroin use and learn coping strategies to prevent relapse once treatment is completed.
Inpatient rehabilitation programs are designed to provide intensive support and medical care to help an individual overcome their addiction. These programs typically last 30-90 days and involve 24-hour monitoring and supervision.
During the program, the individual will engage in therapy sessions, group activities, and other therapeutic exercises that aim to address the underlying causes of their addiction. They will also receive medication-assisted treatments (MAT) such as buprenorphine or naltrexone to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin use.
Outpatient rehabilitation programs offer less intensive support than inpatient programs. Still, they may be more suitable for those who need more flexibility or who have other obligations that prevent them from attending an inpatient program.
Outpatient programs typically involve regular visits to a treatment center where individuals can receive one-on-one counseling sessions, attend group meetings, and receive MAT treatments such as naltrexone or buprenorphine injections or implants that help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin use. The duration of these programs varies depending on the individual’s needs but generally lasts between 6-12 weeks.
The length of stay in rehab depends on the individual and their level of addiction. Generally speaking, most people spend anywhere from 30-90 days in rehab, depending on their progress in treatment. During this time, you will work with a team of healthcare professionals who will monitor your progress and assess if more or less time is needed to ensure a successful recovery.
During your stay in rehab, it is important to set goals for yourself to build positive habits that will help you manage cravings and triggers associated with heroin abuse when you return home. This could include anything from attending regular meetings, such as Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery, exercising regularly, or spending time with friends and family who support your sobriety. Having structure in place after leaving rehab helps prevent relapse and maintain the progress made during treatment.
Entering rehab for heroin abuse can be an intimidating experience, but understanding what to expect ahead of time can make the transition easier. Rehab programs are designed to provide comprehensive care for physical and mental health conditions associated with addiction and teach coping strategies to help reduce cravings after leaving treatment.
Setting goals during your stay at rehab helps create positive habits upon returning home, supporting long-term sobriety success. If you or someone you know is considering entering rehab, reach out today for more information on how we can help get started on the path toward recovery!