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HEROIN REHAB – Heroin Addiction Treatment Center Florida

Heroin is one of the most addictive and the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. At SLO Recovery Centers, we offer a comprehensive heroin rehabilitation program that focuses on identifying core issues such as shame, abandonment and trauma that create fertile ground for an individual to continue abusing heroin as a means of avoiding emotional pain.

What is Heroin?

Heroin belongs to a class of drugs known as Opioids. Although, originally it was intended to be used for medicinal purposes, heroin today is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. Unlike most other drugs that excite an individual’s senses, heroin numbs the addict’s senses and he feels sleepy and lethargic. Users also feel a euphoric feeling and an intense rush.

Heroin is usually available as a white powder and also as a sticky black tar. Heroin can be consumed in a number of ways. The powdered form of heroin can be smoked, snorted or taken orally. The white powder can also be heated and dissolved in a liquid and then injected intravenously. This mode of intake provides the most intense ‘high’ and hence this form is most addictive for the user.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Adverse Effects of Heroin

Heroin can have a range of adverse effects on the human body. Some issues might result from the substance itself, whereas some of the effects might result from the way the substance is taken. Some of the common adverse effects of heroin are –

  • Diseases such as HIV and hepatitis due to the sharing of needles
  • Abscesses
  • Fungal or bacterial endocarditis and possibly venous sclerosis
  • Poisoning from contaminants added to dilute the heroin
  • Possibility of decreased kidney function or nephropathy
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Blocking of messages transmitting via the spinal cord.

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Heroin abuse can be detected with the help of certain symptoms. Some of the commonly observed symptoms of heroin addiction include-

  • Periods of increased self-confidence, general well-being, euphoria, followed almost immediately with fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Reddening of skin
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Dry Mouth
  • Breathing issues.
Issues with Mental Health

Heroin can cause serious damage to the brain and also cause a myriad of psychological problems. The adverse effects of Heroin on mental health include the following –

  • Problems with Memory
  • Increased anxiety
  • Inability to feel happy
  • Depression
Heroin in United States

Heroin is one of the most abused drugs in the United States. Commonly, individuals are introduced to pharmaceutical painkillers and when these pills become either too expensive or not available, individuals will turn to heroin. The number of heroin users has tripled from 2007 to 2014. Data released in 2014 indicated that there are over 435,000 heroin users in the United States. Moreover, 2015 DEA statistics reported there are more than 600,000 heroin addicts in America. Additionally, it has been reported that during the same reporting period, heroin deaths have exceeded 10,000 addicts.

How We Help?

We are a specialized Heroin rehab center in Florida, helping people live life free from heroin and its ill-effects. We offer a comprehensive range of services addressing heroin rehabilitation that assists an addict receive comprehensive help overcoming heroin addiction.

The Process of Treating Heroin Addiction

At SLO Recovery Centers, we have a professional approach to heroin addiction treatment. We collaboratively develop a customized treatment plan that meets the individual requirements of the client. Briefly, our approach follows the following path:

  • Detox: Collaboratively, we will decide whether the client is in need of medical detox and whether this requires a referral to one of our partner detox centers or alternatively, whether detox can be accomplished on an outpatient basis.
  • Thereafter, the client is evaluated for medical necessity and level of care.
  • The client will undergo a complete assessment that includes psychological testing as well as a complete medical work-up to determine if underlying medical or psychological issues are adding to the individual’s problems.
  • Collaboratively, a determination will be made as to the correct level of care required, residential, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.
  • The process begins with a complete history from infancy to present whereby we identify dysfunctional patterns that were internalized and repeated through adolescence and adulthood. This process provides the client a snap shot of their life.
  • The client identifies core issues such as co-dependency, shame and self-hatred.
  • The client works with a licensed clinician to develop a re-definition of dysfunctional definitions learned throughout their life.
  • The process of self-love begins through techniques such as mindfulness, EMDR and inner child processing.
  • The client participates in a four-day family program whereby all clients are directly involved with process work.
  • The client will participate in an intensive, process oriented 3-day workshop to help them better address feelings such as anger, sadness, shame and fear.
Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction treatment involves a combination of both cognitive behavioral and medication therapies that ensure a normal lifestyle and after attending one such intensive inpatient and outpatient Heroin rehab program, you are bound to get back to the social mainstream. One such drug rehab program helps restore the human brain functioning that has been severely affected due to substance abuse. With the intake of Heroin, a hit is felt in the brain receptors and changes are felt in the brain within minutes. Heroin is a highly addictive substance and this is evident from the fact that nearly a quarter of individuals, who use heroin for the first time, develop a strong craving or dependency for this deadly substance. Therefore, a combination of both behavioral and medicinal therapy can produce the best results for people who are affected by this phenomenon. One should know that Cognitive Behavioral therapy is performed in a scientific manner to address the needs of individuals who have been addicted to Heroin and those who look for a therapeutic approach.

The duration of Heroin addiction treatment solely depends upon specific factors such as how long the person has been using Heroin and the amount of substance (dosage) used. It needs to be understood from a clinical perspective that any such Heroin addiction recovery will depend on a person’s ability to cope with the challenges as it is the core underlying issues that results in such an addiction and therefore the approach also needs to be holistic in nature from the day one of the drug rehab program.

There can be two types of treatment for chronic Heroin addiction and they are: Residential Inpatient or Outpatient.

  • Residential or Inpatient Heroin Rehabilitation centers in Florida offer a variety of therapeutic programs for individuals that involves boarding schools for teens, preteens and adults, Christian rehabilitation programs and gender specific programs. A majority of our residential programs cater to the needs of individuals who are suffering from a wide range of psychological disorders while our other special programs look into one particular type of drug addiction or disorder.
  • Secondly, with our Outpatient program, you get the opportunity to live in the cosy comfort of your home and get to interact with our counselors, therapists and doctors who visit you on a frequent basis and this helps to monitor your health and the Heroin withdrawal symptoms.
First Step – Withdrawal

The very first step in any Heroin treatment process involves chemical withdrawal from Heroin, in other words it can be defined as the ‘Detoxification’ process. This was actually considered a very painful process some years ago but not anymore due to the arrival of modern methods of Heroin detoxification which is less intense and comparatively much more comfortable than the previous techniques of Heroin detox.

  • A sufferer must bear in mind that during one such clinical Detox, a person has to remain in a medical treatment center for a couple of days or more, depending upon the need and considering the levels of Heroin addiction in his / her body or system. Withdrawal symptoms start once the traces of Heroin starts leaving your system and during this time, conditions like vomiting, nausea, muscle and joint pain, fever, running nose, chills and Flu accompany during the Heroin Withdrawal process.
  • A family physician might prescribe Methadone or any other drug to gradually ease of the symptoms but again there can be exceptions as not all Heroin addicts experience similar withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, the treatment procedure varies from one individual to another.
  • It needs to be noted that Flu like symptoms can last up to a week or more but the worst of it ends after a couple of days from the last intake.
Second Step – Therapy

Once the Detox process is complete, the patient undergoes extensive therapy sessions and classes as conducted by a certified and acclaimed counselor. Here you are trained on all aspects of subduing your craving for Heroin and how to deal with any such situation that triggers your desire to consume Heroin.

Once you are at an acclaimed residential inpatient Heroin rehab center in Florida, you get to enjoy a host of outdoor activities such as horse riding, swimming, trekking, hiking, cycling, group activity sessions that make your stay at one such center really enjoyable and fun. Physical exercise is the best way to beat stress and we have perfectly customized such sessions in addition to yoga and meditation that assists in the overall recovery process.

Third Step – Aftercare

Once you get back from one such extensive inpatient treatment, you will require a professional aftercare. Our follow-up care involves a host of activities that help an individual to acclimatize with the present lifestyle that all other family members are leading and this is only possible when the core issues have been addressed in a scientific manner. Individual and group therapies also play a crucial role in bringing back an individual to the social mainstream.

The families of former Heroin addicts also enroll themselves in one such scientifically thought out counseling session that help them to better understand the problem and get into the roots of it and that helps the addict to stay sober after the end of one such clinical rehab program.

Some of the most common types of treatment for Heroin addiction can be as following:

  • Clinically Assisted Heroin Detox Program
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • 12 Steps Approach
  • Group Interaction
  • Individual Therapies
  • Family Therapies

At SLO Recovery Centers, we are here to understand your problems and provide a credible drug rehab solution at our luxurious, expansive and lavish facility that has the best ambience for sober living and thus offers a speedy recovery to all the sufferers.


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