Heroin addiction has surely been one of the most widely publicized of all addictions due to the recent spike in abuse and addiction rates. With so many people falling prey to this incredibly addictive drug, there’s been a growing demand for high-quality heroin addiction treatment. At Serene Beginnings, we offer intensive outpatient for heroin addiction so that anyone who suffers from addiction to heroin can receive comprehensive care that’s flexible and adaptable without sacrificing quality.
There are numerous mind-altering substances that have proven to be highly addictive. Of course, alcohol is consistently the most widely abused of all chemical intoxicants with there being more people suffering from alcoholism than any other form of addiction. However, among the other substances that have become increasingly popular among recreational drug users, heroin is one drug for which abuse rates are consistently described as an “epidemic.”
Since the release of OxyContin in the 1990s, opioids have become some of the most-abused of all addictive intoxicants. In the wake of OxyContin’s release, it was prescription painkillers that were the most problematic, but as healthcare providers and other prescribers began to limit access to powerful prescription painkillers, many users began turning to a substance that was accessible, cheaper, and even more powerful: heroin. As a substance that’s classified as an opiate — meaning that it’s similar to opium both in terms of its chemical structure as well as its effects — heroin bonds with the opiate receptors in the brain, which is how opioid drugs are able to alleviate feelings of physical pain. Additionally, heroin triggers a surge of neurochemicals, particularly ones that relate to feelings of pleasure and happiness. It’s for this reason that individuals who abuse heroin become addicted; having experienced the “high” that’s associated with heroin, they continue to abuse the drug so as to continue to experience the physiological pleasure resulting from the drug’s abuse.
As a person continues to use heroin regularly for a prolonged period of time, he or she will inevitably become addicted. Aside from the dangers inherent to heroin abuse, individuals who are addicted to heroin will experience unpleasant symptoms anytime they’re unable to obtain and use heroin. These unpleasant symptoms are known as heroin withdrawal and typically include flu-like symptoms such as general physical discomfort, possible soreness in the joints and limbs, sweating, lethargy, insomnia, agitation, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and so on. The severity or intensity of an individual’s heroin withdrawal will depend on factors like the amount of heroin the individual typically consumes in a day and how long he or she has been addicted to heroin. While it’s possible to overcome heroin addiction independently, the greatest potential for success comes from utilizing certain recovery resources such as IOP for heroin addiction at Serene Beginnings in Delray Beach.
HEROIN AND ITS EFFECTS
Many people associate recovery with twelve-step support groups or residential-style addiction treatment. While there have been many people to achieve momentous success by utilizing these two recovery resources, they’re not the only ways to achieve recovery and, in fact, aren’t able to meet the unique needs of every person who suffers from heroin addiction.
It’s helpful to think of addiction treatment as existing on a spectrum with inpatient care on one end and outpatient care on the other. In short, inpatient treatment is a form of care wherein patients are provided with temporary residential accommodations so as to reside within the facility for the duration of the program; by comparison, outpatient treatment allows patients to continue living at home or in some type of transitional living situation as they commute to treatment on designated days. But there are several types of treatment that exist in-between inpatient and outpatient care, and intensive outpatient is one such intermediate form of treatment. By many standards, intensive outpatient treatment for heroin addiction represents the best of both worlds, offering the flexibility that’s usually limited to outpatient care while maintaining a level of treatment and care that tends to be a defining characteristic of inpatient care.
THE RIGHT TREATMENT OPTION
When choosing the right form of treatment for one’s needs, it’s important to be knowledgeable about each form of treatment, including the respective strengths and weaknesses. Further, it’s useful to be familiar with the recovery process for that particular addiction. Despite being one of the more common forms of addiction today, heroin addiction isn’t actually considered to be one of the more dangerous addictions to treat. While abruptly ceasing one’s intake of substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and, therefore, warrant medical detox treatment, heroin addiction recovery hasn’t been found to put individuals’ lives at risk; therefore, medical detoxification treatment is very rarely — if ever — necessary. So even though inpatient care is the most intensive form of treatment and can only improve one’s potential for success in recovery, intensive outpatient is often sufficient for rehabilitation.
With our intensive outpatient for heroin addiction, patients are able to continue to live at home or in other accommodations while attending treatment at Serene Beginnings on their designated, predetermined days. However, even though they’re not living on-site during treatment, our intensive outpatient program provides much the same level of care as most inpatient programs. This means that the outpatient format of our IOP for heroin addiction doesn’t come at a sacrifice to treatment quality.
As with the vast majority of quality addiction treatment programs, intensive outpatient treatment for heroin addiction at Serene Beginnings has a foundation of counseling and intensive psychotherapy. In effect, counseling and psychotherapy help each patient to better understand what led to the development of his or her heroin addiction while also providing a means through which to learn how to compensate for those circumstantial and environmental factors; in other words, patients discover what led to their becoming addicted and how to make sure those factors don’t cause relapses in the future. Moreover, each patient will participate in certain types of group therapy as well as some alternative and complementary treatments.
BREAK FREE FROM HEROIN ABUSE
For each person who becomes addicted, there is a unique set of environmental and circumstantial factors that contribute to his or her becoming addicted. Much as the journey into addiction is highly individual, the journey of recovery is likewise individual. Thus, rather than forcing each patient to participate in the same series of treatments and therapies, intensive outpatient treatment for heroin addiction is personalized to meet each patient’s needs by matching his or her background to the treatments that best accommodate that background. For this reason, no two patients should expect to participate in the exact same series of treatments.
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