Inside Heroin Treatment: What It Takes To Recover From Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most addictive substances out there. Not only is overdosing common, but it can be challenging to get off as well.

When you try to quit heroin, you can suffer from some uncomfortable and distressing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are often so difficult to manage that you’ll be tempted to relapse.

For the best chance of success when quitting heroin, you’ll need to attend some kind of rehab program. This article describes what it takes and what you need to do to recover from your addiction through heroin treatment.

Rehab for Heroin

If you have a heroin addiction, it’s recommended that you attend some kind of rehab center. Heroin is notoriously difficult to withdraw from and if you don’t have any support, it’s likely that you’ll relapse.

Once you’ve locked yourself into an addictive, destructive pattern of behavior like using heroin, it becomes difficult to change your course of action and behave differently. Attending a rehab program gives you the chance to change your routine for the better.

Also, rehab doesn’t just address your physical addictions. You’ll also explore your mental health.

Quite often, people who are addicts have an undiagnosed mental illness or unresolved trauma they need to deal with. When you attend a good rehab program, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle these issues. If you try to quit without addressing these kinds of things, the chances of you staying off heroin are much lower.

When looking at rehab options, you’ll see that there are two distinct kinds of rehab: inpatient and outpatient rehab. Each of these two options has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.

Inpatient Rehab

This is the kind of rehab that has the highest chance of success for a heroin addict. During a stay in inpatient rehab, you’ll live in the rehab facility throughout the course of your treatment. You’ll have round-the-clock access to the care you need to help you get off and stay off heroin.

During your heroin withdrawals, you might experience some difficult side effects. When you’re in an inpatient rehab facility, you’ll have medical professionals available whenever you need them. They’ll be able to help you with the worst of the withdrawal symptoms.

It’ll also be much more difficult for you to relapse, as you’ll be living in a facility where you’re constantly monitored.

Disadvantages

The downside to going to inpatient rehab is that you have to devote all of your time and energy to your recovery. While this does offer you the best chances of success, it’s not for everyone. Some people can’t afford to take time off school, work, or looking after their children.

Another issue is cost. Inpatient rehab is probably going to cost you a lot more than some of the alternatives. Also, you won’t be able to make any money when you’re going through rehab.

You stand the best chance of recovery at inpatient rehab, but it isn’t for everyone.

Outpatient Rehab

During an outpatient rehab program, you’ll continue to live at home but go into the rehab facility from time to time. This kind of rehab is suited to people who have less money to spend or if they have commitments they can’t get out of.

If you were to do this kind of rehab, you’d ideally have a good home environment. The effectiveness of outpatient rehab can depend heavily on the type of living environment you’ll be going back to.

If you’re living with other people who are still using, you’re not going to have much luck. If you have a good support network available to you outside of rehab, this kind of rehab could work quite well for you.

Therapy Sessions

Successful recovery requires you to address the mental issues that led to your addiction in the first place. This might involve one-on-one therapy sessions with a qualified therapist or it could involve group therapy sessions with other addicts.

As an addict, you might suffer from some form of mental illness that’s never been properly diagnosed. For example, you might have PTSD from something traumatic that happened to you in the past, or you might have a major depressive disorder.

Attending therapy sessions can ensure you understand the kind of issues you’re dealing with. This will allow you to get the treatment you need for your mental condition, reducing the chances of relapse and you needing treatment again.

Medication

Throughout your time at rehab, you might be prescribed certain medications to help ensure your chances of recovery are as high as possible. This could include heroin substitutes, such as methadone or suboxone. These will help to reduce the cravings for opiates and they’ll also help to prevent any strong withdrawal effects.

You could also be given medication to treat any psychological conditions. Ideally, you should only take these kinds of medications with the guidance of medical professionals.

Sober Living

After you’ve completed your rehab program, it might serve you well to spend some time at a sober living facility. A sober living facility is somewhere where you live alongside other ex-addicts.

Here, you’ll have access to the help and support you need should you feel tempted to relapse. Spending some time in a sober living facility can dramatically increase your chances for successfully withdrawing from heroin and not relapsing.

Staying Sober

Even if you’ve completed a stay in rehab and subsequently stayed in a sober living facility, you’re still at risk of relapsing at any time. It’s important that you continue to be mindful and look after your mental health. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness of some kind, you should continue to get treated for it.

Take the First Step in Heroin Treatment

Taking the first step in your heroin treatment is quite often the hardest part of recovery. Once you’ve made that initial phone call, things will start to get better for you. Take the first step today and start your recovery journey.

If you or a loved one needs reliable rehab services, get in touch with us today.

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Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
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    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    11/06/2019

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