Heroin addiction can destroy families and rip apart lives. We at FHE Health understand the impact heroin can have on our patients’ lives. Although a difficult and challenging path, treatment helps to relieve patients of the grip that heroin has on their lives. Our medical, psychiatric, and clinical professionals have all the necessary tools needed to help patients begin a life full of quality and rid of substance addiction.
- Health problems like malnourishment
- Neglect of responsibilities
- Absence at important events
- Run-ins with the law
- High tolerance to the cold
- Excessively small pupils
- Lower performance at work or school
- Avoidance of family and loved ones
Heroin works by stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain that create dopamine, a naturally occurring “feel good” chemical released in the brain. Eventually, dopamine deposits deplete from repeated use and even brain deformity can occur from heroin use. Many times, this brain decomposition is irreversible and causes an inability to control behaviors, an inability to make decisions, and the inability to manage emotions. Tolerance of heroin can occur in even single time users. Tolerance is when a person has to take more of a drug to experience the desired effects. This is because the brain gets used to the drug in the system and needs more for the neurotransmitters to be stimulated. When tolerance is formed, dependency is nearby. Drug dependence is when the body does not function properly unless the substance it has developed a tolerance for is administered into the body. Dependence is noted when a person starts to feel withdrawal if the drug has not been used for a certain amount of time. Withdrawal is symptoms that follow from refraining from use after dependency has formed. The body has to relearn how to function without the drug in the system before side effects will subside. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin are some of the worse of any drug withdrawal, and many heroin users continue to abuse heroin simply because they do not want to feel the effects of withdrawal.
Methadone: This medication basically works the same as Buprenorphine, but is a little stronger. It is used in withdrawal symptom management.
Naltrexone: This medication is also used in the treatment of alcoholism. It blocks receptors that recognize opioids, helping with cravings. It also prevents the effects of heroin if a relapse occurs.
Suboxone: This useful medication is a combination of both Naltrexone and Buprenorphine, so it does what both of them do. It helps with withdrawing symptoms while also blocking opioid receptors in the brain to prevent relapse.
Other Treatment Services for Heroin Addiction
Fortunately, treatment for addiction is successful through help provided by FHE Health. We provide patients the opportunity for medical detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab, sober skill development, aftercare services, and much more. Our professionals are highly trained in the treatment process of heroin addiction to give our patients the highest chance of success in recovery.
We work to come up with a medical, clinical, and psychiatric approach to each patients’ treatment here at FHE Health. We understand that each person’s addiction and experiences are different, which is why we come up with a specific and individualized treatment plan for each and every patient that walks through our doors. Even after treatment concludes, we provide options so that you don’t have to jump right back into your old lifestyle. Instead, you will be invited to live at our gender-specific sober living home environments that provide a supportive atmosphere that encourages your recovery success. Jumping right back into the swing of things with your old lifestyle can provide potential risks like past behaviors, namely drug abuse. The aftercare services at FHE Health make sure you are surrounded by the support and services that you and were provided to you throughout treatment.