Heroin addiction is a reality for many who experimented with opiate medications like OxyContin.. Treating heroin addiction requires a special approach which we offer at our drug rehabs in California.
Without fail, the young man or woman who find their way to our rehab
centers and are addicted to heroin graduated to using the drug from more
“harmless” substances like marijuana and (especially recently) OxyContin, Vicodin, or other prescription medications. Heroin addiction puts the user in a dangerous situation with every use. Not only can heroin be fatal at any given time, the consequences of heroin abuse range far beyond the
individual user. Potential negative consequences of heroin abuse include HIV/AIDS, crime and violence, tuberculosis, fetal effects, and disruptions in family, workplace and
Our treatment center has created many programs that are designed to meet every client right “where they are.” We have primary care programs that are intended for the first 30-90 days of sobriety. The primary care programs are very highly structured and gender specific – to provide maximum support in early sobriety.
We also have “long term” treatment that will appeal to the man or woman who has achieved initial sobriety and wants to continue treatment while enjoying life in Newport Beach, California.
OxyContin’s Effect on Heroin’s Popularity
abuse has seen an upward trend in the past several years. Heroin’s
prevalence is even higher than in the early 1990s (when we saw a wave of heroin addiction at our treatment centers). According to a
recent National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (which may actually
underestimate illicit heroin use) an estimated 2.4 million people had
used heroin at some time in their lives. Heroin is very often
cited as the primary drug of choice in drug abuse treatment admissions
throughout our rehab facilities.
This widespread abuse of heroin, even in
school-age youth, combined with its glamorization in music and films,
its increased purity and decreased prices, has led to a full on epidemic of heroin abuse and overdose. We know how important it
is to educate our patients about this drug and the destruction it brings.
Put simply, heroin is an illegal drug that is highly addictive. The drug is an opiate that is
processed from morphine.
Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from
the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants.
Heroin is typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as a black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar heroin.”
Although pure heroin is becoming more common, most street heroin is
“cut” with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch,
powdered milk, or quinine.
Heroin addiction puts the user in a potentially life threatening situation with every use.
Contributing to the danger is the
fact that heroin abusers don’t always know the actual strength of the
drug or its true contents. Drug dealers, for example, often cut street
heroin with strychnine or other poisons, putting abusers at risk of
overdose or death. Fortunately, the availability of professional
treatment to manage heroin addiction – and the development of new treatments provide
hope for individuals who suffer from addiction and for those around
Special Treatment Programs for the Heroin Addict
Sober Living by the Sea has found that heroin addicted individuals (coming in to our facility at an increasingly young age) have special needs that we address by creating a customized recovery program. Some components that are included:
- Relapse Prevention Education. Users of heroin and opiates are at a very high risk of relapse and so they will benefit from intensive workshops educating them about triggers for relapse and giving them tools to overcome cravings to relapse.
- Fun and Enjoyable Rehab Activities – our rehab activities show the recovering clients how much fun life can be without drugs – read more about our activities
- Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship – Narcotics Anonymous is a branch of Alcoholics Anonymous that many of our clients prefer because it is more relevant to their drug of choice (heroin of opiate drugs)
- Suboxone Supported Detox and Early Recovery – Our treatment centers uses every possible tool we can to enhance recovery and increase the likelihood of long term success