Heroin, also known as smack, junk, H, black tar or dope, is a highly addictive opioid drug with a high risk of death. If you or a loved one is struggling from heroin addiction, you are not alone. According to the CDC, heroin use has more than doubled among young adults ages 18 – 25 in the past decade.
To beat a heroin dependence, addicts must face the toughest challenge of addiction: admitting that they have a problem. Denying an addiction can quickly lead to overdosing, and maybe even death. If you or a loved one has a problem with heroin abuse, there are common signs of heroin dependence that can be recognized. If any of the following warning signs of heroin abuse sound like you, then you may want to consider treatment:
The Raleigh House was created to be different from your typical heroin drug rehab center. Our facility has a welcoming environment that influences our clients to stay longer, which leads to successful results. According to the NIDA, “generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited or no effectiveness”. We make comfort a priority by giving our clients a place to get healthy in a home-like setting.
Experiencing ongoing effects or symptoms of heroin abuse is normal for recovering addicts. The anticipation of withdrawal is oftentimes worse than the actual symptoms and The Raleigh House team is here to alleviate that.
Some clients may experience unstable moods, nausea, cold sweats, stomach problems and insomnia. If you begin to experience these symptoms, our staff will walk through these with you to make sure you are safe and feel comfortable. All clients will receive a thorough psychiatric, nursing and medical assessment upon admission where they will determine the use of medication to help lessen the intensity of withdrawal. Individual master’s level therapists work with the client to create and implement treatment plans individualized to the client’s specific needs and goals for treatment.
Healing begins with building a strong, supportive relationship with your therapist and the clinical team. This is important because a heroin addict’s ability to process information is negatively impacted by heavy heroin use. Coping with stress is extremely difficult for heroin addicts and effects their decision making skills. Group and individual sessions focus on building self-awareness and improving basic cognitive functioning that heroin has affected. These sessions are a great time and place to begin making behavioral changes and learn new, healthy coping skills. Groups are held daily and individual sessions are determined between the client and their primary therapist.
Heroin slows down body movements, which can lead to slower digestion and constipation. Heroin use can also cause glucose intolerance. These symptoms typically resolve once the individual abstains from the use of heroin and a healthy diet routine has been put in place. At The Raleigh House, our clients meet with a nutrition expert for a nutritional assessment to determine the proper diet for the individual’s treatment.
Ongoing use of heroin can weaken the muscular system, cause memory loss and slow down brain functioning. Exercise can help a recovering addict build up their physical strength while improving their brain functionality. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.
People who use heroin are often controlled by the drug. One of the steps of recovery involves rebuilding a life without heroin including discovering new hobbies and avoiding introversion. Recovering addicts may find themselves with a lot of free time now that they aren’t constantly thinking about their next “fix”. That is why leisure and recreation are a part of the recovery process. Our clients learn how to deal with boredom and keeping their mind busy through these activities. It also aids in building new, strong and healthy relationships.
Guide to Heroin Addiction & Recovery