What to Expect: Inpatient Heroin Addiction Treatment

Drug abuse has been one of the highest killers in our world for over a decade. In 2020, opioid use disorder was the cause of over 65,000 deaths in the United States. You or your loved one do not need to be part of this statistic. 

At Gloria Rehab, we know it can be overwhelming to start a new treatment program. That’s why we want you to be fully aware of what to expect when entering addiction treatment, especially when it comes to heroin addiction programs. Read on to learn what to expect in heroin addiction treatment, and how our compassionate support can help you navigate the road to recovery.

The Impact of Heroin and Withdrawal Symptoms

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin abuse and addiction are defined as treatable, chronic mental illness known as a substance use disorder. It manifests as dependence on this specific opioid agonist and can negatively impact a person’s relationship with their friends and family members.

The deep physical dependence caused by heroin and other opioid drugs can lead to withdrawal symptoms with adverse consequences that last for weeks and are even life-threatening in some cases. These can include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Heroin Addiction Treatment: Here’s What to Expect

Heroin addiction treatment, as designed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, works to specifically address a person’s opioid dependence through medically supervised detox and mental health treatment. There are both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings for this process.

The goal of the detox process is to minimize discomfort for a person struggling with heroin addiction. Medical detox is done through the support of medication that functions as a partial opioid agonist. A drug dose of buprenorphine and methadone stimulates the same opioid receptors as heroin without encouraging drug addiction. Along with 24-hour support from addiction treatment providers, these medications allow a person’s body to readjust safely and painlessly to life without heroin dependence.

After medication-assisted treatment, group therapy and family therapy sessions can help a person process the underlying problems that initially led to a person’s heroin use. Individual therapy can also be used to work through co-occuring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse.

Inpatient vs Outpatient treatment

The greatest benefit of inpatient heroin treatment options is that they allow an individual to focus on their recovery without regular outside distractions. The social and environmental factors that often stand in the way of sobriety are replaced with the structure of an inpatient rehab schedule. A heroin addiction rehab program begins with a heroin detox and then includes an individualized treatment plan of support groups, therapy, and other activities. Most inpatient heroin treatment programs last 30 to 90 days.

In contrast, an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse treatment can work for someone with mild drug addiction, and is generally not suitable for those in the beginning stages of recovery from a heroin addiction. Outpatient treatment allows a person to maintain their professional and personal life, while also participating in group therapy and medication-assisted treatment.

Long-Term recovery process

The best treatment centers for heroin addiction agree that residential treatment is often only the beginning of a person’s recovery journey. Ongoing treatment is crucial for a person to commit to sobriety. After inpatient heroin rehab or outpatient treatment, recovering heroin users should still attend regular support groups and individual therapy to develop healthy coping skills to manage heroin cravings.Our addiction treatment providers at Gloria Rehab can help determine which treatment process is best for you, while also guiding you through treatment options that are best covered by your insurance. Contact our treatment facility today for more information!

Review by: Hasmik Karapetyan, PMHNP, MSN, RN

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