Heroin Addiction Treatment Program
Introduction to Heroin Addiction
If you find yourself reading this, the chances are that you are concerned about yourself or a loved one. Addiction is a disease that can become chronic when left untreated. With that being said, it is important to note that there is no cure for addiction. There are, however, treatment programs that can help individuals learn to live a full, and thriving life in recovery.
Heroin is an opiate, which is the same classification as painkillers. Many individuals can find a connection between their use of prescription pain killers and their use of heroin. Opiates are a highly addictive drug, and if not appropriately managed, they can quickly lead to a physical dependency. Heroin tends to be a more affordable option for individuals who are physically dependent on opiates.
Across the nation, we have noticed a growing use of heroin over the past decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of heroin-related deaths in 2019 decreased from what we saw in 2018. However, the rate of heroin-related deaths in 2019 was seven times higher than in 1999.
These statistics are addressing the number of heroin-related deaths, not the number of individuals using heroin. Any number we find reporting current heroin use may be a bit off, considering that it is based on self-reporting. While the number of individuals addicted to heroin is growing, so is the resources and support available to struggling individuals.
This gives us hope that there is more opportunity to help individuals who are ready to accept it.
Impact Outpatient Program works with most major insurance carriers to help cover the cost of treatment.
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At this time we do not accept Medicaid or Medicare policies.
Signs & Symptoms of a Heroin Addiction
When we look at signs and symptoms of any addiction, we can often see physical signs as well as changes within the persons’ lifestyle. Let’s start by looking at the physical signs of someone who is currently impaired, also known as high. You may observe some or all of the following signs and symptoms:
- Small pupils
- Slurred speech
- Watery eyes
- Being drowsy
- Impaired thinking
Since we are talking about heroin, it is also important to be aware of signs that someone could be overdosing. The prevalence of Fentanyl in heroin increases a persons’ risk of overdosing significantly. In any case, any drug overdose should be treated by a medical professional at a hospital. Here are some signs that a person may be overdosing on heroin:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Lips appearing blue
- Low heart rate
- Shallow breathing
- Being unresponsive
Narcan, also known as Naloxone, can be used in emergencies to reverse the effects of an overdose. Narcan’s effectiveness depends on the amount of opiates in a persons’ system. If you are concerned about your struggle with heroin, or that of a loved one, having Narcan accessible to you can be a lifesaving measure in an emergency. The most common form of Narcan available is a nasal spray, which many find easy to use under pressure. Even after using Narcan, a person who has overdosed is still in need of medical attention despite their presentation.
Withdrawal is a sign of physical dependence that is usually present with heroin addiction. Withdrawal usually occurs within 24 hours from the last use. An individual withdrawing from opiates will likely feel discomfort, and the symptoms present can lead to death when severe. Common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:
- Drug cravings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle aches
Along with the physical changes that you can observe, there are common changes to a person’s lifestyle when struggling with addiction. Many of these changes can be observed among individuals struggling with varying substances.
Individuals struggling with addiction find that their thoughts are usually focused on the drug. An example of this would be planning out their next use and following out their plan. Having their minds preoccupied with this often leads to trouble at work and home. The individual may end up losing their job and having troublesome relationships with family members.
Individuals struggling with addiction may have a hard time affording their addiction. This can lead to stealing or other illegal behaviors.
A person in active addiction may break plans or promises they make. This ties back to a focus on using.
It is important to recognize that these lifestyle changes are the result of the person’s addiction. Addiction is viewed as a disease, which means that the person making these choices is being driven by physical dependency and other changes within the brain’s functioning.
Heroin Addiction Treatment In Kentucky
So you or a loved one are struggling with Heroin addiction. Now What?
The next steps can seem and feel overwhelming for many. However, Health Professionals can help you navigate this process. For starters, let’s take a look at Rehabilitation programs versus Outpatient Treatment Programs.
Rehab programs are a safe place where individuals struggling with an addiction can go to begin their recovery journey. Rehab program lengths can vary, which is influenced by several factors. For example, if a person is struggling with addiction and another mental illness, they may need more time to learn how to manage both effectively.
Rehab programs can be helpful for individuals who feel as though they need space from their current environment to begin their recovery. Individuals who are trying to be sober for the first time may also benefit from an inpatient program and the support offered. As well as those who need medically supervised care while withdrawing would also benefit from a rehab program.
Impact IOP Can Help You On Your Path to
Recovery From Heroin
What about the individuals who completed an inpatient program and are still looking for support?
These are the folks who should consider an Intensive Outpatient Program, also known as IOP. IOP programs are done on an outpatient basis, which means that the individual can remain in their home, and attend treatment in a treatment office. IOP tends to be less disruptive to your routine compared to an inpatient program.
IOP groups are more intensive and thorough when compared to other group sessions. This is accomplished by the length of the group, and the content discussed.
IOP allows you to take what you learned in the program, and apply it directly to your life that day. There is no waiting period to go home to use your skills. If you struggle, you can return to the program and talk through your challenges.
Research has shown that group therapy is more effective than individual therapy when it comes to addiction treatment. That is not to say that there is no benefit to individual therapy, because there is. However, with IOP, the focus of treatment is in a group setting.
Addiction can often lead to isolation and thinking that no one can understand your experience and struggles. With group sessions, members can see similarities within their addictive behaviors, struggles, and worries. Often, members can feel validated from this experience and begin to see that they are not alone. Learning from each other and helping others can be a beneficial experience for a person’s recovery.
Impact Outpatient Treatment is located in Mount Washington and serves the Louisville community. Our treatment program is individualized for every individual, uses evidenced-based practices, and occurs in a judgment-free zone.
At Impact IOP, our program consists of approximately 15-25 hours of group therapy with one hour of individual therapy. We are open six days a week for your convenience. The frequency of your group schedule will be tailored to your individual needs.
We work with most insurances, including Cigna, Beacon Health Options, Anthem Blue Cross, Magellan Health, and Tricare.
Our goal is to help individuals in our community who are struggling with addiction. Reaching out for help can be a scary step in your recovery, and we are here to support you. If you or a loved one is struggling with a heroin addiction, you can contact us at (502) 912-1038 with any questions you may have.