Why Is Heroin Addiction So Hard To Treat?

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Heroin Addiction Treatment - Summit Behavioral HealthThe words “heroin addict” bring to thought a certain image in most people’s minds, more so than other types of substances. Heroin addiction is difficult for friends and family members to understand because those affected tend to isolate themselves to use, fall asleep for an increasing amount of time, and then disappear again.

Heroin Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the reasons a heroin addict may avoid going for treatment is because they have concerns about the withdrawal symptoms they will experience if they stop. Heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms can start as quickly as within a few hours after the last dose of the drug has been taken.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Cravings
  • Intense muscle and bone aches
  • Cold sweats
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Intense cramping in the limbs
  • Runny nose

At Summit Behavioral Health, we offer a specialized detox program at our Serenity at Summit center. Our staff is available on a 24/7 basis to offer heroin addiction treatment in New Jersey in a safe, supportive atmosphere where our clients can be kept as comfortable as possible during this initial stage of treatment.

The cravings for the drug can be severe during the detox stage, and the temptation to start using again to relieve the withdrawal symptoms can be great. Our holistic detox program includes a number of therapies to help our clients, including relapse prevention, stress management, massage, and hypnotherapy.

Challenges Heroin Addicts Face In Recovery

After going through detox and even after successfully completing a drug treatment program, heroin addicts may still have issues that may interfere with their long-term sobriety.

While they may know they don’t want to start using heroin again, they may have trouble re-establishing relationships with people who are not part of the heroin-using lifestyle. If a person has cut themselves off from the negative influences of certain family and friends, they may not have a support network in place to help them maintain their long-term sobriety.

Low self-esteem is another factor that plagues recovering heroin addicts. They may lack confidence due to a lack of education, recent employment, or a criminal record. A person in this situation may not know how to look for work or know if he or she is employable.

A recovering heroin addict may simply have trouble filling his or her time with activities that used to be taken up with finding drugs and using. Recovering addicts need to make sure that their days are full so that they have plenty to do and that they don’t have a lot of “down time”where they might be tempted to start using again.

Recovery From Heroin Addiction Is Possible Through Individualized Treatment!

Heroin addiction is difficult to treat but with the right help and support, you can recover from heroin and long-term sobriety is achievable!

Call us now to find out about our individualized addiction treatment and how we can help you or your loved one overcome the bondage of addiction and live a life of recovery and freedom!