If you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction, you might feel as if there was no hope of recovery. At our heroin rehab center in Florida, we have helped many people transition into long-term recovery and sobriety. However, many people believe that one simply cannot break free from heroin addiction, but this is one of several myths about heroin. While you probably know many myths about heroin, here are five truths that you need to know.
1. Heroin Addiction Can Affect Anyone
Movies and the media paint a picture of heroin addicts as young people who simply are looking for a quick, cheap thrill or perhaps homeless or poverty-stricken individuals seeking an escape from pain. While that might be part of the story, heroin users are not just limited to teens and people in poverty. Heroin addiction affects Americans from all walks of life, from stay-at-home moms to airline pilots to college students and beyond. There is no typical heroin addict, and it is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans are addicted to heroin.
2. Many Heroin Addicts Initially Suffered From Chronic Pain
Most heroin addicts don’t simply wake up sober one morning and decide to buy some heroin and begin using. The road to heroin addiction often begins with the use of prescribed medications used to treat chronic pain or pain following an injury.
While these medications provide a temporary respite from pain, they are highly addictive and millions of people become hooked on these opioid-based drugs every year. Once a person becomes addicted to pain meds, they often turn to heroin simply because it is cheaper and easier to acquire.
In fact, a 2013 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that more than 79 percent of heroin users abused prescription pain medications prior to trying heroin for the first time. While some of these individuals used pain meds for a quick high and not pain management, many people who suffer from chronic pain do end up addicted to pain medications and, eventually, heroin. At our heroin rehab center, our goal will not be to simply treat your addiction to heroin. If you also suffer from chronic pain, we can address that issue as well.
3. Most Addicts Want To Stop Using
Many people simply believe that addicts don’t want to stop using drugs or lack the willpower to do so. It is important to note that while a person might have made the choice to use drugs or alcohol initially, over time these addictive substances cause chemical changes in the brain. Once you have become addicted, it is extremely difficult to simply stop using because your brain is constantly telling the user that they need the drug and the brain has been altered to a point where it becomes difficult to make healthy and rational decisions.
Most users would love to be free from drugs, but they simply cannot stop using drugs without some type of intervention. When you have reached a state where drug addiction has taken over your life, it becomes difficult to think clearly or act responsibly. It’s not that people don’t want to quit, it’s simply that they can’t quit. At least, not without help.
4. Heroin Rehab Can Be Successful
While heroin is highly addictive, it doesn’t mean that you can’t become sober and stay sober. At our heroin rehab center, we successfully treat people with heroin addiction every day. We begin with medically supervised detox, which rids of the craving for heroin and alleviates the withdrawal symptoms. Many people fear withdrawal to the extent that it keeps them from getting help. Our goal is to make detox as easy and pain-free as possible, even if you addicted to something as strong as heroin. We can use medications to help alleviate the side effects and to ensure that detox is as safe as possible.
After detox, we recommend that you remain in our heroin rehab facility for at least 30 days. While 60-day and 90-day stays obviously are preferable, much can be accomplished in 30 days. These days are filled with a variety of individualized therapies as well as rest, relaxation and some fun activities. Our facility is located along the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin, providing you with a peaceful and serene environment in which to begin your recovery.
In order for any rehab or recovery to be successful, two components must be in place. First, each treatment plan should be tailored to the individual. There is no magic fix for addiction nor is there a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Each patient is different from the next, and everyone had a different journey on the road to our heroin rehab facility.
For instance, some of our patients are addicted to multiple substances. Some patients suffer from other conditions, such as anxiety, chronic pain, depression, diabetes or bi-polar disorder. Our patients come from all walks of life with vastly different experiences, and we create a recovery plan that speaks to needs of the individual.
Additionally, if recovery is to be successful in the long-term, we must put a long-term plan into place. Relapses occur when people do not have a strong support system in place after leaving a rehab facility. A person must have somewhere to turn and find help immediately at any hour of the day or night. In addition, further counseling and participation in support groups also will be added to the plan as well as providing you with strategies for avoiding or dealing with challenging situations.
5. Interventions Can Lead To Sobriety
Two huge myths about addiction include the idea that a person needs to hit “rock bottom” to be ready for rehab and that rehab is only successful if a person voluntarily enters a facility. This is untrue, and a carefully planned and thoughtful intervention can encourage a person to seek treatment and become sober.
At our heroin rehab facility, many of our patients come to us immediately after an intervention. However, for an intervention to be successful, it must be planned carefully and led by an intervention specialist. This is a person who facilitates the process and moderates the discussion during the intervention and then accompanies your loved one to our facility after the intervention has ended. Before the intervention even begins, we already have taken in a great deal of information about the patient and arranged for their travel to our facility.
If you are struggling with heroin addiction, we can help. In fact, in just 24 hours, we can arrange your travel to our heroin rehab facility. If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, please give us a call today and we can begin planning an intervention and subsequent treatment at our Destin, Florida recovery center.