For many heroin addicts, this past year was a year filled with sorrow and hardship. Addiction to heroin causes a person to develop an uncontrollable desire to feed their drug habit. Although many of them wish to live a normal life, they are unable to simply quit the use of heroin.
Drug rehabilitation is necessary to help a heroin addict find sobriety, but with so many options for treatment, finding the most effective heroin rehab can be a challenge. In this new year, learn the facts about opiate abuse and help those in your life
who are struggling to find hope with successful recovery and sobriety.
Understanding the Severity of Heroin Addiction
“Heroin controlled my life for almost ten years,” says Danielle, a former heroin addict. “I tried several other programs, including 12 Step, but each time I reverted back to drug use.” Like so many heroin addicts, Danielle experienced the gripping effects of opiate dependency coupled with the physical phenomenon known as tolerance.
When an individual begins taking heroin on a continuous basis, the body adapts and becomes somewhat tolerant to this initial dosage level of the drug. In order to continue to achieve a high, the user must increase the amount of the drug. Eventually, physical dependency manifests by producing withdrawal symptoms if too little heroin is consumed.
Some of the commonly known and highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms linked to heroin abstinence include muscle and bone pain, nausea/vomiting, severe headaches, diarrhea, intense drug cravings, sleeplessness, excessive sweating, etc.
Such withdrawal symptoms can manifest just hours after a user’s last heroin dose, driving many to relapse, continue using or even engage in criminal activity (theft, drug dealing, etc.) to further or support one’s habit. It is this combined action of physical dependency, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms that make opiate addiction one of the toughest substance abuse conditions to beat.
Some heroin users may also experience the following long-term effects, depending on their medical history and specific drug abuse case:
- Liver disease
- Heart and breathing complications
- Lung problems, including pneumonia
- Permanent organ damage
How is Narconon Different?
Narconon Arrowhead offers an alternative to the traditional 12 Step heroin rehabs by offering a long-term, inpatient treatment strategy which targets the key aspects of heroin addiction on an individual and highly personalized basis. The facility provides real solutions for this devastating addiction and has been helping individuals to fully recover from addiction for over forty years.
Narconon Arrowhead Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program specializes in opiate dependency and features a unique, individualized sauna detoxification program which rids the body of residual drug and alcohol toxins which remain hidden or lodged in the various muscle and fatty tissues. “Narconon was the one program that really worked for my heroin addiction,” adds Danielle. “After completing the sauna detoxification portion of the program, I no longer had cravings for heroin.”
Over 70% of addicted individuals are able to permanently leave substance abuse problems behind for good and stay permanently recovered from addiction after completing the Narconon Program.
“Thanks to this program, I have been sober from heroin and all other drugs for two years,” says Danielle. “I graduated from Narconon and haven’t looked back. This is the only heroin rehab I know of that gives you the tools to have a successful, drug-free life.”
For more information on Narconon or to find a center near you, call us today at 1-800-468-6933.