Heroin is a highly addictive drug that causes major changes in the brain making it feel hopeless to get clean. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people die each year from heroin overdose. Some who never were able to get the help they needed to overcome heroin addiction. If you are addicted to heroin, there is help available and it is time to ask for it.
The First Step
The first step to getting the help you need is admitting that you have a problem and asking for help. Turning to friends and family and telling them that you have a problem will help start you on the road to recovery. With thousands of treatment facilities throughout the United States you can find one to meet your needs and offer you the services needed to overcome your addiction to heroin.
Beginning The Detox Process
When abruptly stopping the use of heroin you will begin to experience uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process is going to be the beginning of your treatment program. This will allow you to safely withdrawal from heroin and to receive medications needed to help ease symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process typically takes place for 3 days, depending on the severity of your addiction you may need to stay in a detox program for 1 to 2 weeks.
The Rehabilitation Process
Once the physical effects of your addiction are controlled you can begin to work on the psychological effects. An inpatient rehabilitation program will give you 30 to 90 days in a sober living environment with therapy, individual counseling and group counseling, as well as many other alternative therapies. During this time you will be able to get to the root cause of your addiction and work through it. You will be able to identify and control the triggers to use heroin and develop the skills needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life.