Heroin is highly addictive and creates a strong physical and mental dependence. From detox to maintaining sobriety, Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis is a heroin recovery center that can help you overcome your heroin addiction.
Heroin is a powerfully addictive narcotic that comes from the opiate family of drugs. 1 This pain-killing drug can be smoked or snorted but is most commonly injected, as this method provides the most intense high. Heroin affects a specific region of your brain, where it activates special opioid receptors to reduce pain and provide a pleasurable sensation.> 2 The euphoric effects produced by heroin reinforce drug taking behavior, and repeated use quickly leads to increased tolerance and physical dependence. People who abuse heroin are at risk for an overdose, a medical emergency characterized by shallow breathing, confusion, lessened alertness, and loss of consciousness. If left untreated, a heroin overdose can lead to coma, permanent brain damage, or death. 3
The rising use of heroin has become a major concern in Indiana. According to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 1 in 200 Indiana residents (over the age of 12) report past-year heroin use. 4 Rates are generally higher among young adults (aged 18 to 25), with about 1 in 116 reporting heroin use in the past year. Heroin abuse is also an issue among teenagers, with about 1 in 40 Indiana high school students (grades 9 through 12) reporting that they have tried heroin at least once. 5
It seems that every community in Indiana has experienced the heartbreak of lives impacted by heroin addiction. In the past year, nonfatal heroin overdoses in Indiana accounted for nearly 500 inpatient hospitalizations and over 3,500 visits to emergency departments. 6-7 The rate of drug-related deaths in Indiana far exceeds the national average, and in 2018 there were 311 overdose fatalities involving heroin. 8 Heroin abuse also increases the risk for contracting infectious diseases due to the practice of needle-sharing among injection drug users. In 2018, around 1 out of every 10 new diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in Indiana was attributed to injection drug use. 8
Admissions data indicate that heroin is widely used among individuals receiving substance abuse treatment in Indiana. In 2019, heroin dependence was reported in nearly 1 out of every 5 admissions to Indiana treatment centers. 9
It is very difficult to recover from heroin addiction on your own. To minimize your chances of relapse, please consider seeking professional help immediately. Our heroin recovery center in Indianapolis can provide you with the therapy, medication, expert care, support, and lifestyle changes that are needed to properly treat heroin addiction. Depending on the severity and length of addiction, our heroin recovery program can be offered through residential treatment, partial hospitalization care, or intensive outpatient services.
The first step toward heroin recovery is detoxification, the process of flushing out all traces of heroin from your system. Because the effects of heroin withdrawal can be highly unpleasant and intensely painful, you should consider safely detoxing at a heroin recovery center under medical supervision. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis offers a scientifically-backed medical detox program with trained clinical specialists that will provide around-the-clock supervision, administer medications to treat withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings, and monitor and address any potential medical complications.
Following the completion of medical detox, you will be ready to begin the therapy phase of your recovery. For many people, the most effective approach to heroin recovery is medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a combination of medication, counseling, and behavioral therapies. 10 Buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, suboxone, and lofexidine are medications that have been approved by the FDA to treat heroin addiction. These medications have been shown to be safe to use for months, years, or even a lifetime, although different medications may be used at different stages of your heroin recovery. Some medications work better at helping wean individuals off heroin, while others are more effective for helping you stay in treatment and avoid relapse.
Several evidence-based behavioral therapies have been used to successfully treat heroin addiction.crb_notation]11-12[/crb_notation]Behavioral therapy tackles the underlying behaviors that led to heroin use and teaches new habits and coping mechanisms needed to prevent relapse. Landmark Recovery offers a variety of proven behavioral therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, contingency management, family behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Heroin recovery is a life-long process and having an aftercare plan gives you the best chance for success. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis provides all clients with a comprehensive discharge plan (including referrals to sober living homes, outpatient rehab, and private therapists), a dedicated recovery coach, and access to alumni programming and support groups to help ensure that you are on the path to a successful heroin recovery.
If you or a loved love are struggling with heroin addiction, we are here to help. Our Indianapolis heroin recovery programs and medical detox take a holistic, integrated approach that will help you overcome your addiction and achieve long-term wellness. Please call our drug and alcohol rehab center in Indianapolis at 317-449-8029 to speak with a treatment specialist and start your journey to recovery.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Drug Facts: Heroin.https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin
2) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Heroin Research Report: What effects does heroin have on the body?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/effects-of-heroin-on-body
3) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Heroin Research Report: What can be done for a heroin overdose?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-can-be-done-for-heroin-overdose
4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Tables 39-40. Indiana.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-specific-tables
5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance —United States, 2015.https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/ss6506_updated.pdf
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7) Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention; Indiana Hospital Association. (2020). Non-Fatal Emergency Department Visits Involving Heroin Overdose.https://gis.in.gov/apps/isdh/meta/stats_layers.htm
8) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Indiana: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/indiana-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
9) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020). Oklahoma TEDS admissions aged 12 years and older, by primary substance use and gender, age at admission, race, and ethnicity: Percent, 2019.https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
10) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment
11) National Institute on drug Abuse. (2018). Heroin Research Report: What are the treatments for heroin use disorder?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-are-treatments-heroin-use-disorder
12) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: Contingency Management Interventions/Motivational Incentives (Alcohol, Stimulants, Opioids, Marijuana, Nicotine).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-therapies/contingency-management-interventions-motivational-incentives