Heroin requires special treatment options to ensure safe and effective recovery. Our Indianapolis heroin addiction treatment center has evidence-based programs that are designed to help set you up for lifelong success.
Substance abuse is a major public health issue throughout the country, and heroin is one of the most addictive drugs around. Heroin is an illegal opioid that is derived from morphine, a natural substance that can be found in various poppy plants. 1 The drug can be snorted or smoked but is usually injected into the veins of the user, as this method provides the most intense high. Heroin rapidly enters the brain and binds special opioid receptors, reducing the ability to feel pain and providing the user with feelings of euphoria. 1 Like other opioid drugs, heroin is a central nervous system depressant that slows breathing and decreases heart rate. When enough of the drug is used a person can overdose, which can lead to unconsciousness, coma, permanent brain damage, and death.
Over time your brain will forget how to produce pleasurable sensations on its own, causing an intense desire to go back to heroin time after time. The repeat use of heroin alters the brain and causes a reinforcement of drug taking behavior, making it very difficult to quit using heroin. 2
The use of heroin is a concern for the entire state of Indiana. Although the drug is most readily available in the populated urban areas of the state (Gary, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis), the effects of heroin abuse extend across the state from large cities to small suburban towns. 3 Approximately 1 in 200 Indiana residents (over the age of 12) have used heroin in the past year, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Heroin use is most common among young adults (aged 18 to 25), with about 1 in 116 reporting past-year use. 4 Unfortunately, heroin has also become a problem for Indiana teenagers, with the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reporting that 1 in 40 Indiana high school students (grades 9 through 12) have tried heroin at least once. 5
Heroin abuse has led to serious consequences for Indiana residents. In the past year nearly 500 inpatient hospitalizations were related to heroin use, 6 and over 3,500 emergency department admissions were a result of heroin use. 7 The rate of drug-related fatalities in Indiana exceeds the national average, and during the past year there were 311 overdose deaths that involved heroin. 8 Due to the common practice of needle-sharing among heroin users, the use of heroin is also a significant risk factor for the spread of infectious diseases like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Of the new HIV diagnoses made in Indiana during 2017, 1 in 10 new diagnoses in males and 1 in 6 new diagnoses in females were attributed to injection drug use. 8
Admissions data indicate that heroin is widely used among Hoosiers seeking addiction treatment. According to recent Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), heroin use was reported in nearly a quarter of all admissions to Indiana addiction treatment centers. 9
Research shows that the most effective approach to heroin treatment in Indianapolis is a combination of behavioral therapies and medications that can reduce withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. 10 Landmark Recovery is proud to offer a variety of effective behavioral and pharmacological treatments for heroin addiction at our Indianapolis heroin addiction treatment center.
There are several medicines that can be used to treat heroin addiction. One of the most well-known is methadone, an opioid drug that weakly binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain as heroin. Methadone produces similar effects to heroin without the associated high, helping to alleviate cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can focus on therapy.
Eventually, the long-term goal will be to gradually wean off methadone over time. Other FDA-approved drugs for opioid addiction include naltrexone, buprenorphine, suboxone, and lofexidine. 11
Before starting any heroin treatment in Indianapolis, you must stop using heroin and clear all traces of the drug from your body. During this process of detoxification, or detox, you will experience withdrawal symptoms that typically begin 8-12 hours after your last heroin dose and peak at around 2-3 days. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and typically include: 12
When considering different options for heroin treatment, Indianapolis residents must choose a heroin addiction treatment center that offers medically supervised detoxification services. At Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis, we are able to provide you with the opportunity to undergo heroin detox in a safe and secure environment under the care of trained clinical specialists. Our team of trained professionals will provide around-the-clock care and take the necessary measures to keep you comfortable and pain-free, including the administration of medications to treat the harshest effects of withdrawal symptoms. You will be closely monitored throughout the entire detox process and any potential complications, which can become life threatening if not properly treated, will be promptly addressed. 13
Following heroin detox at Landmark Recovery, you will be smoothly transitioned into an evidence-based heroin treatment program that will teach you how to cope with stressful life events without needing to get high. Your individualized treatment program will be tailored to your specific needs and feature individual and group counseling and various behavioral therapies that emphasize the learning of new habits and behaviors to help prevent relapse. Some of the proven behavioral therapies used for treating heroin addiction include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, contingency management, and other reinforcement and incentive-based strategies. 14
If you or a loved one are ready to overcome an addiction to heroin, please call Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis at 317-449-8029 for more details about our Indianapolis heroin treatment and how our medically supervised heroin detox process and personalized treatment programs can help to get you on the road to wellness and recovery.
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