Overcoming a heroin addiction on your own can be nearly impossible. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas will support you through each stage of the recovery program and help you achieve long-lasting sobriety.
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance extracted from various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. 1 Although heroin is illegal in the United States, use of the drug has significantly increased over recent years as a result of the national opioid crisis. Because many individuals suffering from opioid addiction are finding it harder to obtain doctor-prescribed opioid pain medications, they have turned to heroin as a less expensive and easier-to-find substitute. 2 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 80% of heroin users misused prescription opioids before they started using heroin. 3
Recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that nearly 1 in 300 Nevadans used heroin in the past year. 4 Heroin is most popular among young adults, with 1 in 125 Nevada residents aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year use. Heroin abuse is also a problem facing teens in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada, as 1 in 45 Nevada high school students report that they have tried heroin at least once. 5
Every community across the Silver State has experienced the heartbreak of lives impacted by heroin addiction in Nevada. In 2018, there were 342 emergency room visits and more than 100 inpatient hospital admissions related to heroin overdose. 6 Autopsy and toxicology test results indicate that there were 108 overdose deaths involving heroin recorded in the same year. 7 Nevada residents who use heroin are also at increased risk for viral infections, such as HIV and hepatitis C, due to the common practice of needle sharing among heroin users. Of the nearly 10,000 Nevadans living with a diagnosed HIV infection in 2017, it is estimated that 15-20% of cases were attributed to injection drug use. 7
Admissions data indicate that heroin is widely used among individuals receiving substance abuse treatment in Nevada. In 2019, heroin addiction was reported in nearly 1 out of every 17 admissions to Nevada treatment centers. 8
Heroin addiction is an insidious disease that is difficult to overcome on your own. If you are struggling with heroin abuse, please consider seeking help from a professional heroin treatment center. Landmark Recovery’s heroin addiction recovery program provides supportive care and evidence-based therapies that can help you take your life back.
The first step in recovery from heroin addiction is to cease using heroin and undergo detox, the natural process of clearing all traces of heroin from your body. If you developed a physical dependence on heroin, you will likely feel and experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms during your detox. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal often include: 9
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas offers a medical detox program that can manage the pain and discomfort of heroin withdrawal to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the entire detox process. While detoxing at our Las Vegas heroin recovery center under the supervision of a psychiatrist and internal medicine specialist, you will receive expert medical care, around-the-clock monitoring, nutrition supplements, and medications to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Once you finish detox and are medically stabilized, you will be ready to participate in the treatment phase of your recovery. Research has shown that the most effective approach to heroin recovery treatment is a combination of medication, counseling, and behavioral therapy. 10 Depending on the nature of your addiction and the presence of any unique challenges (such as a co-occurring mental health disorder), your personalized treatment may be provided through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient programs.
The FDA has approved several medications for the treatment of heroin addiction (buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, suboxone, and lofexidine). 11 Different medications may be used at different stages of your recovery; some of these medications can be administered during detox to help you wean off of heroin, while others may be used as a maintenance therapy to help you stay in treatment and avoid relapse. 12
Behavioral therapy will be used to identify the underlying causes of heroin abuse and develop the behavioral skills and coping mechanisms needed to overcome cravings and prevent relapse. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas utilizes a variety of science-backed behavioral therapies to treat heroin addiction, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, contingency management, family behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. 13-14
Recovery from heroin addiction is a life-long process, and Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas will continue to support you long after you leave our rehab facility. We provide all clients with aftercare services that include a comprehensive discharge plan (including referrals to sober living homes, outpatient rehab, and private therapists), a personal recovery coach, dedicated family counselors, and access to alumni programming and support group meetings.
If you are struggling with heroin addiction, Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas is here to help. We take a holistic, integrated approach to heroin rehab treatment in order to help you recover from addiction and achieve long-term wellness. Please call our Las Vegas facility at (725) 217-9910 to learn more about our medical detox and heroin recovery programs.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin
2) Kuehn BM. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014;312(2):118–119.https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/1886185
3) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/download/19774/prescription-opioids-heroin-research-report.pdf?v=fc86d9fdda38d0f275b23cd969da1a1f
4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=NV
6) Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Analytics. (2020).http://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Resources/opioids/Opioid%20Surveillance%20Report%20-%20January%202020.pdf
7) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020).https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/nevada-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
8) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020).https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
9) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015).https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
10) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment
11) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018).https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-non-opioid-treatment-management-opioid-withdrawal-symptoms-adults
12) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/medications-to-treat-opioid-addiction/efficacy-medications-opioid-use-disorder
13) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-are-treatments-heroin-use-disorder
14) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020).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