Heroin abuse can quickly lead to physical dependence and full-blown addiction. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas uses evidence-based treatments to help you overcome heroin addiction and prepare you for long-lasting recovery.
Heroin abuse in Nevada
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid drug that has become increasingly popular in Nevada during the current national opioid epidemic. As Nevadans suffering from opioid addiction find it more difficult to obtain prescription opioids, they are turning to heroin as a cheaper and easier-to-find substitute.
According to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 300 Nevada residents have used heroin in the past year.
Heroin is most common among young adults, with 1 in 125 Nevadans aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year heroin use. Heroin abuse is also an issue among Nevada’s youth and teens, as 1 in 45 Nevada high school students admit that they have tried heroin at least once in their lifetime.
The rising popularity of heroin has become a major public health concern for the state of Nevada. Recent statistics from 2018 demonstrating the dire consequences of heroin abuse in Nevada include:
- 342 emergency department visits related to heroin overdose (nearly one-half of all opioid-related poisonings treated in Nevada emergency departments) 4
- 104 inpatient hospital admissions for heroin overdose (more than one-fifth of all opioid-related inpatient admissions) 4
- 108 unintentional overdose deaths related to heroin5 (nearly one-quarter of all opioid-related overdose deaths in Nevada) 4
Heroin use is a major concern for Nevada residents seeking substance abuse treatment. According to recent admissions data, heroin addiction was reported during 630 admissions to Nevada treatment facilities in 2019. 6
Heroin addiction treatment in Las Vegas
Heroin addiction is very difficult to overcome on your own. When left untreated, heroin addiction can inflict considerable damage on your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. If you are struggling with heroin use and want to quit, please do not hesitate to reach out for professional help from a local heroin rehab center. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas is a licensed, accredited, and highly respected addiction treatment center that provides evidence-based heroin treatment to the Las Vegas community. Our safe and secure treatment facility is conveniently located in the city of Las Vegas, just minutes from U.S. Route 95.
The heroin addiction treatment program at Landmark Recovery begins with an initial assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner. These findings are used to develop a personalized treatment program that will ensure your specific recovery needs are met. Depending on the extent of care that is needed, your treatment can be delivered through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
The first step in recovery from heroin addiction is detox, the natural process of flushing out all traces of drugs and toxins from your body. If you developed a physical dependence on heroin you should strongly consider detoxing under medical supervision at a treatment center.
Landmark Recovery offers a medical detox program that can properly manage the dangerous symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Although the effects of withdrawal will vary based on factors like the length and severity of addiction, most individuals going through detox will experience symptoms such as: 7
- Abdominal cramps
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sleep problems
- Severe cravings
During your medical detox, our trained team of clinical specialists will provide around-the-clock care and support. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings for heroin will be carefully treated using a variety of medications such as the FDA-approved opioid addiction drugs methadone and buprenorphine. 8 We will also carefully monitor you for any signs of medical complications that may arise during heroin withdrawal. Potentially life-threatening issues to watch for include persistent vomiting and diarrhea that can lead to severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and heart failure. 9
Maintenance medication and behavioral therapy
Following heroin detox, you will be ready to transition into your personalized heroin treatment program, which will include a combination of behavioral and pharmacological therapies. Maintenance therapy medications (such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone) minimize withdrawal symptoms and heroin cravings, helping to increase retention in treatment programs and reduce the risk of future relapse. 10 Evidence-based behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, contingency management, and motivational incentives, are integrated into individual and group counseling sessions to help identify the underlying causes of addiction and teach the healthy habits and behaviors that are needed to overcome future cravings and sustain long-term recovery. 8,11
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas will continue to support your recovery from heroin addiction long after you leave our center. Prior to your discharge from the program, you will receive a comprehensive discharge plan (including coping mechanisms, lifestyle guides, and referrals to private therapists and sober living homes). We also provide all alumni with a personal recovery coach and access to specialized alumni programming such as monthly symposiums, support group meetings, and dedicated family counselors.
How Can I Get More Information?
Are you ready to face your heroin addiction? Please call Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas at (725) 217-9910 to learn how our evidence-based medical detox and heroin addiction treatment programs can help you get clean and remain sober.