Heroin abuse can quickly develop into a strong physical and mental dependence. You have a variety of options for your heroin rehab in Louisville. Landmark Recovery of Louisville uses science-backed treatments and supports you long after you leave our heroin rehab center.
Heroin abuse in Kentucky
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid drug made from morphine, a natural psychoactive substance that is produced by the opium poppy plant. 1 Heroin abuse is one of the most critical public health issues currently facing Kentucky. According to a survey funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1 in 5 Kentucky residents say they have family members or friends who have problems related to heroin use. 2 Louisville has been particularly affected by the effects of heroin abuse, as nearly 1 out of every 4 adults in Louisville knows someone with a heroin problem.
The rate of heroin use has surged during the current opioid epidemic, as Kentuckians suffering from prescription opioid addiction have turned to heroin as a cheaper and easier-to-find alternative. 3 This increased use of heroin has led to dire consequences for the state of Kentucky. Autopsies and toxicology reports show that heroin was involved in 166 overdose deaths in Kentucky during 2019, accounting for approximately 13% of all overdose fatalities for the year. 4 Tragically, a recently published study shows that the social isolation and economic distress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the risk of heroin overdose among Kentuckians already struggling with opioid addiction. 5
Recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that approximately 1 in 250 Kentuckians have used heroin in the past year. 6 The use of heroin is most common among young adults, with around 1 in 150 Kentucky residents aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year use. Heroin abuse is also an issue facing the youth of Kentucky, as nearly 1 in 55 high school students have admitted trying heroin at least once. 7
Heroin use is a major concern for Kentucky residents seeking substance abuse treatment. According to recent admissions data, heroin addiction was reported during 3,607 admissions to Kentucky rehab facilities in 2019 (1 out of every 6 admissions). 8
Heroin addiction is very difficult to overcome on your own, especially if you have developed a physical dependence that results in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms whenever heroin use is suddenly stopped. If you are struggling with heroin use and want to quit, it’s important that you reach out for professional help. Landmark Recovery provides evidence-based treatment at our safe and secure heroin rehab center in Louisville. Our rehab center is conveniently located on Fern Valley Rd (Kentucky Route 1747), just minutes off Interstate 65.
Although the symptoms of heroin withdrawal can vary depending on the length and severity of addiction, many individuals will experience: 9
Due to the pain and discomfort associated with heroin withdrawal, medical detox will often be the first step in our Louisville heroin rehab program. During this process, our trained medical team will provide around-the-clock supportive care as your body flushes out all remaining traces of heroin. We will manage withdrawal symptoms with FDA-approved medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine, 10 and carefully monitor you for signs of potentially life-threatening complications, such as persistent vomiting and diarrhea that can result in dehydration, elevated blood sodium levels, and heart failure. 11
Therapy and counseling
Following detox, you will be ready to begin the therapeutic phase of heroin rehab in Louisville, KY. Landmark Recovery’s heroin rehab center offers individual and group counseling and a variety of behavioral therapies that will effectively treat heroin addiction and help prevent relapse. 12 Science-backed treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, contingency management, and motivational incentives will be used to identify the root causes of your addiction and help you develop the behavioral skills and coping skills needed to overcome future cravings and ensure long-term recovery. 13
Following the completion of heroin rehab in our Louisville Landmark Recovery center, you will continue to receive ongoing support through our aftercare program. In order to build on the treatment that was received at our rehab center, we offer all alumni a comprehensive discharge plan (including referrals to private therapists and sober living homes) as well as access to specialized programming such as monthly symposiums, support group meetings, and dedicated family counselors. You will also be assigned a personal recovery coach who will help guide you through your self-directed recovery plan.
Are you ready to face your heroin addiction? Please call Landmark Recovery of Louisville at 502-309-2675 to learn more about how the evidence-based medical detox and treatment programs at our heroin rehab in Louisville can help you get clean and remain sober.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin
2) Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. (2019).https://www.healthy-ky.org/res/images/resources/KHIP-substance-use-FINAL.pdf
3) Kuehn BM. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014;312(2):118–119. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/1886185
4) Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. (2020).https://odcp.ky.gov/Documents/2019%20Kentucky%20Overdose%20Fatality%20Report%20FINAL1.pdf
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12) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-are-treatments-heroin-use-disorder
13) 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
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