Looking for safe and effective treatment for heroin addiction in Virginia? Landmark Recovery is proud to offer just that right here in Richmond. We ensure our treatments are well-designed and evidence-based to ensure their efficacy for every patient that walks through our doors.
Heroin is an opioid that comes from the opium poppy plant and has been used in some form for millennia and across multiple continents. Commonly seen in a white or brown powder form, it’s usually heated up and injected by the user directly into the veins. For this reason, the sharing of needles is common among heavy users, introducing a severe risk of contracting HIV or other diseases/viruses.
Heroin can also be snorted, smoked, or ingested, affecting the strength of the high and time between using it to feeling the effects. There’s a form of heroin that’s black and sticky called “black tar” that appears that way due to impurities; black tar is far cheaper on the black market, but very risky due to the present impurities.
A large amount of heroin on the market today is laced with synthetic opioid substances, such as fentanyl, that dramatically increase the power of a single dose on the individual. Because of the way heroin affects the body (slowed breathing and heart rate), a single laced dose in the amount regularly used can induce an overdose far easier than a dose of pure heroin.
In Virginia, only 0.3% of residents above the age of 11 have used heroin in the past year alone. The highest-using population, 18- to 25-year-olds, has a use rate of 0.52% in a single year. Virginia’s use might be relatively low compared to some areas in the US, but anything above zero is a tragedy that can be prevented. The heroin overdose count in Virginia during 2019 was 532, with 852 overdosing from synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Luckily, these numbers are plateauing or otherwise declining in general.
Treatment for illicit drug use disorders across most statistical age groups is around 2.8%, with around 2.5% of additional Virginians needing treatment but not seeking it out. This leaves us with the task of treating all unreached individuals in the state, which we take on as our mission.
Heroin is tough to treat due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, which can include nausea, gooseflesh and sweats, and insomnia. Landmark offers medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for severe cases to ensure the treatment process for heroin addiction is successful. Residential treatment is probably the best path forward in the case of heroin addiction, but for less severe cases we also offer outpatient treatment.
Sometimes a relapse occurs, but we try to dramatically lessen the chances of that occurring by making an alumni program available, along with behavioral therapies and individual/group counseling. 12-step programs are available at our facilities, including Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.
To learn more about how Landmark Recovery of Richmond can help you in your journey towards living beyond addiction, give us a call at 804-599-3473. There is no shame in seeking treatment for an addiction, as the best thing you can do for yourself is working toward sobriety in the knowledge that a better life is waiting for you.
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1) Landmark Recovery.https://landmarkrecovery.com/
2) National Institue on Drug Abuse. (2020). Heroin.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/commonly-used-drugs-charts#heroin
3) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-2019-nsduh-state-specific-tables
4) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020).https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/virginia-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
5) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2021).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-2019-nsduh-state-specific-tables
6) Landmark Recovery. Services.https://landmarkrecovery.com/services/