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Addiction is a complex, highly destructive disease that we’ve only recently begun to understand. In fact, not long ago the consensus was that those who suffered from substance abuse disorders merely lacked self-control and exhibited moral or behavioral issues. However, with years of research and study, we’ve come to understand that addiction is actually a chronic brain disease, characterized by habitual substance abuse and relapsing behavior.
Though the disease is incurable, addiction can be treated so that individuals who suffer from substance abuse problems can live healthy, productive lives. With our current understanding of addiction, we’ve developed several different types of clinical addiction treatment programs, each of which can address the effects and symptoms of specific types of addiction. For instance, heroin addiction — which has recently become one of the most common types of substance abuse disorder — can be effectively treated with either inpatient or outpatient care. Individuals who want to experience the greatest levels of success in recovery can preface their recovery programs with our heroin detox in Port Saint Lucie.
There are many mind-altering substances that are highly addictive. When we talk about substance abuse and addiction, many people most readily associate cocaine, alcohol, and prescription painkillers; however, heroin is one of the most widely-abused of all chemical intoxicants.
In recent years, we’ve seen heroin rise to become one of the most concerning of all mind-altering substances. Many public officials and substance abuse researchers have referred to heroin addiction — as well as opioid addiction overall — as an “epidemic,” which infers just how severe this form of substance abuse has become. Entire communities have been devastated by heroin abuse and the effects of widespread heroin addiction, causing many public officials to search for ways of alleviating this growing epidemic.
Heroin is a type of substance known as an opiate. In short, an opiate is a substance that’s derived from opium, which, itself, is obtained from the opium poppy. While there are other opiates, including morphine and codeine, synthetic opium-like substances — i.e., OxyContin and Percocet — are not opiates since they’re similar to opium only in their effects; on a structural or molecular level, most synthetic prescription painkillers are dissimilar to opiates. However, both naturally-occurring opiates and synthetic painkillers are grouped together in a class of drugs known as opioids.
The way that heroin and other opioid substances work is by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. When this occurs, it inhibits pain receptors, which is why these drugs are often prescribed to individuals suffering from chronic pain. But when a person uses an opioid drug frequent over an extended period of time, the brain becomes accustomed to elevated levels of opioids, resulting in the production of less natural opioids; thus, the brain effectively becomes dependent on the opioids, which is the basis for an addiction.
When it comes to rehabilitation, it’s important to realize that there are several different types of treatment, each of which is designed to be used at a particular phase of the recovery process and to address very specific aspects of addiction. Typically, those who refer to an “addiction treatment program” are talking about an inpatient or outpatient program, which encompasses the majority of the rehabilitation process. However, prior to beginning the actual treatment phase, many individuals will require an initial period of detox treatment.
Detox treatment often occurs before a patient receives any other type of treatment. Having become addicted to heroin, an individual who needs treatment will experience withdrawal symptoms after even just the briefest periods of time without heroin. In fact, fear of withdrawal is one of the most common reasons why people remain in active heroin addiction. Since a person experiencing withdrawal symptoms would have much difficulty participating in psychotherapy, group counseling sessions, and other rehabilitative treatments, he or she will need some form of preliminary treatment that helps him or her overcome the physical or physiological aspects of the heroin addiction, and that’s what heroin detox treatment is meant to do.
If you or a loved one is in need of a heroin detox, Port Saint Lucie offers none better than the Just Believe Recovery heroin detoxification program. As is a standard feature of such detox programs, our Port Saint Lucie heroin detox takes place prior to beginning the actual treatment program. Taking place for between 7 and 10 days prior to the treatment phase of recovery, the patient is able to simply focus on recovery, participating in no counseling or therapy sessions and, instead, just taking care of his or her physical needs.
The length of a heroin detox program will depend solely on the individual. In particular, the length of a heroin detox treatment will vary depending on factors like the length of time spent in active heroin addiction, the severity (or amount) of one’s daily heroin intake, whether there’s a family history of addiction, whether there have been previous attempts at recovery, and so on. As well, an individual is provided with ample time to achieve a successful detoxification; so if it’s estimated that seven days is needed to complete detoxification treatment, but the patient hasn’t totally detoxed after those seven days, the detox program will be extended to accommodate his or her detox needs. Ultimately, the program will be however long the patient needs for it to be so that he or she can detox successfully and, consequently, so he or she will experience optimal benefit from the actual treatment program.
Everyone who suffers from heroin addiction has developed the disease through his or her own unique circumstances. While one individual might develop heroin addiction due to having been friends with another heroin addict, another individual might have come from a family in which several people have suffered from addiction. But as the circumstances vary from person to person, each individual’s recovery needs will vary, too.
Though heroin detox treatment may not be necessary for all, virtually everyone would benefit from our heroin detox in Port Saint Lucie in some way. Whether it’s by making recovery smoother or giving the patient a little extra time to focus on the different stages of recovery, our heroin detox treatment program can be a great fit for most recovery needs.
If you or someone you love is suffering from heroin addiction and would like to learn more about our heroin detox in Port Saint Lucie, call Just Believe Recovery at 877-978-1208. Our recovery specialists are available anytime, day or night, to help you or your loved one take the first steps on the journey toward lasting sobriety.
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Unlike many other addiction treatment programs in South Florida, Just Believe Recovery provides all necessary levels of care for the individual. From your initial phone call to us, through the detox process and all the way through each level of residential and outpatient treatment – you will work with the same team from start to finish. You can rest assured that your complete care will be with only one facility.