Our residential opioid and heroin treatment at 10 Acre Ranch Recovery Center offers the highest level of care to ensure safety and success.
Do you find yourself suddenly struggling with an opioid addiction? If so, you’re not alone. 2014 statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that 2.1 million people in the U.S. alone abuse opioids and another roughly half million are addicted to heroin. Even more shocking, many did not become addicts through recreational use, but from the abuse of prescribed medicines.
Regardless of how your addiction began, the decision to enter residential opioid or heroin rehab is the first major step forward. With the number of opioid addiction treatment centers available, there are more options for treatment than ever. Creekside Ranch Treatment Center offers a safe and welcoming treatment environment that is focused on treating the whole person, and not just the addiction. Our highly trained and dedicated staff works with you every step of the way to help you get to a place of wellness.
This particular form of opioid has been used for over a century now. Like all opioids, it is a highly addictive substance that, over time, will completely consume the lives of those who use it.
The drug comes in various forms, and can sometimes be difficult for the untrained eye to identify. It can be either a brown or white powder, but it can also come in the form of a sticky resin known as black tar heroin.
Heroin acts by targeting pleasure centers within the brain. After ingesting (either by snorting, smoking, or injecting), the drug is converted into morphine and binds to the brain’s opioid receptors, which triggers the pleasurable response.
In addition to dangers of heroin alone, it is also frequently combined with stimulants such as cocaine to further enhance the effects. Overdose on Heroin is a very real possibility, but once the drug is combined with counteracting stimulants, the risks increase dramatically.
Heroin is rarely found in its pure form. It is usually “cut” with various impurities by street level dealers for economic purposes.
These substances can also make heroin a much greater health risk. Some of the substances used to dilute the drug are:
Heroin rehab can be an extremely difficult process for any addict. Multiple relapses are common with many users. Prolonged use alters neurochemistry to such a degree that the brain thinks the substance is necessary for proper functioning. Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility offers 16 beds for treatment purposes, and 6 of those beds are reserved for detox patients. Our patients are provided with a counsellor and social worker or case manager upon arrival to determine the best course of action in dealing with addiction. Typically, heroin addiction requires admittance for treatment because of how intensive the treatment plans are.
Due to the severity of the addiction, it is recommended that heroin withdrawal only be performed under close medical supervision. In some cases, the symptoms of withdrawal can be so severe enough to be life-threatening.
Recent studies have shown that 75% of those in heroin rehab say they started out with an addiction to opioid painkillers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also reports that incidence of opioid overdose has quadrupled since 1999. Clearly, the problem is one that is growing in scale and leading to catastrophic results for many.
Withdrawal from opioid painkillers can sometimes be just as severe as heroin withdrawal. It will depend on the degree of addiction and also the type of opioids that have been abused. For short-acting opiates, withdrawal symptoms begin within 6-12 following the last dose. In the case of long-acting forms of the drug, the window is 30 hours.
Withdraw from opioids typically occurs in an early and a late stage. In the early stage, the following symptoms can be expected:
Trouble falling and staying asleep
At their peak, a patient can expect to experience the following:
These later experiences will peak around 72 hours and can last up to a week or more. In terms of the psychological effects of withdrawal, however, those symptoms can last even longer.
There are a few treatment options when it comes to opioid detox. Programs such as Medical Detox will include both medications to help alleviate symptoms, as well as psychological counseling. During the course of this treatment, the patients remain under the supervision of both medical doctors and mental health professionals.
Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility conducts a thorough assessment upon admittance to any of our programs, and each patient goes through a series of examinations including a bio psycho-social assessment, a case management assessment, a treatment plan assessment and then ongoing treatment plan assessments are conducted every 7 days to ensure continuity of care and effectiveness of treatment.
It should also be noted that opioid addiction is chronic in nature. Relapse is common for many of those attempting recovery. As a result, treatment strategies must be both ongoing and comprehensive. The situation is particularly critical because further abuse following a period of detox can make an overdose more likely. According to the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM), 46 people die every day (almost 2 per hour) due to overdose on prescription opioids.
Due to these factors, it is critical that if you or a loved one is suffering from some form of opioid addiction, whether it is heroin or prescription painkillers, that you seek out immediate medical treatment. Finding the right opioid addiction treatment center for your detoxification and aftercare could mean the difference between a successful recovery and the very dangerous proposition of relapse. The staff and medical professionals at Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility want you to know that you are not alone in this fight. We work with you and your family to determine the best course of action in a treatment plan that is designed to meet your individual needs