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heroin addiction treatmentHeroin use and abuse affect people from all walks of life. Heroin and other opioids are highly addictive. The semi-synthetic opioid can be injected or smoked. For many people, heroin use can occur after prescription opioid use of products like OxyContin or Vicodin. Unfortunately, heroin can be difficult to quit taking without medical and psychiatric support. Where can you go for help? Heroin addiction treatment at Athens Addiction Recovery Center is the answer.

If you or someone you love needs substance abuse treatment for heroin abuse, call Athens Addiction Recovery Center today. Our Athens, Georgia clinic helps students, families, and professionals living with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Call us today at 844.959.4998 to learn more about our heroin addiction treatment program.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid made from morphine. Originally derived from the opium poppy, opiates and opioids block pain receptors in the brain. They are effective for short-term pain relief. Unfortunately, they are also highly addictive. Heroin comes in a white powder. Users smoke, snort, inject, or inhale the drug for an immediate effect. A rush of dopamine and euphoria lasts around a minute. Longer effects last up to 5 hours. When people become addicted to heroin, they need to use every six to 12 hours to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

The more often people use heroin, the stronger their withdrawal symptoms become. Over time, the brain becomes dependent on heroin, producing less dopamine on its own. This can lead to addiction and potential overdose. Signs of heroin addiction include: 

  • Mood swings
  • Weight loss
  • Scabs from picking at skin
  • Hallucinations
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Lack of motivation
  • Delusions
  • Self-isolation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Flushed skin
  • Injection site marks
  • Constricted pupils
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety

Other signs of heroin abuse include:

  • Changes in sleep, hygiene, and finances
  • Sudden personality changes
  • A lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Strained relationships
  • Manipulation

Unfortunately, heroin use is very common in the United States. While many people try heroin in their teens and 20s, regular heroin users tend to be over age 30. Many people may attempt quitting on their own. Unfortunately, quitting heroin cold turkey is usually unsuccessful and can lead to reuse, overdose, and even death.

When the body becomes dependent on opioids, the user experiences withdrawal symptoms referred to as “dope sickness.” These symptoms can be incredibly difficult to manage without medical and psychiatric help. 

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Athens, GA 

At Athens Recovery, we focus on non-judgmental, LGBTQ-friendly outpatient treatment. With PHP and IPO programs, we tailor addiction recovery to our client’s schedules. We believe that addiction treatment deserves lifelong support and care. Our therapists treat dual diagnosis alongside addiction, with an emphasis on trauma therapy.

Our PHP and IPO programs require clients to visit the clinic daily for therapy and medically assisted detox. However, unlike residential rehab, our clients sleep at home. This allows them to balance rehab with school, work, and home life.

Our heroin rehab programs include medically assisted detox with Suboxone. Administered by our nursing staff, Suboxone helps clients detox from heroin and other opioids without withdrawal effects or drug cravings. This treatment, alongside multiple types of therapy, reduces the risk of reuse.

Our therapy programs for heroin addiction treatment also include:

  • ​​ACT
  • ​​DBT
  • ​​CBT
  • ​​Anger management
  • ​​MET
  • ​​EMDR
  • ​​Yoga
  • ​​Art therapy
  • ​​REBT
  • ​​Meditative therapy
  • ​​Family therapy
  • ​​Group therapy

Our people-centered therapy helps students, families, and professionals overcome addiction and co-occurring disorders. With compassionate trauma-informed staff, we love supporting clients through every stage of addiction recovery for lifetime sobriety.

Learn More About Athens Addiction Recovery Center Today

If you’re ready to learn more about what heroin rehab at Athens Addiction Recovery can do for you, call us today at 844.959.4998 to speak with our staff.