Our treatment team is highly experienced with heroin addiction treatment. We understand that for many, heroin addiction may be the first serious family addiction, having evolved quickly and surprisingly. We also know that more than 4 million Americans have used heroin, many of them becoming dangerously addicted. Over 10,000 people died of heroin overdoses in 2014 alone.
At Breathe we provide a safe, stable environment that allows our clients to work through and let go of the addiction, to help the body heal and redevelop a natural course within the body’s automatic processes. This healing method reminds the body how to feel good again, instinctively. Our unique heroin rehab program combines specialized heroin addiction treatment together with the necessary emotional and spiritual support provided within Breathe Life Healing Centers, which means that clients can begin to create a life they thought was gone forever. It means that families can reconnect, stronger than before, and addiction-free.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is street drug in the opiate family that is synthesized from morphine, which is used in prescription medicine to treat pain. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as black tar heroin. When heroin is ingested, the brain turns it back into morphine.
How do people become addicted to heroin?
Heroin is highly addictive as it creates a chemical reaction in the pleasure center of the brain. These opioid receptors are located in different parts of the brain and the body and communicate pain and pleasure sensations to the brain.
The initial effects of heroin are so intense that it is difficult for the brain to recreate the feeling naturally, thus leading to an almost immediate need to take the drug again. When the body cannot ‘feel’ like it did before, a person begins to use heroin more frequently. Often times the need is so visceral and the addiction so powerful that they will seek it at all costs, regardless of consequences or danger.
Even with no prior history of addiction, someone can become immediately dependent after just one use of heroin. The usage pattern begins to take control on their life. Heroin addiction can destroy families and friendships, and the very drug itself can seem like the only way for someone to feel good again.
How long does heroin addiction treatment last?
Letting go of heroin can be a longer journey than with some other addictions. The intense physiological effects of the drug require the body to be clean for at least a month before the treatment process can truly begin. At Breathe Life Healing Centers, we help you through the initial withdrawal from heroin in our heroin addiction rehab programs. Our treatment program provides healing from the harmful effects of the substance itself.
How Breathe Can Help
We work with clients to rebuild their life in a way that no longer needs heroin to function ‘normally’. We educate how to deal with re-entry into life outside heroin rehab, and how to avoid falling into old patterns and crowds where taking drugs is the accepted way of life. At Breathe, heroin addiction treatment is a journey that starts in our Center and stays with our clients after they leave, allowing each alumnus to live life and thrive in lifelong journey of recovery.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a heroin addiction, we can help. Call 800-929-5904 anytime.