Heroin addiction can be one of the most difficult substance use disorders to overcome – but compassionate and evidence-based care can help you or your loved ones achieve recovery. More than one million people in the United States live with a heroin addiction, and estimates suggest that as many as 94% don’t receive any treatment for this debilitating disorder.
Overcoming a heroin addiction can feel impossible. But there are a number of medications, treatments, and therapies that have proven themselves to be effective at helping people overcome their addiction – and the team at TN Detox Center can help you finally achieve recovery from your heroin addiction.
Understanding Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that can lead to lasting brain changes, an inability to cut down or stop heroin use on your own, and continued heroin abuse despite mounting consequences. Heroin addiction is not a choice. Rather, a number of internal and external pressures can make it impossible for people to stop using heroin on their own.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heroin Addiction
The American Psychiatric Association lists eleven key criteria of a heroin addiction. Experiencing just two or three of the following symptoms can lead to a formal diagnosis – with four or five symptoms being considered moderate in severity, and six or more being considered severe:
- Using more heroin than intended, or for longer than you planned to
- Multiple failed attempts to cut down or stop heroin use on your own
- Spending an inordinate amount of time using heroin, seeking them out, or recovering from their effects
- Invasive drug cravings for heroin
- Heroin use interferes with your ability to fulfill obligations at school, work, or home
- Continued heroin use despite social or interpersonal problems caused by opioid use
- Giving up on important hobbies or activities because of heroin use
- Using heroin when it is dangerous to do so, such as while driving
- Continuing to use heroin despite worsening physical or mental health symptoms
- Increased tolerance for heroin, meaning you need to take increasingly greater amounts of heroin to achieve the desired effect, or diminished effects when using the same dose
- Withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop taking heroin
If you recognize these signs, the time to start treatment is now. Over time, heroin addiction tends to get worse, rather than better – and you run the risk of developing serious physical and mental health complications the longer you live with addiction.
How Our Heroin Rehab Center Can Help
TN Detox Center’s heroin rehab program leverages several evidence-based approaches to help people break free from addiction and achieve a lasting recovery. Treatment typically starts at our medical detox program – which can help you overcome the debilitating symptoms of heroin withdrawal – and is followed by inpatient treatment which teaches people the skills and strategies to maintain their sobriety for years to come. Treatment at our drug rehab center includes:
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder is one of the fastest, most effective, simplest ways to overcome the challenges of living with a heroin addiction. Multiple medications have been FDA approved to treat opioid use disorders, including:
- Buprenorphine – also marketed under the brand names Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade
- Naltrexone – also marketed under the brand name Vivitrol
Each medication works slightly differently, but they all have significant scientific support in helping people achieve and maintain abstinence. These medications can drastically reduce withdrawal symptoms, significantly decrease the frequency of drug cravings, and help people feel better faster – which can in turn help you to focus on the therapies offered at your drug rehab center.
Multiple forms of talk therapy can help people who are seeking recovery from a heroin addiction. Talk therapy focuses less on the physical symptoms of addiction, and more on the behavioral challenges that many people face when starting a new path to recovery. Quitting heroin is about more than simply putting down the drug – it’s about learning to enjoy your life in recovery, find healthier ways of dealing with life’s challenges, and finding purpose and meaning in a life free from addiction.
Some of the most common forms of talk therapy used in treating heroin addiction include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a therapeutic approach based on the observation that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors all influence one another. By learning to change the way that you think, you can start to feel better and change the way that you act. CBT helps people identify problematic thought patterns, learn to challenge and change these thoughts, and offers new ways of thinking that have been proven to help people overcome addiction.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT shares many of the core elements of CBT, but recognizes that some thoughts simply cannot be changed at will. Instead, they need to learn to be accepted without feeling the need to act upon them. By teaching clients mindfulness strategies, tools for emotional regulation, and enhanced communication skills, many people can break through the barriers to recovery that their addiction has placed upon them.
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): Sometimes called motivational interviewing, MET is an approach that emphasizes collaboration with each client. Rather than telling you what to do, your therapist works with you to determine what you think is best for your recovery, and helps you build and maintain the motivation to stay sober.
These are just a few of the therapies offered at our heroin rehab facilities – alongside 12-Step facilitation, drug and alcohol support groups, family therapy, and mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders. Together, they can lay a foundation for a lifetime in recovery.
Support When You Need it Most
No matter the treatments you receive, overcoming a heroin addiction is never easy. But by choosing TN Detox’s drug rehab center, you’ll find the support and compassion that can help you through the difficult times, and never have to face the challenges of recovery alone. We know how difficult achieving sobriety can be, and how impactful having a team of recovery advocates is during the recovery process.
We care about your recovery – and choosing our heroin rehab program gives you access to 24/7 support from addiction professionals, a safe and restorative place to recover, and the motivation of having a team at your side for your recovery process.
Start A Heroin Rehab Program at TN Detox Center
When you’re ready to begin treatment, call our team at (615) 488-5311 or fill out our confidential online contact form for more information. You can break free from a heroin addiction, and TN Detox Center can help show you the way.