Heroin is a highly addictive drug, derived from morphine, which works as a central nervous system depressant. When taken in its purest form, it provides the user with feelings of euphoria by temporarily minimizing the brain’s ability to feel pain while increasing feelings of pleasure. Heroin addiction occurs when a person continues to abuse this drug despite the significant impairment or distress it causes in their daily lives. Prolonged heroin abuse cause both molecular and neurochemical changes within the brain, leading to a heroin tolerance, causing the user to need higher dosages in order to feel the effects that the body has begun to crave. Over time, drug addiction takes over an individual’s entire life; all of their time is spent obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of heroin.
At Vantage Point we have over 30 years of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and seniors who are struggling with a variety of mental health and substance abuse disorders. We know how destructive an addiction to heroin can be and we want to help you get your life back on track. Together, we can help get you sober and help you learn the tools needed to have a happier future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive addictions an individual can have; however, the addict is not the only one is affected. If you have a loved one who is battling a heroin addiction, you are likely facing mixed emotions of fear, anger, sadness, and may even be struggling with some codependency issues. Here are some things to keep in mind that can help you cope with your loved one’s heroin addiction:
- Remain hopeful, don’t give up on your loved one. It is important to remain positive during this difficult time for you and your loved one.
- Set boundaries.
- Stop enabling the addict by trying to hide the addiction or lying to protect them.
- Seek professional therapy or counseling for yourself.
- Participate in support groups.
- Take advantage of resources to learn all you can about the disease of addiction.
Though it is ultimately up to the addict to admit that they have a problem and seek treatment, you can talk to them and encourage them to seek the help of a rehab treatment program. Research treatment programs for your loved one, offer to go with them to tour a rehab center, and assure them that you will be there throughout the entire process.
Why Consider Treatment at Vantage Point
After prolonged heroin abuse an individual will become both physically and psychologically dependent upon the drug which makes quitting almost impossible without additional help. In addition to altering the structure and function of the brain, continued heroin abuse has serious negative impacts on an individual’s health. Addicts often have damaged or collapsed veins from injection, there is a higher risk for bacterial or viral infections, and it can lead to the development of heart infections. If you are abusing heroin you may have noticed that you have slowly become more socially isolated from your friends and family, your work performance has slowly been declining, and you may be facing numerous legal problems. The good news is that recovery is possible.
One of the best chances you have for beating a heroin addiction is through the help of an inpatient program that specializes in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction problems. A treatment program with experience in treating heroin addiction can help relieve the symptoms of withdrawal during detox and provide you with a number of therapeutic approaches that will help the addict begin to heal. Additionally, an inpatient program will provide you with a safe environment away from the stress of everyday life where you can truly focus all of your energy on the recovery process.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point we know that no two people are alike and so we make every effort to not only understand, but meet the specific needs of each one of our patients. We are dedicated to providing confidential care in an environment that is designed to promote crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, and personal growth. At Vantage Point, we provide a full continuum of care that ranges from acute inpatient treatments to various outpatient treatments. Throughout all of our programs our main goal is to stabilize patients and get them back to their highest level of functioning so they can return to their community as quickly as possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vantage Point
Upon arriving at Vantage Point, you will meet with a qualified assessment specialist who will conduct a thorough assessment so that we can identify your exact needs and determine your most appropriate level of care. The results of this assessment will be used to develop a plan of care that will outline your treatment process for your stay with us. The different types of treatment we provide through our inpatient program for heroin addiction include:
Detoxification: If you come to Vantage Point chemically dependent on heroin you will begin your inpatient stay in our detoxification program. The detox program at Vantage Point, with around the clock care, is designed to help remove all toxic substances from your body as safely and effectively as possible.
Medication management: Medication is often used during detox to help manage some of the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Additionally, it may be used to control the symptoms of an existing co-occurring disorder. You will work closely with your psychiatrist in order to find a medication that works best for you and it will be consistently monitored throughout your stay with us.
Individual therapy: All of our patients will participate in individual therapy with a qualified therapist at least once per week. However, additional session are available on an as needed basis. During individual sessions, patients will have the opportunity to explore and process the various emotions that they may be experiencing, while at the same time getting at the underlying cause for the development of your addiction.
Group therapy: Group therapy is held on an ongoing basis, meeting multiple times per day. These group sessions will cover topics such as developing positive coping skills, exploring emotional disturbances, identifying triggers for using heroin, and relapse prevention. Group therapy sessions are also an ideal time for patients to come together to support and learn from one another.
Family involvement: At Vantage Point, we understand the importance of family involvement in the success of a person’s treatment. Family therapy sessions are held once a week, but extra sessions can be requested and held at the discretion of the individual’s therapist. Patients are also able to have weekly visitation with family members.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Planning for discharge begins at the time of a patient’s admission into a program. By having the discharge planning process started at admission, it allows case managers and care coordinators time to organize future treatment options. On the day of discharge, patients will have a final meeting with their treatment team in order to go over the next steps for continued care. When patients leave our program they will have in place the ongoing support they need to remain successful with their new found sobriety.
Some clients feel that they would like more time to work through their challenges and choose to enter into a residential program. Others may discharge to an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for therapy during the day and a slow reintegration back into the home in the evenings and on weekends. Still, others may feel that enough progress has been made for them to return home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy program and community resources.