You can overcome your addiction to heroin or opioids. Here’s what you need to know.Expert Help for Heroin and Opioid Addiction
Sun Cloud Health offers dignified, personalized treatment for heroin or opioid addiction.
Has heroin addiction taken over your life – or the life of a loved one?
Are you ready to get your life back?
Whether you are struggling with heroin use, or you are one of the thousands who are abusing opioids, we are here for you.
There is a lot to know about these drugs and the patterns that caused you to get involved with them. But the main thing to know is that recovery is possible. We have helped thousands of people overcome their dependency on heroin and opioids – and we will help you make the journey, too.
The time is NOW. Starting today, you can take back your body, mind and spirit and embrace the health and happiness you deserve.
Here are a few things to know as you, or someone you love, begins the journey.
OUR APPROACH TO HERIOIN AND OPIOID TREATMENT
At SunCloud Health, we approach addiction treatment in a holistic, integrated and medically informed way. We meet you where you are and assist you in moving forward, one step at a time.
As a very wise teacher once said, “Only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth.” Your recovery begins with compassion for yourself – which empowers you to understand and even befriend the pain that underlies your addiction. When you begin to see pain as a valuable teacher, you are on the way to releasing the bonds that the drug has placed on your life.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEROIN ADDICTION
Here are some basic facts about heroin that everyone should know. If someone you care about is struggling with heroin addiction, please take a few minutes to read these facts. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to help your loved one.
Heroin is a highly addictive substance that comes in powder form. It may look like a white or brown powder or even a sticky, black substance.
All heroin is made from morphine, a natural substance that is derived from the opium poppy. Heroin producers harvest the poppy plants and extract the resin from the plant’s seed pod, refining it to make morphine, then “cutting” (or diluting) it with various other substances to create the street drug we know as heroin.
Heroin can be mixed with water and injected into the bloodstream. It can also be snorted or even smoked. The drug is most powerful when injected, and this is why intravenous use is most popular with addicts.
Once a heroin user takes a “hit,” s/he experiences a powerful rush of dopamine, the “happiness” chemical that governs the brain. The result is a feeling of euphoria and total freedom from worry. The intensity of these feelings depends on how much heroin the user has taken in, but also depends on the purity of the drug.
The effects of this dopamine rush can be very intense, creating feelings of comfort, happiness and freedom. This effect is one of the reasons that heroin is so very addictive.
FACTS ABOUT HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION IN THE U.S.
We often think of heroin and opioid addiction as two unique trends, recent studies show that there is a strong relationship between the two. Did you know that:
Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients whose doctors prescribe opioids for chronic pain end up misusing them.
Between 8 and 12 percent of these users will develop an opioid-related disorder.
An estimated 4 to 6 percent of those who misuse prescription opioids will transition to heroin use.
About 80 percent of people who use heroin actually began by using prescription opioids.
You may have heard news reports documenting the opioid crisis we are experiencing in the Chicago area and the Midwest. One study shows that opioid overdoses increased 70 percent from July 2016 to September 2017 – and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. In many U.S states, opioid overdoses in major cities like ours have increased by more than 50 percent.
The crisis we are facing is real. If you or someone you love is addicted, the crisis is also very personal.
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RISK FACTORS FOR HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION
Experts don’t know exactly what causes heroin or opioid addiction. We cannot tell who will fall prey to these drugs and who will not. However, we do know that addiction is often associated with other problems. Here are some of the risk factors uncovered by research to date.
Psychological issues. Many drug users are suffering from an underlying mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. Often, these issues go undiagnosed and untreated for years – leaving the individual in a constant state of pain and confusion. Heroin may seem like a very good way to ease the symptoms of a mental condition that the user is not fully aware of – or has not taken full responsibility for addressing
Brain chemistry. Since heroin triggers the release of pleasurable neurotransmitters in the brain, people who have a natural deficiency of these neurotransmitters may seek out heroin or other opiates. The drug quickly becomes a way to feel better – and addiction is the result.
Early life influences. People who are raised in a home environment where parents, relatives or caregivers abuse drugs will face a much higher risk of addiction later in life.
The power of example is very strong – and children who see adults using drugs will be likelier to believe that drug use is a natural part of grownup living. Studies show that those who begin to abuse drugs such as marijuana or heroin at a younger age will face higher risks for addiction down the road.
Genetic. People who have a parent, sibling or other first-degree relative who struggles with addiction are at a higher risk for becoming addicts themselves.
Do you – or someone you love – have one or more of these risk factors working against you? Don’t despair. Recovery is possible, and we are ready to help.
TREATMENT FOR HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION
You may think of heroin or opioids as your “drug of choice.” But at SunCloud Health, we consider it your “drug of NO choice.” This is because your drug use has robbed you of the understanding that you have a choice in the matter.
As addiction takes over, your ability to actually make good decisions is swiftly taken away. With the drug in command, you may feel totally powerless to regain control of your life. In helping you start on a path to wellness, we do not ask, “Why the addiction?” Instead, we’ll encourage you to ask yourself, “Why the pain?”
In our experience, addiction is driven by deeper causes that typically involve physical, spiritual or emotional pain. By dealing with the underlying pain, we will help you exchange unhealthy addictive behaviors for healthier ones – leading to a balanced, peaceful, more abundant life.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEROIN ADDICTION?
The signs and effects of heroin abuse will vary, based on the person’s family background, frequency of use and the intensity of their addiction. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin or opioids, you may see some of the symptoms listed below.
- Mood swings
- Euphoria or mania
- Lying to cover up drug use
- Sudden or constant need for money
- Problems with the law
- Inability to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school
- Increased risky behavior
- Increased or decreased libido
- Growing tolerance to the drug
- Increased lung infections
- Dry mouth
- Heaviness or swelling in hands and feet
- Slow, unsteady gait
- Nausea and vomiting
- Physical dependence, marked by deep craving for the drug
- Impulsive behaviors
- Withdrawal symptoms
WHAT DOES HEROIN OR OPIOID WITHDRAWAL LOOK LIKE?
Heroin and opioid abuse generally leads to physical addiction, which can cause severe withdrawal symptoms when the user tries to stop.
Withdrawal symptoms tend to appear within a few hours after the last dosage and peak within 48 to 72 hours after the last dose. This is why it is so crucial for those struggling with addiction to enter a medically monitored treatment program where dangerous side effects can be addressed.
Withdrawal symptoms from heroin and opioids include:
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Involuntary kicking movements
- Muscle and bone pain
- Strong drug cravings
- Risk of death
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WHAT IS A CO-OCCURRING DISORDER?
People who struggle with heroin or opioid addiction often suffer from mental illness. This is known as a co-occurring condition. Here are some of the most common conditions seen in tandem with heroin or opioid use:
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Abuse of alcohol or other drugs
HOW IS HEROIN OR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATED?
If you are struggling with heroin or opioid addiction, take heart. Recovery is possible.
The right combination of medication, detox, rehab, and focused therapies can help you create a happy, healthy, and sober life.
Treatment for heroin addiction typically involves drugs like methadone, naloxone or other medications, which will help you to manage the severe withdrawal symptoms that can happen when you stop using. Inpatient programs at residential treatment centers are one of the most effective options, since medical supervision can be helpful in managing symptoms. In some cases, a comprehensive outpatient program can also be a good solution.
The first step in recovery is detoxification – the process of allowing the body to endure the symptoms of withdrawal and return to steady functioning.
The balance of treatment will involve a combination of medical monitoring, medications and counseling.
The experienced team at SunCloud understands that treating alcohol and drug addiction requires a blend of compassion with advanced medical and psychotherapeutic skill.
In caring for those facing drug l addiction, we dig deep on all fronts. We understand that other sources of emotional pain, and even other addictive behaviors, may have led to your problems with heroin or opioid. Therefore, we will help you address all of these related factors as you enter treatment.
We also realize that psychiatric conditions such as depression, trauma or anxiety may have played a role in your drug use. You may even be abusing other substances to cope with the side effects of your addiction.
The SunCloud Health team offers a full range of effective treatment options for men and women who are struggling with addiction. The therapy that will work best for you will be determined after we’ve talked with you and learned more about your unique needs.
The following are types of therapy we provide for the treatment of alcohol abuse disorder:
- Expressive and experiential therapy
- Skills-based therapy such as DBT, ACT and CBT
- 12-step recovery programs and facilitation
- Education about the disease, its effects on you, your mind, your soul and your body
- Group sessions teaching healthy interpersonal and relationship management
- Regular psychiatric consultations
- Family therapy, including family participation if appropriate
- Yoga and body image therapy, when appropriate
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
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Treatment at SCH is really different. I have been to several so I know… Most treatment centers are focused on normalizing eating behaviors, weight restoration (or loss) and that is pretty much it. At SunCloud this stuff all matters but treatment is much deeper and so much more! I have been encouraged to look at what drive me to the disordered eating behaviors in the first place. I have looked at early childhood trauma, I have looked at dysfunctional and unhealthy relationships in my family, I have learned skills to help me respond differently to my thoughts and feelings and most importantly I have learned that I am not alone in my journey. Dr. Kim and her team genuinely care. This place is special. Thank you TK for suggesting I seek treatment at SunCloud!!!!~ SCH patient