Dallas Texas Heroin Rehab

Heroin Addiction

The likelihood of a fatal heroin overdose makes heroin addiction the most dangerous substance use disorder in America today.  The inconsistency in heroin purity levels and the intravenous method of use makes heroin overdose a quick and all-too-common way to die.  Unlike alcoholism and other forms of drug addiction, the risks of long-term heroin usage are eclipsed by the probability that a heroin addict will die suddenly from an accidental overdose.

Heroin use signals a user's brain to release a large amount of dopamine.  This creates a euphoric sensation in the user.  This flood of dopamine creates an effect that is unparalleled by any naturally occurring response of joy.  But these intense feelings are short-lived, and a heroin user will 'come-down' from their high very quickly.  Afterward, heroin users usually become incredibly drowsy and begin to 'nod-off.'  This effect, when combined with the side-effect of nausea, can be very dangerous.  Often, heroin users will fall asleep on their backs and choke to death on their vomit.  This phenomenon adds to the mortality rate of heroin addiction.

The intense euphoria produced by the dopamine rush that heroin triggers begin to diminish over time.  A heroin addict can easily build up a tolerance to heroin and other opiates.  This tolerance will require a heroin user to desire larger and larger quantities of the drug in order to achieve the high that they are used to.  By increasing their dosage of heroin, an addict will put themselves at a greater risk for overdose.  This is complicated by the addition of high-powered synthetic opiates like fentanyl being included in street drugs.  Fentanyl is roughly 200 times as powerful as morphine, and small amounts of it can be added to powdered heroin or 'knock-off' prescription drugs to increase their potency at a cheap cost.

The symptoms of withdrawal from heroin occur quickly.  These symptoms are also incredibly unpleasant.  Because these symptoms begin so shortly after heroin use (sometimes withdrawal occurs mere hours after the last usage), a heroin addict will be very familiar with the effects of withdrawal.  In many instances, a heroin addict will be encouraged to acquire or use more heroin just to avoid these withdrawals.  Because of this, the relapse rate for heroin addicts is incredibly high.

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Heroin Detox

The onset of heroin withdrawals happens very quickly.  The immediate effects are unpleasant, and they get progressively worse for about a week until they begin to diminish.  Heroin withdrawal causes uncomfortable physical and mental side-effects.  The symptoms of heroin withdrawal include restlessness, body aches, general pain, and gastrointestinal issues like cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. 

Some heroin addicts describe the symptoms of heroin withdrawal as similar to having the flu.  In order to escape these symptoms, many heroin addicts will return to heroin or a similar opioid to find relief.  This makes a professional medical detox from heroin a vital component to the recovery process.  During the medical detox process, expert staff can administer medication that can ease the withdrawal process and help prevent relapse without the danger of overdose.

Heroin Addiction Recovery

Our heroin treatment program focuses on individualized care. We know that no two addicts are exactly alike.  Because of this, our clinicians design personalized treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each of our clients. The clients at our Dallas Texas drug rehab participate in various types of group therapy, individual therapy, and recreational therapy. This includes participating in social events, activities, and various other treatments throughout the day designed to help clients overcome their opiate addiction.

We also offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach our clients how to relate to the world in a healthier way.  Our therapists teach heroin addicts coping skills that help them deal with everyday stress.  These sources of tension and anxiety are often the triggers that lead heroin addicts to relapse.  By giving our clients the tools to deal with these stressful situations, we provide them with an alternative to their past addictive behavior.

The goal of our program is to set our clients on the path to long-term success.  Heroin addicts are often plagued by repeated relapses.  Like any other person suffering from a chronic disease, people who have become dependent on a drug need the support of medical professionals and a caring community to help them manage their symptoms and live a healthy life.  At our drug treatment center, we offer medications to treat the physical effects of cravings and withdrawal.  We provide counseling to address the feelings and thoughts that caused the addict to begin using.  And we introduce our clients to a community of recovering addicts that provide the support and accountability necessary for lasting recovery.

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Heroin Treatment Options

Once you realize that you or a loved one needs help with a substance abuse problem, the question of how to proceed can be confusing.  There are multiple levels of care available for people looking to treat their drug addiction.  Which type you choose depends upon the addict's level of usage, drug history, mental status, personality, and schedule of availability.  When making these decisions, it is crucial to consult a knowledgeable substance abuse therapist or counselor.  At Riverwalk Ranch, our addiction specialists are available to help you make these tough decisions.  Let us help you choose the treatment options that are right for you or your loved one.

Inpatient Rehab -  

Residential, or inpatient treatment offers the most extensive level of care.  During inpatient rehab, our clients will live full-time at our large residential facility on a Ranch in Mansfield, Texas.  Inpatient treatment is recommended for addicts that need round-the-clock monitoring by medical professionals.  During their stay, our clients can enjoy access to our pool, meditation garden, gym, movie theater, basketball court, fishing ponds, walking trails, and more.  These excursions offer a healthy way to relax after a full schedule of individual therapy and group counseling sessions.

This level of treatment is also beneficial in that it builds the highest level of camaraderie among our patients.  The benefits of Therapeutic Communities have been well documented for the treatment of substance abuse disorders.  Many people find that the relationships that they develop during inpatient rehab provide them with the resources they need to stay accountable and engaged in their sobriety.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) -

After, or in lieu of, participating in the inpatient rehab program, our clients can continue to receive intensive treatment in a Partial Hospitalization Program.  At this level of care, the patient will often live at our onsite housing, back at home, or in a sober living environment.  During the day, our clients have access to therapy, counseling, and aftercare support for a minimum of six hours a day, five days a week.  This is our most thorough level of outpatient rehab.  It gives our clients the freedom to spend time with their friends and family outside of our treatment facility.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - 

Outpatient rehab offers addicts the ability to ease off of the intensive levels of care provided by inpatient or Partial Hospitalization Programs.  This is recommended as a method to taper off psychological treatment while still maintaining the necessary level of aftercare and accountability necessary to promote lasting recovery.  At this level of care, we offer clients the ability to receive medical and psychiatric treatment while still maintaining their daily responsibilities.

We offer flexible scheduling to allow our clients in IOP to pursue their personal and professional responsibilities without being completely cut off from their sober community.  Recovering addicts have access to our treatments three to five days a week.  Riverwalk Ranch offers clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program individual counseling sessions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), group therapy, family therapy, and life coaching.  Before our patients graduate from our IOP program, they are introduced to 12 Step Groups and life skill workshops to give them the best chance possible for continuing sobriety.

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