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What Type of Treatment is Best for a Heroin Addict?

Heroin addiction is one of the most massive addiction problems in the United States. Surveys by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed some alarming information. The data suggested that more than 4.2 million people had tried heroin by the time they were at least 12 years old in 2011. The report in the surveys concludes that approximately 23 percent of people who tried heroin became hooked on it. Its high addiction rate comes from the way it works in the brain. Many people become hooked on heroin the very first time they try it. A heroin addict needs extensive treatment to recover and remain in recovery for a lifetime.

How Heroin Works

Heroin is a white powder that people use in various ways. The most common methods that people use heroin are snorting, smoking, and injecting it. Smoking is the least common way that people use the drug, but it is just as dangerous as any other method is. Heroin works by affecting the opioid receptors in the brain. The opioid receptors are responsible for the feeling of reward and pain removal. A person will experience euphoric feelings that mimic pleasurable experiences such as giving birth, hitting the lottery, winning a sports game or falling in love. Heroin removes the presence of pain, as well. For those two reasons, people have a difficult time stopping once they experience the euphoria.

Another reason that people have a difficult time quitting heroin is the withdrawal system. A person will experience painful withdrawal symptoms as the addict tries to get used to not having heroin in the body anymore. The withdrawal symptoms may consist of muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, restless leg, irritability, depression, diarrhea and much more.

When is it Time for a Heroin Addict to Get Help?

A person should never use heroin because it is an illegal substance and an extremely dangerous one. Individuals can tell when they are addicted by the events that are going on in their lives. Heroin use causes devastating life circumstances such as failed relationships, lost jobs, and poor health. Any time that heroin takes precedence in one’s life is time to get help.

What Type of Treatment is Best for a Heroin Addict?

Several types of treatment are available for people who use heroin, but the most effective model is inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment involves admitting oneself into a reliable rehabilitation facility for some time. Inpatient treatment is best for heroin addiction because it removes the addicted persons from negative influences and places that person in a clean and safe environment full of positive people. A person can receive various types of treatment at an inpatient facility, as well. Group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, detoxification, art therapy,  are examples of benefits that a facility may offer.

How to Get Help

Help is available for an addicted person today. The person just needs to reach out to a local rehabilitation facility and schedule an appointment for a walk-through and an in-depth discussion on the facility’s offerings. Treatment can start as early as today.


  • Angie

    Heroin is definitely a tough addiction to recover from. I am so glad that there are inpatient facilities that can help people safely detox from it, and that can help people get to the bottom of their addiction and really get the help that they need to fully recover and leave clean and sober. I don’t suggest taking on recovery from this addiction on your own, it is better and safer to seek the help of professionals who can ensure you get the medical treatment needed to fully recover from a heroin addiction.

  • Amanda

    I never knew that heroin worked that way. I knew that it was highly addictive, but I was not sure on the mechanics. It is pretty amazing to think that the addiction rate is so high after one time use. I had a friend that was a heroin addict and had luckily received treatment that saved his life. Thankfully he was able to be helped in time. I am an advocate for anyone who is on drugs to get the proper help and get off. I think every being deserves a chance to live a happy healthy life.

  • Amanda

    Heroin is a scary drug and very addictive. I am dumbfounded by the numbers of people that have tried it at the time they were 12! TWELVE! I still cannot believe it. It amazes me because heroin has been around for a long time and the effects and how addictive it is know or should be known by more people. I really like the way Best Drug Rehabilitation uses inpatient programs to help people be able to come off of heroin. All drugs are difficult to handle an addiction, but heroin addiction can be very intense and a person would need the right help and support to overcome withdraw symptoms. Please ensure a person can seek the right help when addictive to such a substance.

  • Walter

    I did not know that this many people used Heroin. That is quite an alarming article. I knew that it was one of the worst drugs, being kicked from the top by crystal, but man. I remember when I had a couple of friends who got into using Heroin. I personally always stayed away from it and am happy that I did. If you know anyone who is using this drug, get them to these guys ASAP!! I just can’t believe that there are this many people who are using this drug.

  • Jonathan

    The first part of the article rather sickens me and enrages me. I mean, how is it that 4.2 million kids try heroin for the first time at the age of 12!? That right of the get go shows how there is a lack of responsibility parents are taking for their children in keeping them informed and being in communication with their kids in general.

    Based on what the effect of heroin is, I can see how easy it is to become addicted after the first hit as it lessens pain and increases pleasure. That would definitely come across as a win win situation to any person, especially a teenager.

    It would have been good to see more of the health effects that being on heroin has on the body. As the article just goes over the health effects that can happen when trying to get off of heroin. Based on that, the user can just say “Wow, that doesn’t seem like fun. So I will just stay on heroin to not experience those effects. Problem solved!”

    From reading what the withdrawal symptoms are, it is plain to see that inpatient rehab is the only way to go if you are going to get clean from it.

    If you know anyone with a heroin addiction problem, I strongly suggest that you get them into an inpatient rehab facility as soon as possible as it is the only way to give them a fighting chance.

  • carcol

    I am so glad that there are rehab centers out there like BDR who offer in-patient programs for people who are addicted to heroin. This is such a dangerous and destructive drug and anyone who is addicted to it needs to be gotten into a program where they will address the addiction and the things going on with the person that caused them to reach for the drug in the first place. Getting them through and giving them life education to help them stay away from the drug will really save the person.

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