Drug Treatment in Charlotte, Asheville and Surrounding Areas in North Carolina
Heroin is one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs in the United States. It is derived from both natural and synthetic substances, and is in the same family as prescription opioid drugs, quite similar to OxyContin. In fact, many who become addicted to heroin were originally taking prescription opioids, which is a proven risk factor for future heroin use, and nearly 80% of heroin users were initially addicted to prescription painkillers.
The reason drug addicts may make the switch to heroin is because they can no longer get a legitimate prescription for their pills, not to mention heroin is extremely potent by comparison. Unfortunately, fatal heroin overdoses are common, and heroin addiction is notoriously deadly. According to recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 10,000 Americans die of heroin overdoses every year, and from 1999 to 2018, there was a more than six-fold increase in fatal heroin overdoses.
With commitment and resolve, you can recover from heroin addiction. At October Road, we can help you find your way and kick heroin so you can reap the benefits of a sober life. Contrary to what many think, you don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom to seek help. The fact is, rock bottom could very well be too late, especially given the high likelihood of a lethal overdose. The situation is urgent, and you should seek immediate help if you have turned to heroin to cope.
What Does Heroin Do to the Body & Mind?
As a user takes heroin, usually via injections, there is an intense rush of relaxation and euphoria, but the high feeling only lasts for about 10 to 20 minutes, and the body immediately begins to crave more as the drug wears off. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can begin in the first 6 to 12 hours of detox, and are difficult to manage alone.
Heroin can harm users by causing:
- Persistent itching
- Falling unconscious
- Irregular, increased heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Risk-taking behavior, such as unprotected sex
- Diseases resulting from shared needles, such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis
Long Term effects of Heroin
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary infections
- Kidney Disease
- Skin Infections
- Infertility (in women)
Detoxing from Heroin Safely
At October Road, we provide safe, effective medical approaches from heroin addiction via medication-assisted therapy, a common treatment to help patients recover from opioid independence by addressing both their physical and psychological addictions. Although detoxing from heroin can be uncomfortable, the use of approved medications gives you a much better chance at getting clean from heroin rather than attempting to get sober on your own.
Some of the gold standard medication-assisted treatments for heroin addiction include Methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol, which are recommended based on the client’s unique clinical needs. The program is designed to support individuals for up to a full year because our goal is to help patients curb their cravings on their own once they are no longer physically dependent on heroin.
Lighting the Road to Lasting Sobriety
October Road in North Carolina has a wide range of opioid addiction treatment programs for those who want to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. We have two outpatient drug rehab locations in Asheville and Charlotte, and both can address your needs through a variety of programs tailored to your unique needs. These programs are overseen by knowledgeable, experienced clinicians, including psychotherapists, behavioral health specialists, and other rehab experts.