Medication Assisted Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is, by far, one of the most dangerous and damaging addictions within our society. Heroin is a drug that is derived from morphine, another powerful and addictive pain-relieving medication. Heroin works by interacting with an individual’s nervous system in ways that cause feelings of physical and emotional pain to be numbed. When heroin is present in the system, an individual is likely to feel swings of euphoria and a strong sense of wellbeing. As heroin is ingested, it goes directly from the blood to the brain, creating a high that is beyond appealing to users, not only because of these effects, but also because it creates a sense of relaxation and detachment. In fact, the high is so great that it is usually what keeps users coming back for more. However, once this high wears off, coming down will cause withdrawal symptoms to begin, which can be both uncomfortable and life-threatening.

In addition to chasing after a desired high, heroin users will continue to use just to avoid the painful withdrawal period that is inevitable. Even if an individual desires to end his or her abuse of heroin, he or she might keep using so that he or she does not experience these effects. Luckily, there are numerous options for treatment for individuals looking to end their heroin addiction once and for all, including medication assisted treatment.

Medication assisted treatment is a popular method used to help treat heroin and other opioid addictions. In many cases, this form of care is the first step in treatment. Through the use of medication assisted treatment, individuals will experience a reduction in their cravings to use, as well as the cessation of their withdrawal symptoms. Medication assisted therapy is incredibly beneficial to recovering users, as it can help prevent them from suffering serious consequences of use, as well as provide them with the ability to fully focus on their recovery with a clear head.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our expert staff comprised of medical and mental health professionals will work with you to both monitor and execute your treatment plan so that you can get your life back. Here at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, it is our goal to help you in every way we can, so that you can live a happy and healthy life, free from heroin abuse.

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Types of Treatment Offered at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is comprised of a solid network of providers who are not only trained in outpatient care, but specifically in medication assisted treatment for both men and women, 18 years of age or older, who struggle with heroin addiction. This talented and understanding staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is devoted to developing unique, personalized treatment plans that meet each individual’s unique needs. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer a variety of different medication assisted treatment services, including the following:

Methadone: Research has supported the fact that methadone is both safe and effective in helping to treat opioid addictions, including heroin addiction. Methadone, which works by triggering the same receptors in the brain as opioids do, does not provide the same high that heroin would. As a result, this allows individuals to take methadone, but also continue going to work or school, drive a car, and live a normal, every day life without having cravings or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone: Suboxone, which is a common drug utilized in medication assisted treatment programs, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 2000s. Like methadone, Suboxone works by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms in individuals who are addicted to opioids like heroin. Suboxone is simply the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a craving reliever and decreases withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone prevents overdose.

 Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex shares some similarities with Suboxone, such as reducing heroin cravings and the withdrawal symptoms that come with it. However, there are some major differences between the two, as Subutex only contains buprenorphine. In most medication assisted treatment programs, individuals will start off taking Subutex, and then switch over to Suboxone for a longer period of time.

Vivitrol: Each one of the medications listed above is administered orally and on an every day basis. Vivitrol, however, only needs to be given once monthly, as it lasts much longer. Generically known as naltrexone hydrochloride, Vivitrol stops cravings and reduces withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction.

Individual therapy: At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that medication assisted treatment plans are much more effective when combined with therapeutic mental health care. We recognize that therapeutic interventions are necessary in treating the entire addiction. Medications are successful in helping individuals focus on other aspects of their care, including individual therapy that can address all psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The individual therapy that we offer helps patients interact with a trained counselor, discuss progress and setbacks, and address any issues that might arise during treatment.

Group therapy: Group therapy is not just a great compliment to individual therapy, but it is also beneficial in its own right. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer group therapy sessions that are geared towards developing helpful and supportive relationships with others, as well as effective interpersonal interactions in a supervised setting. Through group therapy participation, individuals who are battling a heroin or other form of addiction can share their stories, obtain and provide encouragement, and continue on in their recovery. All group therapy sessions are led by skilled professionals who maintain a safe, informative, and structured therapeutic environment.

Why Consider Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

When someone is struggling with a heroin addiction, he or she is bound to run into numerous obstacles that make living a day-to-day life increasingly challenging. If treatment is not executed properly, there can be a handful of long-term consequences that can include death. Those who are addicted to heroin frequently find themselves experiencing work-related issues, financial troubles, and unemployment. In addition, heroin users might also experience strained personal relationships within their family and/or circle of friends. In addition, a user is also at incredible risk for suffering physical side effects like cognitive impairment, vital organ damage, heart attack, stroke, seizures, and diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, that are passed intravenously. Chronic heroin use also often leads to the development or exasperation of existing mental health issues. Unfortunately, the more that heroin is abused, the more likely it is that a user will lose his or her battle permanently.

Overcoming a heroin addiction can seem impossible, especially to those who are feeling trapped by the disease. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our talented and experienced staff of professionals know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that you or a loved one can overcome heroin addiction. Let us help you restore your life back into one filled with happiness and good health.

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