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What Are 5 Facts About Heroin?

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With any highly addictive drug, like heroin, it is very easy to become dependent on the temporary high and relief one feels when using it. This high comes with a price, and it is not only monetary. There are many long-term effects and havoc the drug can wreak upon one’s health and life. Heroin use can also be deadly if one overdoses.

If you or a loved one struggles with a heroin addiction, seek professional help immediately. Help is just a phone call away. Find out more heroin facts and how to get heroin abuse treatment by calling the treatment team at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas at 866.520.2861 today.

The Facts About Heroin

If you are unfamiliar with heroin and its effects, then it’s essential to educate yourself. Five facts about heroin include:

  1. Heroin is naturally derived from poppy plants instead of produced synthetically in a lab like many opioid drugs.
  1. Opioids like heroin attach to brain receptors and block feelings of pain.
  1. The heroin high is a result of the flood of dopamine produced after taking the drug.
  1. The more of the drug used to achieve the desired effects, the higher one’s tolerance becomes and increases the risk of an overdose.
  1. Heroin depresses the central nervous system and can slow heart rate and breathing to dangerous levels.

Once addicted to heroin, it can be hard to stop using it, especially with withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. Getting professional help is the best way to overcome heroin addiction.

How Heroin Abuse Treatment Can Help

A treatment program for heroin addiction can be customized for each person’s unique needs. Traditional talk therapies, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and experiential therapies can create a personalized treatment plan that meets a client’s needs and schedule.

The first step in a treatment program is removing the drug from the body. This can be very difficult for most people as the withdrawal symptoms are severe. When supervised by professionals, this detox can be much more successful than trying to do it alone. This is when MAT may help ease withdrawal symptoms and manage drug cravings.

A combination of therapies is then utilized to provide the ongoing support needed in recovery. Recovery is lifelong, and arming yourself with tools to manage addiction for the long haul effectively is imperative.  Therapies can include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • 12-step programs
  • Relapse prevention
  • Experiential therapies such as yoga, equine, art, and music

Managing an addiction does not end once you leave the doors of a treatment facility. It’s essential to have a sober support system to go home to and resources and tools at your disposal to lean on when you need them.

Reach Out to Virtue Recovery Las Vegas for Heroin Addiction Treatment

Recovering from an addiction requires the right kind of support and treatment. The relapse rate is much higher without the support of a professional treatment team at a facility like Virtue Recovery Las Vegas. Our treatment team is dedicated to helping others get the help they need and deserve to live a better life, free from drugs and alcohol.

Our professional team has many years of combined experience to assist clients in recovering from addiction. Contact our team today at 866.520.2861 or via our online form to learn more.

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Nicki Lugo, CPC, LAC, LCADC, CCTS Executive Director
Nicki Lugo is currently employed as Clinical Director at Virtue Recovery Center in Las Vegas. Nicki is a licensed clinical professional counselor (CPC) in the state of Nevada and a licensed associate counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona. She is also a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in Nevada. Additionally, Nicki has specialized training in treating trauma and is a certified clinical trauma specialist (CCTS). Nicki has earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Currently, Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Nicki’s research interests include the use of Positive Psychology interventions with dual diagnosis clients. Nicki hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge in treating substance use disorders. Nicki’s long-term career goals include advancing in leadership roles within Virtue Recovery Center which is a quickly growing substance use disorder treatment facility. She hopes that one day her research and advocacy will help to save the lives of those who have been affected by substance use. She likes to say that advocacy is her passion and leadership is her superpower.

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