Heroin Addiction Treatment and Recovery at Rosecrance

Heroin is one of the many opioid (or opiate) drugs that have caused what experts call “the current opioid crisis.” In recent years, heroin use has increased to crisis levels, and overdoses have become more and more common. [See: Facts about Heroin.]

Doctors prescribe many opioid drugs to treat pain. These drugs include codeine and morphine, as well as heroin and synthetic opiates such as OxyContin and Vicodin. While some of these drugs are useful medical tools, they can produce a feeling of well-being and become addictive. Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug and is a cheaper alternative compared to other powerful painkillers.

When someone is dependent on a highly addictive drug like heroin, it’s important to get professional help as soon as possible.

Once you become addicted to heroin, can you ever be cured?

People who struggle with substance use disorders but complete treatment and stop using any drug are not cured—they are in recovery. This means they recognize that:

  • They will always be attracted to using heroin even though they do not currently use it
  • They must maintain major lifestyle changes to stay in recovery
  • Even when they no longer use the drug, their addiction has left a lasting impact on the way they view themselves and the world around them

So, while these individuals don’t consider themselves to be cured, they can recover and be “no longer active” in heroin use.

Can Rosecrance make a real difference?

At Rosecrance, we use an evidence-based program rooted in the 12-Steps that includes many kinds of therapy. Each client receives an individual treatment plan based on our in-depth assessment, established protocols and our long experience.

If you are treated at Rosecrance, your length of stay will depend on your progress toward your individual treatment goals. You and your counselor will develop those goals. Your family is usually involved, when appropriate.

What is medically assisted treatment?

Rosecrance offers treatments that include the use of medications such as Suboxone. These medications can help ease withdrawal from heroin addiction. They block the opiate’s effects and address pain issues, reducing anxiety and cravings.

At Rosecrance’s Health Clinic, Suboxone is used throughout the outpatient treatment process. This helps patients:

  • Engage in and focus on treatment because their withdrawal and cravings are eased
  • Stay with treatment throughout the process
  • More easily taper off medications and have a more customized treatment

Is it hard to get started with treatment?

At Rosecrance, we know that even talking about a substance problem can feel overwhelming. That’s why we make the first step as easy as possible. It begins with a phone call. Simply call

(866) 330-8729, and we’ll take it from there.

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