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Treatment for Heroin Addition

While attending a heroin rehab center is a necessary part of the recovery process, preventing patients from relapsing is just as important. At Beachway, we provide patients with a safe environment and the counseling necessary to understand and overcome addiction to achieve lasting recovery. Our patients will also have access to:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions where patients can learn to improve their self-esteem and decrease their relapse chances.
  • Group therapy, where patients will share and hear stories from others struggling with the same types of issues, letting them know that they aren’t alone and are part of a community.
  • Music and art therapy can explore alternative methods of coping with stress and dealing with problems.
  • Family therapy will give patients and their loved ones a safe space to address their addiction, their role in the patient’s recovery, and healthy ways of managing conflicts.
  • The Resource Center can help individuals with job applications, employment, continuing education, financial aid applications, and government assistance applications.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an illegal substance that’s only semi-synthetic because it is synthesized from morphine derived from the opium poppy. Heroin is most often used as an analgesic, self-medication, and recreationally. As a depressant, heroin creates a relaxed and lethargic euphoria that can hit within seconds of the drug being injected. However, heroin can also be smoked or snorted, and while the high doesn’t hit as quickly, there is also a lower chance of overdose, and addiction doesn’t occur as quickly.

How Long Does A Heroin High Last?

The length and intensity of a heroin high depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The amount and type of heroin used
  • The person and their tolerance to the drug
  • The method of use (i.e., smoking, injecting, or snorting)

Heroin causes your brain to release extra dopamine, which is what causes the high. The pleasant feelings last while that dopamine is still present in the brain. When heroin is smoked or injected, the high that occurs tends to last a few minutes. Snorting heroin can result in a high that lasts from 15 to 30 minutes on average.

In contrast, the feelings that occur when you come down from a heroin high tend to last much longer — for several hours in some cases. That’s just one reason heroin addiction happens so quickly and is such a battle for many people.


Heroin Addiction

While heroin doesn’t stay very long in your system, modern tests can tell you used the drug for at least a few days after the last dose was taken. Don’t wait to get caught in a drug test by an employer, school, or law enforcement agency. If you’re struggling with heroin abuse or addiction, call us today at 877-284-0353 to find out more about heroin rehabilitation and recovery.

Why Choose Beachway For Heroin Treatment and Recovery?

Our drug treatment program has industry-leading success rates, is affordably priced, and we work with all major insurance providers so that patients can focus on their treatment without the added stress of money. For clients struggling with other medical or mental health issues, we also specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and provide counseling for co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.

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Heroin Withdrawal & Detox

  • Excessive sweating and uncontrolled crying
  • Muscle and bone aches and cramps
  • Intense cravings
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Cold sweats, fever, and chills
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Appetite loss

These symptoms generally start appearing within 12 hours of your last dose because of how long heroin stays in your body. Symptoms become the worst between one and three days of being sober and generally taper off within a week. However, extreme and long-term heroin use can lead to post-acute withdrawal syndrome, where symptoms take weeks or months to subside.

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Beachway Admission Criteria

Because Beachway focuses on personalized rehab programs instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment, the first step in our heroin addiction treatment process is an admission assessment. This assessment will include a report compiling a history of drug use and addiction, after which we will design an individualized plan to tackle recovery. Once a patient has been accepted into our program, they will have a consultation with one of our medical staff to discuss the length of their drug use and the quantities they’ve been taking. Some of the admission criteria for our heroin treatment program include requiring that a patient is:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Willing to commit to our rehab program
  • Able to provide themselves with basic care

We are an inclusive detox and recovery facility, and welcome clients from all walks of life, regardless of religion, creed, sexual orientation, cultural background, or physical limitations.

Our unique and customized detox and rehab programs focus on a multiple-therapy approach to treatment (individual, group, family, and alternative counseling), social interactions like movie nights and bowling, physical therapies like yoga, meditation, and gym access, outings like beach excursions and fishing trips, spa services like manicures, pedicures, and massages, and even spiritual healing through our faith-based treatment options.

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When Can Heroin Be Detected In Your System?

Just because the high is over doesn’t mean all the heroin is out of your system. Plus, modern drug tests often look for by-products of drug use rather than the drug itself, and the effects of drugs in your body can last much longer than heroin does.

Common ways to test for certain substances in a person’s system include urine, saliva, blood, and hair tests. Heroin has a half-life of approximately 30 minutes — meaning it takes only half an hour for half of a dose of the drug to metabolize through your system. That means tests that look for heroin in your blood or saliva are only useful for about five hours to two days after the last dose. Urine tests are also usually unable to detect heroin after about two days.

New tests, which look for by-products of heroin processing in the kidneys or other parts of the body, may be able to detect that the drug was used up to seven days after the last dose.

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Contact Us Today for Treatment

Heroin addiction can ruin personal lives, careers, and relationships, along with destroying the physical, mental, and emotional stability of an addict. Without the proper heroin rehab, you risk facing a lifetime of drug dependence, use, and withdrawal, as well as risking your health and your life on a daily basis.

If you’re ready to take the first steps to recovery or want to discuss the options, we provide at our heroin treatment center, contact Beachway today at 877-284-0353 to speak with one of our addiction experts.