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Heroin and opioid addiction is a serious and complicated medical disorder that nearly always requires treatment. Withdrawal from opioid dependence is often life-threatening and should be closely monitored by a professional. Physical and mental symptoms of opiate/opioid withdrawal often cause intense physical discomfort and mental anguish. Once detoxed from heroin and opiates/opioids, an individual should seek addiction treatment from a licensed and accredited treatment center. Miracles in Action is licensed and accredited to provide opiate/opioid detox or treatment for heroin addiction in Burbank and Northridge.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the highest opioid overdose rates the U.S. has ever seen. In 2020, statistics show that over 92,000 people died of an opioid overdose, primarily fentanyl. Recently, researchers announced that over 100,000 people died of an opioid-related overdose in the period between April 2020 and April 2021. Their findings indicate that pandemic overdoses are still on the rise, and much more work is needed to overcome this problem.
Today, an estimated 3 million Americans have a heroin/opiate addiction. On average, 274 people die from an opiate overdose every day in the United States. Statistics show that only about 10% of people with an opiate addiction will receive proper treatment.
Problems Associated with Heroin Use
Heroin addiction is defined as a pattern of using that causes individuals to have problems controlling the amount they use, being mentally preoccupied with heroin (or opiates/opioids), continuing to use heroin even when it causes problems, needing to use increased amounts to get the same effect, and/or having withdrawal symptoms when using stops.
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Heroin Addiction & Withdrawal
Heroin withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person and can set in over a period of hours to days after an individual reduces use or stops using entirely.
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- Muscle cramping and spasms
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
Risks Associated with Prolonged Heroin & Opiate Addiction
Heroin and opiate addiction can cause serious health problems, including:
- Collapsed veins from IV use
- Infection of the heart lining and valves
- Abscesses at injection site
- Constipation and stomach cramping
- Liver and kidney disease
- Lung complications, including pneumonia
- Mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety
- Sexual dysfunction for men
- Irregular menstrual cycles for women
- HIV and hepatitis from shared needle use
- Overdose and death
How can I tell if I’m addicted to alcohol or drugs?
Because increased tolerance to alcohol and drugs can develop gradually, it can be hard to tell when you have become addicted to a substance. Often, people believe they can control their alcohol or drug use even after they have become dependent on a substance. In fact, it may be clear to others that someone is abusing or addicted to alcohol or drugs before the person realizes it him/herself.
While there is no single factor that definitively proves someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, there are certain signs that indicate alcohol and/or drug dependency. These include:
- Feeling a compulsive need to drink alcohol or use drugs
- Continuing to consume alcohol or take drugs despite negative consequences in your life
- Trying and failing to stop drinking or taking drugs
- Frequently drinking more or taking more drugs than you planned on
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, including intense cravings, when not drinking or using drugs
How long does drug addiction treatment take?
The amount of time you will need to attend drug addiction treatment will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of your substance use disorder, whether or not you have a co-occurring mental or behavioral health condition, the amount of support you receive at home, your risk of relapse, and much more. Generally speaking, recovery is a lifelong process. At Miracles in Action, we provide ongoing support and comprehensive aftercare services to our patients. No matter where you are in your recovery, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way.
What is outpatient treatment?
Outpatient treatment simply means that you do not live full-time at the rehab facility where you receive addiction treatment services. Instead, you visit the facility several times a week for several hours at a time to attend therapy, take part in support group meetings, and receive other treatments specifically tailored to you and your recovery. You then return home to sleep and manage outside responsibilities, such as going to school, working, or taking care of your child.
If I go to rehab, will I have to live at the rehab facility?
Whether or not you will need to live full-time at a rehab facility will depend on the specific details of your situation. For those struggling with very severe substance use disorders, inpatient (or residential) treatment may be recommended. Others, however, may benefit from an outpatient (or non-residential) rehab program.
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Miracles in Action Provides Treatment for Heroin Addiction
At Miracles in Action, we offer monitored outpatient detox, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Our guests will meet one-on-one with a counselor to make a treatment plan that fits their needs best. Our programs offer the latest evidence-based treatment practices solidly rooted in 12-step principles. Our treatment center is staffed by caring and compassionate licensed professionals who are in recovery themselves and have mastered the art of living sober.
“Miracles in Action provides a warm, loving, and family feel to the recovery process. I can say that I am very fortunate to have witnessed the miracles that take place here. The management and clients' past and present continue to make this place a success. Thank you Miracles in Action for all that you do. ”- A.M.
“Miracles in Action offers stability and recovery. It helps you put your life back together in an environment where people are supportive of one another. I am blessed to bear witness to the miracles that have taken place here. ”- L.W.