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group at a heroin addiction treatment programHeroin is a global problem. The addictive makeup of heroin and its long history of accessibility and availability make it a popular drug here in Florida and across the globe. Heroin is a Schedule-I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. It profoundly impairs the user’s social and occupational functioning. Heroin has no approved medical use in Altoona, or anywhere in the U.S., but it is one of the most widely abused substances in the country. Many heroin users turn to heroin in search of the rush of temporary relief from the daily anguish caused by past traumatic events, such as rape or abuse. Heroin users report feelings of intense euphoria and a complete but temporary absence of all physical pain and psychological distress upon administration of the drug. Once the euphoria fades, the user is left despondent, vomiting, and desperate for more.

At Harmony Hills, we offer substance abuse treatment programs to help you overcome addiction. Side effects of heroin abuse include:

  • Impaired mental functioning
  • Semiconsciousness (nodding out)
  • Homelessness
  • Abscesses, bleeding, and scabs
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe itching and picking at the skin
  • Damaged veins and tissue
  • Constipation and stomach cramps
  • Heart and lung infections
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • AIDS and hepatitis C
  • Collapsed veins
  • Bacterial infections
  • Respiratory distress

Heroin Addiction Treatment at Harmony Hills

Drug addiction is lonely, desolate, and dangerous when left untreated. People who depend on heroin can occasionally avoid an overdose, but the effects of heroin will eventually take their toll in the long-run. The heroin addiction treatment program at Harmony Hills provides the tools people need in order to stop using (including medically assisted detox).

Trauma and Heroin Addiction

Many users find themselves in search of heroin after becoming addicted to doctor-prescribed pain medication (fentanyl, OxyContin, and Vicodin are a few examples) because heroin is less expensive than prescribed opioids. Developing a tolerance to prescription pain medication can easily result in heroin addiction in a relatively short period of time. Pure heroin is created using an extract from opium poppies, but heroin distributors often add additional components like fentanyl, household cleaners, and other toxins in order to increase its potency. Pure heroin is much less likely to cause death than heroin mixed with fentanyl, but users have no way to know the real contents of the heroin they purchase. The more heroin a person uses, the more heroin they will need in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Methods of heroin administration include:

  • Smoke inhalation
  • Intramuscular injections
  • Intravenous injections
  • Intranasal snorting
  • Subcutaneous injections

Overcoming Addiction is Within Your Reach

Addiction is an insidious, isolating, and destructive disease. It turns families and communities against one another. While you may have attended addiction treatment in the past, our comprehensive list of programs is continually evolving based on current research. Our clinical treatment approach to heroin addiction is based on medical research. At Harmony Hills, we offer the guidance, strategies, and network people need while they are overcoming a heroin addiction. The drug detox treatment at Harmony Hills is research-based, community-centered, and mindful.

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Altoona, FL

If you use heroin, there is a good chance that it (or another drug) controls your consciousness. An Altoona residential addiction treatment program can help you take your life back. At our drug treatment facility, medical drug detox will help ease the discomfort of withdrawal. When dealing with withdrawal, you may experience some difficult physical symptoms. For instance, some withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Seizures
  • Intense cravings
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

The Best Heroin Addiction Treatment in Central Florida

Due to heroin’s withdrawal symptoms, it’s critical to have an addiction team that provides you with the aid you need to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. During your medical detox, you’ll receive medical care, medication, nutrition, and a comfortable place to rest. Give us a call to get started by calling 855.494.0357.