Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants. Heroin can be a white or brown powder or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.”

Heroin abuse and the related overdose deaths have spiked dramatically over the past decade. One of the root causes of this rise in abuse and addiction is the growing number of people misusing prescription opioid pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin. A byproduct of the “opioid epidemic” and related crackdowns on illicit pain clinics that over prescribe such medications is that heroin has become relatively cheaper and easier to get than prescription pain medications. 

AAR Healthcare’s San Marcos, CA heroin addiction treatment program has the capabilities to safely treat people who want to free themselves from heroin addiction.

If you or someone you are close to is struggling with heroin addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego heroin addiction treatment program can help.

Do I Need Heroin Addiction Treatment?

To determine for yourself if you are abusing heroin or otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:
  • Are you using higher doses with more frequency than you once did?
  • Do you question if you could function without heroin?
  • Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms when there is no heroin in your system? 
  • Do you feel nervous or even panicked when you run out of heroin and are unsure when/how to acquire more?
  • Have you neglected your hygiene or appearance?
  • Do you have legal issues or financial problems due to your heroin use?
  • Have you lost a lot of weight?
  • Have you experienced a lack of motivation?
  • Are you frequently itchy or nervous?
  • Are you experiencing mood swings, irritability, or paranoia?
  • Are you isolating yourself from friends and family?

If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to heroin, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. Heroin is among the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from without medical supervision, and attempting to do so “cold turkey” can often lead to extremely adverse consequences.

The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Heroin and Other Forms of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications to treat OUD by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options that, when combined with evidence-based counseling, greatly enhance the likelihood of sustained recovery.

The main MAT medications AAR prescribes for OUD include:

Buprenorphine (including Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade)

is an opioid partial agonist that, for many, is a safer and more effective option than full synthetic opioids such as methadone). Buprenorphine works by diminishing the effects of physical dependence to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings while also increasing safety in cases of overdose and reducing the potential for misuse (as compared to methadone).

Naltrexone and Vivitrol

blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication even if somebody takes opioids while on these medications. The “safeguard” element of these medications is extremely effective in helping clients to remain in treatment and avoid relapses.

The Heroin Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Heroin addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Our MAT program utilizes buprenorphine (including Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade), naltrexone (or Vivitrol), and/or other medications to control cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

Learn More About Heroin Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to heroin, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.