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A Leading Maryland Heroin Heroin Treatment Provider

Avenues Recovery Center is a detox and residential rehabilitation center with two Maryland locations. Our facilities are designed to help those suffering from heroin addiction find the strength they need to overcome. Our community is warm and empathetic and allows our clients to receive care and support from professionals at the top of their field, alongside the supportive community framework built by Avenues.

Understanding Heroin Addiction Treatment At Avenues Recovery at Maryland

Heroin is an illegal opioid that is made from morphine. Morphine is a natural substance taken from the seedpods of the opium poppy plants grown in Southeastern and Southwestern Asia, Colombia, and Mexico. Even though heroin is an abused opioid, it is often mistaken with fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin. Like fentanyl, heroin binds with the opioid receptors, which also trigger the reward sensors and block pain by increasing dopamine levels. Unlike fentanyl, heroin is an illegal substance and is not recognized medicinally.

Heroin is found on the street by dealers and maybe a white or brown powder. Heroin can also be found in a black sticky substance referred to as black tar heroin. When cut with cocaine, it is called speedballing. In any form, these drugs are extremely dangerous.

Effects of Using Heroin

People who use heroin can suffer from short-term and long-term effects. As heroin enters the brain, the process happens rapidly, binding with the receptors and the cells around them and often alter the feelings of pain, pleasure, and the control of heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. The use of prescription opioids like morphine and fentanyl opens the door to heroin use, as it works in the same way these drugs do. When misuse occurs, it often leads to addiction.

The short-term effects include:

  • Warm flushed skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy arms and legs
  • Severe itching
  • Going in and out of consciousness
  • Clouded mental capacity

The long-term effects include:

  • Collapsed veins in areas where heroin has been injected
  • Infection in the lining of the heart and valves
  • Damaged tissues under the nose from snorting
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Abscesses
  • Stomach cramps
  • Lung problems
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Mental disorders
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Sexual dysfunction

Frequent use can lead to addiction and the desire for more and more of the substance. Too much of the substance can lead to addiction or overdose, which could result in death.

Signs of Heroin Addiction

Heroin impacts the central nervous system of the person using it. The substance causes an excessive amount of dopamine to flood the brain, which can chemically change the brain over time. Those who have been prescribed an opiate in the past may be at a higher risk of using heroin and developing a dependency on the illegal drug.

To diagnose a dependency on any opiate, medical professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which presents criteria found in the behaviors of most addicts. Heroin, acting in the same way as other opioids, becomes tolerable and requiring the user to need more and more to maintain a normal feeling.

When dealing with a heroin addiction, quitting the substance can cause withdrawal (as early as three hours after the last dose). The withdrawal symptoms can seem worse than taking the drug, which is why those who try to kick the habit cold turkey often fail, needing the drug to extinguish the symptoms. Identifying the symptoms of heroin withdrawal are important when trying to help someone get the help they need. These symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Sleep problems
  • Cold chills and goosebumps
  • Severe cravings that cloud the mind
  • Severe muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable leg movements

Avenues Recovery Center – Maryland Heroin Addiction Treatment

Like any other addiction, heroin addiction is a disease and must be treated as such. Seeking treatment for heroin addiction should not be seen as a punishment but as a lifeline at your darkest moments. Heroin is a powerful drug, and its effects on the body can make it difficult to get successful treatment. Due to the drug’s illegal nature, many are often scared of getting help for heroin addiction.

Two Maryland Avenues Recovery Center Campuses

Avenues Recovery Center has two convenient locations that can help people who are trying to overcome a heroin addiction. Designed to help create a peaceful setting for those to release the hold that heroin has on their lives, Avenues offers amenities that change the way people see rehabilitation. We offer a place for reflection and growth, not a place of judgment.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery when it comes to heroin addiction. Avenues Recovery Center knows that which is why we custom tailor all of our client programs. Each of the clients who enter our programs is observed by staff qualified and can interpret what is working and is not working for the client. We understand that each client is unique, and the treatment they receive should be too.

Heroin Addiction Treatment at Avenues Recovery Center

The way that heroin affects individuals who seek treatment is different for every client who walks through our doors. While some of our clients may experience the same types of symptoms, that does not mean that they will have the same recovery process. We offer a level of individuality when it comes to recovery programs.

We offer multiple types of treatments. We use these to help each client learn and understand their triggers, cope with their feelings, improve the way they interact with society, and become more aware of their surroundings. Our goal is to reintegrate our clients back into their community healthy and productively.

Our Available Therapy Modalities

Avenues Recovery Center offers our clients unique therapy modalities that help with heroin addiction. Our available modalities include:

  • Detoxification – The first step of recovery is the detoxification process. This process is what removes the toxins from the body that have been introduced by heroin. Professionals will never recommend an at-home detox because it can be dangerous due to the withdrawal side effects.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment – There are some circumstances where the use of medication is required to help with the withdrawal process. Medication-assisted treatment is handled by professionals in a controlled setting with 24-hour monitoring.
  • Individual and Group Therapy – Avenues Recovery Center believes in the benefits of therapy – individual and group scenarios. Our therapists work with our clients to create the approaches and the community they need to rehabilitate and overcome heroin addiction.
  • CBT Therapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of addiction treatment that is more individualized. Those who suffer from heroin addiction exhibit self-destructive behaviors, and CBT helps to correct those.

Family Involvement in Counseling and Therapy

Heroin addiction doesn’t just create problems in the lives of the user but also their family. As a part of recovery, making amends is one of the steps necessary to repair what the addiction might have ruined. Once the amends have been made, the family can play a vital role in the rehabilitation process.

Everyone needs a support system, especially when they leave the rehabilitative community setting. We find that surrounding oneself with family who can help facilitate the recovery process will help in the success of staying heroin-free. We help keep the family in the loop on the recovery process and the custom treatment plans, allowing them to help facilitate after leaving the center.

Avenues Recovery Center – Maryland

We have two locations available in Maryland to help fight the fight against heroin addiction. We do not believe that anyone is beyond hope, which is why we are staffed with professionals who understand what the recovery process takes. We make our atmosphere aimed at facilitating recovery so that our clients suffering from heroin addiction can free themselves from those chains of addiction.

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