Heroin Treatment in Southern California
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If someone you know suffers from heroin addiction, Clear Recovery Center can help. Call us at 1-877-799-1985 for more information about how we treat heroin addiction in Los Angeles.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug. It comes from the morphine found in opium poppy seeds. In 2017, nearly 1 million Americans reported using heroin in the past year. Its use is most popular amongst young adults aged 18-25. It prevails in both urban and rural areas.
Users usually purchase heroin on the streets, in the form of powder or a sticky substance called “black tar.” The powder is white in its purest form. It appears black when impurities are present.
Heroin originated as a pain relief medication in the late 1800s. Today, some countries still use it for medical purposes. However, heroin is illegal in the United States because of its addictive and dangerous properties.
How We Treat Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is a disease. It will not go away and cannot be ignored. Addiction is a legitimate neurological condition that requires specialized treatment.
Clear Recovery Center recognizes the unique needs of heroin addicts. Before beginning treatment, we create a decisive plan for each patient. We tailor our treatment plans to each individual patient, and adjust plans based on growth.
Co-occurring disorders like bipolar disorder or depression are common amongst heroin addicts. Clear Recovery Center addresses these conditions in each recovery plan.
Read on to learn more about Clear Recovery Center’s specific treatment programs for heroin addiction. If someone you know suffers from heroin addiction, contact us to help them find the path to recovery.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Before partaking in this program, a patient usually completes supervised medical withdrawal. This medical withdrawal treatment is a detoxification process. Throughout this process, a patient receives help to ease withdrawal effects.
Upon completing the detox, a patient can begin our partial hospitalization program.
This program consists of outpatient psychiatric services. It’s more intense care than that of a doctor’s office.
The program takes place at a Clear Recovery Center location. The patient meets at a treatment center 5 days a week for 5 hours a day. No overnight stays are required. The program usually lasts anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks.
In the program, the patient receives behavioral therapy and intense counseling. Helpful resources are also available to educate a patient on heroin’s negative effects.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This is the next step in the treatment process for a recovering heroin addict. The patient meets at a treatment center 3 days a week for 4 hours a day. The duration of this program varies. For most, it lasts up to 12 weeks.
Our intensive outpatient program is ideal for patients who can’t participate in full-time care. Jobs, families, or other commitments make our intensive outpatient program a feasible option.
This program gives patients the tools to transition back to their everyday lives. They learn to utilize coping techniques from the partial hospitalization program.
This is the final step in a former heroin addict’s recovery process. At this stage, patients can fully participate in their everyday lives. However, they will still access to the support of Clear Recovery Center’s clinical team.
In our outpatient program, patients benefit from a supportive community. The community is available to help them through difficult days. Each patient is different, but most benefit from 1-2 visits per week.
Keep in mind that treatment doesn’t happen instantly. It is an ongoing process that requires the patient’s effort and determination.
Unsure of what treatment plan is right for the person you wish to help? Let us help you figure it out. Contact one of our Los Angeles centers to get started.
WHAT WE TREAT
Co-occuring Addiction and Mental Health Issues
Substance use disorders can coincide with mental health or even multiple issues at once. That includes mood, developmental, eating, and behavioral disorders. Clear Recovery Center is equipped to handle a wide variety of co-occurring disorders.
How Heroin Is Used
Heroin use can take many forms. Users choose how they use the drug based on their personal preferences and what’s available to them. Any type of consumption is dangerous to the user’s health. One method isn’t “better” or less addictive than another. Some common methods of heroin use include:
- Inserting rectally
Injecting this drug with a syringe produces the most intense sensations for users. Users commonly inject it into their arm. When their arm veins become damaged, users will inject the drug into other areas of their bodies.
There are other “non-traditional” ways to use heroin. They can be even more dangerous than consuming the drug on its own. For example, a practice called “speedballing” is common among drug users. It involves mixing heroin with crack cocaine.
No matter the form of heroin use, it is highly addictive and negatively affects a user’s health. Your loved one needs our help as soon as possible.
Why Heroin Is Addictive
Heroin users seek out the substance for the “high” that it produces. Once ingested or injected, it quickly reaches the brain. Heroin attaches to opioid receptors. These receptors are located in areas of the body associated with pleasure. This results in the release of dopamine. The user craves more of the drug, unable to escape the cycle of addiction.
Heroin users often experience detachment from their everyday lives. The drug offers a temporary escape from reality. Some users depend on the instant relief that injecting provides. Others enjoy pain relief and sedation provided by other methods of consumption.
In addition to its addictive properties, this drug leads to serious short- and long-term side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Inability to think clearly
- Severe itching
- Disease of the liver and kidneys
- Irregular menstrual cycles for women
- Erectile dysfunction
Excessive use of heroin can lead to overdoses and fatalities. Users ignore its unhealthy and dangerous qualities because of the “feel-good” properties of heroin. The relaxation and relief that heroin offers are only temporary. However, users will have a difficult time quitting on their own. Dependence on heroin starts quickly and easily becomes an issue for supposed “one-time” users.
Your loved one might not be able to stop using on their own. However, we know how to break their dangerous addiction cycle.
We are equipped to help you and your loved one deal with heroin treatment in South Bay, California. Our years of experience dealing with heroin addiction means our professionals are both prepared and ready to start on the journey toward recovery with you and your loved ones.
We never make assumptions about a person’s life or experiences and pride ourselves on being providers of outstanding mental health care that is both effective and long-lasting. Find out for yourself how we can help you fight heroin addiction today.
Break the cycle of addiction. Develop tools needed to reintegrate. Create a happy healthy productive life.
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201 Herondo Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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515 N Sepulveda Blvd Suite B
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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