Treatment for Heroin Addiction
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Treatment for Alcoholism
- Written by Stop Admin
Short term treatment for heroin addiction usually consists of fourteen to thirty days of inpatient treatment. This is just not enough time to handle a severe addiction like this. Unfortunately, many state funded treatment centers only offer short term treatment. This is why they have success rates of less than 5%.Two weeks or even a month is just about when the heroin addict is beginning to feel better physically and is able to begin to focus on their recovery. Most heroin addicts have been addicts for months or even years and can not possibly learn everything or even most of the tools they will need to stay clean. Short term inpatient treatment is a very bad idea for anyone struggling with a drug addiction.
Then there are the replacement drugs. Many resort to these ‘legal’ drugs such as Methadone or Suboxone. These drugs are on the market so that heroin and opiate addicts don’t have to resort to the illegal drugs. The methadone and Suboxone will also keep the addict from experiencing the painful withdrawal symptoms that Heroin withdrawal brings about. The problem with these ‘replacement’ drugs is that they are just as addictive as the heroin, if not more. The addict is basically just switching addictions.
For a heroin addict to get the proper treatment for heroin addiction and handle all of the physical and mental issues that this type of addiction entails, the addict must go into a long term drug and alcohol treatment center.