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An Introduction To Opiate & Heroin Addiction

Opiates are a class of drugs used medically to treat pain. Heroin is the most commonly known opiate, and possibly the most addictive. Unlike pain pills, the typical route of administration involves smoking or injecting the heroin which leads to a faster onset of effects with higher rates of addiction as a result.

That’s why heroin is considered a schedule I drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency while some opiates are rated schedule V. Heroin also varies in potency rapidly, especially with recent widespread Fentanyl adulteration. 

After continued use of any opioid, one inevitably develops a physical dependency on the drug. This makes quitting alone almost impossible for most, as discontinued use becomes unbearable.

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 Heroin rehab programs are offered in a number of treatment settings, including both inpatient and outpatient. In most heroin rehab programs, detoxification is the first stage of recovery.

Almost all rehabs for heroin or other opioid drugs include a detox program at the start of treatment. Then the patient receives a combination of therapeutic interventions, such as individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, peer support groups, and more, to help address drug-using behaviors and avoid relapse.

Inpatient treatment, as the name suggests, requires that the patient live at the facility for the duration of treatment. There are several different levels of care for inpatient treatment, ranging from detox to intensive residential treatment and long-term residential treatment. One benefit of inpatient treatment is that the patient will have round-the-clock care and support.



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When someone is physically dependent upon heroin and then tries to stop using it abruptly, they may experience a myriad of uncomfortable and distressing withdrawal symptoms. There are some physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal, such as diarrhea, vomiting, achy muscles and bones, and chills, that can often make it more challenging to quit because the person may be tempted to resume using the drug to delay or otherwise decrease the unpleasant sensations of withdrawal.

Professional medical detox and withdrawal management efforts can go a long way to make this initial period of recovery much more comfortable for individuals seeking to quit heroin. While heroin withdrawal is never fun, medical detox can be a less unpleasant experience.


The NIH reports that “From 2002 to 2016, the number of people meeting DSM-IV criteria for dependence or heroin use disorder increased dramatically from 214,000 to 626,000.” If you are considering treatment for a heroin addiction, you’ll want to make sure you choose a facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

This is a non-profit organisation that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organisations in the US. If you or someone you love has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to reach out for help. Attend an addiction rehab program where trained and experienced medical professionals will help you through the detoxification process and teach you techniques for dealing with cravings and drug or alcohol urges.



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Withdrawal from heroin is no joke. It’s extremely uncomfortable, and can be dangerous. So, you’re likely to find yourself wanting to relive the euphoria associated with heroin use. Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. Most people with chronic forms of addiction also have co-occurring disorders or other mental health problems, like depression or anxiety. If you’re struggling with addiction, you need to address all of those issues.

Moreover, support and encouragement can make all the difference. Our excellent clinical team and staff will give you the support and training to see you through every step of the recovery process. If you have a history of heroin use and addiction, a long-term recovery process with relapse prevention is the best route to go.

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Sea Change Recovery is unlike any other drug rehab in Southern California. We believe that recovery is possible for all those who do the work. We also believe there is no one-size-fits-all-approach to substance abuse treatment. We offer an innovative treatment program in Santa Monica, CA that combines the best clinical, holistic, traditional + modern methods in order to supply each client with the therapies and treatment they personally need.

From relapse prevention to mindfulness training to surfing on the beach in Santa Monica, we offer clients an experience that will change their lives. Most of our staff has personally been through the recovery process and are living examples that recovery is possible. Don’t let the disease trick you into thinking that the consequences aren’t that bad. Pick up the phone and call us today. We can guide you to the right treatment program for you, even if that isn’t Sea Change. Call us now at 1-866-234-7133.

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