Miami Heroin Addiction Treatment
An Innovative Approach to Heroin Rehab in Miami
Heroin addiction is a problem that, unfortunately, is only getting worse. In 2015 alone, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 5.1 million people used heroin, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin-related overdose deaths increased more than six fold between 2002 and 2015.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with heroin addiction, you deserve to be helped by a team of professionals that has expert experience and genuinely cares about your well-being. At Vita Recovery, we create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients. Our Miami heroin addiction treatment allows you to recover at your own pace in a warm and modern environment—even our existing PHP and IOP programs can be tailored if you’d benefit from a shorter or longer experience with us.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is one of the most commonly known types of opiates, which are derived from opium, a naturally occurring substance made from the opium poppy. Though it was initially thought that heroin would be less potent than morphine, it didn’t take long to learn that heroin is just as addictive, as it enters the brain quickly to produce a fast and intense high.
Heroin is most often abused by being injected with a needle to get a longer-acting high, though it can also be sniffed, snorted, and smoked, and many users combine heroin with other drugs.
When heroin enters the brain, like other opiates it will attach to your opioid receptors and produce a rush of pleasant feelings. However, it can also make the user feel drowsy and lower their breathing and heart rate. Once the effects wear off, the user often feels depressed and may feel compelled to take more of the drug to retain their high, fueling the vicious cycle of drug abuse.
Repeated heroin use can result in one or more of the following:
- Tolerance: When your body builds a tolerance to a drug, you’ll need more of it to achieve the same high as before. As a result, your risk of overdosing or developing an addiction increases because of the larger doses you end up taking.
- Dependence: You’ve developed a dependence on the drug if you start experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you go a period of time without using. Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant at best and dangerous to your health at worst, which is why people continue to use the drug—to keep the symptoms at bay.
- Addiction: You have a drug addiction if you can’t stop using the drug, even if you want to and even if it’s begun to ruin your health, happiness, and way of life. Addiction alters your brain chemistry to a point where you may crave it constantly in order to feel normal.
Signs of Heroin Addiction
- Mood swings
- Agitation/ irritability
- Weight loss
- Scabs/ bruses on the skin
How Heroin Addiction Impacts Your Health
Because your opioid receptors are in your brain, lungs, spinal cord, and other areas of the body, using heroin can cause a range of health issues related to your breathing and other bodily functions, some of which can be detrimental to your health.
Some of the short-term effects of heroin abuse include dry mouth, severe itching, clouded thinking, and an increased risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis if you’re injecting heroin and using unsensitized needles.
Some of the long-term effects of heroin addiction that can jeopardize your health include:
Infection of the heart
Damage to tissues in the nose (if snorted or sniffed)
Liver and kidney disease
Mental health issues like depression
Changes in menstrual cycle for women
Sexual problems for men
Coma, if combined with other drugs
Dangerously slowed or stopped breathing, which can lead to death
As is the case with all drug addictions, heroin addiction can lead to overdose and death. An overdose often involves signs like slowed or stopped breathing, shaking, cold or damp skin, and blue lips or nails. Naloxone is often administered in the event of an overdose to prevent death, but you must get medical attention immediately from a first responder.
Our Heroin Addiction Treatments
Though not all the damage that heroin addiction causes can be reversed, stopping heroin use and gaining healthy coping mechanisms can help you regain control of your life and recover from mood disorders over time and with medication.
Some of the ways we address heroin addiction are through our partial hospitalization program (PHP) for patients who are no longer in residential treatment but still crave a highly structured schedule, as well as our intensive outpatient program (IOP). We use a range of modalities and therapies so that you’re not just ceasing to use heroin—you’re learning how to have fun again without it in your life.
360-Degrees of Services
Each patient is assigned an individual treatment plan that addresses all the medical, psychological, emotional, and social needs of our patients.
Innovative and Modern Approach
Based on empirically derived treatment interventions & science, we provide patients with effective strategies backed by evidence-based outcomes.
Personalized Service for Patients
Treatment at Vita is customized for each patient. We understand that everyone is unique and so are their needs.
World Class Facility
When you walk into Vita Recovery, you'll feel like you're at a 5-star, luxury facility. We mix modern with comfortability for our patients.