Liberty Bay Recovery, located in Portland, Maine, provides comprehensive heroin rehabilitation to help men and women recover, regain their lives, and reach their potential.

At Liberty Bay Recovery, we know heroin is dangerously addictive. However, even though it is one of the more difficult addictions to overcome, it can be done with the support of trained medical staff members. At Liberty Bay Recovery, we’re here to help you begin the recovery process with easily accessible support.

Treatment for heroin addiction requires both physiological and psychological support. While the physical symptoms of withdrawal subside after about a week from the drug’s last use, cravings are harder to overcome, and Liberty Bay Recovery, an accredited drug abuse treatment center, is designed to assist you on your journey to sobriety, with aftercare programs to help you stay that way.

What Is Heroin?

Heroin, a narcotic drug derived from opium, is harvested from the latex of a poppy seedpod. Use of opium dates to prehistoric times, with evidence of its use in Ancient Mesopotamia as well as parts of Europe. In 1874, heroin was first produced from morphine and was marketed commercially at the end of the 19th century as a pharmaceutical as an alternative to morphine, which had proven to be addictive. But because heroin proved to be dangerously addictive itself, it was listed as a controlled substance under the Harrison Narcotic Act in 1914 and has since become illegal. It is understood to be one of the most widely abused opiate drugs.

Street heroin is considered very dangerous, in part because it contains additives such as poisons like strychnine or other drugs and also because the strength of the heroin is undetermined and can lead easily to overdose and death. Pure heroin comes in the form of white powder, though on the street it can range from white to brown and black, depending on what it has been “cut” with or other impurities resulting from its manufacture. Frequent additives include sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine.

What Is Heroin Abuse?

Heroin abuse can have a negative impact on an addict’s live, their relationships with family and friends, their careers, finances, and education. Abuse occurs when heroin is used in a destructive and negative way, leading to dependence, which can compound health problems and impede daily function. Treatment with trained medical personnel should be sought if you or a loved one are showing signs of heroin dependency.

What Are the Signs of Heroin Abuse?

Typical warning signs include the following:

  • Heroin-related legal trouble
  • Decline in work or school performance
  • Missing important dates and deadlines
  • Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school
  • Becoming isolated from friends and family
  • Troubled relationships with other people
  • Increased health problems, including hospitalization for heroin overdose
  • Engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as sexual promiscuity or driving under the influence
  • Lying about heroin use
  • Abnormally small (constricted) pupils
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden, uncharacteristic changes in behaviors, such as hyperactivity followed by fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants, even in warm weather

Attempting to quit heroin use results in myriad withdrawal symptoms that can be difficult to manage, often leading the user to relapse in an attempt to ease the symptoms. Most people require a heroin dependency treatment program to provide the needed support for successfully undergoing detoxification, curbing heroin use, and managing cravings.

Therapies designed to help with heroin dependency include the use of specific medications designed to block the effects of heroin on the body. Synthetic narcotics such as methadone, when used under medical supervision, can help a recovering addict rebuild a stable life. Both residential and outpatient programs through an accredited treatment facility offer a variety of support options for those suffering from heroin addiction, including the following:

  • family counseling
  • group therapy
  • 12-step program meetings
  • relapse prevention
  • aftercare programs

Heroin addicts are less likely to seek treatment voluntarily because heroin interferes with self-care; therefore, intervention might be necessary on the part of family and friends to help a user face addiction and get the support and treatment they need to become healthy again.

What Is the Heroin Recovery Process?

There are many painful physical and psychological symptoms of heroin withdrawal, which can be so unpleasant that users have a high rate of relapsing when attempting to quit on their own. Recovery is most successful in a rehabilitation center equipped with staff to help the individual manage their cravings, restlessness, disturbed sleep patterns, abnormal blood pressure and pulse rate, dilated pupils, and irritability.

While treatment and detox results in an immediate disruption of the cycle of abuse, it is crucial that an individual continue the lifelong recovery process by attending 12-step meetings and aftercare programs. Liberty Bay Recovery offers you and your loved ones comprehensive treatment programs that include addiction treatment and relapse prevention.

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

There are several reasons to take control of your addiction and interrupt the cycle of heroin abuse. Heroin use can destroy relationships with family and friends, and addiction can drain finances, ruin careers, and cause the addict to lose everything.

Liberty Bay Recovery is ready to support your decision to seek sobriety and reclaim your health. Call us at 844-894-2673 for information regarding reaching your goals and breaking free from dependency.

We accept most major insurances, such as Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Health Care, Value Options, GEHA (Government Employee Health Association), UMR (United Medical Resources), Providence Health Plans, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare and state insurance. We also offer several self-payment options to help you afford your care.

Contact Liberty Bay Recovery

Located in Portland, Maine, Liberty Bay Recovery is recognized nationally for its holistic approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation for men and women. Through intervention, we can guide and support you and your family on your path to recovery. Don’t wait. Make the move and contact us today. 

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