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The United States is experiencing an overwhelming epidemic that many people do not discuss, give attention to, or sometimes even know exists. An epidemic of drug addiction. Despite the lack of media or general public conversations discussing this topic, there are people struggling every day, whether we know it or not. Compared to the rest of the United States, Florida has a higher rate of drug overdoses – 25.1 versus 21.7 (the national average). This makes it even more vital for Florida to offer quality addiction treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse. Treatment centers such as Archstone Behavioral Health are here to help those experiencing drug abuse by offering one of the best heroin addiction treatment in Florida solutions, in a peaceful rehab center that provides options such as medical detox, medication-assisted treatment, and many other types of therapies.

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Heroin addiction can be extremely hard to deal with. Enrolling in a heroin addiction treatment Florida program is an excellent first step.

The dangers of a heroin addiction

In every calendar year, the United States experiences almost 70,000 deaths due to drug overdose. Furthermore, the number of overdose deaths has been steadily rising since 1999. Almost 70% of these overdoses are due to opioids, largely heroin. What further complicates the whole situation is the fact that many individuals do not want to admit they have a problem. Even heroin addiction might be difficult to notice or to take seriously. Until someone reaches a breaking point, that is.

Drug addiction does not happen overnight, after all. People who are addicted to heroin likely did not begin with this drug, but experimented with one or several others before using heroin, often beginning at an extremely young age. During a person’s teenage years, they are much more susceptible to becoming addicted to drugs, due to the brain’s limited production of dopamine (the brain’s “reward” or pleasure chemical), but a flood of it when novel experiences trigger its release.

Repeated exposure to drugs with the high release of dopamine encourages the individual to repeat the activity, thus creating habits and dependence. Heroin is more habit-forming than other drugs, due to how it changes the brain. Heroin comes with an incredible number of withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking the drug for a short period of time. Within hours, an individual begins to experience these withdrawal symptoms which make it extremely difficult to stop their addiction, despite their greatest efforts. The best way to manage these withdrawal symptoms is to undergo one of the medical detox Florida programs. That is the only way that the patient gets the professional care and attention that they need.

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Trying to rid your body of heroin on your own is all but impossible. Most people fail by day three.

How heroin became a big problem in Florida

Unfortunately, lots of individuals have become addicted to heroin by first taking prescription painkillers. In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies pitched these pills to physicians and healthcare providers in order to help with pain relief, assuring the medical community the pills were nonaddictive. Physicians began to overprescribe them, unaware that the pills would be habit-forming and eventually encourage addiction and misuse. Florida especially had an issue with the overprescribing of painkillers, as evidenced by the fact that according to a NIM opioid overdose study, by 2010, “90 of the 100 doctors purchasing the most oxycodone nationwide were practicing in Florida.”

Since 2010, several laws and measures have been put in place both in Florida and nationwide to help curb the addiction epidemic. However, the closing of “pill mills” and the creation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (as well as other limitations put in place to discourage addiction) has also left individuals experiencing addiction unsure of where to turn. Although the limiting of these substances is good in terms of preventing more people from becoming addicted, many individuals have felt abandoned or betrayed after being prescribed a supposed nonaddictive medicine by a doctor with a license, and then being left to manage the resulting addiction on their own. 

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The result

As a result, this is how many have ended up with heroin addiction; heroin is cheaper and in many cases more accessible than finding prescription pain medicine now. Heroin also allows for a quicker “high” since it is largely injected into someone’s veins, which increases the susceptibility of addiction to the substance. Heroin induces a number of toxins into the body and the only safe way to get rid of them is to enroll in a heroin addiction treatment program. It is clear that with the limiting of prescription pain medicine, treatment options are now in high need to combat addiction. Residential treatment centers and addiction treatment programs such as the ones at Archstone Behavioral Health are vital in the fight against this epidemic.

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Many people turn to heroin after they can’t get their hands on prescription painkillers.

Seeking heroine addiction treatment is the best thing you can do

Whether you or your loved one have a problem with heroin addiction, know that you are not alone. Many other people are struggling with the same issues, but are afraid to admit these facts, whether to themselves or to others. Looking into an addiction treatment center is not a weakness, but a strength. You or your loved one did not end up with an addiction in a vacuum, after all. Your addiction is the result of circumstances that you likely had little control over. In fact, addiction is the result of both nature and nurture. Meaning that it may involve genes that you have inherited as well as your surrounding environment. Trying to assign blame to someone for their addiction is not only unhelpful in encouraging someone to receive substance addiction treatment in an addiction treatment center but it is also simply and largely untrue.

It is never too late to seek treatment

However, no matter how the addiction began or how many years that person has participated in drug use, it is never too late for someone to receive treatment at an addiction treatment center. It is never too late to take responsibility for one’s life and make efforts to change it. Once someone comes to a treatment center, a health professional is there every step of the way to assist the person in treatment and recovery, no matter the individual’s stage of change. Treatment services always begin with a treatment plan individualized to the patient and meeting them where they are, whether they are interested in detox inpatient Florida programs, residential treatment, and/or intensive outpatient programs.

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It is never late to reach out.

Your treatment provider is there to explain all these options and the included evidence-based treatment protocols which are used in our drug rehab programs. For example, treatment programs may include treatment of underlying mental illness through additional mental health services, group therapy, behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatment, or other services involved in drug treatment, depending on the individual. But everything starts by taking part in a heroin addiction treatment Florida program. Addiction is a powerful beast, but it is one that you can overcome in an addiction treatment center or treatment facility with a team of healthcare professionals on your side.

What Can You Expect from a heroin addiction treatment Florida program?

Our heroin addiction treatment programs involve methods that will keep you comfortable for the duration. During the program, we will address any psychological and physical complications that might arise, minimize relapse opportunities, and provide necessary medications. When you are a guest at one of the best opioid detox center Florida has to offer, you will not have to worry about secondary addictions, either. Our staff will carefully monitor your progress and ensure that you get the exact care and attention that you require.

Everything begins with a full consultation where we will determine your specific needs. This means that we will account for nutrition, disease treatment, and any other specific conditions that you may have. The goal of our programs is to help you remove the toxins from your body as naturally as possible. We will, of course, provide you with medications that will ease both your withdrawal symptoms and cravings, should you require them.

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At Archstone Behavioral Health, everyone gets a unique treatment plan.

The heroin detox Florida program

Due to the fact that heroin all but “pumps” your body full of toxins, the first thing you need to do is get rid of them. This is done through a specialized Florida herion detox program, where the patients refrain from using heroin until all the withdrawal symptoms due to detoxification are completely eliminated. The reason why this is not something that you want to do at home is the fact that your body will crave heroin throughout the entire detox process. This can be extremely hard to manage, as withdrawal symptoms can be extremely hard to deal with.

Most people will experience withdrawal symptoms during the first day of being heroin-free. These symptoms will slowly gain in strength and will peak in around two or three days. Unlike methadone detox Florida programs, heroin detox usually takes around 7-10 days to complete. The duration of the program depends on the length of time heroin was used, the amount used, as well as the administration method (snorting, smoking, injecting), and the presence of any other medical conditions. During that time, patients will have to deal with both acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, confusion, delusions, sweating, goosebumps, depression, and irritability. Patients may also have trouble sleeping, have disrupted focus, have mood swings, and have low energy levels. They may also experience heightened feelings of depression and anxiety.

For most people, this is something that is simply too hard to deal with on their own. That is why having the right support system makes all the difference. By having medical professionals by your side throughout the entire process, you will minimize discomfort and prevent any further complications.

Medically-Assisted heroin treatment 

Most of the time, dealing with heroin withdrawal symptoms will require you to take some medications. The exact medications and their administering depend on your unique needs. Your medical health professionals will decide which medications you need to take both during the initial MAT and the post-detox period. That being said, most people will need to take either Suboxone or Vivitrol throughout their treatment. Suboxone is your daily heroin medication, and it is taken orally. Alternatively, you may need to take Vivitrol injections once a month. Both drugs have been proven to help reduce the urge for heroin as well as help manage withdrawal symptoms.

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Medications can help manage your withdrawal symptoms.

Choosing between the two is, ultimately, up to you. However, it is vital to speak to an addiction expert before you make the choice. Our staff at Arcstone Behavioral Health will be happy to discuss the choice with you at length. Our team will provide you with all the available options, address your concerns, and help you determine the best course of action.

What happens after the initial phase of rehab?

Heroin detox is simply the first step in curing your addiction. We can also provide you with a variety of treatment options, such as counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, and a variety of other treatments. After you are free of your initial withdrawal symptoms, our staff will develop an individualized treatment plan according to your unique needs. We also encourage family involvement and will help repair any relationships that may have been damaged due to heroin addiction.

What you can expect at Archstone Behavioral Health is respectful, compassionate care throughout your entire stay with us. We do not believe in treating patients as numbers on a spreadsheet. Instead, we take a mindful approach to addiction treatment, where we personalize our treatments to the individual needs of our patients. From admission to discharge, our master’s-level treatment specialists and clinicians will be right by your side. Our treatment programs will provide you with a full continuum of care throughout your journey.

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Time spent in heroin detox depends on a variety of factors but is usually between 7-10 days.

Finding Help Begins at Archstone Behavioral Health

Reaching out for help and enrolling in a heroin addiction treatment program is your first step in recovering from heroin addiction. Similar to how a substance use disorder doesn’t happen overnight, the recovery also takes time. And that means that you need to give your brain and body time to heal. But everything starts with reaching out. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to Contact Archstone Behavioral Health in Lantana, FL, today to find out more about whether our addiction treatment programs are right for you or your loved one.

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Is Archstone Behavioral Health accredited?

We are proud to say that we are not only licensed by the state of Florida itself but are also capable of treating patients from across the world. Our voluntary Joint Commission Accreditation is a gold standard among numerous treatment providers, healthcare organizations, and hospitals across the country.

How long will heroin detox take?

While heroin will leave your body in a matter of days, withdrawal symptoms may take far longer. The time it takes for your body to completely recover depends on a variety of factors such as length of heroin abuse, your overall health condition, weight, gender, and age. However, most people finish detox anywhere between seven and ten days.

What levels of care can I expect?

At Archstone, you can expect a full continuum of care. This means that you will stay with us for the entirety of your treatment program, without the need to travel between centers. We will allow you to stay in the same comfortable environment, with the same medical professionals throughout your treatment. There will be no unnecessary hassles or referrals that you will need to deal with.

Can I bring my phone to rehab?

No. You can bring your phone with you to our facility but you can’t use your phone during rehab. We will return the phone to you once you complete the initial program. Your therapist may facilitate a phone call under certain circumstances, at their discretion.

What can/should I bring with me to rehab?

Depending on the duration of your stay with us, you may want to prepare some things. You will need to provide us with your personal identification card (state ID, passport, driver’s license, etc.), your health insurance card, as well as emergency contact info for two people. This information needs to include names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. You may also want to bring comfortable shoes, sandals, and two pairs of sensible workout clothes.

You can also bring in vaping products and cigarettes with you, but they must be in their original packaging, unopened. As for personal hygiene, we advise you to bring any basic products that you may require, such as toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, shaving supplies, feminine hygiene products, hair dryer, etc.

Lastly, any medication that you bring with you needs to be in its original prescription bottle. We do not compromise on this. You will hand the medications to our medical staff and they will distribute them as you need them. You may not bring any “over-the-counter” medications. Vitamins and supplements are subject to approval by our medical staff.

Will there be any out-of-pocket costs?

We will work with your insurance provider to authorize your expenses for the duration of your stay. However, depending on your carrier and plan, there may be additional out-of-pocket costs if you need to stay longer than what your insurance covers. But no matter what, all of the details will be given to you prior to your commitment to Archstone.

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