Many different medicines have been created specifically to treat heroin addiction. Methadone and buprenorphine are two well-known opioid agonist drugs that may help patients recover from heroin. While the use of these medications is not for everyone, many people have reported that these medications have greatly assisted the heroin detox process.
Methadone, which is a synthetic opioid, helps to block heroin from being taken up by the body, as well as helping to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine, on the other hand, mimics the action of opioids, and only offers mild side effects. While the effectiveness of these and similar drugs vary depending on the person, there is no doubt that medications such as methadone and buprenorphine help patients recover from heroin addiction.
At The Canyon, we offer comprehensive, individualized care for patients who suffer from heroin addiction. We meet with each patient to help empower, educate, and properly assess each individual who desires a better life. Each patient’s personalized treatment plan will offer a unique combination of medicinal and behavioral therapies to address the root causes of addiction as well as those factors that keep addiction coming back.Our goal is to help each person achieve a long-lasting abstinence from this powerful drug.
Methadone Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Methadone, a drug that has been used for more than 30 years, is a very reliable, safe and effective method of treatment for stubborn opioid dependence.
When used and prescribed properly, methadone has very little side effects, and its benefits are extremely effective in treating heroin addiction. Taken orally, it can help reduce and even eliminate heroin withdrawal symptoms for up to a day and a half, and doesn’t block patients from feeling emotions, such as pain or pleasure. Finally, the key thing that methadone does is help to control cravings for heroin, and people who are on methadone are much less likely to go back to heroin because of the cravings.
Buprenorphine Treatment for Opiate and Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine, a drug developed fairly recently, works differently than methadone, and it can be prescribed by a doctor in his or her own office. It works by mimicking the effects of opioids like heroin or morphine by attaching itself to receptors in the brain. However, unlike opioids, it does not cause the drastic side effects associated with heroin addiction, like euphoria or extreme pleasure. It also has the advantage of helping to suppress withdrawal symptoms in patients.
Other Medications for Heroin Addiction
There are many other drugs available for treating heroin addiction beyond methadone and buprenorphine. Some of these include drugs like lofexidine, clonidine, and naltrexone. These drugs can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and treat heroin addiction, but they also have potential side effects that may impair vision or other senses, making it difficult for patients to go about their daily lives.
Rehab at The Canyon
The Canyon, a full-service drug and alcohol rehab center, provides more than just standard treatments for addiction. Our integrated treatment programs work to help each patient recover from the physical, emotional, and spiritual damages that heroin use can cause. With the help of experienced, licensed therapists and physicians, you or your loved one’s stay at The Canyon will be one that is helpful, informative and healing. Programs such as structured trauma therapy, yoga, equine therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and individual and group therapies help patients get the most out of their treatment. Physical healing programs such as medically supervised detox, a world-class organic nutrition program, and ropes/adventure therapies help heal your body, as well as your mind and emotions.
The idea of no longer using heroin or another opiate can be a scary prospect, but continuation of substance use will only lead to financial, emotional, and physical decline. Life can be better. We can help you make it through the tough times and emerge victorious over your addiction. Please call our confidential helpline to learn more.