Heroin Addiction Treatment San Diego
We use Suboxone detox treatment for heroin addiction, as we find it to be a much better alternative to Methadone, which used to be the detox treatment of choice. Suboxone detox is a synthetic opiate that has a number of benefits, including lessened depression and withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is also a more convenient detox therapy.
Suboxone is composed of buprenorphine and naloxone, which have different effects. Buprehorphine partially imitates the effects of heroin, because it activates the same receptors in the brain. However, it is not addictive because it doesn’t produce the intense euphoria like heroin does. Naloxone works in the opposite direction and it blocks the brain receptors for opiods – this prevents heroin from affecting the body in the usual manner. In overdose patients naloxone is used for the immediate effect of heroin blocking.
The benefits of Suboxone are numerous and it is becoming a widely used detox medication. Suboxone reduces the patient’s cravings for heroin by stimulating the same brain receptors, but because there is no “euphoric high”, the risks of overdose or habit formation are minimal. Cognitive functioning, decision-making and respiratory functions are better than with methadone detox. It is also known for fewer adverse interactions with other medications as opposed to methadone.
Symptoms of heroin withdrawal are highly individual and they may vary in type and intensity, based on the severity of heroin abuse, general state of physical health, co-existence of mental health disorders, family history of addiction and the patient’s history of detoxification. Generally though, symptoms are anxiety, insomnia, agitation, muscle pain, sweating, nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, goosebumps and watery eyes.
Our addiction physician consultant tailors the medication for heroin detox according to every patient’s unique situation. The core process, however, is that the dose of Suboxone administered is slowly decreased, so that the patient can gently wean off heroin. Sometimes, if the circumstances call for it, a minimal dose of Suboxone is prescribed after the detox is over as a maintenance drug. This can support the patient in the more difficult challenge that follows detox – the core rehabilitation process. Maintenance drugs can both facilitate this stage and prevent the patient from relapsing.
As mentioned, Suboxone is particularly convenient because it can be administered in conjunction with some other drugs, such as those for HIV or mental disorders. This is important, since the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that around a half of drug addicts suffer from at least one severe mental illness.
Heroin Therapy Program
The APEX Rehab team takes great pride in all of our programs, especially our heroin addiction treatment in San Diego. With the help of our ASAM Physician Consultants, clients are able to use Suboxone to help detox and stay focused on their recovery. Meanwhile, the clinical staff works to help change the individual’s behaviors and gives them tools to better deal with recurring cravings and urges to use.
It is important to note that heroin rehab is not the same as heroin detox. Detoxification is only the first, albeit an indispensable step in heroin addiction recovery. To truly break away from the addiction cycle, the patient must deal the psychological aspects of their addiction. Many do not understand this fully and they believe that experiencing the horror of withdrawal will be enough to ensure they don’t relapse. These individuals almost invariably discover, very quickly, that something more is needed to stay sober – learning how to deal with life challenges and problems through acquiring new skills and insights.
Heroin addiction treatment in San Diego can be done residentially or through outpatient programs. The choice depends on the specifies of individual cases. Residential recovery programs are a better fit for individuals who:
- have gotten very isolated from their family and friends
- have problems at work/ school
- have experienced substantial financial losses as part of their addiction
- have problems in their relationships
- have stolen money or items to be able to come by heroin
Heroin is highly addictive and because of such nature, it is generally considered that residential programs are more beneficial for these patients. The reasons are varied – they have a round-the-clock support and supervision by professionals; they can connect with other patients who are going through the same process; they have access to other, non-counseling programs, that strengthen the effects of therapy, such as wellness regimens, proper nutrition, holistic healing and experiential therapies.
Outpatient programs require a considerable time commitment on the part of the addict. However, in cases when the addiction isn’t fully developed or hasn’t taken excessive toll on the patient’s relationships and career, and when they are undergoing rehab for the first time, outpatient clinic setting could work.
Every recovery process is as different as the patient recovering from addiction. APEX Rehab takes a multi-directional approach in treating heroin addiction, because only specialized and customized care gives the most effective and long-lasting results.
The goals of APEX Rehab heroin addiction treatment in San Diego is to help patients stop using heroin, improve their well-being physically, mentally and emotionally, and improve their relationships and social functioning.
Even though the patient is in the focus of the therapeutic process, their family and loved ones can and should be involved in the recovery programs. This enhances mutual understanding and support, which increases the likelihood of success.