If you or someone you love has a heroin addiction, you may have begun researching options and treatment plans. With so many options, like inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and support groups, it can be hard to know what to choose. 

The best treatment plan is the kind that works for the addict and is ongoing. Treatment doesn’t end after leaving a facility, as recovery is a journey. However, there are many reasons why a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a great first step for many addicts. 

Detoxification for Heroin Addiction

About 80% of people who have used heroin first misused prescription opioids. The opioid crisis is much to blame for the increase in both heroin and opioid addiction over the last few years. Because of this crisis, more research has gone into how to treat these types of addictions. An important first step in treating heroin addiction is detoxification. 

Many addiction treatment centers recommend starting with medically supervised detoxification. Detox is critical, as it ensures that the patient is clean and ready to begin their sober journey upon completion. It also allows a medical professional to watch over them while they’re experiencing withdrawals. Because there are medical complications associated with heroin withdrawals, detox can be life-saving. 

During detoxification, doctors may also prescribe medications that help to curb the withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping heroin use. This can make the process much easier for many. 

Higher Success Rates 

Partial Hospitalization Programs also boast higher success rates for their patients. Treatment centers are more successful because they offer: 

  • Support  
  • Community 
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Freedom from distractions 
  • And so much more 

By entering a full-time PHP, clients have constant access to the support they need, on top of not being able to access the drug they crave. This combination results in high success rates when it comes to staying sober long-term. 

Lower Anxiety 

There are many reasons that people continue to use drugs like heroin even when they know that they should stop. Of course, the biggest reason for that is physical dependence. However, another reason is often anxiety. Withdrawals are scary and it’s hard to go through them alone. Because of that, many people often have anxiety about quitting. 

By entering a Partial Hospitalization Program, that anxiety doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Instead of worrying about withdrawal symptoms and cravings, clients will have a team of clinicians, specialists, and friends ensuring that they’re safely detoxing. This support can be life-changing for some, allowing them to make the choice to quit for good. 

A Built-in Support System

One of the best parts of addiction rehabilitation within a PHP is the support system. There are so many options for people to learn and grow and generally feel better about themselves. While working through their emotions and dealing with triggers and memories can be extremely difficult, it’s much easier to deal with when they’re with a group of people who are going through the same exact thing.

Partial Hospitalization Programs often offer various types of therapy, including:

  • Group 
  • Individual 
  • Family 

They also offer activities like yoga, meditation, and so much more to allow people to connect with their bodies and the people around them. By having a support group around them at all times, people find higher success in their recovery. 

Contact Asheville Recovery Center

If you or someone you love is experiencing a heroin addiction, please give us a call to discuss your options. We provide referrals for medical detox, a Partial Hospitalization Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program, and more. We’re eager to help you or your loved one begin their recovery journey.

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