It is claimed that heroin is the most dangerous and addictive drug. Accordingly, it will be very tough for a person to come out of heroin addiction. Taking heroin regularly either through injections or in the form of smoking/inhaling will cause heroin addiction. A person with heroin addiction will face all sorts of problems in their life. Besides, their health will be completely destroyed. It is nearly impossible for a heroin addict to stop consuming heroin by themselves. Therefore they must be taken to rehab by their friends or family. Family members should provide the required support during the rehab program to help the addict to become drug-free.
The rehab centers will examine the general health condition and the level of heroin in the body of the addict. Depending upon those details the specialists at rehab centers will design a program. Without a proper heroin rehab program, the life of a heroin addict can quickly spiral downwards. The heroin rehab program will be different for every kind of heroin addict depending on their age and their level of addiction. All those details will be taken care of by the rehab centers. Most of the rehab programs will start with the detoxification process, natural (drug-free) detoxification is by far prefereable.
Detoxification is a simple process of removing unwanted chemical substances which are deposited by excess usage of heroin in the body of the addict. The basic aim of the detox process is to decrease the withdrawal symptoms for a heroin addict till he or she does not have physical carvings and is back on a healthy diet and sleeping schedule. The heroin addict will have to adjust to the drug-free state at the rehab centers. During this process they develop craving for the heroin. The heroin addicts will be mentally and physically disturbed looking for heroin. Detoxification is the first step of the rehab program which leads into the long term treatment of heroin addicts.
There is a great problem regarding some rehab centers using methadone. Methadone is a pharmaceutical form of morphine and is nothing but a drug to substitute a drug. It is true that methadone has no mental effect and is supposedly used only to soothe the withdrawal symptoms but most former heroin addicts get hooked on methadone and it is just a matter of time when the addict will start consuming heroin again. Thus the holistic and drug-free way is the right way for true heroin addiction rehabilitation.
Once the detoxification is completed, there are several ways to keep the addict’s mind off of heroin. Some centers use spiritual guidance while others have workshops, discussion groups, meditation and/or yoga. The Narconon program use cognitive courses and exercises to help the recovering addicts to realize what made them abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place and what to do to not fall in the same trap again. It is the general opinion of the experts that a holistic methodology, where the body, mind and spirit of the individual are addressed, is the best solution for long term, complete and stable recovery.