Heroin Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

Heroin addiction in the United States has become an epidemic, and people from all parts of the country are being affected. From California, to Connecticut to southern states like Texas, families are being torn apart by this potentially fatal drug.  

Addiction has been found to be a legitimate disease that only gets worse over time. The good news is that no matter how bad people’s addiction has become, they still have the chance to regain control of their life and have a fresh start. The first step toward getting clean is fully understanding what an addiction is.

What is a Heroin Addiction?

From a young age, children are taught about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but something happens along the way where people become addicted. The most difficult part about identifying an addiction is that typically people have to come to the conclusion themselves. It’s true that not everyone becomes addicted, and there are millions of people who can use drugs recreationally without a problem, but others lose control.

One of the reasons people refuse to acknowledge that they’re addicted is the stigma that sometimes surrounds addiction. People are worried that if they admit they have lost control, they’re admitting defeat or a weakness. Deciding to get sober or potentially facing fatal consequences aren’t always easy alternatives. The best way to know if you have an addiction is to acknowledge that you can identify with the mental obsession and the physical craving.

The mental obsession is when people can think of little else besides using the drug and putting drug use above all other aspects of life. This happens because the pleasure system in the brain is running unrestrained. The prefrontal cortex is supposed to tell people that although this act brings pleasure, it’s also potentially dangerous and has consequences. For people with an addiction, the pleasure system usually wins out. The physical craving means that individuals have no control over how much they’re going to use. Once they take the first hit, they’re already craving the next one.

Treatment Helps Identify the Source of a Heroin Addiction

Healing Springs Ranch in Tioga, TX, is passionate about helping people discover the source of their heroin addiction. Most people don’t wake up one day and decide to do heroin, so it’s important to see where it all began. When you come to our facility, you’ll be working with therapists in a one-on-one environment to discover the source of your substance abuse. Being in this one-on-one setting provides you with a place where you can feel safe and comfortable discussing a troublesome past or the thoughts that go through your mind on a regular basis.

One of the most common causes of addiction occurs when a person has a dual diagnosis. Many people begin to have symptoms of depression, anxiety or PTSD long before they ever pick up a drug. The problem is that many people don’t know what’s happening to themselves and don’t understand why they can’t live the way other people do. As a result, many people struggling with a heroin addiction are actually just self-medicating. We want to help identify your underlying mental illness and provide you with a solution that doesn’t involve heroin.

Our Treatment Approach for Heroin Addiction

We understand that staying sober is difficult, so we do as much as we can to help you learn new strategies for staying sober while you’re in treatment so you can build a strong foundation in recovery. One of the reasons we support holistic treatment methods is that many of these methods can be carried with you for the rest of your life. Just because you went to treatment doesn’t mean that life is going to stop happening. Dealing with work, school, friends, family and intimate relationships can be powerful triggers for cravings as well as anxiety and depression, so it’s important to learn how to deal with these situations in a new way.

On our beautiful 50-acre property, you’ll be able to embrace experiential therapy like equine therapy, art therapy and recreational therapy. It’s important to learn that you can have fun and feel great while sober, so you’ll also have the opportunity to go kayaking, play golf on our 9-hole course and go fishing. We also encourage our guests to take advantage of yoga therapy as it’s been proven to help decrease symptoms of mental illness.

Healing Springs Ranch offers a wide range of treatment programs to suit your needs. Whether you need residential, short-term residential or outpatient treatment, we’ll create a personalized treatment program for you. We also understand that addiction is a family disease, which is why we also offer family sessions.

Heroin addiction can be overcome. Don’t let it continue to run your life. Call Healing Springs Ranch today at 866.656.8384 and begin the journey back to sobriety.