Heroin Use Disorder: Facts, Risks, and Treatment

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Heroin Use Doesn’t Have To Dictate Your Quality of Life. We’re Here To Help.

The cycle of heroin use is challenging to overcome, perhaps more so than other substances. Attempting to stop or detox alone can be dangerous and unsuccessful, resulting in a continued cycle. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is hope in treatment and healing. Choose a safe and supportive path to recovery with the expert guidance you need to create new healthy habits.
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What Is Heroin Use Disorder?

  • Taking larger doses or taking it for a longer timeframe than intended
  • Failure to quit or reduce doses when desired
  • Consuming significant time to acquire, use, and recover from heroin
  • Strong cravings for the substance
  • Lack of performance at work, home, or school
  • Undeterred by social or economic consequences of heroin use
  • Skipping formerly beloved activities in favor of heroin use
  • Risky or hazardous use
  • Undeterred by mental, emotional, or physical problems due to use
  • Developing a tolerance to heroin (requiring higher doses for the same effects)
  • Going through withdrawal when doses are stopped or reduced

Side Effects of Heroin Use

Long-Term Health Risks of Heroin Use

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

How and when you or a loved one may experience heroin withdrawal can vary based on individual use, the last dose, medical history, and if any other substances are on board.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:[7]

  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Goosebumps due to cold flashes
  • Vomiting
  • Twitchy legs
  • Diarrhea

Holistic and Luxurious Heroin Use Disorder Treatment

Our compassionate staff and providers are here to see you succeed and support your recovery in a practical way. Healing begins here.

Customized Treatment Plans

Your experience with heroin or any substance is unique from anyone else’s experience. There are no cookie-cutter plans that offer lasting outcomes. At NUMA Recovery, we will design a treatment plan customized to each individual's needs.

From first contact to long-term accountability and support, our treatment programs have been created to facilitate life-changing recovery and ensure you get the support you need.

  • Medical Detox: Detox is often the most difficult stage of treatment as you may be navigating severe withdrawal. Here, you’ll receive 3-10 days of medical and clinical oversight to provide a safe space and ease your experience.
  • Rehab: Our rehab program forms the foundation of your success. This level of care takes place in one of our three luxurious California craftsman homes, where you will participate in daily and weekly treatment and a variety of recreational activities, build coping skills, and enjoy a supportive community.
  • Stabilization: As you reintegrate back into daily living outside the four walls of treatment, the Stabilization program provides a safety net of support as you continue building a bright and healthy future.

Therapeutic Interventions

Heroin use disorder is a mental health disorder, but it is often accompanied by other mental or behavioral health concerns that must also be addressed. If ignored, it may be more difficult to recover or too easy to establish harmful patterns.

Therapy is beneficial for identifying harmful thought and behavior patterns, addressing the root causes, and replacing them with healthier habits instead. These skills empower you to overcome substance abuse and become the best version of yourself.

Therapy modalities at NUMA include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Relapse Prevention (RP)
  • 12 Step Programs

Struggling With Heroin Use Disorder? Start Here.

Break the cycle in a safe and supportive environment. We’ll help you every step of the way.
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Numa Recovery Centers is a comprehensive drug and alcohol detox and rehab facility in Los Angeles, California dedicated to helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Our team of experienced professionals provides individualized care and support to address the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of those struggling with substance abuse.
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