Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. Its use has been on the rise in the US for several decades, partly due to the opioid epidemic that has swept the country.
Heroin works by binding to pain receptors in the brain. It blocks pain signals to the rest of the body, producing an intense high and feelings of euphoria. Heroin addiction can occur extremely quickly—sometimes with just a few doses.
While the pleasurable effects of heroin are fleeting, the long-term consequences are serious. Heroin addiction can turn a person’s life upside down. It can put a strain on important relationships, damage professional prospects, and lead to serious financial problems.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, Del Arroyo Recovery Center is here to help. Our heroin addiction treatment program in Agoura Hills, CA is designed to help you break free of addiction and start down the path of long-term recovery.
Our professional team offers dual diagnosis treatment for people struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders, and our physician on staff is authorized to prescribe medications for heroin addiction, including methadone. Our mission is to help you get well.
Why Do People Use Heroin?
Some people start using heroin after becoming addicted to legally obtained prescription opioids, such as hydrocodone, fentanyl, or codeine. Doctors often prescribe opioids pain relievers after an accident or surgery, but these drugs are meant to be used short term and they can be habit forming.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful. Out of desperation, a person who can no longer get opioids by prescription may turn to street drugs like illegally obtained morphine and heroin.
Heroin is an incredibly powerful drug, and most people need help to quit—especially long-term users. At a minimum, heroin users will need medical detox to safely manage the symptoms of withdrawal.
We know the idea of detoxing from heroin is scary. But with the right help, it’s possible to manage heroin withdrawal symptoms comfortably and safely.
Signs of Heroin Abuse
The signs and symptoms of heroin use disorder can be physical, behavioral, or psychological.
Physical signs and symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, abdominal pain, extreme pain in the muscles and bones, shaking, fever, damaged veins and skin, and disorientation.
Behavioral signs can include hostility, agitation, severe itching and picking at the skin, lying about drug use, stealing to get money for drugs, doctor shopping (for prescription opioids), and engaging in risky or reckless behaviors.
Psychological symptoms can include depression, anxiety, uncontrollable bouts of sadness and crying, intense cravings, hallucinations, and feelings of shame or guilt.
Long-term use can lead to serious health complications, including heart and lung infections, liver and kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C infection, collapsed veins, and heroin overdose.
Del Arroyo’s Residential Treatment Program
Del Arroyo is different from other Southern California rehab centers. Our team empowers you with the tools, skills, and resources you need for ongoing recovery from substance abuse. Participants in our residential program benefit from daily individual therapy sessions, group counseling, and optional family therapy.
Del Arroyo’s licensed therapists use a range of evidence-based behavioral therapies during treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and others.
Our focus is on long-term recovery. It’s why we prioritize relapse prevention and peer support groups. We will create a personalized discharge plan that includes all the resources you need for success, including access to our robust alumni program.
We maintain a very low staff-to-patient ratio, which allows us to give you or your loved one the individualized attention you deserve. If you are looking for addiction treatment in Agoura Hills, you’ve come to the right place.
Our luxury rehab center serves clients throughout Southern California, including those in Los Angeles, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Malibu, CA, Westlake Village, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, and Calabasas, CA.