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Addiction Treatment for Heroin

1.The Vitamins and Minerals in your Body
Both heroin and the lifestyle of those who use it leeches vitamins and minerals in your body. When you enter into treatment, you
will be given dietary counseling along with supplements to help correct these issues. In some cases, your body will begin to
correct the imbalances by itself as long as you are no longer taking heroin.

2.Your Overall Health
Seeking treatment for heroin can help replenish your overall health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin
• Collapsed veins
• Abscesses
• Gastrointestinal cramping
• Liver disease
• Kidney disease
• Pulmonary complications
• Secondary infections
Much of this damage may be reversible if you catch the addiction in time. Treatment can help you end the possibility of long
term damage due to your heroin use.

3.Your Financial Health
Heroin robs you of your job and finances. As the addiction gets stronger, you will build a tolerance to the drug and find yourself
spending more and more. Once you seek addiction treatment for heroin, you will stop spending all of your money on heroin.
Your finances will also be replenished when you are able to obtain and keep employment. Heroin addiction will cause you to
lose your job. Once you are off heroin, you will be employable again.

4.The Support of your Family
The support of your family is extremely important. Most people push their family away while they are addicted to heroin. You
might have even taken things from them for the money to buy heroin. Heroin destroys family relationships. Once you are in
addiction treatment, the support of your family will be replenished.

Getting the Most Out of Outpatient Addiction Treatment for Heroin
When you are in outpatient addiction treatment for heroin abuse, it is easy to let things slide. If you do you risk slipping back into
your addiction. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that a relapse does not happen. You need to
make the most out of your outpatient heroin addiction treatment.

Listen to Everyone
Listening is extremely important when it comes to outpatient treatment. You should listen to your doctors, your counselors, and
other people in your group sessions. You can find out valuable information about things like handling cravings, dealing with
triggers, and heroin addiction services.
Active listening is a great way to make sure that your addiction treatment for heroin stays on track. Addiction specialists provide
valuable information if you listen and follow their advice.

Learn Everything that you Can
Sometimes it is not enough to just listen, sometimes you need to listen and learn. Learn everything that you can. According to
the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment centers offer:
• Self esteem classes
• Vocational education
• Parenting classes
• Drug education classes
• GED and other high school help
• College financial aid help
• Money management classes
Some outpatient treatment centers offer all of these while others can direct you to a school that does.

Attend All of your Appointments
In order to make the most out of your heroin addiction treatment, you have to be there. Be sure to attend all of your
appointments even if you do not feel like it. Some people start treatment and then stop when they start to feel better. Treatment
doesn’t do any good, if you are not present for it.

Learn to Rely on the Support Network
Learning to rely on others for help is very difficult for many people. You will need your support network to help you through the
worst of your cravings.

4 Reasons to Use Methadone in Addiction Treatment for Heroin
There are many types of treatments for an addiction to heroin. One of the ones that has been around the longest is methadone
treatment. Methadone treatment is useful in medication assisted treatment and medication management treatment. There are
many more reasons why you should try methadone for your addiction treatment for heroin.

1.It is a Highly Effective Form of Heroin Treatment
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methadone is a highly effective form of addiction treatment for heroin abuse.

It is one of the most widely used treatments as well. Most people who use methadone find that they experience very little or no
withdrawal symptoms.

2.It can Keep you from Going Through Withdrawal
Heroin withdrawal is extremely unpleasant. Many people say that it is one of the worst forms of withdrawal. If you go through
withdrawal without methadone, you might experience:
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Stomach cramps
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Tremors
• Diarrhea
• Dehydration
• Anxiety
• Mood swings
• Irritability
• Insomnia
• Rhinitis
• Agitation
These are the most common symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Methadone stops these symptoms from becoming a problem.
Many people on methadone can resume life as normal without experiencing the serious effects of heroin withdrawal.

3.It Helps to Prevent Relapse
Since withdrawal is not usually a problem when you take methadone for your heroin addiction, it can help prevent relapse.
Methadone keeps the levels of opiates in your system at a steady level. If you take methadone daily, you greatly reduce the risk
of relapse.
If you started your addiction due to chronic pain or another disorder, methadone will help to treat that disorder. This will prevent
you from relapsing due to the cause of your addiction suddenly returning.

4.It is Less Expensive than Other Forms of Treatment
Methadone is less expensive than other medications. This is one reason why it is preferred to other forms of medication
assisted treatment.
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