When it comes to drug addiction, statistics show the use of heroin is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of people trying heroin for the first time has nearly doubled in the past decade. Many see heroin abuse reaching the epidemic status as statistics show the number of deaths due to heroin overdose increased more than six-fold between 2002 and 2015. In order to avoid becoming part of that statistic, many people are seeking help in the form of heroin rehab California.
What Happens When You Enter Treatment for Heroin Addiction?
Once a person acknowledges they have a problem and can’t fight their addiction on their own, the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery starts on a customized plan for treatment. Since each person and each addiction is different, a specific plan is put into place based on the patient’s history, learning style, and how they respond to treatment. This approach to rehabilitation is referred to as “Collaborative Recovery”.
Many times treatment will start with a detox program. As part of the Collaborative Care and Recovery offered at Ocean Hills Recovery, patients are placed in a secluded area in Dana Point, California where they can focus on changing the behaviors that have led to addiction. All negative influences are taken out so that each patient can focus on getting healthy and staying sober.
As a patient is undergoing detox, professional medical attention is often necessary. This is also offered at Ocean Hills Recovery.
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What Happens During Treatment for Heroin Addiction?
During treatment for heroin addiction, everyone’s path to sobriety will be different at Ocean Hills Recovery. Since each plan is customized to suit each patient’s needs, what works for one patient, may not work for another.
The following types of therapies and programs may be interwoven into a patient’s treatment program:
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Relapse prevention training
- 12-step recovery & meetings
- Workshops & lectures to learn coping skills
One-on-one counseling can help patients uncover what may have led to their heroin addiction. During family therapy, other issues pertaining to the heroin addiction may also be addressed.
The 12-step recovery process is based on the process described in the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” but is also used to treat a wide variety of addictions. The twelve steps included in drug addiction recovery include:
- Acknowledging you have no control over the drug
- Believing there is someone who is capable of helping you deal with the addiction
- Surrendering to the person you think can help
- Taking a self-inventory test
- Openly confessing the things that you have done that were incorrect
- Being ready to have any negative traits in your character pointed out
- Requesting help in getting rid of those negative traits
- Acknowledging that you have not only hurt yourself but others too
- Willingness to make amends with those you hurt
- Avoiding bad company
- Self-assessment for your progress
- Take up the responsibility of helping others
When someone seeks treatment for heroin addiction they will either enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. At Ocean Hills Recovery, both inpatient and outpatient treatment is offered to give patients the best chance at sobriety and restarting their lives.
Patients in this type of treatment benefit from around-the-clock care. This is a more structured environment that gives patients access to support, medical treatment, and anything else they need to battle their addiction 24/7. There are no distractions or negative influences to take away from the recovery process.
Patients learn new, healthy habits and how to implement them into their daily lives. Over time, they learn how to become self-reliant so that they can transition back into the real world. These programs are offered in a 30, 60, or 90-day format at Ocean Hills Recovery.
For many patients, heroin addiction is also coupled with depression or other mental illness. This is referred to as a dual diagnosis and is something that is also treated at Ocean Hills Recovery. These patients need special care outside of typical treatment programs. The staff is trained and experienced to help these patients battle all of their demons. Many patients may have tried other heroin rehab California options but failed because the underlying issues of mental illness were never addressed. In order to fully enter sobriety, both chemical dependence and mental illness need to be acknowledged and treated.
Besides counseling and group meetings, regular recreation time is also scheduled to keep patients active. Patients can choose yoga, access the fitness center, or participate in art therapy sessions. Catered, healthy meals are also offered daily to give the body the strength it needs to fight heroin addiction. At Ocean Hills Recovery, the patient’s mind, body, and soul are taken into consideration to fight heroin addiction.
What Happens When Inpatient Treatment is Over?
While some people return home after their inpatient treatment, others may opt for transitional housing in our sober living program. Patients leaving the 30-day program or patients who are new to recovery and want a supportive living environment may choose this option.
Each sober home is managed by a staff member from Ocean Hills Recovery. At these homes, residents will have responsibilities, attend meetings, and follow a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. The sober living program helps to bridge the gap from inpatient treatment to living in the real world where temptations exist.
Are You Ready to Seek Treatment?
If you’re ready to enter heroin rehab California, contact the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery today. Someone is always available 24/7 to take your call and listen to your story. Call us today at 866-303-2444 to speak to a team member, or fill out our online contact form. Ocean Hills Recovery also offers intervention services to get individuals the help they need when they may not realize how badly they need it. Let us help you begin your road to sobriety and battle your heroin addiction.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.