The Summit Wellness Group is one of Georgia’s leading heroin rehab centers. Our heroin addiction treatment program is designed to provide our clients with lasting sobriety and the ability to live full and meaningful lives free of heroin.
How We Treat Heroin Addiction
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs known to man. The intensity of heroin withdrawal, coupled with the high rate of relapse and the ever-present risk of a deadly overdose make finding a reputable heroin addiction treatment center of paramount importance.
The Summit Wellness Group’s heroin rehab center in Atlanta, Georgia features a cutting edge combination of integrative talk therapy, psychiatric care, neurobiological treatments and holistic therapies that collectively work to restore the lives of men and women addicted to heroin. Our program thoroughly addresses the psychological, neurological and physical damage done by heroin, freeing our clients from heroin addiction and improving their overall health and wellness.
The Summit Wellness Group’s team of professionals includes doctors, psychiatrists, clinical therapists, counselors and recovering addicts who work tirelessly to guide our clients through the heroin addiction treatment process. We advocate for our clients from detox to aftercare and every step in between.
Customized Heroin Treatment Plan
The Summit Wellness Group’s staff of experienced, caring professionals will help you develop a heroin treatment plan that is customized to your individual needs. Factors include:
- The length of time and the amounts of heroin someone used
- The severity of heroin withdrawals
- Whether other drugs or alcohol are being used along with heroin
- Possible co-occurring mental health issues
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Stability of current living situation
- Insurance coverage or self-pay
- Your level of commitment to supervised inpatient treatment or unsupervised outpatient treatment
Managing Your Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
For many people who are struggling with a heroin addiction, the first step is to go to a heroin detox facility during the acute stages of withdrawal. With the medical help available at The Summit Wellness Group’s network of partner heroin detox programs, you will be able to get through acute withdrawal in the least painful and safest way possible.
Early heroin withdrawal is the time where most relapses happen and without medication or medical supervision, many people will choose to use heroin again to end the discomfort. It is highly recommended to undergo this process at one of our partner heroin detox facilities located in Metro Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition, since heroin is frequently used by injection, we can help facilitate the necessary testing for HIV, Hepatitis B or C, and blood or heart infections as well as liver and kidney functions tests.
Therapy For Treating Heroin Addiction
The Summit Wellness Group incorporates a number of the leading talk therapies into our heroin addiction treatment program in Georgia. When in early recovery, it’s common for someone to be flooded with all of the suppressed emotions from their time using. Additionally, cravings can be expected for some time after quitting heroin. The body will take time to adapt to life without heroin, and in the mean time depression, anxiety, insomnia, and cravings may be present.
Without an outlet and a way to deal with this, it is not uncommon for someone to feel overwhelmed and return to heroin as a way to cope. Learning to express what is going on internally to other people is a critical life skill, and heroin addiction often causes that skill to atrophy through disuse. Building that skill up again can be scary and uncomfortable, and having one of our experienced clinicians available individually and via group therapy is absolutely vital.
Our Nutritional Program For Heroin Addiction
The Summit Wellness Group’s heroin addiction treatment program also includes a strong emphasis on healthy eating and nutrition. It may seem like common sense, but eating a well rounded diet can be of special importance to someone recovering from heroin addiction. Aside from malnutrition due to decreased appetite and the priority of heroin over food, heroin slows the gastrointestinal tract and it should be expected that an a person’s digestion will take some time to recover.
Heroin can partially paralyze someone’s digestive tract, can this can cause healthy gut flora to die, making complete digestion difficult in early recovery, so it is very important to eat lots of different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Protein is always important along with soluble and insoluble fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. This may also help the brain recover quicker and more fully as many vitamins are used in the brain’s synthesis of neurotransmitters.
Our Holistic Heroin Addiction Therapies
The natural opioid system of the brain is used when someone experiences stress of any kind, including the physical stress of exercise. Natural opioids are used to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression and using this system as it was meant to be used can speed the psychological recovery process and help the brain return to normal.
The Summit Wellness Group incorporates over half a dozen of the most effective holistic therapies into our heroin rehab program to assist in restoring the aforementioned natural opioid balance and correcting neurochemical deficiencies that often accompany recovery from heroin addiction.
Some of the holistic therapies we offer clients in our Georgia treatment program include massage, chiropractic care, therapeutic fitness, guided meditation, yoga, and art therapy.
Why Is Heroin Rehab So Important?
Heroin addiction is deadly and very few people are able to quit on their own. The threat of overdose is very high. This is due to a variety of reasons including adulterants like fentanyl, IV heroin use, mixing heroin with other drugs or alcohol, and relapse overdoses. Relapse overdoses may be the most heartbreaking, as someone who has been abstinent loses the tolerance they built up from active addiction. When they get high “one last time” they tend to do the same amount as when they quit, which by now is too much for their body to handle.
Regardless of the reasons, heroin overdoses, especially in areas like Georgia and Atlanta’s “Heroin Triangle” are often fatal due to the high potency of heroin.
- In 2015, there were 16,770 heroin related hospitalizations in the United States with a disproportionate amount of those coming from Georgia. Over twice as many men were hospitalized as were women, and the age range was between 20 to 34 years old.
- More alarmingly, there were over 81,000 ER visits for heroin-related poisoning or overdoses in 2015. Likewise, well over twice the number of men went to the ER as women and the largest age demographic by far was the 25 to 34 year old group.
- In 2016, 15,469 people died from Heroin overdoses. Just over 3 times as many men died from overdoses as did women and the hardest hit age demographic was the 25 to 34 year old group.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Friendly Program
Heroin addiction brings with it a wide range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms may take a long time to diminish. This withdrawal can be so intense that some opt to explore Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The Summit Wellness Group is a MAT-friendly program, finding it to be very beneficial in the treatment of heroin addiction. This is especially true for chronic relapsers.
The Summit Wellness Group believes MAT is best used in conjunction with the rest of our therapeutic, holistic, and behavioral treatments for heroin addiction. This buys time for our clients that opt for MAT to build a foundation in recovery which will help them stay removed from heroin for long enough that some of the longer-lasting symptoms will dissipate and to allow them to develop effective coping skills as well as a strong sober network so that when cravings return, they have the tools they need to deal with them in a healthy way.
MAT Medications We Allow:
While we are not a MAT approved program, we refer clients in need of MAT medications it to a list of local providers which prescribe the following medications when clinically appropriate:
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. This means it binds to opioid receptors, but activates them with less intensity than that of a full agonist like heroin. It can prevent someone from going through withdrawal, but is unable to be abused in the same way as some other medications.
Naltrexone has a long and successful history of treating serious alcoholism. It works by blocking out the receptors that sense opiates. This cuts down on the cravings for heroin too. It also eliminates the pleasurable effects that heroin produces.
Suboxone works through a potent combination of Naltrexone with Buprenorphine. This pill addresses the discomfort of heroin withdrawal symptoms while blocking any pleasant effects that heroin produces within the brain.
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