Substance Use Disorder
Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
Substance use disorder (SUD), also referred to as addiction (or substance abuse in the past) is a chronic and complex condition characterized by the compulsive use of substances like alcohol, illicit drugs (e.g., cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine), prescription medications (e.g., opioids, benzodiazepines), or other substances that lead to significant impairment or distress. It is a diagnosable mental health disorder recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is widely used by healthcare professionals.
MedicAl detox at Miramont Behavioral Health
At Miramont Behavioral Health, medical detox, also known as medically supervised detoxification, is a process that helps individuals safely manage withdrawal symptoms when they stop using drugs or alcohol. It is typically the first step in the addiction treatment process and is conducted under the supervision of healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and addiction specialists.
The main goal of medical detox is to ensure the safety and comfort of the individual as their body adjusts to functioning without the substance they were using. Many substances, including alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, and certain stimulants, can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when someone abruptly stops using them. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to potentially life-threatening complications.
During inpatient care for schizophrenia, the patient may receive a combination of medication, therapy, and other supportive interventions to help manage symptoms and improve their overall functioning. Treatment may also involve family therapy or education, social skills training, and vocational rehabilitation to help the individual reintegrate into their community.
Who is Eligible for Care?
Inpatient care for schizophrenia is typically reserved for individuals who are experiencing severe symptoms or who are at risk of harming themselves or others. The length of stay in an inpatient facility can vary depending on the individual’s needs but is generally shorter than in the past due to advances in medication and other treatments that have made it possible to manage symptoms more effectively in an outpatient setting.
Common symptoms and signs of substance use disorder include:
The severity of substance use disorder can vary, ranging from mild to moderate to severe, depending on the number and intensity of symptoms present.
Withdrawing From Heroin
The high of heroin is described as calm warmth spreading through the body. Users experience temporary feelings of happiness, contentment, and ease of any concerns.
But when the high wears off, the user will experience mild symptoms like irritability, anxiety, sweating, aching muscles, and insomnia. Then, if they don’t use again, they could start showing more severe symptoms like vomiting and intense muscle cramping.
Although withdrawal from heroin is not life-threatening, the effects can happen so quickly that an addict continues to use just to avoid “dopesickness.”
About Heroin Addiction Treatment
Sadly, the number of heroin-related deaths continues to rise. At Miramont, we support and believe in every individual’s ability to turn their life around and heal from heroin addiction. The first step is admitting you have a problem. Then, Miramont can help you start on the path to recovery.
We’ll walk with you through the difficult withdrawal process. We’ll prepare you for all that comes next in your ongoing recovery.
Your journey to sobriety can start today. Give us a call and save your life.
Health Risks From Heroin Use
There are many health risks associated with heroin abuse. Short-term risks include fatal overdose. Here are other potential risks:
Some are from long-term use, but it only takes one dirty needle to contract HIV or Hepatitis C.