Heroin Treatment in Georgia

Medically Reviewed By

J. Ryan Humphries, LPC, MdACN

Last Updated: April 14, 2024

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug derived from morphine that can have devastating impacts on men of all ages. At Hand in Hand Recovery, we believe in providing gender-specific care that tackles both the physical and psychological aspects of heroin addiction. Our evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches empower men to achieve lasting recovery while building a solid foundation for a healthier future.

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How Does Heroin Addiction Treatment in Atlanta Work?

Heroin addiction treatment in Atlanta at Hand in Hand Recovery follows a comprehensive approach that includes several stages. The first step is detoxification, where the body rids itself of heroin and its toxic byproducts under medical supervision to manage withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, individuals can choose between different levels of care based on their individual needs and recovery goals. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides intensive and structured daily therapy sessions while allowing participants to return home or to a sober living facility at night.

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a step down from our PHP. It offers structured therapy sessions multiple times per week while allowing more flexibility for individuals to attend work or school during the day. Participants also reside at home or in a sober living community.  

Our outpatient program (OP) provides ongoing support with regular counseling sessions and group therapies, with continued guidance and accountability as individuals continue to transition back into their everyday lives. 

Our different levels of care are designed to allow clients access to long-term care with a step-down approach as they become more confident in their coping skills and ability to remain drug-free. Throughout treatment, our dedicated team provides access to evidence-based and holistic therapies customized to each client’s unique situation to help ensure a successful recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

The signs and symptoms of heroin addiction vary from person to person, based on the level of addiction, frequency of use, and dosage amounts, but often include:

  • Physical signs and symptoms: Constricted pupils, drowsiness, flushed skin, needle marks or bruising at injection sites, rapid weight loss, and track marks on the arms or other body parts.
  • Behavioral changes: Increased secrecy and isolation, neglecting responsibilities at work or home, sudden financial problems without explanation, stealing money or valuables to support their heroin habit, and no longer finding pleasure in hobbies and activities once enjoyed. 
  • Psychological signs and symptoms: Mood swings, irritability, extreme euphoria followed by depression when the drug wears off, anxiety, paranoia, and depression. 
  • Engaging in drug-seeking and risky behaviors: Actively seeking heroin, making snap decisions, and increased risk-taking, like sharing needles or having unprotected sex with multiple partners. 
  • Neglected appearance: A general disregard for personal hygiene and appearance, such as wearing the same clothes for several days, not brushing the teeth, and showering infrequently. 

Long-Term Effects of Heroin Addiction

Long-term heroin addiction can have devastating effects on various aspects of a person’s life, including:

  • Deteriorating physical health: Prolonged heroin use can lead to liver and kidney damage, respiratory issues, cardiovascular problems, infectious diseases, collapsed veins from injections, and chronic pain.
  • Mental health disorders: Heroin addiction impairs psychological well-being and worsens existing mental health disorders or can cause mental health disorders the longer the drug is used. 
  • Cognitive impairment: Chronic heroin use causes cognitive impairments like memory retention, memory recall, impaired decision-making abilities, decreased problem-solving skills, and problems concentrating and focusing. 
  • Financial hardships: Sustaining a heroin addiction can take a toll on finances and can result in job loss. 
  • Social consequences: Damaged relationships, isolation, associating with other heroin users, and engaging in risky behaviors become more common the longer heroin is abused. 
  • Increased overdose risk: Due to tolerance levels continuing to increase, long-term heroin users have a higher risk of overdose. 

Heroin Relapse and Overdose

Heroin relapse is a common challenge individuals in recovery face. Despite efforts to remain drug-free, triggers, social influences, stress, and underlying psychological issues can all lead to relapse. To help reduce this risk, it is crucial to develop a comprehensive relapse prevention plan that includes coping skills, peer support, lifestyle changes, and ongoing therapy. 

Should a relapse occur, there is an increased risk of overdose. Tolerance levels gradually decrease the longer someone is abstinent from heroin. If an individual relapses and uses heroin at their previous dosage level, it can be too much for their body to handle, which can cause an overdose. 

It is essential to remember relapses should not be seen as failures but rather as learning opportunities to re-evaluate coping skills and the need for ongoing treatment and support. 

What to Expect at Our Heroin Addiction Treatment Program in Georgia

At Hand in Hand Recovery, our heroin addiction treatment in Georgia provides individuals with a personalized approach to recovery. Upon admission, each person undergoes a thorough assessment to better help our team understand your specific circumstances, level of addiction, and overall health. 

Next, we work with you to create a detailed care plan that includes medically supervised detox and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Each of our care levels offers access to evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), individual therapy, group therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and family therapy. 

These therapeutic approaches help individuals address underlying issues contributing to their addiction while developing healthy coping skills for long-term recovery. We also believe in treating the whole person at Hand in Hand Recovery. Alongside traditional therapies, we integrate holistic therapies, such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and nutritional counseling. 

As our clients near the end of their treatment, we work with them to develop an effective aftercare plan. This could include transitioning from one level of care to another, as well as ongoing counseling sessions, peer support, and continued relapse prevention support. 

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