Support Systems Homes provides a variety of effective treatments for addiction to heroin and other opiates (opioids). Some of these several may be used in conjunction, to best help you with recovery.
Detoxification/"Detox": The primary objective of detoxification is to relieve withdrawal symptoms, stabilize participants and prepare them for longer-term treatment. Symptoms of withdrawal (most of which peak between 24-48 hours after the last use) include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps and uncontrollable leg movements.
Medications like Subutex may be used to minimize withdrawal symptoms. All medications given at Support Systems Homes treatment centers are supervised by medical professionals.
Residential Drug Rehab: Residential treatment participants come to live in a safe, supervised setting for 30 days or more. In our heroin treatment center they can focus completely on recovering from their addiction. Participants receive drug education, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, introduction to community-based self-help groups & referrals to community resources.
Therapeutic Communities: Research published by The National Institute On Drug Abuse states that one of the most effective drug-free treatments are the therapeutic community (TC) programs lasting 3 to 6 months. TC programs are residential, with participants and therapists living together.
While staying in our TC rehab center you'll receive therapy, education and practical activities. The program length gives participants the time they need to stabilize from their drug use and to develop new, healthy behaviors and support networks.
Outpatient Treatment: More intensive treatments may be followed by outpatient treatment – regular structured therapeutic groups and individual counseling several days a week, usually for several months. Outpatient participants have stabilized in terms of their drug use, and are appropriate for a level of care that isn't monitored or structured 24/7.
Community-Based Self-Help Groups: Group like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, along with non-12 step based programs, are designed to help addicts attain long-term abstinence. Group members gain new tools and support networks to deal with their addictions.
Maintenance Programs: Some heroin addicts do not find complete abstinence feasible. In these cases, a maintenance approach – providing a small dose of medication so individuals can function without going into withdrawal – is employed.
Support Systems Homes uses methadone, buprenorphine (Subutex) and levomethadyl in our maintenance programs.
- Methadone—About 20% of heroin addicts in the U.S. receive methadone maintenance treatment. Methadone has been used to mitigate opiate addiction for over 45 years. Properly prescribed, Methadone relieves heroin cravings; this is crucial, as craving is a major reason for relapse.
- Buprenorphine—Buprenorphine is used either for long-term maintenance or for medically supervised withdrawal (detoxification) from opioids. It has a higher degree of safety than with methadone and a less-symptomatic withdrawal syndrome. A doctor must prescribe and monitor the medication.
- Levomethadyl (LAAM)—Similar to methadone, though longer-acting, LAAM is a synthetic opioid that can suppresses symptoms of withdrawal. In 1993, the FDA approved the use of LAAM for treating clients addicted to heroin. Its long duration permits dosing just three times per week.