At Ventura Recovery Center, we specialize in treating heroin addiction by providing individualized treatment plans for those addicted to heroin. Heroin abusers are usually in a dark mental state and don’t know where to turn, but this is where we can help. By understanding how addiction works, we are able to offer guidance, counselling and successful treatment for the underlying issue and the addiction itself.
We realize that this can be a difficult time for you and your family. Our highly skilled and caring staff has the experience and expertise to help break the addiction cycle for good. We will walk you through the healing and recovery process and give you the time to renew and rejuvenate in a comfortable home-like setting.
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Heroin addiction in America has reached epidemic proportions since 2000, leaving in its wake thousands of broken lives and families each year. Heroin use is particularly prevalent among young adults 18-24 years old. It is crippling our young population during what should be the most carefree time in their lives.
Heroin is cheap and easy to find. It is in every city, every town, in every high school. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, call us now. (800) 247-6111.
Are you unable to stop using heroin?
Do you spend money on heroin that you need for necessities like food or rent?
Have you lost interest in doing the things you used to love to do?
Has “getting high” become the thing you think about the most?
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using heroin?
Four out of five heroin addicts started with prescription pain medication. Prescription opioids act on the same brain systems and produce a similar euphoric effect as heroin. People using opioids non-medically are 19 times more likely to switch to heroin. As prescriptions become harder to get and more expensive, many opioid users start using heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain. This trend has resulted in a rise in heroin users, particularly young people. The rate of heroin addiction among people aged 18-25 rose 108% between 2011 and 2013.
Young drug abusers were up to three times more likely to suffer brain damage, than those who did not use drugs.Results showed similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
“Our study shows…increased risk of brain damage associated with heroin and methadone use, which may be highest in the young. That is when individuals are most likely to acquire the habit.”
Condon, Deborah, “Heroin Causes Alzheimer-like Brain Damage” Web blog post. Irishhealth.com, June 27, 2005. June 14, 2016.
A thousand thanks to Ventura Recovery Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. After 12 years of heroin addiction and four rehabs, my son was at death’s door. VRC talked him onto the plane when a last minute detox sickness almost kept him from going. After eight weeks in the program I have never heard my son sound as bright and hopeful as he does now. I believe he is getting good physical and psychological care. He is taking advantage of the alternative therapies. He is learning skills that will enable him to live a sober life. He is feeling part of a community that understands him. His recovery at VRC has been the most positive movement towards health and happiness that my son has known in over a decade. Since entering VRC’s program our son’s well being is matched only by our own feeling of relief and gratitude. My hat is off to my son and the staff and program at VRC.
Martha P. Delaplane, VA
Some users report immediate negative symptoms from the drug like:
Following the immediate effects of heroin, another set of symptoms begin to occur that involve the body slowing down and being less active and alert. These signs of heroin use include:
With continued use over a period of time, the person abusing heroin may exhibit other signs like:
The most important thing to remember is to offer positive support. According to Drugabuse.com, “The thing that a heroin abuser needs the most is support in sobriety. Make sure they know that you love them and will encourage them throughout their abstinence journey. When initially bringing up the suggestion of treatment, do your best to avoid negative dialogue that focuses on blame and judgment. Addiction is already isolating and stigmatizing so negative communication can push the addict further away. You will likely have better results if you encourage treatment in a caring and supportive manner while also making your personal boundaries clear and consistent.”
Those who have developed an addiction to heroin realize that the drug is controlling their lives. In many cases, they are unable to accomplish heroin detox on their own. The reason is that once addicted to heroin, the body and the brain become accustomed to having the drug in the system.
As soon as the brain detects that the levels of heroin in the body are dropping, the brain will create very intense cravings for more of the drug. Heroin usually completely leaves the system and after 5 to 7 days. Heavier heroin dependence can take up to 10 days to leave your system.
Without medical supervision, withdrawal can be uncomfortable. During medical heroin detox, the body and mind recover from heroin’s effects with a combination of medications and counseling. Vital signs, such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and temperature levels are all monitored to help keep individuals safe and secure throughout the entire process. The emotional state of the client is also closely monitored by our staff.
Our JCAHO accredited detoxification program ensures therapeutic removal of toxic materials mainly carried out by the liver. The symptoms of withdrawal are minimized with medicine and much-needed rest. Through this phase, our health experts and doctors administer the right dosage of medication Our nursing staff is on hand at all times to ensure you are comfortable. Meanwhile, with counseling and therapy help deal with psychological issues. As the body begins to heal, emotional issues can be addressed and healed too.
Once the physical effects of heroin addiction subside, our counseling staff helps you get to the root of the problem. Through group and individual therapy, we focus on helping you deal with the issues that caused the addiction. You can free yourself from the thinking habits and impulses that lead to the addiction and live a happy, fulfilled, drug-free life.
It’s not all just work here at Ventura Recovery Center. We take time to play too! Social activities like yoga, boxing, barbecues and day trips to the beach and other local attractions are fun and exhilarating. You will form bonds with others that will last a lifetime. We help you build your self esteem and return to the REAL YOU.
Also, when you come to Ventura Recovery Center, you become a part of a large sober community. You will spend time in the company of others who have been through what you are going through now. Mentors will provide you with examples to follow and give you the tools you need to GET YOUR LIFE BACK. We teach you to make positive choices so you can return to your life and face the challenges that may come with dignity and integrity…sober.