Heroin Rehab in Washington State
Free by the Sea, a comprehensive heroin rehabilitation center located in beautiful Washington State, helps men and women reclaim their lives and achieve their full potential after heroin addiction.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
At our facility, we understand the devastation of heroin addiction. However, while heroin addiction is among the hardest to beat, with our caring, supportive, and highly trained medical staff, you can achieve sobriety. Free by the Sea is here to guide you along the road to recovery.
Undergoing heroin addiction treatment involves supporting patients both psychologically and physiologically. Although the physical aspects of heroin withdrawal fade within about a week, psychological symptoms, such as cravings, often require greater time and effort to overcome. At Free by the Sea, which is fully accredited as a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, our goal is to help you during this difficult journey and provide you with aftercare to help you maintain your drug-free life.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is processed and derived from opium, a substance derived from the white, milky sap of the opium poppy. Humans have used the drug since ancient times, and experts have found evidence of heroin use in Mesopotamia and other parts of ancient Europe. Heroin extracted from morphine was first developed in 1874 and marketed widely during the end of the 19th century. The drug was touted as a less-addictive morphine alternative, but heroin turned out to be terribly addictive. As a result, the drug was branded as a controlled substance in 1914. Heroin has long since been made illegal due to its extremely high potential for abuse, addiction, and harm.
Heroin acquired off the street is particularly hazardous due to its high level of impurities. It can contain added substances such as strychnine (rat poison) or other narcotics. Heroin’s potency is also highly variable, so overdoses are a significant risk. When heroin is pure, it takes the form of a white powder, but street-level heroin can range in color from white to black or brown, depending in part on what other substances it’s been mixed with. Other additives commonly found in heroin include baby laxatives, lactose, powdered milk, quinine, and talc. These impurities can cause serious vascular damage when injected.
Abusing heroin often has severely harmful effects on a person’s interpersonal or romantic relationships, job, motivation, financial situation, and social and academic lives. Abuse happens in cases where heroin use becomes negative, destructive, or otherwise harmful and leads to addiction, which often causes or contributes to poor health and a decline in the ability to function normally. If you think you or someone you care for may be struggling with heroin addiction, seeking professional medical help is strongly recommended.
What Are the Signs of Heroin Abuse?
Warning signs of heroin abuse are as follows:
- Declining performance at work or school
- Arrest and criminal record
- Missing important events and dates
- Neglecting everyday responsibilities
- Isolation from friends and loved ones
- Strained interpersonal relationships
- Higher rates of health problems, including overdose emergencies
- Risky and irresponsible behavior, including driving while intoxicated, sharing needles, and promiscuous sex
- Lying about or otherwise hiding heroin use
- Chronic dry mouth
- Feeling out of breath
- Excessively constricted or “pinpoint” pupils
- Otherwise unexplained weight loss
- Being abnormally tolerant to cold temperatures
- Wearing excessive clothing in warm weather
- Confusion and disorientation
- Sudden deviations from normal behavior, such as periods of high activity followed by lethargy
Cessation of heroin use causes numerous withdrawal symptoms that can be very hard to tolerate. In many cases, people relapse just to stop the symptoms. Most individuals need a comprehensive heroin addiction treatment program to get the support necessary to succeed in the difficult process of detoxing, avoiding relapse, and dealing with cravings.
Treatments for heroin addiction involve medications that prevent heroin’s effects. Synthetic narcotics, such as methadone, can help recovering addicts get their lives back under control. Outpatient and residential programs provided by Free by the Sea, an accredited treatment center, offer many options for those struggling with heroin dependency.
- Counseling for families
- Group counseling
- 12-step meetings
- Relapse prevention programs
People who are dependent on heroin often don’t seek help on their own because the drug hinders their ability to care for themselves. For this reason, friends or loved ones may need to intervene and encourage the person to get the help they desperately need.
What Is the Heroin Recovery Process?
Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be mentally and physically painful. The symptoms are often severe enough to cause the user to relapse, even when the person truly wants to quit. Recovery rates are highest in treatment centers that focus on helping patients manage sleep problems, pupil dilation, irritability, blood pressure and heart rate changes, restlessness, and cravings.
Although treatment and detoxification instantly disturb the abuse pattern, patients must maintain the lifelong process of recovery by going to aftercare and 12-step programs. Free by the Sea provides you and the people you love with complete programs that include relapse prevention and addiction treatment.
- Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
- Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
- Long-term transitory living
- Men and women in separate buildings
- Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific
Don’t Wait. Call Today.
You have many reasons to fight your addiction and break heroin’s destructive cycle. Heroin ruins relationships, finances, jobs, and lives. At Free by the Sea, we’re ready to help you in your decision to reclaim a healthy, sober life. Please contact us today at 800-272-9199 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals and overcome your addiction.
Contact Free by the Sea
Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, is nationally recognized for its comprehensive treatment programs designed to help men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. By intervening, we can support you and your loved ones and help you navigate the difficult path of recovery. Contact us today and start taking back control over your life.