Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Centers Santa Fe New Mexico

Drug-Poster-New Mexico

Understanding heroin addiction

Heroin addiction is a chronic illness characterized by tenacious seeking and compulsive using of heroin despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take heroin is voluntary for most people, but repeated use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and may interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to use. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disorder and people in recovery are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of abstinence.


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How does heroin affect the brain?

Heroin stimulates the brain’s “reward circuit” by flooding it with dopamine. The reward circuit controls the body’s ability to feel pleasure. Pleasure is what motivates a person to repeat behaviors, such as eating and procreating. Overstimulation of the reward circuit causes an intensely pleasurable “high” and that causes people to use again and again.


Heroin tolerance

Repeated use of heroin causes the brain to adjust to the excess dopamine by making less of it and by reducing the ability of cells in the reward circuit to respond to it. This reduces the high that a person feels compared to the high they felt when they first used heroin. Less and less drug-effect following repeated use is known as heroin tolerance. Heroin addicts generally increase their dose over time in a futile attempt to achieve the original high. One of the least talked about aspects of heroin addiction is that over time they get less and less pleasure from normal things they once enjoyed, like delicious food or sex.


New Mexico’s heroin epidemic

Heroin addiction is affecting every county in New Mexico particularly in larger cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Enchanted Hills. Heroin addiction is affecting people from every walk of life and background. Unfortunately for many users its use often ends tragically, but this doesn’t have to happen to you. Heroin addiction treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop using heroin. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, and last for different lengths of time. There are many outstanding treatment centers that specialize in heroin addiction and it’s important to find the one that’s right for you.


Heroin addiction treatment centers

1. Fresh Start Behavioral Health
Heroin Addiction Specialists
7 Ave Vista Grande
Santa Fe, New Mexico 875085

2. Lighthouse Counseling, Inc. (Christian Recovery)
2520 Virginia Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

3. Crossroads (Women Only)
Mayas Place
640 Grove Street SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108

4. Shadow Mountain Recovery (coed luxury drug rehab)
250 Shadow Mountain Road
Taos, New Mexico 87571

6. New Mexico VA Healthcare System(Veterans)
Santa Fe Clinic
5152 Beckner Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
Shadow Mountain Recovery offers 12-step based treatment programs that nourish the spirit and help to establish new life patterns. Experiential and equine therapeutic activities strengthen your body along with your spirit and mind as you hike, snowboard, create music, and participate in a wide variety of other activities.

5. Turning Point Recovery Center(heroin detoxification centers)
9201 Montgomery Boulevard
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111

Turning Point Recovery Center provides the finest heroin detox program and treatment program in Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding areas. We are a premier addiction treatment center focused on opioid and heroin detox, and long term outpatient rehabilitation services.

6. New Moon Lodge (Native American)
579 White Swan Road
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Our Vision is to promote wellness and build on spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellbeing in order to encourage leadership among our communities; becoming culturally aware and sensitive to all people native and non-native together. Facilitating integrity and respect of our cultural values by drawing from our elders and spiritual wisdom to learn and preserve our traditions and heritage for our future generations.”


How to help someone quit heroin

Most heroin addicts try to stop on their own without heroin addiction treatment and some people are successful, but many attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. Nearly all people addicted to heroin believe at the outset that they can stop using when they want. The best way that we know to recover from heroin addiction is in a structured residential setting. Optimally, in a treatment program lasting 90-days or longer. We found that treatment centers that use a long-term comprehensive treatment approach in a residential setting have the highest rates of recovery.
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