4 Common Fears of Heroin Addiction Treatment

For people who suffer from an addiction to opiates like heroin, quitting is always on their minds, yet recovery often seems unattainable. The seemingly endless cycle of addiction can prevent many people from even admitting they are in trouble. If you are battling an addiction to heroin, or you think someone you love has a substance use disorder, there is hope for recovery.

Many people never seek help for an addiction out of fear. They may fear judgment, relapse, withdrawal, rejection, and the unknown outcome of quitting their addiction. These fears are barriers to recovery and can leave people with an opiate addiction feeling hopeless and alone. However, by understanding and addressing these common fears associated with addiction treatment, friends and relatives of people with a substance use disorder can help them find a recovery option that fits their needs.

Fear of detox and withdrawal

One common fear among people with an opiate addiction is the fear of the symptoms of quitting. Maybe you or a loved one has tried to stop using opiates like heroin in the past, but the symptoms of withdrawal were too painful. It’s true that some people with a severe addiction may experience symptoms of withdrawal including nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and muscle aches. These symptoms may seem unbearable, especially for people trying to quit using opiates by themselves.

However, in a recovery center, the detoxification process usually lasts around a week and is medically supervised to ensure one’s safety and comfort throughout the process. Recovery offers a support system made up of peers, therapists, and medical professionals whose encouragement can help you or a loved one succeed in overcoming addiction.


Fear of financial barriers

Another fear that often prevents people from entering addiction recovery is financing their treatment. We understand that cost is often a barrier to seeking treatment, and our goal is to ensure that these barriers are knocked down so you or a loved one can get help for addiction. We have service contracts in place with many local providers to offer a continuum of care and financial assistance.

Getting help for addiction doesn’t mean you need to miss work to receive treatment. Most of our outpatient provider agencies in Warren and Clinton Counties offer late day or evening hours to avoid the need to take vacation or sick leave. Together with a recovery counselor, you can determine the best course of treatment and time frame that works best for you. Many people are surprised at the level of control they have when it comes to choosing a treatment plan that fits their unique needs.


Fear of failure

A fear of failure is a common obstacle that prevents many people from achieving anything, no matter what their goals are. For people with an addiction to opiates like heroin, the fear of failure and self-doubt can be debilitating. Recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t happen overnight. While relapses do happen, people in recovery have the support of counselors, therapists, and peers to offer encouragement and help them move forward. Many people have succeeded in achieving their goals in recovery despite the fear of failure, and so can you.

Fear of judgment

Finally, some people with a substance use disorder never even admit they are struggling with addiction out of fear of being judged or rejected. Furthermore, some people fear they will get in trouble with the law for admitting their addiction to illegal drugs like heroin. It’s important to remember that seeking help for addiction is not a crime. We understand the fear of being judged for addiction. That’s why when you contact us for help, we will listen to your questions and concerns without judgment. Contacting us is free and confidential, and can be the first step on your road to freedom from addiction to opiates like heroin.


How to Find Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one are battling the pain of addiction, there’s no better time than right now to look for help. Simply fill out our form to get general information on treatment options and information about our network of provider agencies. If you want specific information about treatments, or are wondering when to start treatment, or how to get an intake packet, contact one of the agencies in our provider network directly to get started. 

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Recognize MLK Day with a Mental Health Screening

Posted on: January 11, 2018
Tags: Counseling, Mental health, Depression, Treatment, Recovery, Anxiety, Coping,

Each January, we recognize and consider the works civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. His name has become synonymous with quietly standing up for one’s beliefs and forging change. What many people don't realize is that MLK fought his own demons – namely depression.  

People who worked with Dr. King have told the stories of his depression. His demeanor went from ebullient to morose; he was constantly exhausted, and often worried that the civil rights movement would fail. Some historians point to the intense stress he was under as the reason for his depression.

However, mental health experts suggest that stress later in life does not explain the suicide attempts he made as a youth, or the periods of hospitalizations he had for being "exhausted."  Historians now surmise that he struggled, undiagnosed, with depression for many years. The very fact that many people are not aware of Dr. King's history point to the stigma associated with depression.   

We've come a long way since then towards reducing the shame surrounding depression, but must continue to work towards making talk about mental health as straightforward and open as is talk about physical health. With that in mind, our screening tool  has resources you can share with family and friends, including a mental health screening. We also have kiosks placed in different locations across Warren and Clinton Counties. Check our website for the latest locations.

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Make Recovery Your New Year's Resolution

With the New Year comes the promise of a new beginning. For individuals struggling with an addiction to opiates, this New Year can also be the start of a journey to recovery and freedom from the pain of addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to opiates such as heroin, here are three ways to make recovery your goal in 2018.


Start By Asking for help

For many people struggling with an addiction to heroin and opiates, asking for help is the hardest step. Admitting to yourself and others that you have a substance use disorder isn’t easy, but it is a crucial step in overcoming addiction. Many people think that asking for help shows weakness and makes them a burden to others. In reality, asking others for help shows courage and a willingness to change. The most important thing you must remember is that it’s never too late to ask for help with addiction. If you’re ready to give up opioids, contact us today. We can help you find a recovery option that works for you.


Commit to Recovery

Like any New Year’s resolution, recovery is not a goal one can obtain overnight. Recovery is a lifelong process, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to treatment for opiate addiction. Choosing recovery for addiction can be a life-changing experience, but it isn’t a finish line that can be crossed. Committing to recovery from addiction means making the decision to make your recovery the most important thing in your life. While this commitment is sometimes challenging, it is a commitment worth making for your overall well-being.


Succeed with Support

There’s a reason many people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. They often create hard-to-achieve goals and lack a support system to keep them accountable and lead them to success. However, the best part of recovery is that you don’t have to do it alone. When you reach out for professional help with an opiate addiction, you will gain the support of educated, encouraging mental health and addiction counselors and medical professionals who want to help you succeed in recovery. Peers in recovery can also provide emotional support and foster a sense of community and belonging. Finding a supportive network through recovery is essential to making sure your efforts stick.


Recovery is one New Year’s resolution that you can achieve. If you’re ready to commit to recovery and regain control of your life, we can help. Contacting us is free and confidential. Simply fill out our form or call (513) 854-0138 to receive information on types of treatment and learn how to connect with our provider network.

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