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Heroin Addiction Rehab Centers in Alaska

What Is Heroin Addiction?

People may develop an addiction to heroin in many different ways. They may have taken pain killers and became hooked on the drugs, then switched to heroin when they ran out of the pain killers. Other people may have grown up in an environment of drug abuse. What makes heroin so addictive is that it provides a pleasurable experience when taken. Unfortunately, people will develop an intolerance for it as they will take more and more of the drug to get this happy feeling as some may overdose on it.

In the United States, over 8,257 people have died of heroin drug poisoning in 2013. Even if a person does not overdose on the drug, they can be affected by other physical problems such as lung disease, kidney disease, bacteria infections, lung problems, HIV/AIDs, or Hepatitis B or C.

Treatments For Heroin Addiction

With the number of people developing a dependency on heroin tripling to 517,000 in 2013, it has become vital for people to get the right treatment. Many programs focus on dealing with the withdrawal symptoms, restoring normal brain functions, and developing management strategies to cope with stress and abstain from drugs.

In Alaska, there are about 316 people per 100,000 population who are admitted into facilities where they obtain treatment services in the form of inpatient care, residential programs, detoxification, medication treatment, and holistic therapies. Recovery can take anywhere from 30 days up to 4 months

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