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AKUA and Heroin Addiction

AKUA and Heroin Addiction

AKUA helps individuals struggling with heroin addiction build a strong foundation for achieving lasting recovery. AKUA is the leading provider of holistic behavioral health treatment for heroin addiction and co-occurring mental health challenges.

We tailor individual heroin addiction and mental health treatment plans to each client’s unique needs, paving the road to a successful recovery. 

Heroin is widely recognized for its highly addictive nature. When people use heroin, they experience extreme exhilaration, pleasure, and disassociation from reality. They often use the substance longer because they experience these good feelings, which raises the possibility of becoming addicted.

An individual’s entire life may suffer if obtaining, using, and recovering from heroin usage take precedence over all other considerations. An individual’s likelihood of developing a tolerance to heroin and eventually developing chemical dependency increases with the length of time that this substance is abused.

Without treatment, it can be very difficult to overcome this dependency and addiction. 

The Importance of Heroin Detox

Everyone’s heroin detox needs are different; therefore, Akua’s integrative drug detox treatment and mental health programs are designed to meet our client’s unique needs and help them achieve their sobriety goals. During this heroin detox process, our clients are carefully supervised 24/7 by trained clinical and medical staff. 

Heroin is widely recognized as one of the most hazardous substances of misuse currently available. Despite the well-documented hazards, a significant number of individuals continue to engage in drug experimentation.

Regrettably, engaging in even a rudimentary exploration of heroin can result in a quick progression towards addiction. The addictive nature of this substance swiftly ensnares individuals in a continuous pattern of misuse, leading to significant disruptions in all aspects of their lives.

Importance of Heroin Detox

Heroin can be consumed by smoking, injecting, or snorting it. Every administration route has the potential to have a unique set of side effects.

For instance, inhaling the substance can obliterate the nasal canal, smoking it can cause lung damage, and injecting it can expose one to diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. And these are merely examples of the many possible negative effects that could happen.

Because heroin provides a pleasant high when used, many people find it difficult to stop using it. When people use heroin repeatedly, their bodies may grow accustomed to it and require more of the drug to provide the desired results.

Heroin’s danger is undeniable, but within the refuge of recovery at Akua, we empower individuals to claim their lives and rewrite their stories.

When heroin use increases, a person’s body may become dependent on the drug to the point that their systems become unusable without it. Consequently, these people run the risk of going through a withdrawal period when they try to stop.

The agony of this withdrawal process often pushes people to pick up heroin again in an attempt to avoid suffering any longer. As a result, the hazardous cycle of abuse persists, greatly increasing the likelihood that people will experience serious consequences. 

Participating in detoxification, or detox, services at a detox treatment facility is one approach to stop this relapse into heroin dependence. People who take part in a heroin detox program at AKUA are also provided with safety and comfort while the harmful chemical is eliminated from their bodies, minimizing the symptoms of withdrawal.

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Benefits of a heroin detox program at AKUA

Benefits of a heroin detox program at AKUA

The physiological process of eliminating drugs of abuse from a person’s body is referred to as detoxification. Those who decide to use detox services stand to gain the following advantages:

  • It is possible to greatly lessen the discomfort that comes with the heroin withdrawal phase. 
  • One can control the urges that usually arise when stopping heroin use. 
  • The cravings that typically surface when quitting heroin addiction can be managed. 
  • Experts in addiction therapy offer ongoing support, which helps to avert relapses in the future.

When these treatments are provided in a treatment context, patients can easily move from detox to therapeutic programming. 

Ultimately, receiving detoxification services can save a person’s life because of the grave risks that continued heroin use can provide to an individual. 

Residential heroin detox programs are among the best environments for detoxification. Since heroin use impacts all aspects of a person’s life, people can find real and long-lasting healing by participating in the all-encompassing care provided in a residential setting. 

At AKUA heroin detox facility, we are extremely proud of the comprehensive treatment we provide to those struggling with heroin addiction.

We continue to be committed to providing care that addresses every issue that can impede recovery

because we understand the devastating destruction that heroin use can have on a person’s life as well as the lives of those around them. The programming provided here at AKUA can make achieving sobriety something that is achievable for everyone by utilizing a wide range of therapeutic treatments. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch with AKUA if you or someone you care about is struggling with a heroin addiction. Here, you or your loved one’s health will take precedence so that the healing process may start.

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AKUA’s Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) incorporates medications and therapy to help the brain and body recover from dependence on heroin. The client is placed under direct medical supervision and is monitored for safety and comfort. 

Medications approved to treat opioid prescription use include opioid receptor blockers such as naltrexone, opioid receptor activators such as methadone, and partial opioid agonists, which both block and activate the opioid receptors such as buprenorphine. 


Eliminates the euphoric and sedative effects of heroin by blocking opioid receptors. It curbs heroin cravings and prevents the feeling of getting high if an individual uses heroin while on this medication. It also is used to treat alcohol addiction. Naltrexone is a long-term medication and can only be given to someone who has abstained from heroin for at least 7-10 days. It comes in a pill or injectable form. Naltrexone is not to be confused with naloxone, which is used to prevent or reverse heroin overdose.


A low strength, long-acting opioid that helps prevent heroin withdrawal effects. Its use is controversial in some areas because, since it is also an opioid, it can also be addictive to some individuals. It is possible for former heroin addicts to become addicted to methadone. Therefore, a doctor must carefully determine if using methadone to ease withdrawal is appropriate for the client. In a methadone-based treatment center, healthcare professionals will administer small doses of methadone to heroin-addicted clients. This minimizes heroin withdrawal effects, and over time, the dose of methadone will decrease. Eventually, the individual will be substance-free.


Contains both naloxone and buprenorphine. Since 2013, it has sold more units than Viagra and Adderall, making it an incredibly popular prescription. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning that it somewhat increases the actions of opioids, including heroin. Because of this, it minimizes the withdrawals associated with heroin. 

Naloxone is an opioid blocker, so if the user is still taking heroin, they will experience withdrawals within minutes. Since naloxone carries too many risks for it to be administered by itself, it is combined with buprenorphine, which eases withdrawal symptoms. The result of the combination is Suboxone. 

Opioids such as Suboxone and methadone can reduce the debilitating effects of heroin withdrawal and the strong cravings for more opioids. Although there is also some potential to become addicted to Suboxone, the benefits of safely detoxing from heroin generally far outweigh the risk of addiction.

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FAQ: Common Questions About Heroin Addiction

Akua Behavioral Health offers addiction treatment programs in a residential, community-based setting. Our clients stay in our home-like program, with 24-hour supervision to ensure their safety and comfort. Inpatient drug rehab gives clients the best chance at lasting recovery through highly-structured care for those struggling with drug, alcohol and/or their mental health.

Many clients stop experiencing withdrawal symptoms 3 to 7 days after starting our detox program. While the experience may vary due to various factors, Akua Behavioral Health is committed to providing our clients with safe and comfortable detox.

Akua Behavioral Health works with most major insurance plans to ensure quality addiction treatment is accessible for our clients.

 AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO, and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, HumanaUnited Healthcare, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, and is In-Network with Anthem Blue CrossAetnaCignaHealthNetBlue Cross/Blue ShieldMagellanMolinaHMC Health Works, TricareBeacon Health OptionsIKWO, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi PlanEHNComPsychFirst Health Network, USAMCO, Triwest, and more.

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