Heroin/Opioid Addiction Counseling - Colorado Springs
Is heroin/ opioid pain killers becoming an issue for you?
Heroin and opioid medication counseling is an important first step in treating substance use disorder (SUD). At Peaks Recovery Services, our cousnelors have decades of experience and will be able to offer guidance and support along your recovery journey. No matter how long you've struggled with heroin/ opioid addiction or how much you use, heroin and opioid counseling at Peaks Recovery Services will help to make a difference in your life.
Whether you are considering counseling for heroin or opioid pain medications for the first time or whether you are coming out of an intensive, 30-day inpatient rehab program, we can help build a continuing, comprehensive treatment plan to help you on your recovery journey. We offer bi-weekly psych evaluations, group based counseling, trauma counseling, individual counseling sessions and random drug screening as part of our comprehensive treatment.
Why Peaks Recovery Services after inpatient rehab?
The process for shutting off our cravings of heroin or other opioid pain killers, including the process for turning on important coping mechanisms to alleviate on going mental health issues, is not a light switch. Most people abusing heroin or other opioid pain killers, those neglecting their mental health, or both, have invested themselves in those behaviors for months, years, and even decades. At Peaks Recovery Services we believe that long-term recovery requires a significant investment to heal both our mind and body from our unhealthy past.
The longer individuals participate in drug and alcohol counseling programs and actively participate in their recovery journey, the more likely it is that they will receive long-term sobriety and stability. One year of sobriety reduces relapse rates by over 50%. Two years of sobriety reduces relapse rates by nearly 85%. At Peaks Recovery Services we believe it paramount to the long-term success for individuals who struggle with heroin addiction and maintaing sobriety that they continue with extended care treatment. Peaks Recovery drug and alcohol counseling services allows each individual within our program to incrementally move forward in their recovery.
Heroin Addiction and Young Adults
Heroin use over the past decade has more than doubled among young adults ages 18-25. Historically, the average age in which individuals died from heroin overdoses was between 40 and 50. Now, however, the average age of deaths related to heroin is between 18 and 25. 90% of heroin users are middle-class, Caucasian individuals.
Effects of Heroin
Heroin is an opioid pain killer taken recreationally for its euphoric effects. People have natural opioid receptors throughout the body and brain. Once heroin enters the brain, it is converted to morphine and binds rapidly to opioid receptors. When opioids bind to these receptors they decrease the body’s perception of pain, elevating mood by increasing dopamine levels. Heroin floods the opioid receptors while simultaneously reducing the amount of GABA inhibitory interneurons. Normally, GABA reduces the amount of dopamine released. By inhibiting this inhibitor, opioids ultimately produce enormously high levels of dopamine and, thus, the euphoric effects that follow.
Studies have also shown that after prolonged periods of heroin usage serotonin levels diminish significantly compared to healthy individuals. Serotonin receptors work similarly to GABA receptors by reducing the amount of dopamine. Dopamine essentially drives cravings and serotonin applies the brakes, so to speak. As serotonin levels decrease it becomes harder for the addicted person to realize enough-is-enough or become satiated.
The chemical imbalance within the brain caused by heroin can quickly lead to dependence and eventually addiction, especially after long-term use.