In Minnesota, the abuse of heroin has been on the increase over the past few years. According to a national study, the drug is cheaper and more powerful in the Twin Cities area than it is in many other major urban areas. These two factors have led to an increase in the abuse of heroin. Overdoses caused by the drug have increased as well, from just four in 2008 to 37 in 2012. Local law enforcement and health officials in towns like St. Louis Park, MN, are working diligently to curb the abuse of this dangerous drug.
Treating Heroin Abuse
The scourge of heroin is a serious problem across the nation. Thankfully, those who struggle with heroin abuse are not beyond assistance. A number of treatments are used to help these substance abusers leave heroin behind:
- Detoxification (detox). As the individual is deprived of heroin, substance abuse professionals manage withdrawal symptoms. Some detox programs use medications to ease withdrawal while others are drug-free. Detox is not a cure; it is the beginning of the treatment process.
- Methadone treatment. This drug is often used to treat heroin abuse. Individuals in treatment typically take one dose per day to relieve cravings for heroin.
- Behavioral therapies. Used alongside medications, these counseling techniques are used to help individuals recognize their destructive behaviors and help them learn to cope without heroin.
The Process of Recovery
Professional substance abuse counselors are waiting to help your loved one to be free from drugs or alcohol. Call today to learn about treatment options and the process of recovering from substance abuse and help your St. Louis Park loved one – and your family – move forward.
3705 Park Center Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416-2526