List of Heroin Detox Centers in Alaska and Rehabs
Below is a list of the different heroin detox centers in Alaska. Each listing provides information on the types of services provided and the payment options available. You can also find accreditations and certifications to help you determine if the rehab center is trusted and has the expertise you are looking for. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.
Address of the center
Address of the center
TIPS: If you feel you're going to use
- Call your sponsor or a friend who doesn’t use it and understands your situation.
- Extrovert your attention. Walking and spending time outside can be very therapeutic.
- Find a hobby or activity to take your mind off of using. (i.e., art, music, cooking, gardening)
- Find a purpose in your life and pursue it. (i.e., school, career, volunteering)
- Recognize the people in your environment who affect you emotionally. They could be one of the reasons for your emotional problems.
- Make sure to eat healthy foods. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals can create a drop in mental and physical energy.
TIPS: If you want to help someone
- Don’t enable the addict. This includes not giving him any money, not paying their rent, etc.
- Encourage the person to seek help. This can be done by finding a treatment or a form of support.
- Be aware of signs of overdose. If you see one of your friends blacking out, or showing other severe side effects, get help immediately.
- Support the person while they look for rehab since the process can be overwhelming.
- Don’t wait for rock bottom; it may be too late.
ASK A PROFESSIONAL
Heroin is a powerful, illicit opioid drug. As an opioid, heroin causes pain reduction, euphoria, and many other effects that can be deadly in too large a dose. As a central nervous system depressant, opioids depress breathing and ultimately kill by suffocation. The relatively low cost and potency of heroin make it one of the most commonly abused illicit opioids in the US.
Heroin can vary widely in appearance but is commonly either a whitish powder or a dark brown, tar-like material. But heroin may also take on other forms depending upon the manufacturing process and any additives used. It may even resemble gunpowder or come pressed into pills. Depending on the region, different areas may have various forms of heroin. For example, heroin in the northeastern US has traditionally been a whitish powder, whereas, on the West Coast, black tar heroin has been the predominant form for many years.
Heroin can be detected in the urine for up to three days after use. However, if the drug is used infrequently and in small amounts, it may only be detectable for one or two days. But because of heroin’s highly addictive properties, infrequent use is uncommon. Other factors like the person’s physiology and health habits can impact how quickly heroin leaves the system.
Heroin is so addictive because of the strong physical dependence it causes. After only a few days of regular use, a dependence develops. Dependence is a condition where the body has become accustomed to the effects of the drug and now needs it to function normally. Without it, the person will suffer uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings for more opioids. So, after only a few uses, a person may become physically addicted to heroin. When this physical component is combined with the mental aspects of opioid addiction, it illustrates why opioids have caused such a scourge across America.
Heroin is most commonly used by intravenous injection. That’s because when heroin is consumed this way, it produces a fast and powerful “rush” of intoxicating effects. These effects are all produced by other methods of consumption, but with injection, the rapid accumulation of the substance in the bloodstream can become an addiction in itself. IV drug users generally do not return to other methods of ingestion once they begin shooting up. However, when someone begins experimenting with heroin, they may smoke or snort the drug. Snorting it is much more common when the heroin is in a powdered form, as opposed to the tacky composition of black tar heroin, which is more easily smoked. Heroin may also be consumed orally, but this approach is far less common and mainly occurs when the heroin is pressed into a pill.