Heroin Treatment in Alaska

Created On Tuesday, 28, February 2012
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


The first phase a person goes through when they stop abusing heroin is withdrawal. One of the better solutions to go through this process is attending a heroin detox center in Alaska. Heroin withdrawal will vary in severity from person to person, especially depending on how long the person has been using the drug. As an example, the symptoms include fatigue, depression, insomnia, etc. The professionals working in Alaska heroin detoxification facilities can provide the appropriate support while a person undergoes this process. Another possibility is to go to a heroin medically supervised detox in Alaska to receive medication or medical treatment when necessary. For example, if someone suffers from hypertension, they could be monitored and given the proper medication if necessary. Getting help at a heroin detox or medical detox in Alaska is the best way to make sure the withdrawal goes as smoothly as possible. Apart from the treatment and support for the symptoms, this setting can also help prevent relapse since the patient will not have access to drugs. As soon as someone is done with the detox phase, they should attend a complete heroin rehab program in Alaska.

One cannot overstate the importance of attending an Alaska treatment for heroin addiction. It gives the person the opportunity to get to the bottom of why they became addicted to heroin in the first place and handle it. Many types of therapies are generally available to make sure the different aspects of the patient's addiction are addressed fully. There are several types of heroin rehab programs in Alaska. It is best first to identify the needs of the person needing help to make sure the treatment will meet those needs.

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Different Types of Heroin Treatments in Alaska

Below is a summary of some of the options for heroin rehab in Alaska or other states.

  • Heroin treatments can be either residential or outpatient, and depending on the person's situation, one option might be more suitable than the other.
  • Non-12 step heroin rehabs will offer specialized treatments outside of the AA steps. This can be especially useful for people who have gone through 12-step programs in the past and relapsed.
  • Faith-based treatments are specifically built around a specific faith (Christian, Jewish, etc.) and can be a great option for those looking for a more spiritual approach to recovery.
  • There are also options concerning the duration of treatment. For example, there are long-term heroin treatments that will vary in length and can give someone the chance to address their addiction fully.
  • There are some heroin rehab programs for military personnel or veterans where the services address specific issues that only military personnel deal with.
  • There are wilderness rehabilitation programs that use experiential therapy and adventure therapy. This can be indicated for some teenagers or young adults who are not receptive to traditional forms of therapy.

With all the options available for rehab, one of our referral specialists can help you find the right type of heroin treatment in Alaska.

Heroin Laws in Alaska

Here is a summary of the Alaska laws related to heroin, intended for informational purposes. If someone is facing legal actions related to heroin, they should get a legal professional's help. Attending an Alaska heroin rehab center could help reduce the penalties associated with some heroin charges. Furthermore, a heroin rehab can help ensure that someone does not have future problems related to heroin.

Heroin possession in Alaska is a Class C felony punishable by a sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $15,000.

Selling heroin in Alaska is a Class A felony punishable by a sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Heroin trafficking in Alaska is punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

Some circumstances could worsen the penalties. For example, if someone sells heroin to another person under 18 years old (and they are at least 3 years older than that person), they can receive a sentence between 5 and 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

Alaska Heroin Abuse and Addiction Statistics

  • In 2018-2019, 3,000 people in Alaska used heroin in the past year, with all of them being 26 years old or older.
  • In 2017, 668 people attended a publicly funded drug rehab treatment in Alaska with heroin as their primary drug of choice. This represents around 22% of the number of people using heroin mentioned above.

Below, you will find a list of medical detox for heroin addiction in Alaska. The list may be incomplete so if you have a hard time finding the proper service, call one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Medical Detoxification Centers in Alaska


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.