therapist consultation of woman struggling with heroin use

People Who Use Heroin Are Still Stigmatized: How to Help Them Seek Support

Dependence and heroin use has grown a lot over the last decade. Heroin used to be less prevalent, but now dependence is increasing across all age groups, regardless of income or socioeconomic status. Heroin use has doubled among those who used to have lower rates of use (women and people who are white). For some…

man telling heroin addiction recovery story to group

Can IOP Treat Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is highly addictive. An approach that is most effective is being inpatient at a rehab facility that helps focus treatment on recovery for the individual. Another approach is called an ‘intensive outpatient program,’ or IOP. This treatment approach involves daily or weekly meetings with a sponsor and sobriety support group. IOP is often the…

How Heroin Works

A quick and flippant answer to the question “how does heroin work” might be “all too well”. Heroin and medical morphine have the same effect on a person’s brain and metabolism, and a person’s body converts both heroin and medical morphine into the same form of morphine after it is administered. The primary difference is…