Christian Heroin Treatment
A lifelong commitment to Jesus might help some Christians from getting caught up in a drug addiction, but that doesn't mean belief in Jesus automatically keeps you from a substance like heroin. The Bible is very clear that all people have sinned and that every Christian makes mistakes. For some Christians – new believers and those with lifelong faith – drugs might be the mistake they fell into.
Heroin is a commonly abused drug among those who are experimenting with illicit substances, but you could also fall into heroin dependence after being medically treated with prescription opiates such as oxycodone or morphine. If your body becomes physically dependent on these, it's a surprisingly small number of steps before you find yourself taking risks to obtain any substance that feeds your needs and staves off withdrawals.
While faith might not always keep you from addiction, it can be a valuable part of recovery. At Road to Freedom, we believe Christian heroin treatment is critical to success. If you're struggling with heroin use, call us today. Compassionate, Christian counselors are waiting to answer your call at (844) 402-3605. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year to provide you with information about rehab that combines the best of Christian counseling, behavioral therapy and medical detox.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is an illegal substance that is synthesized from morphine, and it usually looks like either a brown or white powder. Drug dealers on the black market sometimes cut the substance with other white powders so they can make more money when selling it. Both the heroin and any powder used to cut it can be extremely dangerous to your health.
Heroin is extremely addicting. Approximately 23 percent of people who use heroin, even in a recreational manner, become dependent on it. People can snort, inject or smoke heroin, and all three methods deliver the drug to the brain quickly, increasing the high and the chance of becoming physically dependent. In the brain, heroin converts back to morphine and begins acting on opioid receptors. The changes heroin causes in the brain are responsible for the feelings of euphoria associated with the high, but they can also change certain body functions, including those that regulate critical processes such as breathing and blood flow.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the reasons heroin addiction is so hard to beat is because of the heroin withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal occurs because your body is physically dependent on a substance – it's been tricked into thinking that it needs that substance to function. You can have withdrawal symptoms if you stop introducing any number of substances into your body; for example, if you stop drinking caffeinated beverages you might experience headaches. People who stop sugar all of a sudden often have digestive issues and other symptoms.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms are some of the worst you can experience, and the severity depends on how long you've taken the drug and how much you use on a regular basis. Withdrawal symptoms usually start within a few hours to a day of stopping drug use, and they can continue for a week or more, making someone extremely uncomfortable and often resulting in them turning to heroin again for relief.
Common withdrawal symptoms of heroin include:
- Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
- Extreme sweating
- Agitation, irritability, anxiety and paranoia
- Depression and even suicidal thoughts
- Intense drug cravings
- Muscle spasms
The Effects of Heroin on Your Body and Life
Heroin and other drugs are extremely hard on your body, and use of these drugs can result in long-term health concerns including heart problems. The impact of heroin on your life doesn't just stop at your health – heroin can bring death to all aspects of your life, including your relationships and career.
Some Christians believe a season of drug addiction is "God's will" for their life; they believe they are being punished for something, prepared for something or being taught a lesson. But James tells us that we shouldn't say '"I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one."
God loves you, and he doesn't want you to suffer. He wants you to have life – and to have it abundantly. Jesus himself tells us this. We are not blessed by a trial such as drug addiction, but we can be blessed if we seek God despite addiction or affliction. James also tells us that we lure and entice ourselves by our own desire, and "desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death." (James 1:15)
Don't stick with your desire for heroin above your desire for Christ and for a drug-free life. Seeking heroin is seeking death, but seeking sobriety and Christ is seeking life. We can help you take those first steps away from heroin and toward sobriety. Call us right now at (844) 402-3605. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is never a wrong time to ask for help with your addiction.
Getting Help Via a Christian Heroin Treatment Center
At Road to Freedom, we never pretend that to recovery is easy. We know it might be one of the hardest things you ever do. But we want you to know that you aren't alone. Jesus stands with you, walking every step of the way alongside you, and he is evident also in the Christian counselors and medical professionals who help with your treatment.
Identifying the root causes of heroin use
We usually recommend combining medical detox with spirituall and Biblically-based Christian therapy. Medical detox helps you overcome the first few days or weeks of heroin withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be hard to endure, but our medical team is here to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible during this process. God doesn't want you to suffer and neither do we.
As our medical staff help you deal with withdrawal, our Christian counselors and pastoral support help you begin to identify root causes for your drug use. Figuring out why you started using drugs in the first place helps you address the problems masked by heroin abuse and it lays the foundation for creating healthier coping mechanisms.
Education and skill-building during rehab
Throughout an inpatient stay in our Christian heroin treatment center, you'll work with counselors and pastors to build new skills and develop an understanding of the addiction cycle. Some treatment options in our facility include:
- Group and individual therapy to help you understand triggers, coping mechanisms and how drugs impact your body. Therapy helps you work through these issues so you are better equipped to guard your sobriety when you return to regular life.
- Pastoral counseling and Bible study to help you understand Christ's role in your life and help you develop your relationship with Jesus.
- Educational opportunities, including help with nutrition and exercise, career advice and retraining, and family therapy to better prepare your support system.
- Legal liaison services to assist with communication and other matters related to court dates associated with previous drug activity.
Building a Strong Aftercare Foundation
"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." 1 Peter 2:11
This verse from 1 Peter echoes the sentiments of family members who love someone who is addicted to drugs. It might even echo your own sentiments to yourself – "Why can't you abstain, knowing these drugs wage war on your entire life?"
Unfortunately, it's not always that easy, which is why strong aftercare is critical if you want to stay off heroin. At Road to Freedom, we never send you on your way with only a blessing and a prayer. We work with you to develop an aftercare plan that includes group and individual counseling, NA meetings and 12-step programs and community and pastoral support.
Find out more about how fellowship and professional intervention can help you overcome heroin addiction. Call us today at (844) 402-3605. Every call is confidential and free.