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Heroin is one of the most addictive substances in the world, but being consumed by the dependency is just one of many risks attached to the drug. Specifically, heroin is a main cause of fatal drug overdoses, as well as many long-term health consequences. 

Despite these dangers, heroin dependency is so strong that those who are addicted will feel that there are no other options than to keep using it. Aiming to change this outlook, Costa Rica Recovery Center offers next-level heroin addiction treatment in a fully-supportive and welcoming environment. With their comprehensive approach to heroin treatment, our caring specialists help clients realize that there are plenty of alternatives to addiction that are well within reach.

Read on to learn why it’s worth exploring paths away from heroin—and how Costa Rica Recovery can help you or a loved one on the journey toward sobriety. 


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What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug derived from morphine—a substance that’s naturally derived from components of the poppy plant. Once processed, heroin can appear as a white or brown powder or as a sticky black substance. To gain effects of the drug, people may snort, smoke, or intravenously inject it. It might also be combined with other harmful drugs—such as crack cocaine.

Why is Heroin So Addictive?

As an opioid, heroin binds to opiate receptors in the brain. Normally, these receptors bind to endorphins—an opioid that’s naturally produced by the body—to help relax nerves and ease pain. But when heroin binds to the receptors, the effect is intensified and longer-lasting. 

Over a quick period of use, the body becomes increasingly tolerant to heroin. As a result, people will have to use more and more of it to feel a rewarding effect. At this point, not using the drug would cause severe withdrawal symptoms that can include intense heroin cravings, insomnia, restlessness, pain, uncontrolled movements, vomiting, diarrhea, and problems controlling body temperature. In serious cases, death is also possible. 

The intensity of the physical dependency combined with the severity of withdrawal is what makes heroin one of the most addictive drugs in the world. While these effects are difficult and unsafe to overcome independently, professional heroin rehab offers solutions to maximize comfort and safety to improve recovery outcomes.

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a rapid-acting depressant that quickly creates many noticeable signs of use. People using the substance often appear lethargic and may fall asleep suddenly. Other physical signs include slow breathing, loss of coordination, small pupils, dry mouth, itching, and nausea or vomiting. 

Over time, continued heroin use can dramatically change a person’s behavior by contributing to hostility or unexplainable mood swings, loss of concentration, memory loss, and brief periods of alertness. People often become less concerned about personal hygiene and will stop caring about their social, work, and family responsibilities. They may also isolate themselves from others to hide their addiction. Individuals who use heroin intravenously may also have several needle marks on their arms and other body parts. 

Short-term and Long-term Effects of Heroin Use

After taking heroin, users will experience a near-immediate rush that produces a warm feeling in the body, promotes relaxation, and eases pain. Individuals may have adverse reactions that can include vomiting, mental cloudiness, dry mouth, and severe itchiness. 

It also dramatically slows breathing and heart rate, which may lead to coma, permanent brain damage, or death. While the dangers of overdosing are severe, addiction to heroin is so strong that these consequences won’t deter people from using the drug. Heroin addiction recovery, however, offers the support and guidance necessary to help overcome these obstacles. 

The drug is also linked to several serious long-term health effects—such as liver and kidney disease, mental health disorders, lung disease, reproductive problems, collapsed veins, skin infections, and heart infections. Sharing needles with others can also increase the risk of HIV/AIDs, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. 

The risk of long-term health problems only gets worse the longer a person uses heroin. Entering heroin addiction treatment sooner than later can drastically reduce the likelihood of these effects. 

Heroin Treatment Options at Costa Rica Recovery

Costa Rica Recovery is a licensed and accredited heroin rehab center that offers tranquility and luxury amenities at an affordable rate. While we offer flexible lengths of stay, we are known for our 90-day live-in program that allows clients to fully immerse themselves in comprehensive treatment for heroin addiction for optimal recovery outcomes. 

Staffed by experienced recovery professionals, we offer multiple heroin treatment options that address addiction as a disease. With the support of our caring staff, clients can develop individualized recovery plans which may involve therapy, group counseling, addiction education, coping skills training, mindfulness programs, PTSD counseling, relapse prevention planning, anger management, stress reduction, and 12-step recovery.  Among our therapy approaches, we offer CBT, DBT, ACT, and REBT. 

While fulfilling their personalized treatment plan, clients are nourished by the calming natural surroundings and facility amenities—which include meditation and fitness resources, healthy dining, distraction-free living environment, and private counseling offices.

Why Choose Costa Rica Recovery’s Treatment Center for Alcohol Addiction?

Many choose Costa Rica Recovery for its personalized approach to alcohol addiction recovery, supportive environment, and an expansive team of substance abuse professionals. But when compared to other luxury alcohol treatment centers, Costa Rica Recovery is unique for providing care in an international setting. 

So what are the benefits when you compare domestic vs international drug & alcohol rehab options?

For many, seeking recovery abroad is an ideal way to isolate and find seclusion from one’s home environment. Removed from a domestic stateside setting, clients are free from distractions and triggers that may only make their recovery journey more difficult. They are also granted a higher level of privacy that allows them to heal without fear of being judged by their local communities. 

Alcohol rehab in Costa Rica is also extremely affordable in comparison with alcohol treatment centers in the US. Due to Costa Rica’s lower cost of living, in-patient rehabilitation may cost only 25% of what a similar program in the United States would charge.

Finally, being in a foreign environment helps provide a completely new perspective. By living in a different natural environment and experiencing a different culture, clients can actively embrace a new beginning that makes long-term recovery more possible. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Mental health conditions can make the path to recovery from heroin dependency more difficult. For example, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD can intensify emotional and behavioral obstacles that a person may have used heroin to cope with. 

Heroin addicts may also have other physical dependencies that have to be addressed. For instance, many individuals find that they are also dependent on alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit substances. 

Understanding these complexities, our heroin rehab program offers dual diagnosis treatment. Through this approach, our specialists address and treat the other mental health problems or addictions that occur alongside heroin dependency. By combining treatment efforts, dual-diagnosis clients can achieve greater clarity and remove potential triggers for relapse. 

Benefits of Our Heroin Addiction Treatment Program

With our individualized treatment plans, clients can maximize their recovery potential and decrease their reliance on ineffective approaches. Our expansive treatment options are enhanced by our peaceful natural environment that enables clients to enjoy high-quality care in a place that allows for focus and relaxation. 

Compared with luxury heroin rehab centers based in the US, Costa Rica Recovery delivers the same or better level of care. At the same time, our clients won’t have to pay as much. In fact, our rates may only cost 25% the price of what American treatment centers charge. If you’re a veteran seeking help for heroin addiction in Costa Rica, VA programs are also available to help cover all or some of the costs.  

We also give clients the unique opportunity to recover in a foreign country. For many, taking the recovery journey outside of the US is a great way to revitalize the senses and perspective. By being in a new environment and culture, it is easier to embrace the idea of starting a new chapter away from addiction. The secluded atmosphere also helps people focus on their recovery without the disruptions and stigma of their home environments. 

Overcome Heroin Addiction at Costa Rica Recovery

Seeking treatment for heroin addiction is a big leap, but Costa Rica Recovery is here to catch you. With our continued support at every stage of the addiction recovery process, you can start a new beginning and achieve lasting growth. To get started, talk to one of our compassionate admissions counselors. Click the button below or call (866) 804-1793 for free and confidential information about our resources.