The opioid epidemic is worse than ever and affecting young adults at alarming rates. Opioids were to blame for 42,249 deaths in 2016, which is five times higher than 1999. Young adults ages 18 to 25 are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers and research shows that in young adults the addiction rate has increased by six times since 2001 and 2016. Prescription opioid addiction results in heroin addiction in 86% of young adults, due to heroin being cheaper and more accessible.

Heroin abuse signs and symptoms in young adults:

  1. Falling asleep at inappropriate times (nodding out)
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Excessive sweating
  4. Constricted pupils
  5. Slurred speech
  6. Avoiding loved ones
  7. Decreased attention to personal hygiene
  8. Inability to fulfill responsibilities at work or school
  9. Increased sleeping
  10. Apathy and lack of motivation
  11. Constipation

What is “dope sickness” ?

When someone refers to being “dope sick” they are going through withdrawals from heroin. The following is a list of symptoms

  1. Intense craving for heroin
  2. Extreme sweating
  3. Nausea and vomiting
  4. Severe muscle aches and bone pain
  5. Runny nose and sneezing
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Insomnia
  8. Depression

Treatment for heroin addiction in Dallas

Heroin addiction is very difficult to recover from without an intense amount of support and treatment. It is essential when seeking treatment for heroin addiction, that an individual be medically detoxed before entering a residential treatment center. Most residential treatment centers are between 30 and 90 days. It is a well-established and researched fact that better outcomes are associated with significantly longer stays in treatment. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) believes that the best treatment for opioid addiction is detox and residential treatment, followed by an intensive aftercare model including supportive housing and intensive outpatient treatment.

Long term opioid recovery program

Recovery from opioid abuse and addiction requires a multi-disciplinary approach that must start with the individual’s willingness to change. While recovery is possible, it takes significant surrender, time, and an overhaul of one’s entire way of living. The goal is to have continuous sobriety and long-term recovery that lasts a lifetime.

Chapter House Approach

Chapter House works with young adult men in early recovery from heroin and opioid addiction. Through their long-term transitional living program, they can provide an ideal environment for men to have the time they need to solidify a strong foundation in recovery.

The philosophy behind Chapter House is rooted in the idea that young men need TIME and immense support while practicing the principles of a recovered lifestyle. This can be a challenging process as many of the residents are “tough nuts to crack,” for a variety of reasons. We welcome the resistance and work with each individual in the emotional, spiritual and physical space that are in at the time. Many of our residents have failed attempts at sobriety and have not succeeded in short term treatment attempts or traditional sober living environments. We believe it is necessary to dive into a personal relationship with each resident to identify their areas of vulnerability and be able to redirect them when necessary and celebrate every success along the way.