Five U.S. and state highways running through or within close proximity to Lancaster make the community vulnerable to drug traffickers. Drug use has become so commonplace within the city that law enforcement describe the problem as an epidemic. Officials are especially concerned, as the popularity of alcohol and cocaine is increasingly being replaced by heroin.
Reportedly more than 80 percent of addictions seen in Lancaster involve heroin. Initially the drug is taken orally, smoked or sniffed. However, users soon learn that injecting the substance into a vein provides a euphoric high within seconds as opposed to minutes. Becoming physically and psychologically addicted can occur in a mere few weeks.
Users share that one of the first physical symptoms of addiction involves experiencing flu-like symptoms once the drug's effects wear off. The danger of becoming a victim of an accidental overdose is also a real possibility. Purity and potency may vary from one batch to the next. The drug might also be combined with the powerful analgesic fentanyl.
Identifying the Addiction
In addition to experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms, when getting and taking a substance becomes an uncontrollable priority, the user is addicted. Some chemically dependent people live in denial that a problem exists. Others know that they are slaves to a substance but fear withdrawal or do not believe sobriety is possible.
Recovery is Possible
A willingness to accept help is the first step in returning to a sober life. While there are many types of rehabilitation programs available, most have a few things in common:
- Medically supervised detoxification services
- Addiction education
- Individual counseling and therapy
- Planned aftercare support
Inpatient programs designed for moderate to severe addictions typically vary in length from 28 days to six months. Outpatient programs are ideal for individuals having mild to moderate addictions where clients must continue daily responsibilities.
Your Treatment Program Should Be Personal and Private
While you are making your decision on a rehabilitation facility consider those facilities that may be top-notch in other cities as well as those in your area. Many patients choose to travel to treatment centers that are outside of their home areas because it takes them away from the place where they became addicted. Every addict is different, but sometimes getting out of town and into a new location can give you a new perspective and a fresh start during recovery. In addition, peer pressure and negative influences will not be a problem if you are away from your home area.
With that being said, if you are opting for an outpatient treatment program, you may be better served by choosing a facility that is close to home. This option is often chosen by those who have families they need to take care of, jobs and careers they need to retain, or classes they need to attend. We know that each individual case is different, and we are willing to work with you to find the best treatment center for your recovery.