Altruism Counseling

Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

suboxone for heroin addiction

Managing an opiate addiction like heroin is a journey you never intended to take, and it all seems to have happened so fast. People talk about the sleepless nights, cravings, withdrawals, and money problems that come with heroin addiction -- but that’s not the worst of it.

The hardest part is the “lacking” feeling that plagues you every time the substance leaves your system. 

The constant battle between wanting to break free from heroin versus wanting to feel human, to feel alive, rages through your mind daily. All too late, you realize, heroin hijacked your once wide range of emotions and left you with only one: a wanting for more. Now, instead of the familiar faces you once enjoyed, you have a new set of visitors: isolation, the weight of other people’s judgment, and the whispered conversations they don’t think you hear.

If you live in Kentucky and are living with a heroin addiction, you are not alone. Every day, more than 6,000 Kentuckians receive Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol for opioid use disorder. 

At Altruism Counseling Services in Lexington, Kentucky, we understand the complexities and challenges of managing a substance use disorder. We recognize the strength it takes to seek help and the courage required to move forward. Our approach is rooted in compassion, understanding, and a steadfast belief in the transformative power of recovery. 

Treatment Options for Heroin Use Disorder, Dependence, and Addiction at Altruism Counseling in Lexington, Kentucky

Recovery is not a one-size-fits-all journey. That’s why, at Altruism Counseling Services, we work alongside you to ensure you feel seen, heard, and in control of your healing process. We treat all types of substance use disorders, including opioid and alcohol use disorders. We also treat co-occurring disorders, to co-occurring mental health disorders, and polyuse disorders.

We provide a wide range of services and can customize a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. Our treatment options include evidence-based recovery services such as:

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Therapy.
  • Individual and group therapy options, including cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, and 12-step therapy.
  • Medicated-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) for alcohol or opioid use disorders.
  • Targeted Case Management Support: Help obtaining health insurance, finding a job, going back to school, and securing housing.
  • Whole-family recovery: Individual therapy is offered upon request if family members are interested in therapy to support their loved one.
  • Mental health treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Poly-substance treatment and support for those dependent upon, or addicted to, more than one substance.

How Altruism Counseling Services In Lexington, Kentucky Works

Altruism Counseling Services offers treatment for all types of substance addiction. We also offer DUI and Anger Management classes.

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Insurance / Payment Options

How Do I Get Started With Treatment for Heroin or Opioid Use Disorder?

To get started with treatment for heroin or (any) Substance Use Disorder at Altruism Counseling, you can reach out to us directly by phone at (859) 310-6505. Or, feel free to set up an appointment through our online portal at Altruism Counseling's Therapy Portal.

As soon as you connect, our compassionate staff will walk you through the process. The first step typically involves an initial assessment that helps us understand your unique situation and needs.

Next, we’ll work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. At Altruism Counseling, we believe every person’s story is unique, and our approach reflects this belief by offering specialized care to address your distinct challenges.

With Dede Stratton our licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

How Long Does Heroin Addiction Treatment Last?

We customize the length of treatment to meet the specific needs of each client. Some programs, such as our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), have set hours, but the overall duration of treatment can vary.

We consider a number of factors when determining how long a patient needs to stay in treatment, including:

  • The severity of your addiction
  • The length of time you have been using heroin
  • Any co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Your support system at home and in the community

We also monitor each client’s progress closely and make adjustments to their treatment plan as needed. Our goal is to help each person achieve long-term recovery and live a healthy, productive life.

Where Are Your Treatment Facilities Located?

Our treatment facilities are located in Lexington, Kentucky. Our address is:

Altruism Counseling Services

271 W Short St Suite 508

Lexington, KY  40507

Phone number: (859) 310-6505

Insurance and Payment Options

We strive to make treatment affordable and accessible to anyone who needs it. If your insurance plan does not cover treatment, or if you don’t want your insurance billed for treatment, we will work with you to set affordable cash payment options.

What Type of Insurance Do You Accept?

We accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and some commercial insurance.

Does Insurance Cover Suboxone?

In many cases, yes, your insurance will cover Suboxone medication for addiction treatment. Suboxone is an FDA-approved medication used to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

How to Know If You Need Suboxone Treatment for Heroin Addiction

The intense physical withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction make it difficult to break the cycle of addiction on your own, even when you notice changes in your relationships, career, and overall quality of life. To make things more difficult, continuing to use heightens your risk of overdose, especially if you quit for a short time and then return to using.

If you or someone you love is preoccupied with obtaining and using heroin, or if you find yourself neglecting responsibilities or relationships due to heroin use, these are clear indications that it may be time to seek professional treatment.

Suboxone is a prescription medication that can significantly lower your chances of an overdose when withdrawing from heroin use. It also helps take the edge off of withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for you to stay sober and focus on your recovery. 

If you are considering treatment for heroin use disorder or addiction, Altruism Counseling Services can help you determine whether Suboxone may be right for you. In order to begin suboxone treatment, you need to be opioid free for at least 24 hours. We understand that coming off heroin and getting on suboxone is a challenging time. That is why we can usually get you in within 48 hours of you contacting us. We will try to time you coming off heroin for 24 hours and scheduling your appointment with our psychiatrist partner..

Finding a Path Forward From Heroin Addiction

Heroin is an exceptionally difficult drug to quit because it grips you at every level: physical dependence, emotional and psychological dependence, social stigma, and a reinforcement cycle that makes you feel you have to use it again to avoid withdrawal symptoms. To top it all off, over time, heroin alters your brain chemistry in a way that makes it nearly impossible to experience happiness, motivation, or pleasure without continuing to use it.

Fortunately, many of heroin’s side effects are reversible, although the extent and speed of recovery can vary among individuals. Imagine what would happen if you were able to:

  • Manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce your risk of relapse
  • Improve your mental and physical health
  • Enjoy positive feelings, such as happiness, motivation, and pleasure, without the use of substances
  • Enjoy a productive, well-balanced life in recovery

Three-quarters of a million people sought treatment for heroin addiction in 2022. It’s a challenging drug to break away from, but medication-assisted treatment can help you move into recovery safely and give you a better chance of living a heroin-free life.

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