Frequently Asked Questions

Addicted? Want help? Here is what to expect:

If you have not entered treatment for an opioid misuse problem, you may not be sure what to expect. Most agencies will require the following; however, every individual may not have the same course of treatment. Please read the following to help better manage your expectations.

  1. A screening process to identify needs.
  2. A comprehensive diagnostic assessment to learn about your background including your history, your family history, prior treatment, drug use, medications taken.
  3. A treatment plan will be developed with you.
  4. If you are seeking Medication Assisted Treatment, you must have a medical evaluation completed, reviewed by a physician, and be determined to be medically able to receive Medication Assisted Treatment.
  5. If you are seeking Medication Assisted Treatment, it is likely you will be required to attend some form of intensive outpatient or outpatient counseling as well.
  6. Outpatient counseling is individualized as each person may have different needs.

Timeliness to begin Medication Assisted Treatment varies according to the demand and physician accessibility
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What help is available for Heroin/Opioid addiction?

Heroin is an opiate. Fentanyl and carfentanil are synthetic opiates. Opioids in all forms can be dangerous and addictive. Anyone can become addicted and often times, heroin addiction begins with a prescription for painkillers. Opioid addiction is a brain disease that can lead to physical changes like depression, personality changes, G.I. problems, and general infections. When the drug is taken, it activates a feeling of euphoria in the brain, and works to mimic many of the body's systems. After a user's first time getting high, it takes a higher and higher dose to recreate the feeling or to just feel “normal”.

Recovery from opioid addiction is possible. And, those in recovery from addiction often play a vital role in helping others who are living with substance use disorders, including heroin addiction. To find others in Recovery call the certified peer supporters at the Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center at 866-588-6446.

Medication Assisted Treatment is also successful to help with recovery from opioid addiction. Individuals abusing opioids/heroin/fentanyl need professional help. There are detoxification and treatment programs available: contact our 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-826-1306, or visit our Huron County Service Providers page for a list of treatment providers. At Firelands Counseling the Plus program can see people same day for an appointment to discuss Vivitrol or if opioid free, receive Vivitrol same day in Norwalk on Tues. and Thurs. or all other days if the patient is able to travel to Sandusky.  If appropriate, a referral to Suboxone in the Firelands Sandusky office can be made. Talk to your primary care physician or even go to the hospital emergency room for help. 

The first step to recovery is seeking help. From there, sticking to treatment is the most important thing. Heroin abuse is a scary aspect of drug culture. Users can get very sick, very fast and are less likely to seek medical treatment for illnesses because getting high is their priority. Behavioral therapy, counseling, help with withdrawal symptoms - which can be important if the drug has done significant organ damage - is available. 

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Is mental illness common?

Mental illnesses are very common; in fact, they are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, an estimated 23% of American adults (those ages 18 and older) or about 44 million people, and about 20% of American children suffer from a mental disorder during a given year. 
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What are some warning signs of mental illness?

Symptoms of mental disorders vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Some general symptoms that may suggest a mental disorder include:

Adults: Confused thinking, long-lasting sadness or irritability, extreme highs and lows in mood, excessive fear, worrying or anxiety, social withdrawal, dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits, strong feelings of anger, delusions (firmly held beliefs despite evidence) or hallucinations (experiencing something through senses that isn't present), increasing inability to cope with daily problems and activities, thoughts of suicide, denial of obvious problems, many unexplained physical problems, or abuse of drugs and/or alcohol.

Older children and pre-teens: Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol; inability to cope with daily problems and activities; changes in sleeping and/or eating habits; excessive complaints of physical problems; defying authority; skipping school; stealing or damaging property; intense fear of gaining weight; long-lasting negative mood, often along with poor appetite and thoughts of death; or frequent outbursts of anger.

Younger children: Changes in school performance, poor grades despite strong efforts, excessive worrying or anxiety, hyperactivity, persistent nightmares, persistent disobedience and/or aggressive behavior, or frequent temper tantrums.