“Treatment doesn’t stop with detox,” he said. “It continues,” with such other therapies as group or individual counseling, and help for other underlying psychological needs.
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3. A disease that “hijacks” parts of the brain
It is — despite the feelings of many critics of heroin addicts — a disease, and one that “hijacks” parts of the brain.
“The reward areas are strongly impacted and affected,” interfering with executive functioning and other controls of everyday life. It’s not easily fixed, and is subject to relapses, he said.
“Much like a chronic disease, there’s relapse and periods of remission,” he said. “This is a chronic disease over time.”