Nevada is home to Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, and is famous for casinos, neon lights and amazing desert and mountain vistas. These cities that never sleep provide 24/7 entertainment options for visitors and residents, and the surrounding areas are steeped in compelling history and natural beauty. But the heroin epidemic that is sweeping the country has also touched Nevada, as demand for the illegal drug is high while the cost stays low.

According to a report by, heroin addiction has risen significantly over the past 10 years and in particular in the southern part of the state. Kolo8 News Now reports that one in five Nevada high school students admit to abusing  prescription pain killers, which means their developing brains are already craving the feelings of euphoria the drugs cause, which puts them at an increased risk for heroin addiction.

Opioid Addiction Basics

Opioid addiction usually begins when prescription painkillers used to manage pain after surgery, injury, or to control chronic pain are taken in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician. Opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic forms of morphine, a drug derived from the Asian poppy plant, that bind to opioid receptors in the brain.

These opioid receptors control the way the body perceives pain and are also the pleasure centers of the brain. Opioids are highly habit forming. Over time, the brain no longer produces its own neurotransmitters and is depending on the drug to function “normally.”

This dependence quickly leads to addiction and drug-seeking behaviors. If you or a loved one uses prescription opioids for the treatment of pain and you suspect there is a problem, look for the following symptoms of addiction:

  • Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
  • Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
  • Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
  • “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for the drug
  • Engaging in dangerous activities, like driving, while under the influence of the drug
  • Participating in illegal activities, like stealing, to get and use the drug
  • Changes in physical appearance, especially in the area of personal hygiene
  • Changes in friends and withdrawing from family members
  • Becoming more involved in the drug culture

When a person become dependent on an opioid the desire to get the drug becomes overwhelming. So much so that addicts often turn to heroin to feed their habit because it is markedly cheaper and easy to get. But heroin doesn’t have to control your life. For Nevada residents who struggle with drug addiction, help is available.

Nevada Drug & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment begins with medically-supervised detox. This gives the body the chance to rid itself of the toxins of the drug in a safe way. After detox, diagnosis of any underlying mental illness is the next step in the treatment process. Treating addiction and mental illness simultaneously dramatically increases the likelihood of treatment success.

Once a diagnosis is reached you or your loved one’s treatment team of doctors, psychotherapists and other addiction specialists will plan a program to meet your unique needs.

\Treatment programs include:

  • individual therapy,
  • medication to stabilize mental illness
  • group therapy
  • family therapy
  • meditation
  • nutrition classes
  • exercise classes
  • other holistic options to treat the whole person- body, mind and spirit.

Rehab Centers in Nevada

The following centers are found in Nevada providing quality care for those struggling from drug abuse and addiction.

Bristlecone Family Resources, Reno

This facility offers residential treatment, outpatient treatment and transitional living and housing. Bristlecone works with most major insurance companies and offers a sliding fee scale based on income and insurance benefits.

Solutions Recovery, Las Vegas

This facility offers residential treatment with a holistic approach, interpersonal skill development, partial care/day treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. They also offer special programs for military care and first responders, and provide family resources. Call their toll-free number to learn more about insurances coverage and financing.

Finding Help for Drug Addiction in Nevada

If you or a loved one struggle with prescription pain killer or heroin addiction, recognizing you have a problem and reaching out for help are the first steps on the road to recovery. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to one of our addiction counselors about available treatment options. You are not alone. Call us now.

Nevada Drug and Alcohol Rehabs