South Dakota is home to the Great 8- Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Historic Deadwood, Crazy Horse Memorial, Jewell Cave National Monument, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and the Missouri River. With so much history and beauty to experience, South Dakota is on many American’s “bucket list.”

But tourists aren’t the only ones traveling to South Dakota. In the past two years, heroin has been slowly making its way into the state from Oregon and Colorado.  Left unchecked, South Dakota could easily be the next victim in the growing heroin addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. For those who struggle with substance abuse or who have a loved one who struggles, there is hope through one of the many rehab facilities across the state.

Heroin Addiction in SD

Heroin is an opioid narcotic derived from the Asian poppy plant. Heroin is an illegal street drug that causes immediate pleasurable feelings in those who use it. These feelings can include:

  • A surge of good feelings, call a “rush.”
  • A warm and calm feeling
  • Heaviness in arms and legs
  • Increased sense of well-being and confidence

After these immediate symptoms of heroin use, other symptoms occur that are directly related to the slowing of bodily functions. Users report reduced mental clarity, slowed breathing, slowed heart rate and what is referred to as “nodding,” or going back and forth between being awake and asleep.

The long-term side effects of heroin depend on the length of the addiction and the amount of the drug that has been used over time. Some of these long-term side effects are:

  • Bruising at injection sites and needle marks
  • Skin abscesses and infections
  • Heart problems
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Collapsed veins from consistent needle use

The most serious side effect of heroin use is the risk of overdose.[2] Because heroin doses are so difficult to measure, accidently using too much is easy. The purity of the drug and what the drug is mixed with are also unknowns that can lead to overdose.

When an overdose happens, the user experiences dangerously slow respirations and heart rate. This can cause loss of consciousness, permanent brain damage, coma and death.

If you suspect your loved one is using heroin, don’t wait. Get help now.

South Dakota Drug Rehab

There are many options when it comes to drug treatment in South Dakota. Facilities that offer dual diagnosis treat both mental illness and addiction simultaneously. This dramatically increases the likelihood of recovery success. Many facilities also offer medically-supervised detox.

This important first step in the recovery process allows the body to rid itself of the toxins of the drug before diagnosis and treatment begin. Like dual diagnosis, proper detox increases the effectiveness of drug addiction treatment.

Treatment programs include individual and group therapy sessions, family sessions when appropriate and medications to treat and stabilize any mental illness that might be present. Treatment centers also include other holistic options, like nutrition classes, career and life skills instruction, exercise classes, yoga and meditation.

Treating the entire person- body, mind and spirit- makes the recovery experience more complete. Once treatment has ended, aftercare measures are put into place to prevent relapse. Some of these include support group meetings, continued counseling and regular contact with a sobriety partner. The following are just two of the options for treatment in South Dakota:

Keystone Treatment Center, SD

Located in Canton, the Keystone Treatment Center offers treatment for alcohol, heroin, prescription drug, opiate as well as other addictions. Keystone is also a dual diagnosis treatment facility, offering simultaneous care for addiction and mental illness. Keystone is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is accredited as a Gold Seal facility by CARF.

Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living Homes, SD

Located in Sioux Falls, Tallgrass Recovery provides a 30-day inpatient program for alcohol and drug addiction. Tallgrass uses the 12-Step program, totally immersing patients through a rigorous meeting schedule throughout their stay. Tallgrass also offers sober living homes for both men and women.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, admitting you have a problem and reaching out for help is the first step. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find treatment. Call us now.

South Dakota Drug and Alcohol Rehabs