Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin is an illegal street drug, that is synthesized from morphine and opioid based. Heroin is extremely addictive to users because of the extreme euphoria and pleasure it produces when abused. Even though it is a highly addictive and dangerous drug it remains on the popular side by both regular and casual drug users alike.

Since 2010, heroin use has been on the rise according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is estimated that more than seven million people are abusing the illicit drug yearly. When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, it is important to know all the signs of addiction and abuse so it can be determined if drug rehab is needed.

Medical Detoxification from Heroin

After prolonged use of heroin, quitting will send the user into a state of withdrawal. Heroin withdrawal is said to be one of the most severe withdrawal procedures from any drug because of the extreme levels of discomfort. The withdrawal will be worse depending on how much was used of the drug and for how long. A main reason why so many individuals become stuck in the downward spiral of heroin addiction is to avoid the withdrawal. Another term for heroin withdrawal is “dope sick”.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal:




Muscle and bone pain.


Cold flashes.

Restless legs

Flu-like symptoms.


Watering eyes.


Dilated pupils.

Heroin withdrawal although very uncomfortable, is not life threatening. The intense discomfort is what most individuals in active addiction are looking to avoid when it comes to withdrawing from heroin.

The initial step to getting clean from heroin is a medical detox. In heroin addiction treatment, a medical detox is not a comprehensive addiction treatment program, but a necessary first step. There are many cases where when a heroin detox is not under medical care it fails. The reason behind failure of heroin detox is because of how uncomfortable the process is. With a medical detoxification from heroin, there are medications and supervision that is administered and this gives the individual a much better chance at getting and staying clean from the harmful drug. Heroin Addiction treatment providers will provide 24/7 medical care and comfort during this unsure time.

A medical heroin detox typically includes a taper from an FDA approved opioid that gradually reduces the toxicity in the system of the user. The body will then adjust to the new level of the drug and become with time- less dependent, making the heroin process more comfortable and also more successful. A taper that is successful will rely on the body’s ability to adjust overtime to lower and lower doses of the opioid. After a number of days or weeks in some severe cases, there will be a point when old mild symptoms are present or none at all, this will be the end of the detox process. In an inpatient setting for heroin addiction treatment the process typically takes 5 to 7 days. In a setting of outpatient detoxification this may take longer. The most suggested form of heroin detoxification is in an inpatient setting so the client can be monitored at all times, this also prevents any return to use.

At the completion of the initial detox and taper, there will continue to be medical supervision for the client for a brief period to make sure no later symptoms arrive. After the medical detox, the second step would be entering into a longer stay in-patient treatment program for heroin addiction.

Entering into Inpatient Treatment

The next step is always inpatient treatment after the initial medical detox in order to prevent any return to use for the individual.

Medical detox is for the body, where as an inpatient treatment program for addiction you work on the mind and spirit. The psychological aspects of heroin addiction are just as important to address as the physical.

Often, the psychological aspects are more difficult to overcome since it is based on more than the cravings for the euphoria and feelings of contentment that is brought on by the drug use. The core issues of the individual are addressed in an inpatient addiction program. In most cases there are many other aspects that go into an addiction, including co-occurring disorders, previous trauma, social issues and poorly formed relationships.

The main point of inpatient treatment is removing the individual abusing drugs from their most recent: persons, places, and things, in order to have the soul focus their recovery.

Therapy is usually conducted on an individual or group basis and often involves family therapy. Residential treatment programs that focus on changing patient attitudes and behaviors are highly structured. The most successful programs for heroin addiction treatment can last between 6 and 12 months. Extended stay is always recommended in order to prevent any relapse.

The end goal of any treatment program is to heal the entirety of the individual so that heroin use is no longer in the mind of the user. Recovery is a lifelong journey. Long-term abstinence may be one of the most difficult parts of addiction treatment so after treatment having a sober support group is often encouraged.

The Beaches Treatment Center: If you or anyone you know is struggling with Heroin Addiction, please reach out to https://thebeachestreatmentcenter.com

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