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Heroin Addiction Treatment

Understanding Heroin Addiction

Heroin, classified as a depressant drug or “downer,” is an opiate. When someone uses heroin, it activates opioid receptors in the brain which ultimately results in altered pain perception and a rush of rewarding, euphoric feelings.

Heroin, like other opiates such as OxyContin, suppresses the central nervous system. As a result, the user’s heart rate slows down and experiences a decrease in coordination. Additionally, opioids often relax muscles, induce sleep, dull the senses, and diminish pain.

The use of opiates can cause nausea, constrict the pupils, and induce constipation. Long-term use of opioids can also cause psychological and physical dependence resulting in addiction. In general, users can smoke, snort, or inject heroin directly into their veins.

Thus, producing a fast, euphoric high that becomes addicting. Heroin addiction rates continue to rise in the United States, fueling the opioid crisis.


Types of Treatment for Heroin Addiction

If you suspect someone you know is actively using heroin, Lighthouse Recovery Drug Rehab Center may be able to help. Our Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs, in particular, specialize in comprehensive Florida heroin addiction treatment.

Our treatment facility focuses on the underlying factors that lead an individual to heroin addiction. As a result, through drug rehabilitation, individuals learn coping skills to deal with triggers to prevent future drug relapse. Helping individuals uncover those underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol is our primary focus.

Additionally, individuals meet with licensed medical staff at the drug rehab center to discuss medical issues such as post-acute withdrawals.

Frequent heroin use can cause severe post-acute withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable during the early stages of recovery. As a result, heroin detox is a common treatment option to help mitigate those early days of painful post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Individual safety and comfortability are essential for long-term success and our top priority at our Florida heroin addiction treatment center.

Medical Detox

A heroin detox center helps remove heroin and toxins from the user’s system. After completing a 7-10 day detox, individuals attend a Florida heroin addiction treatment center.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Florida intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is ideal for individuals that are stable in their recovery.

IOP rehab is also suitable for individuals who want flexibility in their drug rehab to schedule around work, school, or family obligations. Along with psychotherapy and access to support groups, people can leave their substance use disorder in the past.

Dual Diagnosis Program

People with addiction may also struggle with mental health diagnoses like depression or anxiety. Dual diagnosis is an evidence-based substance abuse treatment that addresses addiction and mental health issues simultaneously.

Our Dual Diagnosis Program treats co-occurring disorders, thus providing a recovery foundation.

Heroin Medication-Assisted Treatment

Our medication-assisted treatment program allows individuals to develop a plan with the doctor to assist with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Thus, providing critical support to their early recovery. 

Learn More About Heroin Addiction

Heroin comes from the opium plant, similar to Percocet and OxyContin. Around 1805, morphine and codeine became accessible as pain reliever for injuries, cancer, tetanus, and childbirth.

Initially, heroin was a non-addictive alternative to morphine. However, heroin was highly addictive and later categorized as an illegal drug.

How to Identify Heroin Use & Abuse

Generally, users do not consume heroin in pure form. Thus, the heroin sold on the street is often “cut” with other materials like sugar, baking soda, cocaine, or starch.

Unfortunately, people also mix heroin with the substance fentanyl, which is 50-100 times stronger than morphine—resulting in overdoses.

Signs of Heroin Use & Addiction

Common physical signs of heroin use include small pupils, track marks, nodding off, and changes in behavior.

Typical paraphernalia includes burned spoons, syringes, aluminum foil with burn marks, or needles.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms require heroin users to attend a medical detox when quitting heroin.

Doctors administer medications that help alleviate PAWS, such as AtivanSuboxone, or Methadone

Common withdrawal symptoms:

  • Cold sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Dehydration

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


Our Florida Heroin Addiction Treatment Center

Our Florida heroin addiction treatment programs offer vital services for individuals and their families looking to overcome addiction. There are various drug rehab programs available to help people achieve their recovery goals when they walk through our doors.

For example, some individuals may require access to a nutritionist or desire to work on physical fitness. Another example may include brain mapping or neuro-feedback. For some individuals, the benefits of these holistic options are a great addition to their drug rehabilitation, especially if they have a co-occurring disorder.

Also, our Florida Drug Rehab Center provides trauma therapy and grief and loss therapy. These therapies allow additional opportunities for individuals to process core issues and other underlying factors that often contribute to their chronic heroin drug use.

Does Insurance Cover Heroin Rehab?

Most private insurance plans generally cover some or all the cost of heroin rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have specific criteria and medical necessity guidelines for different levels of care, such as heroin detox or heroin outpatient centers. Our staff is available around the clock to assist with obtaining insurance information and authorization. Call now and allow us to help you recover from heroin addiction.

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