Heroin addiction is treated in different ways, depending on the level of treatment you commit to.
A basic detox facility will flush the body of all the heroin in the system. In many cases, opioid agonists such as methadone or buprenorphine may be administered in order to ease the withdrawal symptoms for the patient. Detox can be done at an inpatient facility or on an outpatient basis, but inpatient is generally recommended in order for the patient to have 24-hour medical supervision and access to medical assistance should it be needed. The time for a full detox will vary, but typically lasts from 3-5 days, depending on the user’s metabolism, height, weight, and amount/duration of use.
A Step Further
Detox is only the first step in the road to heroin recovery. Inpatient addiction treatment is the best way to begin recovery from heroin addiction. Quality inpatient programs will include behavioral therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, introductions to 12-step fellowships, and holistic treatment modalities such as yoga and meditation. These programs provide the patient with invaluable tools that will help in promoting and sustaining sobriety. If not inpatient, there are outpatient programs available, that typically offer at least some level of group therapy and counseling.
Go All In
Only going to detox is not likely to result in lasting recovery from heroin addiction. The issues underlying the addiction need to be addressed, as well as the formation of new coping skills and mechanisms that will allow an addict to live (and enjoy!) their life without needing drugs or alcohol.
If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, get the help you need. Call 1-800-203-2024, for a free confidential assessment.