Treating Heroin Addiction

Heroin is most often injected, however, it may also be smoked, sniffed, used as a suppository, or orally ingested. Smoking and sniffing heroin do not produce a “rush” as quickly or as intensely as intravenous injection. Oral ingestion does not usually lead to a “rush”, but use of heroin in suppository form may have intense euphoric effects. Heroin can be addictive by any given route. Heroin essentially produces a “downer” effect that rapidly induces a state of relaxation and euphoria. Heroin is a fast-acting opiate. The degrees of the effect differ as per type of administration of the drug. It is incredibly addictive. Heroin addiction treatment begins with a detox, but don’t be fooled. The detox is just that, it is a physical start to a psychological and emotionally based problem. Treatment takes anywhere from three to six months. Six months to a year, for heroin addiction treatment, is recommended by the psychiatric Association of America. 

A range of treatments including behavioral therapies and medications are effective at helping patients stop using heroin and return to stable and productive lives. Some heroin addicts may ask for help but the majority fear the pain and sickness of withdrawal. Thus, people are usually assisted to begin the withdrawal process of Heroin. Although behavioral and pharmacological treatments can be extremely useful when utilized alone, research shows that for some people, integrating both types of treatments is the most effective approach. Medications include buprenorphine and methadone and a range of new drugs. Heroin overdoses frequently involve a suppression of breathing. This can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, a condition called hypoxia. In effect the Heroin overdose makes the brain forget about breathing. This can of course be deadly and chronic in nature.


The treatment for heroin addiction is a very challenging process. Relapse and returning to the drug after treatment is a common occurrence. So choose your rehab centre carefully and make sure they are done and especially owned by degreed psychological professionals. Gone are the days where amateurs can be trusted with something as complex and interconnected as addiction treatment. The effects of heroin abuse will differ from person to person, depending upon the length of abuse, amount of heroin used, the presence of other substances, and individual makeup. Severity of symptoms tend to get worse the longer the drug is abused.

For this reason, it is important for addicts to undergo an extensive recovery program, like a very good, modern and open 12 step programme, that targets both the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Detox of Heroin is usually done at a specialist detox centre or hospital. Once this initial detox process is complete an in-patient drug rehabilitation centre is an obvious first choice to continue the further levels of detox to completely eradicate the physical symptoms. During this time emotional, spiritual and psychological work is necessary. Often Heroin addicts have dual disorders such as depression, bi-polar or a myriad of other co-existing disorders and problems.

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There are numerous programs treating heroin addictions available; however, each individual needs a personalized program that will best meet their needs to ensure a successful lifelong recovery. For help with recovery from drug addiction and heroin abuse get in touch with us today, and let us know the exact situation you or your loved ones are facing.

We provide online, inpatient, outpatient and counselling for addiction treatment, depression, eating disorders and dual diagnosis.

For help with Heroin addiction Treatment please contact us for assistance online rehab, or in an inpatient treatment centre.  We assist people with detox, primary, secondary, aftercare and sober living programmes. Call Now 082-442-4779 or email