Heroin Recovery Programs

Recovery from Heroin Abuse

Heroin Rehab Programs

When it comes to substance abuse, addiction, and rehab, the way to approach heroin rehab is very similar to other drugs. The only exception between the two is that withdrawal from heroin lasts significantly longer than the withdrawal associated with other drugs. This makes it much harder to deal with without the help of professional medical staff in a drug rehab center.

Harvard Medical Center reported that heroin produces symptoms that last for about 4 to 6 hrs.; however, withdrawal symptoms can last on for a full week from a single dose. During that week. It’s reasonable to assume someone addicted to heroin would re-use as a means of stopping, just to make the pain stop. Even after the withdrawal process is over, the heroin cravings can also cause people to relapse. 

Drug rehab and recovery programs aid in breaking the cycle of addiction. Drug Rehab facilities give people access to medical innovations which alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal and provide access to treatments that will change their lives. Rehab may be an intrusive option however, it really works. 

Heroin rehab facilities deliver clean and safe spaces absent of triggers associated with drug use. 

Heroin Rehab Programs: Detox

The initial step to recovery is heroin detoxification. This treatment addresses the physical grip heroin has on addicted people in addition to the chemical changes that take place in the body. This is imperative since endeavoring to detox from heroin addiction without professional help is not just dangerous, but deadly. particularly when people are enduring other medical conditions concurrently. Detox offers monitoring and support, with the supervision of physicians, that individuals need throughout this delicate time. That way they can find sobriety.

There are medications capable of acting as a replacement for heroin, they trick the body into thinking it’s experiencing the drug it is craving. Meds are also good to ease the physical discomforts of withdrawal, like:

         Watering eyes

         Muscle aches

         Stomach cramps


After successfully completing this program, some would consider a person sober and clean. It’s rather an achievement, but actually it’s just the 1st step in long-term recovery. Completing heroin detox does not mean recovery is over. In reality, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that detox cannot be considered treatment for heroin addiction as is. it’s only considered a suitable therapy when used in conjunction with and followed by comprehensive therapy programs geared to helping people make life changes for long-term recovery.

Heroin Rehab Programs: Using Therapy

There are several reasons why individuals initially use heroin and ultimately develop an addiction. For some, it could be a simple case of youthful experimentation. Or, perhaps a way to cope with trauma or stress. For instance, the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica reports on a study where 63 % of male users and 51 % of female users were originally exposed to illicit drugs by a close friend.

Irrespective of how the drug use started out, in heroin rehab, a chief goal is to become aware of the reason drug use, as well as the causes which encourage current use. Those triggers can then be addressed and confronted. Addicted individuals should educate themselves on emotional and social coping skills that don’t involve pills, develop relapse prevention skills and successfully recover from addiction. All of these wants can be attained via:

         Group therapy sessions

         Educational classes

         Alternative therapy treatments

         One-on-one therapy sessions

Heroin Rehab at Granite Mountain Behavioral Health 

At Granite Mountain Behavioral Health, we deliver a full heroin rehab experience which begins with heroin detox, supervised by medical professionals. Next, is heroin recovery maintenance and if needed, medication. we expand heroin addiction treatment amid a diverse roster of therapy options, then concludes by providing relapse prevention services

Contact us at Granite Mountain Behavioral Health today for more information.

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Article Reviewed by Rob Heinrich, LPC

Rob Heinrich, LPCRob is our Clinical Director and brings years of various expertise to Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare. He graduated with a Masters in Counseling in 1992 from Denver Seminary and has decades of hands-on experience with providing treatment for substance abuse and eating disorders. Rob oversees the entire clinical team and treatment programming for our clients. He is also an active group therapist in our outpatient program.