Heroin Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Heroin addiction is a debilitating disease, one that often can't be controlled by the person using the drug. Like anyone else struggling with a disease, those who are addicted to heroin must seek quality medical treatment to overcome their addiction. While there is no cure for heroin addiction, there is treatment available for those struggling. Drug addiction rehab has been proven effective time and again, and it will work for you, too. Whether you enroll in inpatient or outpatient rehab, there is a treatment option right for everyone. The Recovery Village offers both forms of specialized treatment, and tailors each person’s treatment plan to suit their individual needs.
Deciding to get help for an addiction is a huge step toward recovery, but it’s only the beginning of what will become a lifelong process. Many addiction professionals believe recovery can never truly be achieved. Instead, those who were once addicted are always working at their recovery, actively choosing sobriety over heroin every day. Although it may seem impossible now, this could happen to you. The first step is to select a drug rehab facility that you feel is a good fit for your needs. The Recovery Village is a Florida-based, accredited detox and rehab facility. Our treatment center is staffed with many caring, skilled professionals who have dedicated their lives to addiction science and helping others like you recover from addiction.

While attending The Recovery Village, some specialized staff you may encounter include:

  • Medical doctors
  • Nurses
  • Clinicians, or counselors
  • Alternative therapists
  • A nutritionist or dietitian

While there’s no cure for addiction, experience proves addiction rehabilitation does work and is an effective treatment for the disorder. Heroin addiction causes many destructive side effects that only compound over time. Sobriety and recovery can help anyone addicted to heroin reverse some of these side effects, if not all of them, and rejoin society as a productive and caring person. Treatment is tailored to each patient’s needs. However, it always involves these four steps:

  1. Evaluation
  2. Detoxification
  3. Therapy and counseling
  4. Aftercare planning

During evaluation, you’ll meet with our doctors and clinicians for a full work-up. They will ask you questions and submit you to tests to establish the extent of your addiction. Our team will use this information to develop a recommended treatment plan specifically designed to treat your heroin addiction. The first step of treatment is detoxification, or getting heroin out of your system. This process can be physically and psychologically painful, so much that many who try to get clean on their own are unsuccessful and begin using again. Undergoing detox with our team at The Recovery Village gives you the best shot at having an easy and safe recovery from heroin addiction. Once the toxins have left your body, treatment can begin.

Treatment will consist of individual therapy, group therapy, alternative therapies, nutritional counseling, addiction education and medication management. You will have access to the full staff at The Recovery Village, who are all dedicated to helping you in your journey toward recovery. We encourage all patients to get to know the staff, as many of our team members are maintaining a successful recovery themselves. 

As your treatment draws to a close, our team will coordinate with doctors, clinicians, 12-step groups and clinics in your home area to arrange for your participation in their services once you leave The Recovery Village. Aftercare planning is a crucial step in treatment, as it sets the patient up for success in post-recovery life. Attending these meetings and appointments will help you avoid relapse and adjust easier back to a non-sober living environment.

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Inpatient rehab is also called residential rehab because it involves a residential component. Those who go through inpatient rehab move into their rehabilitation facility while receiving treatment. This type of environment is best for those who are addicted to hard illicit drugs, such as heroin, and are facing a long-term addiction with a strong hold.

Inpatient rehab is also an ideal scenario for those traveling to Florida and The Recovery Village from out of state. Inpatient rehab is convenient for those coming from out of state because it accommodates both treatment and room and board at once. While you’re here, you can stop worrying about the stressors of running a household, and instead fully focus on your recovery and getting better. For this reason, inpatient treatment is also popular with local Floridians who need to escape the triggers in their home environment to focus on recovery.

Inpatient treatment times can vary in length. The minimum stay at The Recovery Village is 28 days, but research shows the longer a person stays in treatment, the less likely they are to relapse back to heroin addiction. We recognize that inpatient rehab may be one of the hardest experiences of your life, which is why we’ve worked so hard to make The Recovery Village feel homey, comfortable and relaxing for our patients. Those who join us for residential treatment benefit from:

  • The sunny, warm Florida climate
  • Plush beds
  • Linen service
  • Private rooms and bathrooms
  • Fitness center
  • Nutritious meals created by a dietary counselor and chef
  • 24/7 medical supervision and attention

All inpatient programming at The Recovery Village involves several therapeutic components, including individual counseling sessions, group counseling sessions, family therapy, alternative therapies and nutritional counseling. This well-rounded therapeutic treatment process exposes patients to the science behind addiction, helps them understand why they began using heroin, and teaches them to identify triggers that may spurn use.

Such therapies also foster an environment of support and understanding, and give patients an opportunity to practice using the new substance abuse trigger coping skills they are learning. Alternative therapies are also an excellent way to help patients rebuild their self-esteem and sense of self-worth while engaging in fun and social activities.

Outpatient rehab is a step down in intensity from inpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab is not residential, and patients don’t live on The Recovery Village campus while receiving treatment. Instead, they may live at home and commute to The Recovery Village for treatment, or at a sober living home or “halfway house” in the area. Depending on the treatment plan, outpatients may spend most of the day, every day, at The Recovery Village, returning home only to sleep. They may also visit campus as few as one or two times a week while maintaining a job or school schedule full-time.

Outpatient is an ideal form of treatment for those who are addicted to heroin who have gotten sober and completed inpatient rehab and are ready to ease back into normal life. Put another way, outpatient rehab may serve as the “training wheels” for those who are newly recovered from heroin as they begin to test their sobriety against real-world scenarios and stressors. In some cases, outpatient rehab may also be a good fit for rehabilitation first-timers who have only been using heroin for a short period of time, or who are not totally addicted yet.

While undergoing heroin addiction treatment at The Recovery Village, patients participate in several types of therapy:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Alternative therapies

Each treatment method has its own merits and contributes to the larger goal of helping you understand your addiction and how to cope with stress or trauma healthily, instead of turning to heroin. Group therapy is a crucial part of this process because it helps patients break down the stigma around addiction. Addiction is very much a taboo subject, and those who grapple with the disorder often feel ashamed or embarrassed of it. They also often receive judgement from others — strangers, employers, doctors and even loved ones. For this reason, most addicts are reluctant to broach the topic with people in their lives. Group therapy, however, helps them experience the freedom that talking about addiction allows.

From sharing their own experiences to listening to others share, those who are addicted to heroin can learn to feel comfortable sharing their story and benefit from the vulnerability of opening up to others. This form of therapy often builds strong bonds of camaraderie of friendship among patients. Other group therapy sessions we offer at The Recovery Village include drug education classes, psychoeducation and dietary counseling. Educating patients on their bodies creates a sense of empowerment.

We also are happy to offer alternative therapies to patients, which often inspire feelings of high self-esteem, self confidence, pride and accomplishment. Popular alternative therapies include:

  • Art therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic gardening
At The Recovery Village, we believe in treating the whole patient, not just the part that struggles with heroin addiction. If you’re facing another illness, our doctors will monitor your health and provide medication management. Similarly, if you’re suffering from another mental illness, we feel it’s our duty to treat your heroin use disorder and dual diagnosis.

It’s not unusual for someone suffering from heroin addiction to also have another mental illness, or co-occurring disorder. We know from experience that one condition often exacerbates the other, and it’s impossible to fully treat addiction without also treating the co-occurring disorder.  Some mental health illnesses that you may suffer from while abusing heroin include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Depression

For some, they already have a mental illness before using heroin. For others, heroin use sparks a mental illness. In both cases, the results are often intertwined, with one condition exacerbating the other. For example, long-term heroin use damages the brain, making it impossible for those who use it to experience feelings of pleasure or happiness without the drug. This can lead to depression. Many who suffer from depression as a result of heroin use self-medicate by using even more heroin, causing only a temporary high and relief from the mental condition.

Counseling and sobriety can help treat both of these conditions at once. The integrated treatment plans at The Recovery Village will address both of your conditions from your first day at our facility. This starts with a thorough evaluation to discover if you have any undiagnosed mental illnesses in addition to your heroin addiction. Once our clinicians make a diagnosis, we’ll develop a treatment plan to help you work on your addiction and mental illness together. Learning to cope with both conditions will help ensure your long-term recovery and effectively prevent relapse.

Just like any medical treatment or hospital visit would cost money, attending drug rehab does carry an expense. This cost is nothing in comparison to your health, however, and shouldn’t be seen as a barrier to getting the help you need. If you’re planning on attending heroin addiction treatment but aren’t sure how you’re going to pay for it, there are many options. Most people use health insurance to pay for drug rehab. Others use private pay, such as loans. Still others use public assistance, such as scholarships and grants from their employers, local community or the federal government.
Yes, health insurance companies do cover substance abuse treatment programs. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, mental health and substance abuse programs have mandatory coverage, meaning any insurance company that operates in the healthcare marketplace must offer some form of coverage. Private insurance plans through employers often have substance abuse coverage as well. Each plan’s coverage differs; some may cover a certain amount for treatment while others only cover outpatient or inpatient programs. To determine what your insurance covers, call a customer service representative at your insurance company. Alternatively, our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village would be happy to call on your behalf, as we have much experience working with a variety of insurance companies.
If you’re unable to use insurance to pay for rehab, you still have options. Many government programs offer substance abuse treatment assistance. For example, if you’ve served in the military, the U.S. Veterans Administration offers assistance for vets who need drug rehab. Medicare and Medicaid, public insurance programs, also offer substance abuse treatment coverage. Some people also choose to pay for rehab privately, whether it’s through paying cash rates, asking a friend or family member for a loan, or securing a personal loan through a bank. Please call our intake coordinators to learn about all your options when it comes to paying for rehab. All calls are private and confidential, and require no obligation from you.
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Heroin Addiction Treatment and Rehab was last modified: August 7th, 2017 by The Recovery Village