Heroin is highly addictive and can be lethal when taken alone or in conjunction with other drugs. Several ways exist you may seek help for addiction to heroin. It is important to know what it is like and what withdrawal symptoms may be like to experience.

Pharmaceutical Support

More research is being done into how to treat opiate addiction to substances such as heroin. Supports which aim to promote recovery from heroin have been targeted in and out of treatment programs as well as during incarceration. Methadone is a popular alternative treatment for heroin addiction but research finds methadone maintenance programs are less successful and people often become addicted to methadone. Buprenorphine was approved by the FDA to help treat addiction and has shown success in detox and as a relapse prevention tool.

Mental Health Treatments

Other ways to treat heroin addiction include addressing mental and psychological aspects of addiction. Addiction is one part physical and one part psychological. Heroin does have a strong physical control over the body but it does not stop people from using heroin. Why heroin is used is unique to the individual and must be addressed to be successful in treatment. Many modalities exist to help facilitate this treatment including:

  • Treatment facilities
  • Support groups
  • Therapeutic support
  • Medications along with therapy

Getting Help

Getting help for heroin addiction is as simple as asking a friend or family member to help or a person may need to spend time learning about addiction treatment centers in town. Several outpatient programs can help a person get started as well as in patient treatment, depending on the options available. If a loved one is using heroin, it can impact everyone’s lives. The way to help the person get clean is to call a local treatment center to seek intervention support and help the individual come to grips with what needs to be done to get healthy and recover from addiction.


Cypress Lakes is a leader in treating addiction and mental health disorders. Our treatment focuses on the mind, body, and soul connection to addiction. By providing healthy, healing spaces for you to recover in, our hope is you will focus on getting well so you can move forward in life and be who you are meant to be, beyond the veil of addiction. Call us to find out how we can help you get there: 866-217-2636