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Options for Heroin Rehabilitation


If you have an addiction to heroin, you have plenty of options for help. Many people think of “rehab,” or an inpatient rehabilitation program, when they think of heroin addiction treatment. Addiction professionals actually offer many more types of treatment programs in addition to inpatient rehab. The field of opioid addiction gives patients multiple options for care that fit different symptoms and lifestyles. Learn more about heroin addiction treatment and how you can get help.

Goals of Opioid Addiction Treatment

Heroin addiction treatment counts as a type of opioid addiction treatment. Addiction impacts your mind and body, but it can also be treated like many other diseases. The goals of treatment for opioid use disorder include:

  • Reducing withdrawal symptoms
  • Addressing any underlying issues behind the addiction
  • Teaching recovery skills
  • Preventing relapse
  • Reintegrating the patient back into societyEveryone in opioid addiction treatment has personal goals for their recovery. Your treatment objectives will depend on your situation, experience with addiction and medical history.

Types of Treatment Programs for Heroin Addiction

You might think that you must go into an inpatient or residential program if you get heroin addiction treatment. You actually have access to two main categories of treatment programs:

  • Inpatient/residential: During inpatient or residential addiction treatment, the patient lives at the treatment center during the program. An inpatient program will allow you to get care around the clock. As you stay at an inpatient facility, you might receive care services like medication, therapy and group counseling. Patients who have severe addiction symptoms may benefit from the recovery-focused environment in a residential program. Many also benefit from being removed from the people and places involved in their drug use.
  • Outpatient: An outpatient addiction treatment program provides services on an outpatient basis, where patients will come in for treatment but not live in the treatment facility for any length of time. Patients visit the clinic on a regular basis for services and continue their everyday lives. Some programs require daily visits, while others have less regular appointments. Outpatient programs can provide varying levels of care depending on the treatment provided. These programs may include Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) or Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs (MAT).

An addiction professional like a counselor can help you figure out what type of program will work best for you.

Treatment Services for Opioid Addiction Patients

Inpatient and outpatient heroin addiction programs provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Medication: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) works like a type of “heroin rehab” using methadone or buprenorphine. These medicines will help you manage your withdrawal symptoms so that you can learn recovery skills.
  • Counseling: In heroin addiction counseling, your therapist will work with you to build recovery strategies and skills. You’ll get a chance to talk about your thoughts and feelings regarding your addiction.
  • Support groups: Some programs host support groups or group therapy sessions. These meetings will let you share your recovery experiences with other patients.

Many programs will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. This treatment plan can include medical, psychological and social services tailored to your recovery needs.

Reclaim Your Life With BAART Programs

BAART Programs helps people across the United States take their lives back from addiction to opioids like heroin. We provide outpatient MAT programs that combine medication, therapy and support services. For more information about our treatment options, contact us online today.

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