Beach House Center for Recovery is a leading addiction recovery facility. We offer comprehensive, compassionate treatment for a variety of substance use disorders, including heroin.

Our heroin rehab center in Florida offers personalized care for a diverse population of patients at our state-of-the-art addiction treatment campus.

What is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is a Schedule I substance with a well-deserved reputation for being amongst the most dangerous, addictive, and potentially fatal narcotics. It is an opioid derived from morphine—a non-synthetic substance made from the seeds of the Asian poppy.

Heroin, like all opioids, attaches to the opioid receptors involved in the pain and pleasure responses. It also interferes with the receptors that control breathing and the heart rate.

Heroin addiction can lead to devastating personal consequences for the following reasons:

Heroin affects respiratory and cardiac function, effectively slowing or stopping the heart or inhibiting breathing.

Non-fatal heroin overdose can impede oxygen delivery to the brain’s frontal lobe, which can affect emotional control, delay reaction time, impair functional memory, and interfere with problem-solving abilities, all of which can cause difficulty performing basic tasks and maintaining employment.

Additives in illicit heroin might contain substances that can inhibit blood delivery to the major organs, causing cell death.

Intravenous heroin consumption presents a high risk of infection and serious chronic illnesses like HIV and hepatitis.

Snorting heroin (nasal insufflation) can cause irreparable damage to the nasal mucosal tissues, perforating the nasal septum, destabilizing the nose, and leading to the collapse of the nasal valve.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Like most opioids, heroin has an extremely high potential for addiction and dependency. Signs a loved one might be struggling with heroin addiction and in need of heroin rehab in Florida include the following

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (narcotics, syringes, burned spoons, foil squares, glass pipes) 
  • Behavioral changes
  • Money or valuables missing
  • Needle marks on the body
  • Arrests or conflicts with the law
  • A tendency to lie or keep secrets
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Social isolation or withdrawal from family/friends
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Dramatic changes in mood

Heroin addiction progresses to heroin dependency quickly. When a person is dependent upon heroin, they cannot cease consuming the drug for fear of experiencing crippling physical withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include the following

  • Intense pain in the muscles and bones
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Tremors
  • Chills
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia

The intensity and duration of heroin withdrawal symptoms can increase in proportion to the length of the addiction and the volume of the heroin use. Withdrawal from heroin addiction isn’t considered as potentially life-threatening as abruptly quitting substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines. However, untreated complications such as severe vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration can lead to a medical crisis if cessation is attempted alone.

Our medical detox center in Florida can help dramatically minimize medical risks and discomfort.

How Do You Treat Heroin Addiction?

Our heroin rehab and addiction treatment center in Florida offers personalized programs that are tailored to everyone’s unique needs. However, heroin addiction typically involves a combination of the following

  • Medically monitored detox
    This is the first step in the heroin rehab process. During this time, individuals are gradually tapered off the drug under medical supervision. Medication may be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce the intensity of cravings.
  • Inpatient/residential rehab
    Next, individuals will experience intensive programs designed to address the root cause of their heroin addiction as our clinicians carefully guide them through our evidence-based treatment modalities (e.g., behavioral therapy, individual and group counseling, and family support programs).
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    As an alternative to full-time inpatient rehab, some patients may undergo intensive treatment and in-depth care while returning to their own homes at night.
  • Military addiction treatment
    Our heroin rehab in Florida is staffed with clinicians specializing in treating members of all branches of the armed forces, their families, and veterans.
  • Continuing care
    Once an individual has completed heroin rehab at our inpatient treatment center, they will receive accessible, supportive aftercare programs (for as long as needed) to help them adjust to independent living outside the structured recovery setting.

What Is the Heroin Detox Process?

Here is an overview of the heroin detox process

  • Medical evaluation—to assess an individual’s overall health, the severity of their addiction, and any co-occurring mental health or medical conditions
  • Stabilization—to help individual’s withdraw from heroin and achieve a stable, drug-free state
  • Withdrawal management—certain medications may be used to help alleviate symptoms and make the detox process more manageable
  • Monitoring and support by medical professionals—to ensure ongoing comfort and safety during the detox process
  • Transition to inpatient rehab—to ensure continued progress, long-term recovery, and healing from heroin addiction

What Is the Success Rate for Rehab from Heroin?

Addiction is complex and chronic—and the success rate for heroin rehab can vary widely depending on several factors, including the individual’s

  • Level of commitment
  • Severity of the addiction
  • Quality of the treatment program
  • Presence of supportive networks

Beach House is a leading heroin rehab center in Florida. Our patients can expect a personalized experience centered around their unique mental, physical, and personal spiritual healing using a combination of evidence-based, safe, and effective treatment modalities.

Beach House Center: Our Heroin Rehab Approach

Our heroin rehab in Florida provides specialized holistic treatments and services, including bio-bed biosound therapy, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. With our low patient-to-therapist ratio and our alumni program, we provide the dedicated support necessary to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes after the inpatient recovery process ends.

We are proud to be at the forefront of the latest innovations in addiction treatment. Under the appropriate supervision and with dedicated, ongoing support, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) offers many patients a highly effective addiction solution that can significantly lower the likelihood of reusing heroin.

At Beach House, we believe the opposite of addiction is love and connection. Learn to love yourself again, discover the powerful connections within the recovery community, and find freedom from addiction.

For additional information about heroin detox in Florida or to learn more about our heroin addiction treatment center, please contact our admissions counselors today.