California Heroin Addiction Treatment

Overcoming a heroin addiction often involves a treatment program that includes medication, individual and group therapy, and lifestyle changes with a strong support group. Inpatient and outpatient therapy is available; however, detox can take several weeks and result in severe pain with harsh withdrawal symptoms and psychological effects. For this reason, inpatient treatment is often appropriate for long-term recovery.

When going through our detox program in an inpatient setting, our professionals will monitor you. We provide appropriate support, including medication, to help the body slowly adjust and minimize pain. Inpatient therapy can also provide additional support and resources to treat accompanying conditions like anxiety and depression. Design for Change Recovery in Lancaster, California, offers treatment and support for heroin and other drug addictions.

What are the Options for Heroin Rehab?

heroin addiction rehab in californiaThere are many options for rehabilitation and treatment to combat your heroin addiction. It is crucial to find the most appropriate plan for you and your treatment needs. Take the time to talk with the Substance Abuse Professional and assess comfort and fit for your needs.

In-patient Rehab for Heroin Addiction

Inpatient treatment followed by a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP). After these programs, you will need to remain in outpatient treatment and participate in support groups for an increased likelihood of success.

Outpatient Rehab for Heroin Addiction

For those with less severe addiction and a healthy support system, outpatient treatment may be an appropriate level of care. Outpatient treatment will include individual therapy and group support. Medications help curb cravings and address withdrawal symptoms.

Direct Face-to-Face Interventions

Are you concerned about the behavior of a loved one? We are ready to assist you in any way that you need. Our staff conducts interventions that are experts in crisis management. Suppose you’re worried about confronting someone you love who struggles with addiction. In that case, you can rely on the professionals to handle it.

Family Support Therapy and Guidance

Our family support groups and therapy options are superb. Patients who receive additional support from families have better long-term outcomes. During these programs, you will learn essential skills to manage your emotions and help your loved ones succeed in recovery.

Special Assitance Given to First Responders

Finally, many first responders suffer from mental health disorders. One of the most common conditions happens to be substance abuse. We want to extend a helping hand to all of these vital members of our community. We have developed a unique program specifically for first responders. Let us know if you would like to request more information.

Heroin Addiction Medications

Medication can be an essential component in addiction treatment. Medications help reduce heroin cravings and relieve the pain and discomfort experienced in the detox phase and afterward.

The following drugs will be used by physicians treating patients in rehab:


Buprenorphine is prescribed by physicians for medicine assisted therapy and helps reduce heroin cravings, pain, and withdrawal symptoms. It works by stimulating the brain receptors that are affected by heroin use. If you use heroin while taking Buprenorphine, you will be at risk of intense withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine can be addictive itself and may cause respiratory issues or death if combined with other drugs or alcohol. It can be taken by injection, as a skin patch or implant, under the tongue, or in the cheek area.

Common brand names of Buprenorphine are:

  • Belbuca
  • Probuphine
  • Buprenex


Naltrexone is prescribed to treat drug addiction and alcoholism. It provides a barrier to minimizing the amount of drug or alcohol from reaching the body’s opioid receptors. Naltrexone prevents the body from experiencing its effects and eliminating the “high” users crave.

The brand names for Naltrexone are:

  • Revia
  • Vivitrol


Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naltrexone. It is prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms, pain and discomfort, and inhibit the “high” or euphoria of heroin use. Because Suboxone blocks the opioid from reaching the brain’s receptors, most addicts may take larger quantities in search of a “high,” resulting in an overdose or death.

The brand names for Suboxone are:

  • Bunavail
  • Suboxone
  • Zubsolv

Common side effects of these treatment medications include the following:

  • Shallow Breathing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Weakness
  • Muscle Pain
  • Liver Issues
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Regulating the Temperature that Causes Increased Sweating, Hot Flashes, and Shivering
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Changes

Due to these medications’ side effects, it is vital to alert your physician of conditions like:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Head Injury
  • Seizures
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenal Gland
  • Gall Bladder Issues

Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention

It is essential to first consult with a Substance Abuse Professional to determine if outpatient treatment is appropriate for you. Outpatient treatment is most successful for those with mild addictions and a healthy support system. When in outpatient treatment, you may maintain daily activities like work and time with family.

Outpatient treatment typically includes a mixture of medication and therapy to identify triggers and develop coping skills to reduce heroin cravings. A level of outpatient support is essential for transitioning from an inpatient treatment facility to maintain ongoing support for long-term sobriety. Group therapy and support groups like Heroin Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous help develop a support system and meet sober friends.

Support Groups

There are many support groups we can refer you to you once you complete your program. Most of these groups will be modeled on the 12 step program first implemented by Alcoholics Anonymous. These programs helped many individuals maintain sobriety. Recovered addicts can help each other stay accountable and maintain sobriety.

Ongoing Therapies

Plenty of our patients continue therapy with their therapists from their time at our facilities. Once you complete your rehab treatment, please ask us for more information. Typically, patients get to see their counselors every week. This therapy session will allow you to let anything out that you have been holding in. Allowing yourself to feel negative emotions is an essential part of the healing process. Having someone in the room with you experienced in crisis management could be the perfect opportunity to open up.

Tips to Prevent Heroin Relapse

Take Medications as Prescribed

Medications prescribed by a treatment plan developed by a physician. According to the program, stopping medications can be dangerous and lead to serious side effects, withdrawal, and heroin cravings. These effects can cause unnecessary pain and discomfort or withdrawal.

Attend Therapy Sessions

Recognize events and situations that can be triggered and understand coping stressors. Remaining in therapy and attending group sessions can help relieve these situations and provide a comprehensive support system to turn to when you need help.

Communicate with Physicians

You will undoubtedly develop an illness or become injured at some point in your life and require medication to treat the condition. Drugs can become addictive or counter-interact with other medications prescribed as part of your long-term treatment. Your physicians need to know everything you are taking.

Keep Clean Company and Stay Active

If you socialize with people involved in drugs or go to locations and events where there will be temptations. You will be at significant risk of relapse. Make friends who support your sobriety and are clean and sober themselves. Find hobbies and productive activities you enjoy, as boredom can lead to unhealthy thoughts and actions.

Get Help Today for Your Heroin Addiction Problem

Meet with a Substance Abuse Professional to determine the appropriate treatment plan for you. We have many resources to help you overcome your heroin addiction, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, prescribed medications, therapy, and support groups. Call us today to get started in overcoming your addiction and achieving long-term sobriety at our facility in beautiful California.


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