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Heroin Addiction Treatment

There are many options for heroin addiction treatment, including medical detox, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and inpatient rehab, as well as various forms of addiction therapy. The best treatment programs for heroin addiction utilize individualized treatment plans tailored to meet their patients’ needs and goals.

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Treating Heroin Addiction at Boca Recovery Center

At Boca Recovery Center, we provide top-quality heroin addiction treatment, offering tailored treatment plans, evidence-based treatment modalities, and comprehensive and integrated care that addresses patient needs, issues, and history. When you enroll in our heroin addiction treatment program, you receive intensive care from our highly knowledgeable, empathetic, and empowering treatment team.

Medical Detox for Heroin Withdrawal Management

We utilize medical detox for heroin withdrawal management. This is the first step on the continuum of care and involves 24/7 supervision, monitoring, and treatment to ensure patient comfort and safety. 

Because heroin withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and distressing, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends 24-hour medical detox for opioid withdrawal. [1] At BRC, we provide around-the-clock care from a team of doctors and nurses who will monitor your vitals, symptoms, and potential for complications.

During medical detox, you’ll receive opioid withdrawal medications, such as methadone or buprenorphine. These medications ease your heroin cravings and mitigate withdrawal symptoms. Once you complete detox and achieve medical stability, our treatment team will work with you to transition you into our comprehensive inpatient treatment program where you can begin your recovery journey.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

At Boca Recovery Center, we offer medication-assisted treatment since it is the gold standard of care for heroin addiction. MAT involves a combination of addiction treatment medications and behavioral counseling or psychotherapy provided by our compassionate and knowledgeable mental health professionals.

Medications we may use in MAT include: [1],[2],[3]

  • Methadone: A long-acting opioid agonist that binds to opioid receptors, relieving withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
  • Buprenorphine: A partial opioid agonist that attaches to opioid receptors, mitigating cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Suboxone: A combination medication including buprenorphine and naloxone, an opioid antagonist, the addition of which reduces the risk of abusing the medication.
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol): An opioid antagonist that binds to opioid receptors and blocks heroin at the receptor sites so you don’t experience pleasure when using it.

The recommended minimum period of time to be on methadone for heroin addiction is 12 months, although many people take this medication for much longer than that. [4] The same can be said for other MAT options like Suboxone. These medications greatly improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of relapse.[5] 

When you are nearing the end of your rehab program at Boca Recovery Center, we will work with you to ensure you have an accessible MAT provider when you return home so that you don’t experience any lapses in your medication.

Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab Treatment for Heroin Abuse

We have treated over 10,000 patients at Boca Recovery Center. Inpatient drug rehab at one of our programs involves living at the facility for the duration of the treatment program, which typically lasts for 30 to 90 days—sometimes longer.

Many people benefit from this treatment setting because of its high frequency of care, highly structured environment, and rigid routine. People can escape their everyday triggers and using environments in order to focus solely on their recovery and healing.

During your stay at one of our facilities, you’ll benefit from a myriad of treatment modalities, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy
  • MAT
  • Psychoeducation classes
  • Complementary therapies
  • Nutritional therapy


We integrate a variety of therapies into your heroin addiction treatment program, depending on your needs, treatment goals, mental health, history of trauma and substance abuse, and more.

Some common therapies we use at Boca Recovery Center include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): You work with a therapist to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to avoid relapse and learn coping skills.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): This type of CBT involves talk therapy and an education aspect to improve emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Motivational enhancement therapy: This type of therapy focuses on resolving your ambivalence about entering treatment and stopping heroin use.
  • Contingency management: You receive tangible rewards like vouchers or cash for abstinent behaviors, such as drug-free urine tests.
  • Group therapy: Facilitated by a mental health professional, you meet with other patients to discuss issues related to heroin addiction, challenges, and successes. You may practice sober social skills, drug refusal strategies, and role-play.
  • Family therapy: Facilitated by a mental health professional, you and at least one family member meet to heal the damage caused by heroin abuse, improve family bonds, and learn conflict resolution and communication skills.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): A therapist works with you to reduce the distress related to traumatic memories, using focused eye movements.
    Holistic and complementary therapies: Combined with evidence-based therapies, holistic therapies like creative arts therapy and yoga may help treat various aspects of heroin addiction.

Why Choose Boca Recovery Center for Your Heroin Addiction Treatment Program?

Some of the top reasons to choose us include:

  • Individualized treatment plans: We tailor treatment plans to address your unique needs, history, goals, and more.
  • Evidence-based treatment methods: We use addiction treatment modalities that are backed by scientific research and are considered best practices.
  • Top credentialed and accredited medical directors and staff: We staff some of the most experienced and knowledgeable therapists, doctors, and psychologists in the country.
  • Insurance coverage: We work with most major insurance providers, including private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, to help make heroin rehab more accessible.
  • Financing options and flexible payment options: We don’t want a lack of insurance to be a burden to receiving quality heroin addiction treatment so we offer financing and payment plans to reduce the cost of care.
  • Proven success in addiction care: We’ve treated over 10,000 patients at our various facilities, helping them achieve sobriety and create a long-term recovery plan.
  • Top 10% of rehabs in the U.S.: All of our locations are accredited by The Joint Commission, meaning we meet the highest standards of care in addiction and behavioral health.

Flexible Payment Options

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Most major insurance carriers cover addiction treatment. We will work with your provider to get you the maximum possible coverage for your care.

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Private Pay & Financing

Patients with limited or no insurance may need to secure private financing. We can help put you in touch with third-party lenders and explore other options if needed.

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Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for federal and state sponsored health benefits, scholarships, and special financing options. Talk to our admissions coordinator to see if you qualify.

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Long-Term Recovery From Heroin Addiction

At Boca Recovery Center, we recognize that aftercare is an essential part of recovering from heroin addiction. Aftercare involves post-treatment relapse prevention and support services. Once you near the end of your treatment program, you’ll collaborate with our treatment team to create a plan that works best for you and your recovery. 

Examples of heroin addiction aftercare services include:

  • 12-step meetings, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Non-12-step meetings, such as SMART Recovery
  • Group counseling
  • Individual therapy
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Drug education classes
  • Vocational classes
  • Sober living homes

You don’t have to choose just one type of support—ideally, you’ll receive support from many different parts of your life. You can lean on these people and services whenever you are going through a hard time, such as experiencing cravings or triggers or simply needing someone to talk to or vent to. 

Getting Started at Boca Recovery Center

At Boca Recovery Center, we can provide you with the much-needed support and care you need in the early stages of heroin addiction recovery. We will help you build a foundation of sobriety, develop healthy coping skills, and learn and practice relapse prevention strategies you can implement in the long run.

If you’re ready to start your recovery journey, contact us for a free and confidential pre-screening in which we’ll discuss your financial and treatment needs. We will use this information to determine if you are a good fit for our program and build a customized treatment plan. 

We know how overwhelming it can be to take this first step toward recovery, which is why we work directly with your insurance provider during this process so you don’t have to worry about logistics. We will also help you plan your trip to our facility, including transportation and a packing list. Once you arrive, we’ll help you check in and get settled.

Updated May 7, 2024
  1. Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45 (2006). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4131. Rockville, MD.
  2. What are the treatments for heroin use disorder? (2018). National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  3. Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction. (2016). National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  4. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). (2014). National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  5. Medications for Substance Use Disorders. (2016). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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