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Tarzana Treatment Centers offers specialized drug treatment programs to address the various aspects of heroin addiction and recovery, including drug detox. If you already know that you or a loved one needs help, please call us for drug treatment at 888-777-8565 or contact us by email here. If you need more information, read below.

Heroin Detox

During withdrawal, the euphoria that results from taking heroin turns to dysphoria - the patient feels miserable and craves the drug that has been repeatedly used to avoid this feeling. Medically supervised detoxification helps the patient to persevere with treatment through the most severe physical and emotional symptoms of a heroin detox.

Heroin detox withdrawal symptoms are severe and include the following:

  • Chills
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea, may be severe
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dysphoria
  • Fever
  • Gooseflesh
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Panic
  • Rapid Pulse


Medical detoxification in a residential treatment setting greatly reduces the severity of these symptoms.

Medical Detoxification is the process of systematically withdrawing a patient from addicting drugs while under medical supervision. Medically supervised detoxification treats the acute physiological effects of stopping drug use in a way that minimizes discomfort while accomplishing withdrawal as quickly as possible with minimal risk to the patient.

In most cases, medically supervised heroin detox consists of providing methadone or buprenorphine, or clonodine and steadily tapering the dose to zero while managing withdrawal symptoms.

Tarzana Treatment Centers not only treats the physical aspects of heroin detox, but also staffs counselors in drug detox units to address the mental and emotional aspects of heroin addiction.

Addiction Counseling

Addicts very rarely only suffer from physical dependence on a drug. Drugs help numb emotional pain or make the user feel more comfortable in social situations. It is accurate to say that an addict’s emotional age is the same as when he began using drugs. Because heroin so emotionally numbs, counseling is needed when all emotions emerge to the surface during drug detox. Without counseling, a heroin detox patient may leave treatment for the familiar numbing agent of heroin.

Mental Health Treatment

Patients at Tarzana Treatment Centers also have access to psychological treatment where it is needed. Some psychological issues are hidden during heroin use, so much so that an addict may not know that they exist. Awareness of psychological issues can motivate patients to work on recovery in order to treat them. Co-occurring disorders, as this is known, need to be treated together in order to assure long-term recovery.

The old method of locking a heroin addict in a room with a bucket to endure symptoms through heroin detox is no longer necessary. Medical detoxification is available to all classes from those with financial means, to the insured, to the homeless and incarcerated through government programs. For heroin addicts who desire recovery, medical detoxification is there to help them get started.

Tarzana Treatment Centers offers specialized drug treatment programs to address the various aspects of heroin addiction and recovery, including drug detox. Please call us for drug treatment at 888-777-8565 or contact us by email here.

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