Opiate (Heroin) Rehab in San Diego CA

What are Opiates?

Opiates like heroin are technically different than opioids (like fentanyl and Opana - which are synthetic) although in practice, they are all combined into the same category for treatment.  Heroin used to be the primary opiate of abuse, but with the preponderance of prescription drugs, pills like Opana and fentanyl have become even more common than heroin.

How does an opiate use disorder (OUD) sufferer look in real life? Heroin addiction is a substance abuse disorder characterized by a problematic pattern of opioid use (e.g. heroin, painkillers) leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by at least two symptoms occurring in a 12 month period.

Those who are heroin (or other opiate) addicts typically prioritize heroin over everything else in their life. Opiate dependent people prioritize the drug over work, school, significant others, children and even their own health. Opiate addicts will typically continue to use heroin even if they have had legal consequences as a result of their heroin use.

Symptoms Of Heroin (Opiate) Addiction

  • Opiates (e.g. heroin, painkillers) are often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than was intended
  • There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use (e.g. heroin, painkillers)
  • A great deal of time is spent in activities, necessary to obtain heroin, use heroin, or recover from its effects
  • Recurrent heroin/opiate use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home
  • Continued heroin/opiate use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the opiates
  • Recurrent heroin/opiate use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
  • Heroin/opiate use is continued despite knowledge of having persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by opiates
  • High tolerance for opiate use
  • Withdrawals experienced from lack of opiate use

Benefits of a Heroin Addiction Treatment Program

If you need heroin treatment, you’re not alone. In 2016, 262,000 people had opioid use disorder (OUD) involving heroin.

If you or a loved one are struggling with heroin or opiate abuse, contact us or call (619) 452–1200 today and a recovery expert will help you in find the best residential or outpatient addiction treatment program to fit your needs.

Medical support during the detox process is recommended to aid in safety and comfort. The withdrawal process can include nausea, pain, feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. A medically supported detox at an accredited facility in California can keep you safe and secure in our comfortable rooms.

Behavioral treatment involves therapists and counselors who help you learn about the triggers for heroin use. Our team can help you learn coping skills, find ways to overcome setbacks, and create a plan for long-lasting recovery.

Through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), you can work on your decision-making skills. As you develop a rapport with our experienced staff, we can find the best way for you to build new, healthy habits. We want to not only regulate your pain but help you find the root causes of your addiction too.

Finally, we believe in the importance of a mind-body connection during your recovery. Proper nutrition, exercise, and a peaceful environment are just a few of the amenities we provide during your time at Confidential Recovery.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Has Been a "Game Changer" in Addiction Treatment

Because withdrawal is often painful, medication can also be used to help you manage cravings. Some medications can also help you manage cravings for opioids. By using these treatments in tandem, we can help you find lasting relief.

Medication is an effective treatment for heroin addiction. These medications can:

  • Decrease heroin use
  • Decrease heroin overdose deaths
  • Increase treatment retention
  • Increase social functioning

Your options for opiate withdrawal medication may include Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Vivitrol, or Lofexidine.

All of these medications work best when they’re used as part of a complete assisted rehab program.

What is the Heroin Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program?

Our heroin MAT program is comprehensive and evidence based. We help you build a treatment program that includes heroin detox drugs alongside therapy, counseling, and other treatment.

Who Needs the Heroin Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program?

You might need medication-assisted treatment for heroin if you’re addicted or dependent on the drug. Anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) should attend our heroin addiction center for outpatient treatment.

Signs of Heroin Withdrawal

If you experience heroin withdrawal when you try to stop using, then you may benefit from MAT. It can be hard to stay motivated without these medications which help reduce  withdrawal symptoms, such as


  • Obsession/Cravings
  • Dysphoria, or a general sense of feeling bad
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Runny Nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning

The Need for Opiate Addiction Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 300 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These types of statistics show the severity of the current epidemic and the need for a substance abuse treatment program to be available for those in need. Without proper help, individuals with an opioid addiction will continue to put themselves at risk for an overdose.

Sadly, some of the statistics surrounding this crisis are as follows:

  • About 80% of individuals using heroin began by misusing prescription opioids
  • Up to 29% of people with opioids for chronic pain will misuse the prescription
  • In 2017 alone, over 47,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid overdose

To begin lowering these numbers, those with an addiction need to find an opioid addiction treatment center in San Diego.

Signs of Opioid Addiction

To get loved ones the drug rehab services they need, it’s important for family members and friends to know the signs of opioid addiction. Knowing these signs can help get an individual the opioid addiction treatment they need to prevent disastrous consequences.

  • Common signs include the following:
  • Inability to stop the use of the drug
  • Periods of anxiety or depression
  • Failing to meet responsibilities
  • Reckless behavior
  • Slurring of speech
  • Changes in sleep and eating habits

When someone begins showing signs of addiction, time is of the essence to find them help. Contact a facility that offers opioid addiction treatment to start the process for those who need it.

Confidential Recovery's San Diego Rehab for Opiates

Our specialized opiate addiction treatment program includes opioid- specific group therapy, educational sessions and individual therapy. Our comprehensive approach also keeps you engaged in rehab activities over a longer period of time than most addiction treatment programs, and includes family involvement, recovery support groups and accountability as integral parts of our intensive outpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation programs. We know from experience that this combination of enhanced opioid rehab services, medication-assisted treatment, clinical interventions and active engagement over a longer period of time offers the best chance for long-term recovery.

In order to plan the most effective substance use disorder treatment for each patient, our clinicians consider many factors, such as:

  • How long you’ve been using opioids, heroin or other opiate drugs
  • The amount and frequency of your substance use
  • Whether you use alcohol other drugs in addition to opioids

These are just a few of the considerations that provide us with important information about your specific situation. In planning a rehab program tailored to meet your individual needs, we will also take into account your medical condition and any other physical or mental health issues you are experiencing

How Long Is Rehab for Opiates and Heroin Addiction?

The length of time you participate in an opioid treatment program will be based on your individual needs. Our clinicians will work with you, your family and your insurance provider to come up with the best plan for you. Like diabetes or hypertension, addiction is a chronic disease. Regaining and maintaining your health means learning to manage your symptoms, first within the structure and support of a rehab setting and eventually in your home environment where you’ll be in charge of your sobriety.

The latest scientific research on recovery from drug abuse identifies ongoing involvement in recovery-focused activities as the best predictor of long-term sobriety. Active engagement is especially important during your first 18 months of recovery when the risk of relapse is most intense.

How Much Does Treatment for Opiate and Heroin Addiction Cost?

The cost of treating opiate addiction depends on the provider you choose, the level of care recommended and your length of time in rehab. Your cost will also depend on whether you have insurance coverage for rehab or you are paying out-of-pocket. Confidential Recovery is an in-network provider with many insurance carriers.  Insurance policies and benefits vary greatly.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an opioid addiction, contact us or call (619) 452–1200 today and a recovery expert will help you in find the best residential or outpatient addiction treatment program to fit your needs.

What Is the Best Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

Since 2015, in recognition of the nation's emerging opioid addiction crisis—including an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths —clinicians at Confidential Recovery developed our specialized opioid addiction program, a medication-assisted regiment that complements our evidence-based therapeutic practices and Twelve Step group participation.

The goal of our program is to:

  • Ease the discomfort of opioid withdrawal with the use of Suboxone (Buprenorphine)
  • Reduce cravings
  • Help you engage more successfully in rehab programming and activities

With the help of medication assisted (MAT), we will reduce the discomfort of opioid withdrawal and reduce drug cravings. Further, we aim to provide our patients with personalized care that embraces multiple pathways to recovery and promotes sustained engagement in treatment to enhance their progress towards healing from addiction and life-long recovery.

Opioid treatment at Confidential Recovery begins with a clinical team of addiction specialists who will develop a plan to address your specific recovery needs and challenges. In designing your rehab plan, this multidisciplinary team will consider multiple variables, including your medical history and frequency and volume of drug use.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Fentanyl Addiction

In recent years, the highest success rates in the history of addiction treatment have been achieved by patients who undergo a curated combinations of medication and therapy. The medication is buprenorphine, which is more commonly referred to by brand names Suboxone, Subutex, or Sublocade.  Buprenorphine is prescribed by doctors in controlled doses. This is to mimic the effects of the opioid to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.

These medications are used to ease withdrawal symptoms, if clinically indicated. Our medical experts will work with you to make withdrawal and detox as comfortable as possible.

These medications help the body taper off from the opioids while behavioral therapies — such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and twelve-step support groups provide the groundwork for behavioral change by helping addicted individuals modify their attitudes and ways of thinking about drug use to focus on creating and maintaining healthy life skills.

Contact the Opioid Addiction Treatment Experts in San Diego

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, contact us or call (619) 452–1200 today and a recovery expert will help you in find the best residential or outpatient addiction treatment program to fit your needs.

Located in San Diego, Confidential Recovery's outpatient rehab center provides convenient access—both weekdays and weeknights— to world-class alcohol and drug addiction treatment.

Programs at our outpatient addiction treatment center in San Diego are made up by the most effective and 'state-of-the-art' evidence-based practices. Because Confidential Recovery has reasonable rates for 'out of pocket' patients and also accepts many health insurance plans, our expert care and clinical services are within reach for many  people who need addiction counseling and related alcohol and drug rehab services.

Confidential Recovery is a great option for continued treatment and support after discharging from a residential addiction program. Confidential Recovery can also a perfect beginning for those clients who are “higher-functioning” and don’t wish to do residential treatment, are trying sober living, private therapy, working, or have parenting responsibilities.

If you have questions about the process of getting help for a substance use disorder, call us at (619) 452–1200 to discuss the matter privately with our intake counselors.