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Heroin Addiction Treatment in Southern California

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Southern California

Heroin Treatment for Addiction, Withdrawal and Detox


We have helped many people from around the country successfully recover from Heroin Addiction at our Boutique Luxury Malibu Facility since 2007.


Dual Diagnosis Treatment is effective for treating Heroin Addiction combined with PTSD, Depression, and other mental health conditions.


Our Inpatient Detoxification Program ensures a Comfortable and Safe Detox for Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms, as well as Opioids, and Fentanyl.

Heroin Treatment

Summit Malibu Heroin Treatment in Southern California offers a residential inpatient program for heroin addiction, as well as world-class detox for withdrawal symptoms.

The opioid epidemic in the United States that began in the 1990s with prescription painkillers became a heroin epidemic when people addicted to oxycontin and other legally prescribed drugs needed a cheaper and easier way to get a fix.

Approximately 80 percent of heroin users become dependent on prescription opioids first, before moving on to heroin.

In 2020, more than 68,000 people died in the U.S. from an opioid overdose according to the United States Department of Justice. That number includes deaths from heroin and the more powerful fentanyl.

Heroin is stronger and more dangerous than prescription opioids, and unfortunately, much more addictive.

Once a person begins using heroin regularly, even for a short time, it becomes almost impossible to quit because of the severe and painful withdrawal symptoms. He or she will continue using out of necessity to keep from getting sick no matter how badly they want to stop.

The risk of a heroin overdose has always been high, but now that fentanyl is being added to boost its strength on the street, people are taking a chance every time they use it.

Trying to quit alone or cold turkey is nearly impossible and most people require a heroin addiction treatment program to safely and comfortably make it through detox withdrawal symptoms before moving on to inpatient recovery.

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What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive and powerful opioid made from morphine and opium derived from various poppy plants.

It is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning it has a high potential for abuse with no authorized medical use or purpose.

Heroin goes by different street names, often related to the type, such as black tar, China white, Mexican horse, and many others.

As a drug, heroin can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Many users may start snorting it, but because it creates a tolerance so quickly, they escalate to injecting it to get a more powerful high.

Like all opiate drugs, heroin quickly binds to opioid receptors in the brain and throughout the body to create a highly pleasurable and euphoric sensation, in addition to its pain relief and anti-anxiety effects.

Heroin users are quickly drawn to the euphoria it produces, both physically and mentally, but it comes at a cost, because dependence and addiction often soon follow.

Heroin Overdose

A heroin overdose is usually caused when a user takes too much of the drug or it is mixed with something stronger like fentanyl. This high dose suppresses the heart rate and breathing to the point that a person cannot survive unless given Naloxone, or he or she receives medical treatment to overcome the negative side effects.

More than 100,000 people died in the United States from April 2020 to April 2021 according to the CDC, which is a 28% increase over the previous year.

Those numbers account for overdose deaths from all drugs, although opioids and heroin accounted for nearly 75% of them. Fentanyl had the highest annual increase of all drugs, and many times it was mixed in with heroin.

Heroin overdose is quite common and there are a number of reasons for that.

Users quickly build a tolerance so they need to use more of the drug. At the same time, they also lose their tolerance almost as quickly. If a user builds up to taking a certain dose but stops using for a period of time, when they start using again at the previous dose, it will usually be too much and they overdose.

This can happen when a person is incarcerated for a period of time and begins using again when they get out of jail. Others might stop using altogether and then relapse. When he or she goes back to the same dose they were taking before they quit, it will be too much and lead to an overdose.

When heroin is mixed with depressant drugs such as alcohol, benzos, or other sedatives, it amplifies the effects of the suppressed breathing and heart rate and leads to an overdose.

In recent years, fentanyl has been mixed with heroin to supercharge it and make it more attractive for both dealers and users. Unfortunately, the dealers and the users don’t always know the heroin is mixed with fentanyl, so the dose is stronger than expected, which causes an overdose.

For a typical heroin overdose, medical responders can usually revive a patient successfully with a dose of Naloxone (Narcan) if they administer it soon after the patient stops breathing. But this often fails when fentanyl is involved.

Even though fentanyl is now being mixed in many drugs on the street, heroin has always been a favorite target and it seriously increases the chances of a fatal overdose.

This has motivated many people to seek heroin addiction treatment.

Effects of Heroin

Because the drug is an opioid, the effects of heroin are very similar to prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, except it is stronger and more addictive.

The onset and duration will vary depending on how it is taken, in addition to the quality, and amount taken. The effects of heroin usually begin quickly and last longer if injected rather than smoked.

Short Term Effects of Heroin

  • Intense happiness or euphoria
  • Decrease in pain
  • Sense of calm and reduced anxiety
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Suppressed breathing and heart rate
  • Heavy sensation in the extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itchy skin
  • Users become drowsy or sleepy

Long Term Effects of Heroin

  • Tolerance that requires higher doses to get the same effect as when a person first started using
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach cramps
  • More severe constipation
  • Low sex drive or sexual dysfunction
  • Damage to veins from injecting it
  • Skin infections or abscesses
  • Irregularities or damage to the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver
  • Depression and other mental health issues
  • Painful withdrawal symptoms
  • Overdose

Some of the short-term side effects of heroin are enjoyable, which is why people get hooked on it.

But it is highly addictive and most users quickly develop a tolerance so they have to use more of it to get the same feeling they had when they started using it.

Heroin Addiction Treatment at Summit Malibu

The Summit Malibu Heroin Addiction Treatment Program offers our clients a private, luxury residence and holistic healing environment for inpatient detox and recovery.

Our mission is to heal the Mind, Body, and Soul for a successful and lasting recovery.

As the longest running boutique addiction treatment center in Malibu, we have the knowledge and experience to change a person’s life for the better.

Our heroin treatment program begins with an extensive assessment of each client’s mental and physical health when they enter our residence.

We create a personalized treatment plan that is unique for each individual and specifically designed for his or her personal goals and needs.

Inpatient Heroin Detox

Treatment begins with our inpatient drug detox program. Heroin detox and withdrawal is not as dangerous as other substances like benzodiazepines or alcohol, but it is much more uncomfortable and painful.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and agonizing that many people would rather continue using to avoid getting sick caused by quitting. A medical detox program will make symptoms much more manageable so a person can safely quit.

The Summit Malibu heroin detox program offers concierge-level monitoring by highly trained medical professionals and qualified addiction staff to provide unmatched quality of care and well being for all of our residents.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms usually begin almost immediately after quitting and will taper off in about a week or slightly more. The duration of detox will depend on each client’s health and previous substance use, and his or her safety and comfort is our highest priority during detox.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Program

After heroin withdrawal and detox has been completed, our clients move on to the inpatient addiction treatment program.

Unlike many recovery facilities, we offer in-house detox and residential treatment for an easy transition from detoxification to addiction treatment. This enhances continuity of care and improves patient comfort and success.

Every client is different with their own unique circumstances, so we create a customized treatment plan that best fits his or her needs.

We identify the reasons why a person is struggling with addiction and use the most effective therapies for each individual to ensure a lasting and successful recovery.

Addressing the causes of addiction is only one phase of treatment. We also help our clients learn relapse prevention techniques that will be useful after they leave our facility.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is recognized as one of the best ways to overcome heroin addiction. We combine that with behavioral therapies that are well suited for this type of recovery.

Our medical team is board certified in addiction and psychiatry to provide effective medication management if necessary, and all of our addiction therapists are trained in evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Although we are primarily a non 12 step rehab treatment facility, we also understand that spirituality and alternative methods are necessary for recovery and healing.

Our holistic approach provides all of our clients with access to a yoga instructor, a spiritualist, and art therapy, among others, to enhance recovery.

Our comprehensive treatment program has helped many people overcome heroin addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

The Summit Malibu admissions team is available to answer any questions regarding how our program will help you or someone you care about begin a new and healthy life right now.

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