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Heroin addiction treatment that actually works

Since we started treating substance abuse and addiction more than a decade ago, our goal has been to treat the whole person for a lifetime. That’s why we offer a continuum of care that includes inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual addiction treatment programs.

Our advanced, evidence-based approach is designed and administered by board-certified addiction psychiatrists, physicians and other experts, and found to be effective in 84% of patients – as opposed to 12-step programs, which work for at most 50%.

Three column stats: 8% Recovery Rate, 5000 patients treated, and 1:5 Clinical staff to patient ratio.

Call today and get help. Our heroin addiction treatment experts are here for you.


Treatment options for heroin addiction

Most heroin users need help getting clean and require inpatient drug rehab. Few people can stop using without going through a supervised medical detox and a science-based heroin addiction treatment program.

Getting through withdrawal phase that accompanies stopping heroin is safer and easier when it’s done under the supervision of board-certified medical professionals who are able to assist with the intense cravings for the drug, along with dangerous heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Enterhealth offers a medically supervised drug and alcohol detox program (or withdrawal stabilization) where patients can be prescribed anti-addiction medications such as suboxone to lessen these withdrawal symptoms before they begin long-term treatment.

The heroin detox process alone is NOT a cure for heroin addiction.

comprehensive, personalized program combining pharmacological treatment with therapy to address any psychological issues is crucial to help those with heroin addiction regain a stable and productive life.

Research shows that integrating both types of treatment is the most effective way to restore a degree of normal function to the brain and provide a more positive, lifelong outcome.

Effective behavioral treatments for heroin addiction can be administered in an inpatient or outpatient setting following withdrawal stabilization.

A treatment plan at Enterhealth may include:

  • Medication Management using anti-addiction medications
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Holistic treatment services

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies.

Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



Enterhealth Ranch offers inpatient care that’s on your side, not on the clock. It’s a nurturing environment where treatment is highly personalized and intensified. Every patient has a private room and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who use evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care, including medical detox, in-depth medical and psychological assessments, individual and group therapies, life skills and more.

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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in their recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. This one-of-a-kind support environment provides a nurturing space where participants can gain understanding, learn from others and continue to rebuild their lives.

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Recovery is one of the most important benefits you can give your employees. Enterhealth provides comprehensive, evidence-based residential and outpatient programs and continued 24/7 technological support with Enterhealth Connect. It’s a tool employees can use to access expert care that fits their schedule for online consultations with highly trained addiction specialists, dynamic content including blogs, podcasts, videos, and continuously updated tools and resources that will aid in their recovery journey.

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How Enterhealth Makes a Difference

“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heroin Addiction

What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive and destructive drug in the opioid family. It is typically injected but can also be inhaled or smoked.

Heroin addiction can have devastating health and societal impact on the user and the user’s surrounding friends, family, and co-workers. Heroin abuse can affect anyone – young, old, wealthy, or disadvantaged.

How do medications to treat heroin withdrawal work?

Anti-addiction medications approved for the treatment of heroin addiction, such as Suboxone (buprenorphine with naloxone) and Naltrexone (Vivitrol), act on the same receptors as the addictive drug but are safer and less likely to result in addiction.

That means these medications are able to alleviate many of the uncomfortable physical effects of heroin withdrawal, while also reducing cravings and allowing patients to fully participate in treatment.

How does heroin use affect the brain?

Heroin addiction changes the physiology of the brain, creating imbalances in several different neuronal and hormonal systems. Studies have shown chronic heroin use can lead to deterioration of the brain’s white matter, which may affect decision-making abilities and how the brain functions in general. Looking at the data from the latest neuroimaging studies shows us that addiction is a chronic brain disease, and at Enterhealth Ranch and Enterhealth Outpatient Center of Excellence, we treat it as such.

Why do people get addicted to heroin?

Heroin is in a class of drugs called opiates. Most heroin users start don’t start with using heroin, but rather with opiates in pill form, often with a legitimate prescription such as OxyContin or Vicodin from their doctor or dentist.

Persons who become addicted to these pills find that the pill form of opiates becomes too expensive and harder to get, and sometimes they turn to intravenous heroin because of its easier access and much lower cost. But in these forms, heroin purity is almost impossible to discern, and dosage can be difficult to judge, thus leading to increased addiction, overdose or, even, death.

How does heroin addiction affect your health?

Long-term heroin addiction has serious health consequences, including:

  • Infectious disease (HIV, hepatitis)
  • Collapsed veins
  • Bacterial infections
  • Abscesses and other soft-tissue infections
  • Infection of the heart lining and valves
  • Arthritis and other rheumatic problems
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Lung complications (pneumonia and tuberculosis)
  • Brain infections

Heroin users also experience a variety of other medical complications, including hormonal imbalances, insomnia, and constipation. Many suffer from mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and manic depression. In addition, many tragic pre- and post-natal conditions are associated with heroin use during pregnancy, including malnutrition, third-trimester bleeding, hepatitis, intellectual disability, and behavioral abnormalities.

Why is heroin so difficult to quit?

Heroin is a very serious drug, and getting treatment early is incredibly important. Heroin is one of the most difficult drugs to quit using. The body adapts to its presence and develops a strong physical dependence to it, as well as an equally strong psychological grip. Most people begin using to escape other stressful issues in their life. Then, when they try to stop using, those issues remain and often lead to relapse.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are some of the most severe and uncomfortable of all types of withdrawal, and many users will return to using heroin just to relieve them. Because of the severity of heroin withdrawal symptoms, relapse is very common. Often, when a user relapses, they return to their old dosage for which their body no longer has a tolerance. This can lead to overdose – or even death.

What are the symptoms of heroin withdrawal?

Early heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased tearing
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Excessive sweating
  • Yawning
  • Goose bumps

Later heroin withdrawal symptoms are even more intense and uncomfortable:

    • Abdominal cramping
    • Diarrhea
    • Dilated pupils
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abnormal heart rate
    • High blood pressure
    • Seizures

When do heroin withdrawal symptoms begin?

Symptoms typically begin within 12 hours of the last dose, and peak between 48 and 72 hours. Physical heroin withdrawal symptoms usually subside after about a week.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms usually diminish and can be controlled after about a week of discontinuing use. However, the psychological dependence can remain long afterward. This is why it’s important to seek help through a certified drug addiction treatment program – to assist with both the physiological and psychological aspects of heroin addiction.

What is heroin's impact on the U.S. and North Texas?

The impact of heroin addiction is felt all across the United States and has been identified as one of the most significant drug abuse issues affecting Dallas/Fort Worth and the North Texas region.

  • Heroin was the primary drug of abuse for 13% of clients admitted to treatment in Dallas in 2011.
  • At Enterhealth, a large percent of our clients need treatment for heroin addiction.
  • There were 259 calls to the Texas Poison Center Network involving confirmed exposures to heroin in 2011.
  • The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) found that 3.3% of Texas high school students reported having ever used heroin.
*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio