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Medically Reviewed

Medically reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Written by Tampa Bay Recovery staff
Updated on August 13, 2023


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Once a person has become dependent on heroin, oftentimes, heroin addiction treatment is needed to get off of this dangerous drug. Fortunately, heroin addiction is a treatable condition. When a person who struggles with this disorder receives proper care at a facility, they can regain control of their life. We not only treat those struggling with heroin but look at underlying factors that led to heroin addiction in the first place.

Our Approach to Heroin Addiction Treatment

At Tampa Bay Recovery Center, we believe that heroin addiction treatment should be a holistic and collaborative experience. 

Our holistic services are designed to address all facets of a person’s needs so that they can heal in mind, body, and spirit. We understand that drug addiction rarely occurs in a vacuum. We identify the issues that may have contributed to each person’s struggles with substance abuse, and our addiction treatment in Tampa addresses the full scope of their needs.

The collaborative nature of our treatment programming means that people who enroll in our programs are expected to play an active role in their treatment. We encourage each person to ask questions, participate in important decisions, and otherwise take ownership of their recovery. When appropriate, we also invite family members to become involved in their loved one’s care.


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Behavioral Signs of Heroin Addiction

Behavioral Symptoms

The following are common physical and behavioral signs of heroin addiction:

  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Itchiness
  • Constipation
  • Slurring speech
  • Significant weight loss
  • Scabs, sores, lesions, and bruises on the skin
  • Wearing long pants and long sleeves, even in hot weather, to hide evidence if IV drug use
  • Frequently missing school or work
  • Failing to meet personal or professional responsibilities
  • Apparent lack of attention to appearance or personal hygiene
  • Possessions of syringes, hypodermic needles, rubber tubing, bent or burned spoons, and other heroin paraphernalia

Emotional Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Inability to follow conversations
  • Dramatic mood swings

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Physical Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Two significant signs that indicate a person’s heroin abuse has turned into an addiction are tolerance and withdrawal:

  • Tolerance means the person will need to use larger amounts of the drug to achieve the desired effects.
  • Withdrawal refers to the onset of distressing physical and psychological symptoms when a person can’t acquire heroin or when they try to end their heroin abuse.

Anyone who abuses heroin even once is at risk for considerable harm. When a person becomes addicted, the likelihood of long-term damage increases considerably.

Risk Factors for Heroin Addiction

There is no single, universal cause of heroin addiction. But experts have identified several risk factors that are associated with this disorder. People who meet one or more of the following criteria may have an elevated danger of becoming addicted to heroin:

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Heroin Addiction Statistics

The following statistics about heroin abuse and heroin addiction are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

  • Experts estimate that more than 690,000 Americans are currently addicted to heroin.
  • About 33% of people who entered treatment for opioid addiction say that heroin was the first opioid they abused.
  • From 2010-2020, the number of annual deaths due to heroin overdose increased by more than 400%.
  • From 2019-2020, heroin overdoses were responsible for more than 13,000 deaths in the United States.
  • In 2019, about two of every 10 drug overdose deaths involved heroin.

Benefits of Heroin Addiction Treatment in Tampa

Our heroin addiction treatment program offers the following benefits:

  • Customized treatment: Each person follows an individualized plan that is based on a detailed assessment of their history, needs, and treatment goals.
  • Evidence-based therapies: We incorporate a variety of research-supported therapeutic services into each person’s customized plan.
  • Innovative services: In addition to including more traditional forms of psychotherapy, treatment at our heroin rehab may also incorporate brainspotting therapy, red light therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and other services as needed.
  • Compassionate experts: Throughout a person’s time in our program, they will be cared for by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate professionals. Each member of our staff possesses a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to superior service.
  • Discharge planning: As we will discuss in greater detail in the next section, we want to be sure we are putting every person in the best position to achieve and maintain long-term recovery from heroin addiction. Our discharge planning service is a vital part of this effort.

Our Philosophy

We believe that getting help for substance use disorders is about much more than just trying to get through another day of not drinking or using drugs. Our mission is to help people reclaim their lives by teaching them how to effectively deal with the stress, trauma, and anxiety that contribute to their addictions. 

Meet Our Team

Our staff has over 60 years of combined experience in treating behavioral health disorders. Our compassionate and empathetic approach has helped hundreds.