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Inpatient Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Inpatient treatment means a private, dedicated environment where residents can focus on healing. 

When heroin takes hold of the physical and psychological state of addicted users, the withdrawal process can be lengthy and often requires a complement of medical and therapeutic care.

At Cirque Lodge, our inpatient treatment for heroin addiction allows us to supervise withdrawal from start to finish, and our team of over 120 staff is involved,

informed, and available during every stage of the care process. By being in a new environment and being away from your old triggers, you will be able to focus totally on your spiritual and emotional development and can allow yourself the space to heal.

With inpatient treatment, we can evaluate and adjust care as needed, and provide a personalized set of medical interventions. We will support you in every step of your journey and help uncover the inner strength you need for long-term recovery.

Why Seek Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

Why Seek Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is a depressant that makes an individual’s normal mental and emotional functioning impossible to sustain.

Feelings numb and memories disappear, and brain fog makes it difficult to process minor challenges. As dependency develops, heroin pushes social and mental health to the back seat. In the long-term, heroin addiction can easily bring about job loss and friendship or family breakdown.

Heroin addiction is universally unsafe, and chronic heroin use does not only put users at constant risk of deadly overdose – it also brings about many life-threatening medical consequences.

Long-term use of heroin raises the risk of:

  • Blood and heart infections
  • Abscesses
  • Collapsed veins
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B and C

If you or a loved one is showing signs of heroin addiction, know that this is a fundamentally medical condition. Inpatient rehabilitation clinics like us at Cirque Lodge are licensed and board-certified treatment facilities committed to addiction treatment. We dedicate the sum of our medical knowledge towards your health and recovery outcomes.

A Safe, More Successful Option for Detox

A Safe, More Successful Option for Detox

The effects of heroin on the body make quitting the drug “cold turkey” an unwise choice for many.

Inpatient detox can make this process more comfortable, safer, and ultimately more successful. Unsupervised withdrawal is often uncomfortable and ineffective and dependency on heroin causes the body to rely on its presence to sustain essential bodily functions like temperature, heart rate, and digestion. When we are addicted, the sudden absence of the drug from the body will throw these systems out of control.

Even people who feel ready and committed to quitting at home may be driven to relapse when the severe flu-like withdrawal symptoms set in. This does not only prolong the cycle of addiction; it can be potentially fatal. A user’s tolerance for heroin lowers as soon as they stop, and the same doses that seemed “safe” before are now serious risks for overdose.

Other physical effects of withdrawal include:

  • Failure to regulate temperature
  • Deep muscle and bone pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Cramps in limbs
  • “Kicking” or uncontrolled movements

The psychological symptoms of withdrawal are intense and challenging to cope with. Many long-term users are flooded with negative or confusing emotions soon after quitting suddenly.

Our inpatient treatment program deals with these challenges and strives to make our clients as comfortable as possible during detox. Our medical staff prescribes medications that help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, then slowly taper off through the detox process. This means your body can heal under the 24-hour care of a trained medical team.

Emotional symptoms of detox are more manageable through the taper method. As feelings come back, our team of psychologists and psychiatrists supports can support you through any difficult emotions.

Medical Intervention Break-Down

Medical Intervention Break-Down

Cirque Lodge’s inpatient treatment plan incorporates the best medical strategies to make this initial transition towards sobriety safe and comfortable.

For patients that require it, this involves the prescription of medications that ease physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Below is an overview of the main medications we may prescribe:


Heroin’s status as a short-acting opioid means that the initial effects start within a minute. The subsequent high only lasts a few hours before the user will begin to feel withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Methadone is a long-acting opioid with less potency than heroin. It is active within the body for between 24 and 36 hours, depending on the user’s physiology.

Methadone engages the same receptors in the brain that heroin does. We prescribe it for the early stages of withdrawal in low doses that do not produce a high. This supplements the body’s weakened dopamine production, and alleviates the stress on the system that occurs when you suddenly stop using heroin.

During treatment, we reduce the dosage of methadone and our clients are closely monitored throughout this time. Round-the-clock medical support ensures that the treatment is working well, and when done in-residence, methadone treatment allows our team to provide psychological assessments and counseling, so we can check for further addictive behaviors and alter the treatment as needed.


Like methadone, buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid. It is typically prescribed around 24 hours after your last dose of heroin, and can either be prescribed as a lozenge or strip placed beneath the tongue. As an opioid, it reduces the effects of withdrawal early on, before you safely taper off.

Buprenorphine is unique in that it has a chemical “ceiling” effect. This means that if it is taken at high doses, its influence on the body begins to flatten out before it produces intense or dangerous effects. We prescribe it in low safe doses that do not produce a high so that you can start your recovery with a clear mind.

We review the effects of buprenorphine on an ongoing basis and lower the dosage depending on how well it controls withdrawal symptoms. If specific symptoms persist, we can start some treatments while you are on a low dose of buprenorphine.


Clonidine is an antihypertensive medicine that is known to alleviate many physical symptoms of withdrawal. It is a non-narcotic painkiller and can also be prescribed to relieve:

  • Excessive sweating and chills
  • Insomnia
  • GI cramping
  • Anxiety
  • Tremor
Long-term Care in a Residential Facility

Long-term Care in a Residential Facility

After detox, the real work begins. The psychological effects of heroin withdrawal can last for weeks or months after the initial medical detox.

Effective long-term care in a residential facility involves a post-detox program of consistent psychosocial support, therapy, and counseling. At Cirque Lodge, this means a personalized, structured, cognitive therapy program in the morning and experiential therapy and group work in the afternoon. During your time here, you will be able to focus on the key facets and processes that underlie sobriety.

Withdrawal both causes and requires vulnerability. Many of our clients find that privacy helps during the first steps on their path towards sobriety, and our state-of-the-art treatment center is a luxurious and serene cluster of buildings far from the distractions or stressors of every day life. We chose this location as the perfect setting for focused long-term care and a place to build insight and strength for the journey ahead.

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