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Heroin, one of the most addictive drugs, continues to fuel Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. In 2021, Tennessee experienced 3,038 opioid (including heroin) overdose deaths. These fatalities accounted for 75% of all drug overdose deaths in the state. 

Efforts to curb opioid pain pill abuse have resulted in heroin usage soring in Tennessee. Heroin and the manmade opioid fentanyl have taken the lead. Three out of four heroin overdose deaths in Tennessee involve fentanyl. Rising death rates mean a rising need for heroin addiction treatment in Tennessee.

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health delivers complete care. Our heroin addiction treatment program caters to your needs. From detoxification to choosing the treatment program best for you, and aftercare for lasting recovery, you will gain more than sobriety. We help you or a loved one break the cycle of heroin and opioid abuse.

Why Getting Help for Heroin Addiction Matters

Opioids remain a frequent cause of health problems and fatal overdoses in Tennessee. Heroin is one of the main drugs individuals attend treatment for. Almost a quarter of individuals who abuse heroin become addicted. 

Chronic heroin use builds up tolerance. This permanently alters your brain and body. Your personal and professional life can crumble fast. You miss out on opportunities. There’s always potential for arrest and legal problems. A higher tolerance puts you at a greater risk of a life-threatening overdose. 

You aren’t running the risk of overdosing on heroin alone. The prevalence of heroin cut with fentanyl is playing with fire. 67% of drug overdose deaths in 2021 involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Narcan can’t overpower the potency a few milligrams of fentanyl delivers. Before realizing it, taking a hit could end everything. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Drug addiction often co-occurs with mental health conditions. These can already exist or emerge. Dealing with many conditions interferes with daily life. Turning to substances to cope and manage mental health symptoms is common. 

Drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, or alcohol can present as mental illnesses. They also can change your mind and the way you behave. 

Individuals might not know they have an underlying condition. Co-occurring disorders are overlooked while getting heroin addiction treatment. Heroin misuse has root causes we work with you to address.

Our curriculum examines all contributing factors to treat addiction. Treating both mental health and other substance issues is essential for sustained recovery. 

Adverse Effects of Heroin Use

The risks heroin addiction creates are vast. The narcotic might provide a temporary fix, but sets the course for ongoing struggles. There’s a lot beneath the surface the drug harms.

Short-term risks can include:

  • Blacking out or going in and out of consciousness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Inability to focus 
  • Non-stop thinking about heroin, acquiring it, and using

Using heroin long-term worsens the mental and physical toll:

  • Ongoing insomnia
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, 
  • Increased risk of mental health conditions like depression 
  • Liver, lung, or kidney disease or damage
  • Heart disease and damage 
  • Circulatory system problems
  • Endocrine problems like sexual dysfunction
  • Health issues from injecting like HIV, heart infections, hepatitis

Continuing to use heroin despite the havoc it brings is addiction. This might be the right time to check your relationship with the narcotic. Now is the time to consider your treatment options.

How Do I Know If I Need Heroin Addiction Treatment?

If you notice signs like craving heroin, struggling to control your use, facing negative consequences but not quitting, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut down, professional treatment at our heroin rehab center can set your life back on track. Consulting with your doctor or behavioral health provider is recommended to determine the level of care that would suit you best.

Our vision at TRUE centers on a personalized approach to heroin addiction. This is vital for an addiction capable of withdrawal effects. We understand everyone has different needs. Some individuals require more in-depth types of treatment for heroin abuse. Others need treatment that allows flexibility due to work or other obligations. TRUE has the expertise to navigate the road to recovery.

Why Choose TRUE for Heroin Dependency?

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health was created to be different than the industry’s normalcy. If you or a loved one feels powerless over heroin use, don’t give up. We designed our heroin addiction treatment with you in mind.

Our founder, Benjamin Dobbs, is no stranger to mental health and addiction care. He overcame a 15-year struggle with drug and mental health challenges. He noticed rehab programs weren’t addressing all sides of addiction. There was a great need to fill this gap. His insights led to the creation of TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health.

Our treatment services address each part of you. Utilizing top evidence-based and holistic best practices treats the core of heroin addiction.

Our outpatient programs offer more than treatment. It provides a supportive community where clients can connect with others going through recovery. We work with local resources to participate in healthy and sober activities around Murfreesboro.

As you progress in treatment, we encourage exploring new pursuits. This includes active involvement in job or education opportunities, attending 12-step meetings, doing service work, and exploring new interests. We want our clients to flourish in recovery. We equip each individual with the skills and support for lifetime success. We instill change for long-term recovery.

How Our Heroin Treatment Programs Work

We assess each individual’s health and substance use history in-depth. This initial assessment gives us insights to determine specific treatment needs. We take a collaborative approach to develop your personalized heroin addiction treatment plan.

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs, and detox protects you. TRUE’s clients receive a safe, respectful, and comfortable medical detoxification. We minimize unwelcome heroin withdrawal effects with medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Our clinicians consider the unique needs of whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is best after detox. A strong connection to the community and discovering peer support enriches our programs.

We provide a thorough aftercare plan to make the transition back to a healthy, happy life possible. At each level of care, we create an environment of hope to empower finding your TRUE self again. 

What to Expect in Heroin Detox 

If you or a loved one has attempted to quit heroin, you know the harsh side effects of it. Preparing our clients for what to expect isn’t intended to discourage seeking treatment. Some of the initial symptoms of heroin detox can continue long-term. This phase of recovery is post-acute withdrawal (PAWS).

You might experience signs of withdrawal including:

  • Rapid and erratic heartbeat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Feeling hot flashes
  • Restlessness, insomnia
  • Heightened reflexes
  • Cramps, pains, muscle spasms
  • Vomiting, nausea
  • A watery discharge comes from your eyes and nose.
  • Strong cravings for heroin, opioids

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Recovery at a treatment facility like TRUE gives you the advantage of a medical team committed to a smooth process. Our doctors can prescribe FDA-approved medications to ease the bad effects and heroin cravings. We use medications such as:

Buprenorphine is an effective medication that is hard to abuse. It binds and activates the opioid connections in the brain. It does this with less intensity than heroin. 

Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors. This improves cravings and removes the pleasurable effects that heroin produces.

Suboxone is a combination of naltrexone and buprenorphine. It treats the discomfort of heroin withdrawal symptoms while blocking any pleasant effects of heroin.

Clonidine treats withdrawal side effects like sweating, hot flashes, and insomnia. 

Some of the initial symptoms of heroin detox can continue long-term. This is called post-acute withdrawal (PAWS). The best way to avoid PAWS is to manage your symptoms after detox with attention.  This can be a lot to take on in early sobriety. Continuing care in one of our treatment programs takes this weight away. Our counselors, medical staff, therapists, and treatment specialists commit to your recovery.

Outpatient Programs

Heroin addiction treatment continues with our outpatient programs, like partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP).

Outpatient allows you to live at home or in a sober living environment while receiving treatment during the daytime. We know there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. We pinpoint your goals and needs in your plan.

Sober Living

Our sober living is ideal for those who thrive in a support-based living arrangement. Our drug-free housing is close to our treatment facilities in Murfreesboro for convenience.

We offer four levels of sober living:

Peer-Run is where people who already know each other live together during recovery. You have basic requirements like weekly house meetings, drug screenings, and accountability. 

Monitored is when you live in a single-family home. A resident who has been in the program a while, a senior resident, supervises the house and can act as a house manager.

Supervised directly involves our recovery center team. Our clinicians provide health services and teach coping skills, and other therapy as needed.

Integrated therapies are a transitional format for clients completing their addiction treatment program. Our therapists come to the homes and guide life and coping skills development.

Our levels involve developing a routine, applying what you’ve learned in your program, and building bonds with your housemates. Your support group is by your side. This relapse prevention adds safeguards against the triggers of daily life.

How We Treat Heroin Dependency

Heroin addiction therapy is an ongoing process. After detox, addiction therapy intensifies as physical relief sets in. Treatment shifts towards addressing the psychological dependence on heroin combined with hands-on therapies. 

Our clinicians know how complex heroin addiction is. You also work with our specialists and voices of support such as:

  • Trauma Specialists
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Motivational Speakers

Bringing these different interventions together is proven as the most effective program for heroin dependency.

Talk Therapy

Besides MAT, heroin recovery entails plenty of therapy. You’ll experience therapy one-on-one or in a group therapy session. Both types of therapy sessions are needed when dealing with heroin addiction.

You also go further into co-occurring disorders. Our healing team uses personalized one-on-one and group therapy curriculums to meet your unique needs. We use proven therapies, including:

  • Solution-Focused 
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Effective therapy for heroin addiction is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps individuals change their thoughts about drugs and learn strategies to avoid going back to heroin. CBT focuses on understanding why someone uses heroin and finding healthier ways to deal with those triggers without relying on drugs.

Holistic Therapy

Our treatment programs unite natural and non-drug treatments. All of our wellness services are provided by experts devoted to prioritizing and establishing meaningful connections with our clients. We move treatment beyond rooms at TRUE.

Our wellness therapies include:

  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga
  • CEMA (cognitive, emotional, memory assessments)
  • Acupuncture 
  • Art Therapy
  • Movement Therapy
  • Animal Therapy
  • Onsite Physical Fitness with Personal Trainers

TRUE celebrates your milestones in our programs through monthly festivities, parties, community events, experiential or hands-on outings, and engaging speakers.  

Get the Help You Deserve

Heroin dependency doesn’t have to control you or a loved one’s life. You are not alone. TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health is more than a recovery center. It’s where you can find yourself and build a strong body and mind. 

You deserve to get help for heroin addiction. Contact our team anytime to learn more about our heroin addiction treatment and what sets us apart. Call us at (615) 338-6235 or you can reach out by email at

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