When it comes to heroin addiction recovery, therapy can work wonders. A trained therapist can help people with addictions to understand their cravings and work through trauma and underlying mental illnesses, which can make addiction cravings worse. When that work is complete, a person with a heroin addiction can understand how to build up a healthy and productive life, and that can allow heroin cravings to fade.
But heroin is also a remarkably powerful drug. It can change the way people think about their bodies, their communities, and their lives. It can change everything. Sometimes, people need more than therapy to get better; sometimes, medications help. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says, for example, that medications can help people with addictions to stay engaged in their treatment programs. Medications can also help to reduce both drug use and drug crimes.
Two types of medications treatment teams can use to help people with heroin addictions are methadone and Suboxone.