Treatment & Prevention

Most people cannot fight heroin addiction without professional help. Drug treatment centers focus on the psychological and physical aspects of drug dependency and work to help users recover. Addiction treatment focuses heavily on counseling and relapse prevention.

Calling a local licensed drug treatment provider will help you to locate the most appropriate place to go to receive help.


Types of Drug Treatment Programs


The short-term, initial phase of treatment where drugs are removed from the body.


Typically a 28-day rehab program in a residential community with group sessions and counseling, and where one goes after detoxification. Frequently, with drugs such as heroin, long-term treatment may be necessary. Long-term inpatient programs are available, that usually provide residential treatment for a period of 8 to 18 months.


A medically supervised treatment option that does not involve overnight stay in a hospital or medical facility. It typically involves group sessions and counseling.

Withdrawal & Stabilization Services (Formerly Crisis Services)

Services include detoxification and management of the treatment of alcohol and/or substance withdrawal early in a person's course of recovery and result in referral to continued care at other appropriate services.

Opioid Treatment Services

An Opioid Treatment Program assists clients addicted to heroin and other opiates through the use of methadone or other approved medications (buprenorphine, suboxone) to treat opioid dependency.

Residential Services

Residential Services provide an array of services for persons suffering from chemical dependence either directly or through cooperative relationships with other community service providers. There are three levels of service that can be offered in a residential setting: intensive residential rehabilitation services, community residential services, and supportive living services. Community residential services provide supervised services to persons making the transition to abstinent living, providing a drug and alcohol-free environment for persons who are completing or have completed a course of treatment, but who are not yet ready for independent living.

Ancillary Withdrawal Service

Ancillary withdrawal services are the medical management of mild or moderate symptoms of withdrawal within an OASAS-certified setting. Medical staff monitor withdrawal symptoms. The protocol must include a physician director of the service, medication and counseling protocol for managing withdrawal and 24-hour emergency plan. Staffing will include a physician, physician extenders, registered nurse, and clinical staff. A treatment plan will include the medication protocol to achieve safe withdrawal management, clinical interventions to provide engagement, management of urges and cravings, addresses cognitive and behavioral issues and recovery supports.

Reach Out for Help

If you or someone close to you is suffering from a heroin addiction, it is important that you reach out for help, which is available to every Nassau and Suffolk resident. For 24/7 help, you can call:

  • Long Island Crisis Hotline: 516-481-4000
  • NAFAS Hotline: 516-679-1111
  • OASAS Hotline: 877-8-HOPE-NY 877-846-7369