Heroin Addiction Treatment Specialist

LifeSync Malibu -  - Addiction Medicine Physician

LifeSync Malibu

Addiction Medicine Physician & Addiction Counselor located in Lifesync Malibu Healing Center, Malibu, CA

Geoffrey Booth, MD, and the experienced team at LifeSync Malibu offer safe and compassionate treatment for heroin addiction. The team uses evidence-based techniques to design customized recovery plans that address the physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of heroin addiction. To learn how LifeSync Malibu can reduce your withdrawal symptoms and help stop your cravings with their holistic and individualized approach, call the office in Malibu, California.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Q & A

What causes heroin addiction?

Heroin is an illegal opioid derived from morphine, a medication made from the seed pods of opium poppy plants. When you inject, snort, or smoke heroin, it quickly binds to opioid receptors in your brain. When heroin stimulates these receptors, they release endorphins that relieve pain and give you a feeling of euphoria or “high.”

Like other opioids, the ongoing use of heroin causes physiological changes in your brain, so you become dependent on the drug. Heroin addiction causes intense cravings when you don’t use the drug. It also causes you to need more and more heroin to achieve the same effect.

What symptoms occur with heroin addiction?

Signs and symptoms of heroin addiction include, but are not limited to:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory problems
  • A decline in personal hygiene
  • Agitation
  • Aggressiveness
  • Work or school-related troubles
  • Risky behavior

Heroin addiction causes withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug. These may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps


Mild withdrawal symptoms may begin within hours after your last dose of heroin. As withdrawal continues, the symptoms worsen. Heroin addiction treatment helps you through detox, gives you hope, and puts you on the road to long-lasting recovery. 

What happens during heroin addiction treatment? 

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses addiction medication combined with therapy to help you through detox while addressing the psychological, social, and behavioral issues associated with addiction. 

The team at LifeSync Malibu prescribes medications that help prevent withdrawal symptoms or lessen their severity. The medication also helps block the effects of heroin and reduces the urge to use the drug.

As you go through detox and your brain chemistry gradually returns to normal, you participate in intensive individual therapy that uses evidence-based techniques, such as dialectical behavioral therapy. You also take part in group therapy.

During therapy, you learn to identify the underlying emotions that led to your addiction and the triggers that cause you to crave heroin. Your team at LifeSync Malibu helps you develop healthy coping strategies so you can avoid relapse and continue on a long-term path to recovery.

Does heroin addiction treatment include help for dual diagnosis?

The experts at LifeSync Malibu use an intensive screening protocol, including in-depth assessments and advanced diagnostics, to screen all patients for co-occurring conditions. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), your team builds treatment for your co-occurring condition into your personalized recovery plan.

You may receive state-of-the-art genetic testing to determine the medications that are right for you, and your ongoing therapy is designed to support your recovery and treat your dual diagnosis. 

If you need help with heroin addiction, call LifeSync Malibu today to get started on the path to recovery.