It is no secret that many of our nation’s current and former soldiers have experienced hardship. In fact, studies found that 34% of the soldiers that served in Vietnam also struggled with heroin abuse, while 20% experienced an addiction to the drug.1 Abusing this substance can lead to fatal results if not properly addressed. That is why Banyan’s Military and Veterans in Recovery offers heroin addiction treatment to those looking to overcome this disease.

Signs That Someone Is Addicted to Heroin

Heroin is perhaps one of the most addictive substances out there. So much so that it may even be possible to develop a substance use disorder from it after only trying it once. Many will try to recreate that first intense high, falling down a deep rabbit hole as a result.

Heroin addiction symptoms can include:

  • Feelings of euphoria or extreme happiness
  • Noticeable weight loss
  • Apathy towards things once enjoyed
  • Dishonesty regarding drug use
  • Wearing long sleeves, even in warm weather
  • A decline in work or school performance
  • Hyperactivity followed by severe exhaustion
  • Aggression, agitation, or irritability

There are many other behaviors that can indicate a heroin addiction, like carrying around burnt spoons, glass pipes, or needles. You may also find that they stash these items in places around their home, place of work, or car. Their decline in performance at school or work may also proceed to serious withdrawal symptoms that are another issue on their own.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

When a veteran’s body becomes accustomed to the presence of a substance, removing it can present serious issues. It serves as an additional caution to those who elect to abuse it, making the process of breaking away from this addiction that much harder.

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include:

  • Intense sweating
  • Muscle cramps, aches, and pain
  • Inability to sleep
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Debilitating cravings

For those struggling with their own set of withdrawals, our military and Veterans detox center is an excellent option. In it, patients can have each symptom addressed by medical professionals, ensuring the detox process is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Our Heroin Addiction Treatment Center for Veterans & Military Personnel

Heroin is not an easy drug to break away from. Withdrawals can be dangerous, especially for veterans with pre-existing conditions. It also presents a high risk of overdose that can leave people with serious health complications or worse. Luckily, our military rehab center offers treatment for heroin addiction that can help veterans and active-duty service members struggling to turn their lives around for the better.

After completing detox, if necessary, clients are placed into one of our levels of care, ensuring they will receive the most appropriate treatments for their unique needs. For instance, one client may require full-time residential care, while others would fare better with less intensive outpatient programs. No matter the case, each of our rehab programs for veterans will aid our clients in overcoming the addictions that they struggle with.

To learn more about our options for recovery from heroin abuse, contact Banyan’s active-duty and veteran’s addiction treatment centers and speak with an intake specialist today.


  1. NIH - Lee Robins' studies of heroin use among US Vietnam veterans

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