Heroin Treatment in Wisconsin

Created On Tuesday, 28, February 2012
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


When a heroin user decides to start on the road to recovery, the first challenge they will encounter is withdrawal. One of the better solutions to go through this process is attending a heroin detox center in Wisconsin. The withdrawal will be different for each heroin user, but some more severe symptoms can lead to further health complications. Some of the symptoms include tremors, abdominal cramps, anxiety, restlessness, etc. And when going to a heroin detox facility in Wisconsin, the person will be cared for and supported through the more challenging symptoms. Another possibility is to go to a heroin medically supervised detox in Wisconsin to able to receive medication or medical treatment when necessary. Say the patient has symptoms like sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea, they run the risk of becoming dehydrated, which can lead to other complications. The withdrawal specialists will be able the dehydration before it becomes a problem. Going to a regular detox or medical detox for heroin in Wisconsin is the correct solution for a safe withdrawal. Besides the medical support, a big advantage is that being in a professional setting can keep the person from relapsing when the cravings come about. Once the drug has cleared out of the person's system, and detox is done, they should go to a heroin addiction rehab in Wisconsin.

Going through and completing a heroin addiction treatment in Wisconsin (or in another state, depending on the situation) is the most important part of recovering from addiction. The point is to address the addiction head-on and give the person the ability to handle life without the need for drugs. Individual and group counseling help the person identify their triggers and behaviors and give them tools to cope with them healthily. Wisconsin has many kinds of heroin rehab centers. It is essential to identify the needs of the recovering addict so they can be met.

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Different Types of Heroin Treatments in Wisconsin

Here are some of the options when looking for a heroin rehab program in Wisconsin.

  • Heroin treatments include residential and outpatient programs. Residential treatments offer a stable and drug-free environment where someone can focus solely on their recovery. Outpatient treatments, however, offer the person the opportunity to also attend to their responsibilities (work, family, etc.) while recovering.
  • 12 step heroin rehabs focus mostly on getting the person to perform the 12 steps (AA) to achieve sobriety. However, if those 12 steps are not a good fit, many rehabilitation centers will offer alternative forms of treatment.
  • Faith-based treatments are specifically built around a specific faith (Christian, Jewish, etc.) and can be a great option for those looking for a more spiritual approach to recovery.
  • If someone is unable to leave their child while undergoing heroin treatment, some centers will have beds so that their children can also stay at the center while the parent goes through their program.
  • There are teenager heroin rehabilitation centers that will provide treatment and services specifically made for teenagers.
  • There are heroin treatment facilities that accept either only male or only female clients. This can be useful for those who feel more at ease with people of the same sex.

Having so many options can make it harder to decide. Fortunately, our toll-free number can connect you to one of our referral specialists who can guide you in choosing the right heroin rehab center in Wisconsin.

Heroin Laws in Wisconsin

This section goes over the heroin laws in Wisconsin for educational purposes only. If someone is facing legal actions related to heroin, they should get a legal professional's help. Completing a Wisconsin heroin rehabilitation program could help reduce the penalties associated with some heroin charges. Additionally, going through rehab could ensure that you never have problems related to heroin in the future.

Heroin possession in Wisconsin is a Class I felony punishable by a sentence of up to 3 years and a half and a fine of up to $10,000.

Selling heroin in Wisconsin is classified differently depending on the amount of heroin involved. If someone sells heroin to a minor, the following penalties will be doubled.

Quantity Offense Incarceration Fine
Less than 3 grams of heroin Class F felony Up to 12 years and a half $25,000
3-10 grams of heroin Class E felony Up to 15 years $50,000
10-50 grams of heroin Class D felony Up to 25 years $100,000
Over 50 grams of heroin Class C felony Up to 40 years $100,000

Wisconsin Heroin Abuse and Addiction Statistics

  • In 2018-2019, 17,000 people in Wisconsin used heroin in the past year. 82% of them were 26 years old or older, and around 3,000 of them were aged 18 to 25 years old.
  • In 2017, 2,035 people attended a publicly funded drug rehab treatment in Wisconsin with heroin as their primary drug of choice. This represents around 12% of the number of people using heroin mentioned above.
  • In 2020, 159 people died from a heroin overdose in Wisconsin.


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.