Heroin Detox & Withdrawal
Medical detoxing management is important when individuals wish to become sober. Recovery Ways knows the importance of a medical drug detox program that addresses each person’s specific metabolic needs and health to reduce the risk of dangerous complications.
Withdrawal from heroin is often said to be similar to the flu but much worse. The worst of the discomfort and pain usually lasts about a week. The physical symptoms are what most people think of when they hear heroin detox. A medical detox allows the users to have help with all of these symptoms as well as support throughout the entire process.
Typical heroin withdrawal symptoms:
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Joint and bone pain
- Fever, cold flashes
- Shaking, shivers
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Involuntary movements
- Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
Heroin is one of the most difficult drugs to withdrawal from because complications can arise and be fatal. This is why it is recommended to not detox by oneself. Medical detox is always recommended to make sure the user is safe and healthy.
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
Are ready to start heroin detox?
Heroin detox is a very serious addiction treatment program that should be monitored by doctors. Our partnered detox unit is medically managed for the safest of outcomes. If you’re in need of detox, please contact us immediately.
Learn more about spotting the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction, as well as the associated treatment options.
Heroin and all opiate derived substances are highly addictive. Even after the first use the brain starts making connections from heroin use to the feel-good chemicals in the brain, dopamine, and endorphins. With every use, the addict builds more of a tolerance to the drug meaning they need more of the drug more often and/or a new more dangerous way of taking the drug.
This tolerance builds quickly and with every increased dose and a new method of using the chances for overdose increase. Overdosing is a very serious risk when addicted to and abusing heroin. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, from 2001 to 2014 there was a 6-fold increase in the total number of deaths associated with heroin.
Long-Term Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Heroin users can suffer from Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) for months after detoxing. It is caused by the neurological changes the drug made and include fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and irritability. Users may also have cravings long after the initial detox. Recovery Ways will give them the tools they need to reduce their cravings and maintain a healthy lifestyle. An important point to make is those heroin addicts should avoid taking prescribed opiate based medications after surgeries or broken bones. There are non-narcotic pain relievers that can be prescribed without the potential for relapse.
Managing Withdrawal at a Heroin Detox Center
Medications can help reduce the cravings and prevent future use. Unlike many other facilities, Recovery Ways is licensed to administer individualized Suboxone treatment plans that will aid in the withdrawing process. Common medications used for heroin addicts include:
Suboxone: A combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone. This combination relieves withdrawal pain and inhibits the effects of heroin.
Buprenorphine: Is an opioid and interacts with the same receptors as heroin, with limited effects. It helps with withdrawal and cravings.
Naltrexone: This blocks opioid receptors, reducing cravings and preventing heroin from having an effect when taking.
Methadone: Is stronger than buprenorphine but essentially works in the same way. This is a controversial medication because it can build up in the body I taken too often, making an overdose more likely. It is also addictive itself.
These medically supervised detox helps lessen withdrawal symptoms making the first step into sobriety easier for heroin addicts.
Need help to find heroin addiction detox center?
Recovery Ways in Salt Lake City offers medically supervised, concierge style, heroin addiction detox. If withdrawal symptoms are becoming too much to bare, please contact us today. Our admissions coordinators can review your insurance and walk you through the entire detox admissions process.