header background

RUTexas

HEROIN DETOX

Time is of the Essence

In the last 15 years, the rate of heroin-related overdoses has quadrupled in the United States. Heroin is one of the deadliest and most addictive illicit drugs in the country, and anyone who has ever encountered the drug knows how destructive it can be. Every day more and more Americans fall victim to heroin addiction.

A highly addictive, semi-synthetic opioid, heroin is different from many other drugs in the speed with which it can render users dependent. This means that heroin users need comprehensive detox even if they’ve only been using for a short period of time. Heroin detox is the process by which heroin-related toxins and chemicals are expelled from the user’s system, and is the first step in the heroin treatment process.

“EXERCISES LIKE DRUMMING, STRUMMING, KARAOKE, AND LISTENING TO SONGS ABOUT ADDICTION AND RECOVERY HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO HAVE THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS.”

The Immediate Need for
Heroin Detox

Heroin detox will invariably include some level of withdrawal. While each user’s withdrawal period will vary based upon how long and how much they’ve been using heroin, the process is never pleasant and can be incredibly painful and sickening.

Some of the more common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fever and Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Hot and Cold Flashes
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Fatigue and Drowsiness
  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • Extreme Sweating
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Flushed Skin
  • Severe Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Sleep Disorder

Serious effects can include seizures and even coma. Mild withdrawal symptoms can develop as soon as after the first or second time using.

High Rates of Relapse

The road back from heroin is hard. Withdrawal, the pressures of putting one’s life back together and, constant cravings make the process one of the more difficult a person can experience. Heroin users can relapse even after decades of staying clean and sober. There are estimates that the relapse rates for drug addiction are as high as 90 percent.

Some of the most common causes of relapse include:

  • Negative Emotions
  • Social Pressure
  • Boredom
  • Sudden Trauma
  • Pain and Sickness

For the best shot at long-term success, it’s important that users give themselves a fighting chance with a quality and well-rounded treatment experience. Those who attempt to detox on their own will likely succumb to their withdrawal symptoms and wind up experiencing a set-back. Most will wind up relapsing at least once even under the best of circumstances.

The Importance of Quality Heroin Detox

When a person has gotten to the point at which they need heroin detox, it is unlikely that they will be able to manage their withdrawal on their own. A professional detox facility can mean the difference between success and relapse. These programs offer symptom relief and a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment where patients can withdraw as comfortable as possible. Many of these programs also offer qualified medical personnel who can intervene in the event of a medical emergency, which is not impossible during heroin withdrawal. Those who try to combat withdrawal on their own commonly wind up relapsing.

MUSIC IS A HEALING ADDICTION

Music chemically alters our body and makes us feel great. Recovery Unplugged recognizes that, in the same way a drug-induced dopamine surge leaves you craving more, music becomes addictive. The dopamine tells your body it was rewarded and creates the desire to seek out more.

GET THE HELP YOU NEED NOW

DON’T BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC. RECOVERY UNPLUGGED IS READY TO PROVIDE YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE WITH QUALITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ADDICTION TREATMENT. CALL US NOW AT (855) 384-5794 TO TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK.

girls hugging

Medication and Heroin Detox

There are several types of medication that can help diminish the impact of cravings and block withdrawal symptoms. These medications should be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and are not a substitute for behavioral therapy or detox.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone reverses the effects of opiates and opioids. A recent study conducted by the NYU Langhorne Medical Center found that extended-release naltrexone was effective in helping newly released male inmates from relapsing after they left prison. The brand-name injectable form of the drug known as Vivitrol had a 62 percent success rate in long-term abstinence from heroin. The study also found that those who were not given the drug had an 88 percent relapse rate.

Methadone

Methadone has been used to treat long-term heroin cravings for decades. A slow-acting opioid agonist, methadone is an oral medication that diminishes the high that a user experiences when using heroin. Methadone must be administered as part of a quality outpatient medical program.

Buprenorphine

Medications like Suboxone® and Subutex® are buprenorphine-based drugs that have had considerable success in reducing cravings for opiates and opioids. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved two generic forms of the Suboxone® in order to improve access.

Don’t Become Another Casualty

Heroin is killing Americans in record numbers; but there is a way back from this deadly drug-threat. Recovery Unplugged can arrange quality medically supervised heroin detox. Once detox is complete, we can provide comprehensive rehab at our Texas drug treatment facility. Break the cycle of heroin addiction now.
Call Recovery Unplugged today at (855) 384-5794 to get the help you need and deserve.