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Heroin Detox: The Medical Option

Help with Heroin Detox and Treatment

If you know someone who needs to seek a medically-facilitated heroin detox, we offer a high level of therapeutic care. Our experts use Suboxone, strictly for tapering the client off of heroin. This reduces the pain and discomfort that is associated with opiate withdrawal. Our clients who undergo a medical detox for opiates remain on their detox medications only during the detoxification stage. Once withdrawal symptoms have ceased, the client is transferred to our PHP (Partial Hospitalization) or IOP (Intensive Outpatient) treatment. At this point, the use of detox medication concludes. For more information about our detoxification process and to schedule a heroin addiction treatment screening, call: 1-844-I-Can-Change. Please continue reading for more information on opiate addiction, withdrawal, and treatment.

Understanding Opiates and Addiction

The various types of opiates used by the addicted individual come in a wide variety of generic names. They include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone, tramadol, fentanyl, and heroin. The Brand names are Vicodin, Norco, Roxicodone, OxyContin, Ultram, and Dilaudid. The most common reason for a prescription is to treat chronic pain. Individuals in our care have used these substances outside of the medical diagnosis for the euphoric feelings they produce. Many become tolerant to the effects and seek higher and more frequent doses to experience euphoria and eliminate withdrawal. More often than not this directly leads to physical, emotional, financial and legal consequences.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiate withdrawal manifests itself differently in every individual. The below list of symptoms that individuals will exhibit before their stay in a heroin detox.

  • Runny nose or tearing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Cramping
  • Yawning
  • Dilated pupils
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches

The Length of Opiate Withdrawal

The duration of stay per heroin withdrawal symptoms depends on the duration of use, the amount used and the form of opiate being consumed. When OxyContin is administered by individuals over a long period of time the withdrawal symptoms last longer than if the addicted person was using heroin or Roxicodone. The heroin detox professionals will have the best understanding of how long the symptoms will last.

Is Self-Detox Safe?

While self-detoxification from opiates in most cases will not be fatal it is not the recommendation of our facility. With alcoholism, the symptoms of withdrawal have been known to cause death in 5-10% of alcoholics who attempt self-detoxification. Fatalities from complications due to alcohol detox occur from seizures, heart attacks, and asphyxiation. Although the body does not react in the same way to heroin detox, self withdrawal can be deadly. Through our research, we have found that most clients who attempt self-detox fail. The pain from opiate withdrawal turns many to suicide or back to heroin. Both cases resulting in death.
We offer a variety of programs and services to help meet the needs of any individual that comes across our path. Our medically safe detox procedures and substance abuse treatment specialists seek to maximize comfort and chances of achieving long-term permanent sobriety.

 Need More Information About Heroin Detox?

Speaking to a registered and licensed substance abuse professional is the first step to understanding opiate withdrawals. For our services in the Delray Beach area, please call 1-844-I-Can Change.

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