Proudly serving West Virginia, our Heroin detox clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.
Benefits of Receiving Heroin Detox Prior to Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment
It is estimated that 4.2 million Americans have openly admitted to trying heroin at least once in their lifetime. The number of individuals trying heroin has been on the rise in recent years, which is extremely worrisome. Due to it being intravenously injected into the body, this strong and hazardous opioid puts users at risk for contracting blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. Experts estimate that an addiction to heroin takes place in 25% of all individuals who try it.
Individuals who use heroin risk not only becoming regular abusers of it, but also developing a tolerance and addiction to the drug as well. Tolerance takes place when individuals have to increase the dosage of the drug taken in order to achieve the same effect that was once achieved by using a smaller dose. Tolerance drastically increases the chance that an individual may overdose.
The first step in overcoming an addiction to heroin is to cleanse the body of all traces of the drug. This first step is also referred to as detoxification or “detox.” When an individual becomes addicted to heroin, their body becomes used to having the drug in their system. Once the drug is removed from his or her system through detox, that person’s body experiences withdrawal symptoms, which can cause extreme amounts of both physical and emotional pain.
The following are among the more common symptoms experienced during heroin withdrawal:
- Watery eyes and runny nose
- Intense drug cravings
- Interrupted sleep patterns that can include insomnia
- Abdominal cramping
- Dramatic mood swings
- Excessive perspiration
- Dilated pupils
- Dizziness and confusion
- Intense fatigue and weakness
Many individuals going through detox compare the symptoms to a painful case of the flu that can last for several weeks. Since these painful symptoms will disappear once heroin is reentered into the bloodstream, many individuals resort back to heroin use and relapse. There are treatment options available to help aid in detox that can lessen the intensity of withdrawal.
Many individuals seek treatment for heroin addiction at a licensed treatment center under the supervision of medical professionals. By doing so, the painful and risky symptoms that can accompany heroin withdrawal are lessened and the dangers of detox are decreased.
Medication assisted detox uses specific medications to help purge the body of heroin without the pain and cravings that would normally result. Suboxone (a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone), methadone, Subutex, and Vivitrol are all safe and effective medications that are used during treatment. When an individual consumes one of these medications they will avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms as well as additional cravings.
Buprenorphine and methadone work by interacting with the same brain receptors that are normally activated by heroin abuse. Methadone and buprenorphine however will not create the euphoric high like heroin does, which allows the individual to continue life as normal (driving, attending school, taking part in therapy sessions, and going to work). Many individuals who choose to use methadone or buprenorphine during detox will wean themselves off of these medications while other individuals decide to transition to long-term medication assisted maintenance.
Benefits of Detoxing from Heroin with Medication Assisted Treatment
Individuals who attempt to withdrawal from heroin without the aid of professionals put themselves at risk for three experiences: discomfort, irritation, and disappointment. Many individuals find themselves using heroin again after their attempts at detoxing on their own fail. The personal frustration that can take place after failed detox attempts can cause low self-esteem and depression, which can feed into an individual’s dependence on the drug.
At West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we provide individuals struggling with heroin addiction the tools necessary to achieve sobriety. From initial detox through long-term maintenance, our team of dedicated medical professionals is here to provide individualized treatment to each patient that walks through our doors. Our medical staff provides patients with safe and effective medications, while our counselors aid patients in identifying and addressing the causes of their heroin abuse and resulting addiction.
West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides the medical and emotional support necessary to help patients successfully achieve a safe detox, while providing the tools necessary for long-term recovery.