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If you are struggling with heroin addiction, know that professional help is available. Here at Detox West Tennessee, we understand that heroin addiction is an all-consuming condition. What begins as occasional use can soon turn into a dependence and full-blown addiction.

Once a person gets addicted to heroin, it is difficult to stop using. Prolonged use creates chemical changes in the brain. These changes hijack our behavior. They make us prioritize using over all other areas of our life, even our closest relationships.

Heroin is an opiate drug. Opiate use is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, heroin-related admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths have continued to increase year after year in recent years. People that are untreated and are at a high risk of health complications and fatal overdose.

At Detox West Tennessee, we aim to help both men and women who struggle with addictions of all kinds. Our heroin detox program is a comprehensive approach that allows those struggling to get through the difficult withdrawal stage of recovery. Our program is compassionately-led.

We value each client as a unique individual. According to the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, those who complete a detoxification program are far less likely than those who do not complete a program to relapse. For this reason, we want each client to feel comfortable and adequately cared for during their time in detox.

There is a range of withdrawal symptoms that are obstacles to recovery. One of the main withdrawal symptoms is intense cravings, which can lead people to relapse.

At Detox West Tennessee, we have a team of addiction specialists, medical professionals, and experienced psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, and counselors, all of whom can help you overcome your addiction.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Once a person has become dependent on heroin, they will experience difficult withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using. The brain and body become accustomed to heroin after even a short period of use. Those who are dependent feel that they cannot function without the drug.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Emotional problems – anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, despair, depression
  • Sleeplessness, restlessness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Musculoskeletal problems – muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Digestion problems – vomiting, diarrhea, cramps
  • Loss of ability to feel pleasure
  • Intense cravings for heroin

The withdrawal symptoms are deeply undesirable. The severity of these symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s addiction. The desire to avoid these difficult symptoms prevents many people from getting through the withdrawal stage of recovery. Nobody wants to experience any of the above, and many people avoid quitting for this reason.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that heroin withdrawal takes place under professional medical supervision. Trying to withdraw alone can be challenging and poses a high risk of relapse.

Here at Detox West Tennessee, we help our clients get through the withdrawal stage of recovery as smoothly as possible. Of course, heroin withdrawal is never easy. Still, it is easier when supported by professional medical and psychological help.

Heroin Detox

Detox is where the body eliminates toxic chemicals. When a person uses heroin for a long time, the body gets used to the effects. Eventually, it cannot function without heroin.

We need to eliminate these chemicals before our systems can return to normal, and we can begin recovery.

At Detox West Tennessee, we offer a comprehensive heroin detoxification program. Our program uses the latest methods based on addiction science research to provide you with the most effective treatment type.

Professional heroin detox begins with addressing your physical and psychological health. We take an initial health assessment to determine the severity of your addiction. We also check for any co-occurring conditions that may influence the best course of treatment.

Heroin Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal symptoms typically begin at around 6 to 12 hours after the last dose. They peak within 1 to 3 days and generally subside in a week. The detox process usually takes place before heroin has totally left the client’s system. The detoxification process usually takes 5-7 days. For those with more severe dependency and addiction, the process can take up to 10 days.

 

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Heroin Detox Medications

Professional heroin detox typically involves medical intervention. Withdrawal itself is not life-threatening, but the symptoms can be so severe that they cause a person to relapse. They may take more than their body can handle and ultimately overdose.

Alternatively, a person might suffer from the mental and emotional symptoms of withdrawal, such as despair, hopelessness, and depression, and may end up attempting suicide.

Medical interventions can help to soothe withdrawal symptoms. They make the detox and withdrawal stage of recovery more comfortable. We use several medications to manage symptoms of heroin detox. These include:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Clonidine

Some of these are similar to heroin in the way they interact with the brain and body. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is an important bridge between heroin use and complete sobriety.

Methadone for Heroin Detox

Methadone is one of the most popular pharmacological interventions used in heroin detox programs. It acts in a similar way to heroin. It reduces pain by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. Methadone is potentially addictive. Still, it is safe and effective when prescribed in a supervised clinical setting.

Methadone is given to clients once a day during detox and helps clients complete treatment programs by reducing withdrawal. The dose of methadone given is gradually reduced over time, which prevents the client from suffering from intense, acute withdrawal symptoms.

Naltrexone for Heroin Detox

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, which means that it blocks opioid receptors in the brain. It is prescribed to those in recovery who have completed the detox process. Naltrexone prevents a person from getting ‘high,’ even if they use opioids. As such, it reduces the desire to use.

Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox

Buprenorphine is also an opioid antagonist. It reduces the severity of opioid withdrawal and cravings. It is safe and effective when managed and prescribed in a clinical setting.

Clonidine for Heroin Detox

Clonidine helps clients feel more comfortable while going through withdrawal. It blocks chemical signals in the brain that increase activity in the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). In doing so, it reduces the uncomfortable and distressing symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

Clonidine reduces hot and cold sweats and restlessness. It can also reduce the severity of withdrawal anxiety and has shortens the time needed to complete the detoxification process.

Comprehensive Heroin Addiction Treatment at Detox West Tennessee

Detoxification is the first step on the path back to functional health. At our center, clients undergo detox followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation is an essential part of any addiction treatment program. Our team of specialists can help you navigate a life of sobriety by offering a range of evidence-based therapies and maintenance medication throughout your stay in rehab.

Behavioral therapies improve one’s chance of successful recovery. At Detox West Tennessee, we offer each client a comprehensive rehab program. Each program is supported by behavioral therapies. These include group-based therapies, family therapies, and psychoeducation for relapse prevention.

Addiction left untreated can be fatal. Heroin is a life-threatening drug. Addiction requires expert professional support. If you or a loved one suffer from heroin addiction, reach out to us at Detox West Tennessee today.

We can help you arrange an appointment for your initial assessment and tailor a treatment program that suits your needs. With the right treatment, you no longer need to live hindered by heroin addiction. Health and happiness are achievable as long as you reach out for help.

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