Heroin impacts the lives of more than 600,000 individuals in the United States. Heroin users put themselves at risk for HIV, AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases. Making the decision to get off of heroin is great boon to your health and well being. You are probably wondering if you need doctors care to detox off of heroin.
Heroin is an opiate narcotic from the same family as morphine and oxycodone. When heroin is used, it is processed into morphine and blocks the opioid receptors, the receptors in the brain that create feelings of pleasure and pain. Overtime, the user develops a tolerance that requires more and more heroin to achieve the same level of feeling as before. Overdose can occur with the overuse of heroin.
Detox is the process of flushing away the toxic chemicals that have accumulated in your system from your heroin use. It is not uncommon for individuals detoxing from heroin to experience significant withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, insomnia, diarrhea, cravings, muscle and bone pain and jerking movement of the limbs. These symptoms may present within a few hours after taking the last dose of heroin.
There are several options for detox from heroin as an outpatient or inpatient. Outpatient detox requires you to self report to a clinic or doctors office, discuss your symptoms and progress and to receive medication to help you transition off of heroin. Methadone and suboxone are two drugs that are used for heroin detox. Both methadone and suboxone are opiate drugs and controlled substances. Unfortunately, they react the same way heroin does, by blocking the opioid receptors, and thus physical dependence does occur with these drugs as well. Studies show many individuals begin taking methadone or suboxone and they never stop taking the drug. The study revealed that some individuals have been taking methadone and suboxone for more than 20 years. Individuals who take methadone and suboxone will experience withdrawal symptoms that can be as severe as heroin withdrawal for a longer period of time.
Traditional inpatient detox that is carried out in hospital facilities is considered by many physicians as somewhat ineffective. Patients are accommodated in psychiatric units or kept in isolation and on lockdown. Patients are left to deal with their detox on their own, with minimal supervision and the use of oral medication that is questionable. Conditions of traditional inpatient detox have been so demeaning for patients that many walk out of detox without completing the process.
IV therapy medical detox has been regarded by the medical community as the best method for detox from heroin. IV therapy is administered under the direction of a board certified physician and registered nurses that have critical care experience. IV therapy medical detox is important because it makes it possible for the physician to adjust the levels of the medications as your withdrawal symptoms change, which keeps you comfortable and increases your chances of successfully completing the detox.
After you have completed detox, you many need help rebuilding your life after heroin use. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that can help you. Our guests learn how to change as a means to make decisions that are more productive and to develop habits and behaviors that are more positive. Our guests are self-empowered and go on to have long term success without heroin use.
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