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Importance of Heroin Detox & Proper Withdrawal Treatment

People who have never been around someone struggling with a heroin addiction may not realize it, but there are countless times that a user struggling with dependence has simply ‘had enough’. They want to quit, they are sick of alienating friends and family and notice that their health is going downhill quickly because of their continued use. Other times they do not have enough money to fund their usage. However, the thing that keeps them coming back is the fear of – or actual – heroin withdrawal symptoms. You may have heard about the difficulties in long-term users withdrawing. What you may not know is what happens to the person that is suffering from it and what you can do to transition through this difficult period.

What Happens to the Body?

Long-term opioid users will quickly start to develop a tolerance for the drug. Because our bodies can adapt to a great number of things, it will even keep functioning when people constantly ingest toxic substances such as heroin. However, the body makes adjustments in order to deal with the constant influx of this toxic substance. If the person decides to stop using altogether, it means that the body is going to undergo a period of readjustment. This is when most users go through opiate withdrawal


What type of symptoms can you expect during heroin withdrawal treatment?

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  • The person becomes more irritable
  • An elevated heart rate
  • Cramps throughout the body
  • Cramps in the stomach
  • A loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive sweating
  • Eyes that keep on watering
  • Lacking energy or motivation
  • Constant yawning
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of agitation
  • Goose bumps across the body
  • Feelings of depression
  • Muscle aches and other discomfort of the body
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Unable to sleep at night
  • Cravings to use again
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

These symptoms of opiate withdrawal vary in severity for every user. The onset of these symptoms may be as early as eight hours after the patient lasts uses. Between 48 and 72 hours after the patient last uses, the withdrawal symptoms typically peak. However, many patients still suffer from a number of these problems a week or longer after their last use. Other users will experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms; these can last a few months. While these tend to be relatively mild, they may still be a nuisance in everyday life.

These can include:

  • Inability to think clearly. Feeling as though there is a fog in the brain
  • Having a hard time establishing a normal sleeping pattern
  • Having difficulties managing stress
  • Wildly fluctuating emotions
  • The user may continue to experience cravings
  • There may be problems with memory
  • Problems focusing on something for prolonged periods of time

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Seek Professional Help with a Rehab Program

It is true that the vast majority of these heroin withdrawal symptoms are not life threatening. However, that is not to say that heroin detox is easy. For this reason many patients are now resorting to biophysical drug rehab as their primary detox option for heroin withdrawal treatment. It addresses a physical component of addiction previously overlooked in traditional detox.

In order to understand why a holistic treatment option works well for so many patients, you have to understand how the drug breaks down in the body. These toxins are essentially poisons; the body is going to do what it can in order to rid itself of any poison. It will run it through the liver, try to release it by urinating, through sweating and breathing – these are our normal methods of getting rid of toxins. Some of these particles are going to imbed themselves into the fatty tissue in our system. These fatty storage cells are affected by metabolic activity and through the natural process of our body. If you feel stress, fear, exhaustion, exhilaration, play sports, or even drink caffeine, the body will slowly begin to release the toxins from within these fatty storage cells.

This means that the user can experience cravings, these sensations of wanting to use again. They are not ‘weak-minded’ or ‘lack the desire to recover,’ but they are being fed microscopic trace amounts of the narcotic’s residue into their system through the bloodstream. The residue is not enough to give the person the same ‘high’ that they experienced before with full-blown drug use, but it is enough to cause cravings for the substance. The patient could potentially make it through weeks of sobriety before feeling as though they are slowly but surely losing control of their ability to stay sober. Weeks or months after they thought they were free, the heroin withdrawal symptoms come back. People put in all the effort and persist in following the program, yet still feel as though they cannot overcome this opiate withdrawal. It can be an extremely disheartening occurrence.

Longer Heroin Detox Programs are Oftentimes Better

While there are various detoxification methods, the longer methods are proven to be more successful in the end. When you have a longer detox program, it means that the body has a much longer time to become adjusted. This translates into the patient having a much better chance at maintaining long-term sobriety.

One of the most popular treatment methods is biophysical drug detoxification. This includes a daily medical sauna, exercise and specialized nutritional supplements. These holistic rehab options provide a detoxification on a cellular level, meaning that the lingering drug compounds are removed from the body at a much faster rate. After the person is free from these lingering problems, the body can begin to heal itself and the patient can look towards long-term sobriety. Remember that a good detoxification process is only a step in the right direction; it is not the definitive treatment. It provides long-term users a chance to live a sober lifestyle.

Finding the Right Heroin Detox Program

Even though biophysical treatment options are nothing new, they can be difficult to find in the United States. Oftentimes these programs are limited to a select number of centers and can require a larger investment in addition to the recovery center itself. That can cause some people to hesitate to use this much-improved method of detox. For more info about possible payment options, please click here. Contact us for additional information about heroin detox and recovery programs, or be sure to call to speak to someone right away. We will be glad to help you make the right choice for you.