Heroin Detox Treatment:
First Step on the Road to Recovery
The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Heroin Detox Program
Breaking Heroin addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patients safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. It should not be attempted at home! Our in-patient program includes:
- Thorough physical, psychological and social assessments
- A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
- Monitoring 24/7 with cardiac telemetry and video technology by nurses and technicians.
- Attention to the patient's overall comfort with upscale private rooms, massage, gourmet meals, Wifi and HDTV.
Learn more about the Gallus Detox Method.
Read what our patients say—their own detox success stories—about how fearful they had been of detoxing and withdrawal, how safe and cared for they felt with our team, and how that experience has changed their lives.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. It looks like a white or brown powder or a black sticky substance. Heroin can be smoked, sniffed, snorted or injected. All methods of administering heroin can lead to addiction and other severe health problems.
Here is how Heroin effects the brain…It enters the brain, then gets transformed into morphine and binds to opioid receptors. These receptors are located in many different areas of the brain and body, especially those involved in the perception of pain and reward.
Intravenous injection usually results in a heightened sense of euphoria, accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, impaired mental functioning, drowsiness, and dry mouth. Overtime, users develop a stronger tolerance to Heroin, and their physiological and psychological reaction to the drug decreases. It means that more Heroin is needed to achieve the same “high.”
The Dangers and Symptoms of Heroin Use
Heroin users are at high risk for addiction. Unfortunately, Heroin abuse is associated with a variety of serious health problems, including fatal overdose and infectious disease such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis. Chronic users may develop liver or kidney disease, collapsed veins, or pulmonary complications. In addition, respiratory depression may occur.
Street Heroin usually contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels. Subsequently, it can inflict serious damage to the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or brain – our most vital organs.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
If a Heroin user abruptly stops using the drug, he or she may experience severe symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms may begin as early as a few hours after the last drug administration and may lead to the following effects:
- Severe muscle and bone pain
- Kicking Movements
Users typically experience strong cravings for the drug during the withdrawal process. The severe craving may cause continued abuse or relapse. It’s important to remember that rapid withdrawal by heavily dependent users who also happen to be in poor health may prove fatal.
If you or your loved one are suffering from Heroin abuse and need help, please call us at 855-338-6929 to discuss whether our customized Heroin Drug Detox Treatment is the best program for you. Be assured we value your privacy and all your information is kept strictly confidential. Contact Gallus Alcohol and Drug Detox Centers today and take the first step towards rehab and recovery.