The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Heroin Detox Program
Overcoming heroin addiction can be extremely difficult, and potentially dangerous. That’s why choosing the right heroin detox center is vital to a patients safety and the successful start of a recovery program. Our inpatient detox program includes:
- A thorough history and physical by our physicians
- Psychological and social assessments
- A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
- Cardiac telemetry monitored by nurses
- Attention to the patient’s overall comfort with upscale private rooms, wifi, HDTV and personal massage therapy.
“My experience here at Gallus Detox has been nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment I walked in the door, I was treated with the utmost kindness and compassion. The amount of comfort I experienced while detoxing off heroin surpassed all expectations…” – Read detox patient testimonials: what our patients say about their fear of withdrawal, how comfortable they felt with our medical detox, and how it changed their lives.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from the opium poppy plant. It looks like white or brown powder or a black sticky substance. Heroin can be smoked, inhaled, or injected. All methods of administering heroin can lead to addiction and other severe health problems.
Heroin affects the brain by binding 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. Over time, people who use heroin develop a stronger tolerance to the drug and their physiological and psychological reaction to the drug decreases. It means more heroin is needed to reach the same effect.
The Dangers and Symptoms of Heroin Use
People who use heroin are at high risk for addiction. Unfortunately, heroin misuse is associated with a variety of serious health problems, including fatal overdose and infectious diseases such as HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis. Chronic users may develop liver or kidney disease, collapsed veins, or pulmonary complications. In addition, respiratory depression may occur.
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, they may experience severe symptoms of opioid withdrawal. These heroin withdrawal symptoms may begin as early as a few hours after the last use of the drug and may lead to the following effects:
Users typically experience strong cravings for the drug during the withdrawal process. The severe craving causes a person to continue using the drug.
How Opiates Such As Heroin Effect the Brain,
Can a Heroin Detox Center Help?
Opiates are naturally produced by the body to help process mood, emotions and act as a pain diffuser for the body. There are commonly referred to as endorphins. When a person uses heroin for an extended period of time, their brain will stop making its own natural endorphins due to the fact that the heroin is now providing large quantities of it. Since opiate addiction greatly impacts the chemistry of the brain, once an individual stops use it takes time for the brain to recover. This may take several weeks or even months to fully restore.
Throughout the initial process of proper brain restoration, the substance user will experience intense side effects including hypersensitivity to pain, lack of energy, poor mood quality and overall remains in a very flu-like state for a week or so as the brain readjusts. This is a completely normal occurrence during opiate withdrawal and luckily is not life-threatening.
The Solution? Our IV Therapy Heroin Detox Center
Gallus’ IV based therapy for heroin detox can greatly ease the discomfort of heroin withdrawal due to the instant relief achieved through the intravenous delivery of medication. IV therapy also keeps the patient hydrated at all time which keeps the cells and organs in the body properly functioning.
Other detox programs we offer include:
- Alcohol detox center
- Heroin detox center
- Oxycontin detox center
- Opiate detox center
- Methadone detox center
- Bath salts detox program
If you or your loved one are suffering from heroin misuse and need help, please call us at 888.228.9114 to discuss whether our customized heroin drug detox treatment is the best program for you.