The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Heroin Detox Program
Breaking Heroin addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right heroin detox program is vital to a patients safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. Our in-patient program includes:
- A thorough history and physical
- 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.
Learn more about What is Medical Detox?
“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 reviews: 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 opiate poppy plant. It looks like 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 affects the brain…It enters the brain 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. Over time, users develop a stronger tolerance to Heroin, and their physiological and psychological reaction to the drug decreases. It means more Heroin is needed to reach 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 opioid withdrawal. These heroin withdrawal 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.
How Opiates Such As Heroin Effect the Brain,
Can a Heroin Detox Program 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 any extended period of time, their brain will stop making its own natural opiates 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 remain 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 Program
Gallus’ IV based therapy for heroin detox program can greatly easy 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 program
- Oxycontin detox program
- Opiate detox program
- Methadone detox program
- Bath salts detox program