How Long Does Heroin Detox Usually Last?
Heroin addiction is a problem for nearly nine million people. Quitting heroin is not impossible, but it takes commitment and determination. A common question among people seeking help is how long does heroin detox usually last? The truth is that in ten days, sometimes less, detoxing from heroin is possible!
Heroin Detox is the First Step in Recovery
It is important to understand that heroin detox is not the same as rehab. Rather, heroin detox is the first step in the recovery process. Detox is the process of removing the heroin (and all the other chemicals it is combined with) from the body. Did you know that heroin is often cut with drain cleaner, rat poison, lighter fluid and other drugs such as Fentanyl? In fact it was a “bad batch” of heroin that lead to a large number of deaths on the East Coast in 2013 including the death of Oscar winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Heroin detox will cleanse the system and after successfully completing the detox process, most addiction specialists encourage going to a rehab treatment program to learn the skills needed to return to life without returning to heroin addiction.
What Happens During Heroin Detox?
During heroin detox, the body will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Basically the body wants something (heroin) it is used to getting and it is now deprived. So the body begins to exhibit symptoms at which point you can give in and use heroin – which will undoubtedly stop the withdrawal – until the next time you try to quit heroin. Or – you can stay determined to quit and weather the storm until the withdrawal symptoms subside. Heroin withdrawal symptoms usually peak after 72 hours and most people experience the following symptoms
- Flu-like symptoms
- Body aches
- Restless arms/legs
Best Method for Heroin Detox
While there are many different methods to heroin detox, it is important to consider that the method used during the detox process will have a direct impact on how comfortable you are throughout the process. For example, some heroin detox programs incorporate a medical detox with the use of oral medication. The fact is that oral medication takes time for the body to process which means that while that is happening, you will have to suffer through the withdrawal symptoms. However, IV therapy medical detox – the heroin detox most recommended by physicians – offers immediate relief from painful heroin withdrawal because intravenous medication acts much more quickly than oral medications. In the same ten days, you could be comfortable, your withdrawal symptoms controlled and successfully detoxed from heroin. So you have to ask yourself if ten days is too long to push heroin out of your life once and for all! Want to know more about IV therapy medical detox? Gallus Detox Center can help you. Call us today at 855-338-6929 to speak with our admission team. All calls are confidential!