Heroin Detox
Heroin Detox Program

Our heroin detox program provides the help you need to break free from this cycle.

Heroin is well-known for its ability to produce serious problems with opioid addiction and trigger potentially fatal overdoses. No matter their background or current station in life, all consumers of this drug have a vital interest in halting their heroin intake and establishing a substance-free lifestyle. The first step in establishing such a lifestyle is detoxification (detox), a process that begins when use of the drug comes to a halt and you or your loved one temporarily experiences the symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

In order to successfully complete detox and continue on the path toward full recovery, you must have help from experienced, qualified professionals.

At Footprints BHC, we support your heroin detox efforts with a time-tested combination of medically supervised treatment administered in a residential setting. Our customized care provides you with the most appropriate resources for you situation and helps you effectively cope with every physical and emotional/psychological symptom that arises during the withdrawal process. Every step of the way, we support your long-term goal to achieve a substance-free lifestyle

What Are the Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur because the brain has grown used to the presence of the drug, and triggers a physical and emotional/psychological response when intake of the drug ceases.

The list of common physical symptoms includes:

  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Trembling or Spasming Muscles
  • Runny Nose
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Blood Pressure Increases and
  • Heart Rate Increase

The list of common emotional/psychological symptoms includes:

  • A Depressed Mental State
  • Fear of Going Through Withdrawal
  • Anxiety
  • A Restless or Irritable Mental State and
  • A Strong Urge for Continued Heroin Use

In the vast majority of cases, heroin withdrawal is not life-threatening. Still, even in the absence of significant complications, the symptoms of withdrawal commonly produce enough physical and mental discomfort to make the detox process challenging. People who habitually consume the drug in large amounts and/or have an extended history of heroin intake may experience significantly intensified withdrawal symptoms.

“Roughly 23 percent of all individuals who try heroin develop opioid addiction.”

– American Society of Addiction Medicine

How Long Does Withdrawal Take?

The symptoms of heroin withdrawal first appear just a few hours after use of the drug comes to a halt. In most cases, these symptoms grow stronger for a few days, then gradually start to recede. However, no one can accurately predict how long it will take to complete withdrawal. That’s true because several individual factors play a substantial role in the process, including the length of time over which heroin use has occurred, the amount of the drug habitually consumed and the general health of the person going through withdrawal

Medically Supervised Detox

Medically supervised detox plays an important role for people attempting to halt the use of heroin. During this process, participants receive ongoing oversight from doctors, mental health professionals and support staff, which together provides the care and monitoring needed to help withdrawal proceed without any major complications or setbacks. If the effects of heroin abuse are still relatively minimal, the doctors and other health professionals may only need to generally support you throughout the course of detoxification. However, medically supervised detox may also include the temporary use of one or more medications designed to ease withdrawal and increase the odds of long-term success. In addition, some individuals continue to receive medication for an extended timeframe

Medications Used During Heroin Detox

Several types of medications can help ease the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Two possible options — buprenorphine and methadone — are also opioids, but don’t produce as strong an effect as heroin. When taken in a controlled medical environment, these medications can act as a stopgap or long-term substitute for heroin and help reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Two other medications — naltrexone and naloxone — help reduce the appeal of continued heroin use by cutting off the drug’s ability to reach the brain’s pleasure center. Another treatment option, Suboxone, contains a carefully calibrated mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Finally, a medication called clonidine can help relieve some of the mental/emotional distress of heroin withdrawal, in addition to easing physical symptoms such as uncontrolled muscle tremors, sleep disturbances and rapid heartbeat

Footprints BHC’s Heroin Detox Program

At Footprints BHC, we conduct heroin detox exclusively in a licensed and medically supervised residential setting. In all cases, this setting provides you with round-the-clock monitoring and support from a team of doctors, nurses and mental health professionals. Regardless of the complications that arise during withdrawal, this team has the skills necessary to render aid promptly and help you avoid any lasting negative outcomes. Our comprehensive approach also gives you the help you need to cope effectively with the more general, predictable symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Crucially, this includes the help required to resist drug cravings and avoid relapsing back into heroin use before you complete the detoxification process.

Each individual begins enrollment in our program with a comprehensive medical evaluation that includes both the physical and mental components of your overall health. Once completed, this evaluation will play a major role in determining the level of care you require to achieve a positive outcome. (Additional determining factors include your own preferences, as well as the preferences of designated members of your family.) In the final analysis, you will take part in a customized program that truly treats you as an individual. To learn more about our heroin detox program, you can speak with one of our counselors at (866) 623-1526

Long-Term Substance Recovery

When you fully complete heroin detoxification, you’re ready for the next step in the recovery process: enrollment in an outpatient or residential substance treatment program. The overall goal of this type of program is to give you the skills you need to avoid returning heroin use and develop a durable, drug-free lifestyle. Specific skills needed to accomplish this goal include a basic understanding of the emotional/psychological factors that promote drug use, the development of new behaviors that help you avoid falling into old drug-using habits and the use of pragmatic, real-world techniques to deal with any persistent urges to return to heroin intake.

In addition to providing top-notch detox facilities, Footprints BHC offers both residential and intensive outpatient substance treatment programs. We also offer less intensive day treatment. All of our programs feature a full array of therapy options, including group sessions, individualized sessions and sessions that include members of your family. Additional treatment resources include classes that focus on a number of important topics, such as relapse prevention, life skills improvement and the mental and physical mechanisms of heroin addiction.

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