Heroin is a well-known opiate that has lured many people into its deadly grip. The physical feeling that heroin promises is that of a highly addictive euphoria. Heroin knows no boundaries of class, race, background, or gender. Hundreds of people are overdosing across the nation daily on opioids. According to the United Nations Office, an upwards of 14 million people reportedly consumed heroin in 2016 alone, and 7 out of 11 heroin users started from a prescription opiate addiction. Even with these staggering numbers, we here at Banyan's Detox Program believe that with the proper detox method, the mental and physical dependence can be conquered.
What is Heroin Detox like?
The symptoms of heroin withdrawal can begin within 6-12 hours of the last dosage. The drugs move through the system quickly making the body need replenishment. In turn, the withdrawal process continues each day that the body goes without the heroin. Typically symptoms are at their peak during days three to four. Every individual's withdrawal process is different, the characteristics that make withdrawal from heroin vary are time of the usage and how much heroin was used. The symptoms can be more severe and the withdrawal peak may be delayed.
Generally, after two weeks, the worst of the physical withdrawal is over, but keep in mind that symptoms can persist for longer. One can expect to experience many, if not all of the following symptoms during withdrawal:
- Moodiness, depression, anxiety, and fear
- Sweating, runny nose, watery eyes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Strong drug cravings
- Stomach cramps
- Fever and chills
- Leg cramping
- Leg spasms
While these symptoms may be extremely uncomfortable, they are usually not life-threatening.
What are some of the challenges during Heroin Detox?
The difficulty that heroin addicted individuals face when trying to stop using heroin independently is that the cravings, combined with the pain experienced during withdrawal, become too much to tolerate. This is one of the main causes of relapse, the discomfort is too great and the individual knows that by using again, the pain can be alleviated.
While heroin addicts are still likely to experience some symptoms of withdrawal even while detoxing in a medically supervised detox program, the added support of therapy during medical monitoring leads to a more successful recovery process.
There are many different reasons people turn to heroin. Opiates are commonly known as the open door that leads them to the path of destruction. Heroin is often times cheaper than prescription pills, has a more intense high, and is easier to find.
- The reason some turn to heroin is due to unresolved issues and emotions that are brought on from past experiences or traumas. At Banyan Boca’s Detox Program, we address these issues through a variation of therapeutic methods, and we give the needed support to deal with what causes the reasoning behind wanting to get “high” in the first place.
- When an individual tries to quit the drug use independently, the cravings combined with an extremely unpleasant withdrawal, can be so uncomfortable, it is often unable to be tolerated alone. At Banyan we combined medication and counseling to get the maximum support.
- Heroin is habit forming not only physically, but also psychologically, a proper medical detox through a trusted facility is crucial for a proper recovery.
What are my options for Heroin Detox?
When it comes to options for Heroin detox, there are not many. People who attempt to detox from home are rarely successful due to strong cravings, lack of proper medication, and can encounter many medical complications. The safest option for heroin detox is use a medically supervised detox program, like Banyan Detox.
The most successful way to detox from heroin would be a medically supervised heroin detox program. While, detoxing at home is possible, there are many complications that could result from going “cold turkey.” Proper medical detoxification and therapy are required to ensure a life of sustained recovery.