Heroin Addiction

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Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction Treatment programs are offered by Sovereign Health to address one of the major drug addiction problems faced by society today. Heroin is a severe threat to people of all ages, races and economic categories. What makes it so dangerous is that, not only does it eventually destroy the addict himself (physically, emotionally and even spiritually), but it opens the door to the spread of disease, high risk lifestyles and practices and even criminal behavior.

Heroin detox at our facility is done with specific heroin detox medication, under the strict supervision of a medical doctor. The medications we use allow individuals, detoxing from heroin or other opioid drugs, to detox comfortably and painlessly. Our doctors specialize in all forms of opioid detox and use an advanced medical protocol to provide our patients with the most comfortable and painless heroin detox available.

Heroin Addiction Detox: What to expect

When first entering a drug treatment center for heroin detox, the patient is given a complete physical examination and assessment of the severity of heroin addiction and withdrawal. The patient is then given heroin detox medication to ensure a safe and comfortable heroin detox. Vital functions such as heart rate and blood pressure are monitored regularly in drug rehab and heroin detox patients are given additional assessments as needed.

Sometimes heroin detox patients attempt to complete the heroin detox process on their own, without medication or medical monitoring. They may do that for several reasons. For example, patients needing heroin detox have a false sense of empowerment, feeling themselves invincible and able overcome any obstacles placed in front of them. In a sense they say to themselves, “I got myself in this mess, now I can get myself out”. Although such an attitude is admirable, it is rarely realistic.

A more likely scenario is one in which the person attempting heroin detox feels powerless against the pain of withdrawal and, frankly, becomes tired of being sick.

Approximately 24 hours after heroin detox commences, the patient in heroin detox without medical supervision begins feeling withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include – but are not limited to – muscle cramping, back pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms, anxiety, breathlessness, lethargy, sleeplessness and a feeling of weakness. The feelings are generally described as flu-like symptoms, but are much stronger. It is at this time that many people find the symptoms of heroin detox too painful and give up.

This is why we, at Sovereign Health, have developed a specific medical protocol that lets the patient detox more comfortably and painlessly. It’s also why we have such a strong record of success.

verified by Psychology Today