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Heroin can have a devastating impact on individuals, destroying personal relationships and causing legal, financial, and professional problems. Despite these negative consequences, many people continue to use heroin due to their fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxing from heroin on your own or going “cold turkey” is considered to be dangerous and strongly discouraged by medical professionals. The Agape heroin detox program is designed to mitigate and alleviate the many physical and psychological symptoms that people experience during detox.
With determination and the right support, you can overcome this challenge and lead a fulfilling life free from addiction.
Heroin is a powerful opiate made from morphine; a natural, pain-relieving substance derived from opium poppy plants. Like all other opioids, heroin acts on the brain’s pain receptors. This blocks a person’s ability to perceive pain even when the conditions for experiencing pain exist.
It’s not uncommon for individuals to turn to heroin as a means of self-treating painful mental health conditions. Conditions like severe depression, extreme anxiety, and other issues can be difficult to understand and alleviate without the appropriate care.
Heroin often becomes a drug of choice when prescription opioids or opiates are no longer available. The risks of abusing heroin are especially high when someone has used:
Opioids and opiates are highly addictive and tolerance to these drugs is built quickly. When prescriptions are stopped or doses are limited, people have a hard time dealing with the effects of withdrawal.
Some clients turn to heroin as an alternative when prescription medications are not supplied by their doctor. This approach, however, can lead to dangerous and addictive behavior. Thus, seeking help from professionals is the best way to address these underlying issues.
Withdrawal symptoms are a common occurrence for individuals who have become physically dependent on heroin. These symptoms can manifest when heroin use is stopped entirely or when the dosage is decreased. For most people, withdrawal symptoms will present within 24 hours, but some may experience initial withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings within just eight to 12 hours.
Common initial withdrawal symptoms for heroin include:
These symptoms will intensify and reach their peak after approximately 72 hours. As withdrawal progresses, symptoms can expand to include extreme nervousness and agitation, insomnia and disturbing dreams, and auditory and visual hallucinations.
Without proper monitoring and medical intervention, heroin detox symptoms often become severe. After hours of vomiting and diarrhea, the risk of developing hypernatremia or elevated sodium levels occurs. When untreated hypernatremia can lead to heart failure and coma. Therefore, detoxing alone and without medical support is always considered dangerous.
At Agape Detox Center, our medical staff provides constant monitoring of our clients. From the moment you enter our facility, you will receive personalized medical interventions and other forms of support for:
We offer a customized plan that is constantly being refined to suit your individual needs, creating a safer, easier, and shorter heroin detox process. Seeking professional help and guidance from a reputable detox center is the best way to ensure a successful and comfortable medical detox process. At the Agape Detox Center in Port St. Lucie, your health and well-being are always a top priority.
Give us a call today. Our admissions coordinators will answer any questions you may have about our program and walk you through the admissions process.
Opting to enroll in our heroin addiction treatment program will provide you with the advantage of detoxing in a secure and enclosed campus, right when cravings and temptations are at their peak. Clients are distanced from the triggers and stressors of the outside world, allowing them to concentrate exclusively on a path to recovery.
We take a targeted, whole-health approach to help our clients get better which includes:
Our peaceful and serene setting, combined with the care of compassionate professionals, can help you establish a solid foundation for your recovery. Best of all, no matter how long or short your heroin detox may be, you can start engaging in inpatient treatment activities as soon as you feel mentally and physically ready.
Physical withdrawal from heroin starts within 24 hours of abstinence and usually lasts between 10 and 14 days. The earliest and most intense psychological withdrawal symptoms can last up to four weeks or in some cases, even longer. Many people deal with intense depression and recurring cravings for one to two months.
At Agape Detox Center, you can move seamlessly from our heroin detox program to our inpatient rehab. This allows our clients to experience the structure and support needed to keep their recovery on track.
Many private health insurance plans currently cover up to 100 percent of a heroin detox center. The Agape admissions counselors can assist you in establishing a manageable plan for covering your treatment. We also help you identify the best programs and services tailored to your needs. From the moment we first make contact with our clients, we strive to provide individualized care.
Dealing with heroin withdrawal can be overwhelming, but it becomes far less so when you have the benefit of a safe and tranquil treatment environment, and access to a caring and supportive team.
At our treatment center, we make every effort to minimize the risks and discomfort that our clients feel. We also leverage strategies that help expedite initial recovery through improved overall wellness. You don’t have to deal with heroin withdrawal on your own. You don’t have to deal with heroin withdrawal on your own. Reach out to us today for a private consultation or to begin our intake process.