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HEROIN/OPIOID DETOX

Opioids and heroin are among the most physically and psychologically addictive substances known to us today. Their ability to diminish pain and lend a feeling of euphoric bliss is an enticement that few addicts can resist once they get a taste. Unfortunately, recreational use often leads to addiction as the user seeks to recapture that feeling again and again.

The good news is that with a medically staffed detox and a treatment program that is tailored to your specific needs, it is possible to overcome your heroin/opioid addiction and go on to lead a happy and fulfilled life, free of debilitating fear.

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?

Opiates are drugs derived from the opiate plant. Many of these drugs are legal and are prescribed to treat pain.

Heroin falls under the category of an opioid.

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Some of the types of opioids can include:

  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Codiene
  • Fentanyl
  • Hyrdocodone
  • Meperidine
  • Oxycodone
  • Heroin

CAN YOU QUIT OPIOIDS COLD TURKEY?

Suddenly stopping opioid or heroin use is not recommended. It can cause an onset of very severe withdrawal symptoms. Those who do try to taper off of these types of drugs seldomly succeed. Relapsing during withdrawal is one of the causes of overdose. If is important to experience withdrawal in a medically assisted detox where it is safe.

OPIOID & HEROIN WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS?

OPIOID SYMPTOMS

At first, the symptoms when withdrawing from opiates are fairly mild. These include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Restlessness

However, these symptoms may get worsen after a couple days and could include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Rapid heartbeat

As with any addictive substance, the longer one has been using and the larger the amount used, the more dependent the body becomes on the substance. In severe cases, withdrawal from opiates can include extreme sweating and anxiety.

HEROIN SYMPTOMS

Cravings for heroin are much stronger when withdrawing from the drug. This is often why it’s so hard for addicts to get out of the using cycle. Withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant and may include:

  • Depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Aches and pains
  • Excessive sweating, tears and runny nose
  • Diarrhea and stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Restlessness

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HEROIN WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE

Heroin withdrawal can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Those who experience much longer withdrawal symptoms go through what is called post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

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Begins 6-12 hours after last use:

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Symptoms peak 1-3 days after last use

3

Symptoms begin to subside 5-7 days after last use.

Withdrawal symptoms, particularly fever, can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. The safest way to detox is with medical supervision. We can help you arrange detox here in Colorado at Peaks Recovery Centers.

MEDICATION FOR HEROIN WITHDRAWAL

In a medically assisted detox, there are a few medications that are used to help the individual withdrawal symptoms become less severe and more tolerable. Some of these medications could include:

METHADONE

These can promote the relief of stress and anxiety, and also allow the individual to sleep.

BUPRENORPHINE

The most common type of buprenorphine used is Suboxone. This contains naloxone which prevents attempts of abuse.

BENZODIAZEPINES

Sedatives to dull senses, create a sense of calmness, and allows them to sleep.

CLONODINE

This is also a type of sedative that reduces the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms.

OUR DETOX PROCESS

Not every individual needs detox, but usually it is a vital step into full recovery.

At Peaks Recovery, our medical detox stages can look like this:

Stages of Detox

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Evaluation

Within the first 24 hours of admission you will meet with our primary care physician and psychiatrist for a health and physical screening and full psychiatric evaluation.

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Stabilization

To address any primary drug and alcohol substance use disorder; including any underlying mental health concerns, requires medical stabilization to ensure every patient’s safety and well-being so that they can focus on their recovery goals.

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Rehabilitation

Medical Detox addresses the acute physiological and psychiatric concerns. Like the removal of a cast, the real rehabilitation begins after medical detox.

AFTER DETOX

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Detoxing from drugs and alcohol is the first step toward recovery. However, the evidence is clear that the longer a person distances themselves from their last use of drugs and alcohol, the greater chance of recovery. At Peaks Recovery Centers, the next step in our recovery process is transitioning into our gender specific inpatient residential rehab.

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Sources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/what-to-expect-from-heroin-withdrawal-22049