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Heroin Detox

What is Heroin?

Heroin Short Term SymptomsHeroin is an illegal opiate that is made from morphine. Morphine is a natural substance that can be extracted from certain plants and is used in medical treatments, predominately to manage pain. When illegal drug manufacturers make heroin, they might add numerous unregulated ingredients to the morphine base. The drug itself is dangerous, but these additives can also pose major health risks to those who use the illegal drugs. Users usually inject heroin, but it can also be snorted or smoked.

Signs of Heroin Addiction

Using illegal drugs is never a good idea, and even using heroin one time can bring serious health and legal consequences. But not everyone who uses heroin one time is addicted to the substance. As of 2011, more than 4.2 million people in America admitted to using heroin at least once, and not all of those people became addicted to the drug.

Here are some signs that you or someone you love might be using or addicted to heroin.

  • Sudden surges of euphoria 
  • Dry mouth and flushed skin are 
  • Constricted pupils 
  • Slower-than-normal breathing
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Uncontrolled and unexplained itching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Engaging in risky or illegal behavior
  • Sudden isolation or changes in social structure 

Long Term Symptoms of Heroin AbuseNone of these signs on their own guarantee someone is addicted to heroin or even doing any type of drug. However, if you notice a pattern in yourself or someone you love, these can be signs that intervention is needed. If you aren't sure whether addiction is an issue for you or someone in your life, reach out to our counselors for more information.

Our admissions counselors are available online or via phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to answer your questions and help you understand the next best steps for you. Call us at (877) 392-3342 or chat with us online and we will be glad to help you.

Do I Need Heroin Detox?

The opiate, Heroin used to make you feel intensely euphoric and relaxed. Now, you snort, inject, or smoke the drug just to feel normal — you simply rely on it just to get through the day.

Even if you want to stop, you can't because your body betrays you. As soon as you stop long enough for the drug to start leaving your system, you experience unmanageable heroin withdrawal symptoms that lead you back to using. Your need for the drug might even drive you to make risky decisions or engage in dangerous behavior.

If you can relate to the statements above, then you might be both physically and psychologically addicted to heroin. This isn't something to be ashamed of and it doesn't make you a bad person. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin is extremely addictive and you are not alone in your dependence on the drug. As many as 669,000 people across the nation try the drug each year, and many of them become caught up in addiction.

If this sounds like you, chances are you are both physically and psychologically addicted to heroin and require detoxification. At The Treatment Center, you don’t have to fear heroin withdrawal symptoms. Our medically supervised heroin detox can safely and comfortably remove the drug from your body.  

Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (877) 392-3342. Our admissions counselors are standing by 24/7 to answer any quesiton syou may have regarding opiate detox.

Learn more about Heroin in our The Truth About Heroin series

How to Quit Using Heroin

Heroin is one of the most powerful and addictive drugs on the planet. Unfortunately, these qualities make quitting on your own almost impossible. That is why a medically supervised heroin detox is necessary to remove heroin from your system safely and effectively. 

After this process, your body will no longer be physically dependent upon the drug. However, heroin addiction treatment will be necessary in order to address the psychological dependence that remains and to increase your chances of long-term recovery.

One thing that makes it so difficult to break heroin use habits is the withdrawal symptoms. These unbearable symptoms make it seemingly impossible to stop using heroin on your own.

Withdrawing from Heroin on Your Own

When your body and mind become dependent upon heroin, many changes take place. Your brain’s reward center becomes accustomed to feelings of extreme pleasure, and your body becomes accustomed to numbness, warmth and a lack of tension. 

TTC Heroin Withdrawal Symptomes

Abruptly quitting the drug or quitting without medical supervision often results in severe withdrawal symptoms. Listed below are some of the most common mild to severe heroin withdrawal symptoms:

• Feelings of depression, anxiety, and irritability

• Nausea and/or vomiting

• Strong cravings for more heroin 

• Diarrhea

• Increased sensitivity to pain

• Fever

• Restlessness and insomnia

• Excessive sweating

• Runny nose 

Trying to detox from heroin on your own can seem impossible because of these withdrawal symptoms. At The Treatment Center though, you can rest assured that our trained medical staff will do everything in their power to help you detox from heroin addiction safely and comfortably.

Are you ready to get clean? Call us at (877) 392-3342 or chat with us online, and we will gladly assist you. 

What Should I Expect During Detox?

Once you have been approved for treatment and make it safely to our facility, our addiction specialists will assess your current needs. Your opiate detox plan will be unique to you, taking into consideration how much heroin you use and how long you have been using it.

Board-certified doctors will help you detoxify from heroin without the intensity and discomfort of quitting “cold turkey.” This is achieved by gradually weaning you off of opiates instead of taking you off of them abruptly. 

Our medical staff will monitor your health and provide you with around-the-clock care for the entire duration of your heroin detox. You will never be left alone or shown “tough love”. At The Treatment Center, we will treat you with respect and compassion.

Learn more about our heroin treatment program.

The Next Step

Creating a unique treatment plan is a critical foundation for the overall success of your heroin detox and recovery. We know that treating everyone the same ends in poor results, because everyone's journey into heroin use is not the same. If your journey into use is unique, then your journey out of it must also be personal and custom tailored to your needs.

The result is that you are better able to concentrate on your recovery, which can involve working with behavioral staff to understand why you use drugs, what triggers might cause you to return to use, and how to cope with those triggers to remain sober.

Even after treatment in the facility, you'll need to continue with outpatient measures to maintain your sobriety. You wouldn't leave a hospital after major surgery without planning for physical therapy or checking in with your doctors to ensure everything is going well with recovery. The same is true when you leave an inpatient facility after detoxing from heroin. Some common aftercare plans include individual and group therapy or participation in Narcotics Anonymous.

Start Taking Your Life Back Today

If heroin addiction has destroyed your life, it’s not too late to get it back. At The Treatment Center, we can help you restore hope and a sense of purpose, beginning with a heroin detox.

To start the healing process, call us today at (877) 392-3342. Our admissions counselors are here to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Learn more about our simple admission steps

Heroin treatment is covered by most major insurance plans.


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