It seems that for decades the country has been dealing with heroin abuse issues. From addiction to overdose deaths, the demon that is heroin has ravaged both addiction sufferers and the communities around them. Consider this, heroin and other opiate addictions can get so bad that even the cessation of taking these drugs causes problems. People refer to these problems as withdrawal symptoms. The following information will lay out the heroin detox process.

Why Should I Seek Treatment?

Heroin causes many medical issues. One issue that you may not be aware of is the additives in the heroin you buy. Some additives in street heroin may have substances that are difficult to dissolve. These substances could result in clogging your blood vessels, which lead to the brain, lungs, kidneys, or liver. This clog could lead to infections or immune system reaction, which can cause rheumatologic problems, such as arthritis. 

 One of the most prominent problems arose during the early 80s, with the AIDS and HIV crisis. When addicts share needles or other injection equipment, they could also be sharing infections. Infections such as hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV and other blood-borne pathogens, can contaminate the needles, which in turn, you can pass on to your partner and children. These diseases are intensely uncomfortable, and most of them have no cure. 

Let’s say you do not get a blood-borne illness, and you continue to use heroin. If you inject heroin, you could scar your veins or cause them to collapse. If you snort or sniff heroin, you can damage the lining around your nose or break the tissue that divides your nasal passages. Other possible effects are bacterial infections of your heart valves and blood vessels, soft tissue infections, and lung complications such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. These are only a few complications that go along with long term heroin use. 

There is no shame in having a heroin addiction. We know that addiction is a disease like any other. However, you must seek treatment, like you would with any other illness.

Brief Discussion About Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

When a client enters our heroin detox center Palm Springs location, they need help getting safely past their potential withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, a person’s withdrawal symptoms can be just as devastating as a long term addiction. After reading the following list of typical heroin withdrawal symptoms, the challenge for the client and heroin detox center should be clear. The list includes:

  • Severe muscle cramping in the stomach area and extremities
  • Difficulty breathing and blood pressure issues
  • Tremors and convulsions
  • Hallucinations and nightmares
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mental and emotional stress – anxiety
  • Depression and suicidal ideology
Woman and doctor discuss heroin detox
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The Heroin Detox Process

The heroin detox process will usually start within 6-8 hours of the drug user’s last dose. By the end of day one and into the next three days, the individual could well experience some of the more dangerous symptoms. With any luck, the process will be over in about a week. Of course, that depends on the depth of the individual’s addiction prior to heading into the heroin detox center.

At our heroin detox center Palm Springs location, we use a medication assistance program to help keep our clients safe and also comfortable. As long as they don’t show signs of distress, we allow the client to go through detox as naturally as possible. If there are any signs of trouble, our medical staff can prescribe certain medications to combat pain and sleeping issues.

In the worst cases, we sometimes place our clients in a tapering program, using Methadone or Suboxone. These substances give the clients an opportunity to slowly go through detox while the medical staff is monitoring their progress.

After a successful stint in a detox program, the client should be ready to then transfer to a heroin addiction rehab center. That’s where they will get the therapy and counseling they will need to help them stay clean.

Phoenix Rising Recovery – Full Service Rehab

At Phoenix Rising Recovery, we employ some of the best talent available in the addiction treatment industry. For the benefit of our clients, we provide our staff with the best treatment resources possible. That includes a number of modern-day treatment modalities that are proving to be very effective. For their part, clients need to enter our heroin detox center Palm Springs location with focus and commitment.

We will guide you towards a lasting recovery, using a combination of the following treatment options and services:

  • Inpatient Care is ideal for patients who have just gotten free of severe addiction. In this treatment, you stay at the facility 24/7, away from the cares and temptations of the world. You can stay in inpatient care until you feel equipped to go back to your routine life
  • Outpatient care is perfect for the patient who is not at risk of relapse. During outpatient care, you get treatment at the facility during the day and return home at night. 
  • Intensive outpatient care is an option for patients who feel ready to go home but still want treatment regularly. For these patients, they will attend therapy 3-5 days a week for a few hours and then return to their lives. 
  • Partial hospitalization with an outpatient follow up is similar to inpatient care, in that you don’t go home at the end of the day. Instead, you go to one of our sober living homes. 
  • Dual diagnosis treatment is an option for patients who struggle with mental illness and addiction. 
  • Holistic treatment options, such as individual and group therapy, treat the whole person, rather than just the body during addiction treatment.

Before you suddenly stop using heroin, we want you to closely consider the dangers of heroin detox. The detox process is not something you want to tackle on your own. Instead, we want you to give us a call and let us guide you through the entire treatment process. For more information about the services we provide, please give us a call at 855.376.6151.