Heroin Detox at FHE Rehab
There are many instances where people who are addicted to heroin will continue to abuse the substance because they fear the potentially lethal ramifications of heroin withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, detoxification programs are a necessary part of the path to sobriety in most cases. At FHE Health, we make medically assisted detox treatment as safe and comfortable for our patients as possible.
Heroin is an opiate that gives users a feeling of euphoria and well-being. When individuals run out of the drug, they begin to crash, causing them to seek more heroin in order to feel “normal” again. Their second and third highs are nothing compared to their first, resulting in this cycle of addiction becoming an endless circle of getting high, coming down, and seeking more.
The decision to quit using heroin is a big and difficult step to take, and avoiding withdrawal symptoms shouldn’t be a reason to keep using. We help our patients deal with all of the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal, and we take all necessary precautions to help prevent medical complications.
The effects of Heroin withdrawal can be different for everyone depending on their usage habits, the tolerance they’d built up to the effects of the drug, and any underlying medical conditions they may have. Individuals who have a history of addiction or have been diagnosed with medical issues or mood disorders may have a harder time going through substance abuse treatments like detoxification than others.
Common side effects of heroin withdrawal include:
- Flu-like symptoms, known as being “dope sick”
- Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting
- Cold, clammy skin
- Night sweats
- Anxiety and nightmares
- Involuntary movement, especially of the legs
- Bone and muscle pain
- Intense cravings for more drugs.
Why Does Heroin Cause Withdrawal Symptoms?
Heroin is a member of the opiate class of drugs that suppress the central nervous system, including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. It also binds to special receptors in the brain, increasing chemicals like dopamine, that are responsible for feelings of pleasure. When a person uses heroin, they get an immediate rush of euphoria, and when the drug is removed from their system, the opposite occurs – leaving the individual feeling like they are going through the worst possible physical and emotional symptoms.
Special care is needed for people with a predisposition for depression because heroin detox can cause severe and cause sudden suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is vital that people with underlying mental health disorders are supervised throughout the entire withdrawal process. At FHE Health, we make sure to monitor these kinds of patients around the clock. We also provide medication and counseling as necessary to ensure that each of our patients are as safe and comfortable as possible during their addiction treatment.
Detox With Suboxone
Heroin is an incredibly addictive substance and is one of the few drugs that can be treated with a replacement drug by slowly weaning down the patient’s dosage. Suboxone is the drug of choice for many rehab centers in this scenario. It is a prescribed medication that is used to combat heroin addiction and contains buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is considered a mild opiate that produces some of the same effects so that the brain doesn’t go into complete shock from withdrawal.
While Suboxone carries many benefits, it needs to be administered and taken cautiously. It is important to note that while it helps wean individuals off of heroin, Suboxone can become an addiction as well. Suboxone is meant to be taken for a short amount of time and tapered down immediately with a doctor’s supervision. Because of this, inpatient addiction treatment options like visiting a Florida opiate detox center or another type of inpatient detox facility is often the best and safest approach to starting heroin addiction treatment efforts.
Medically Assisted Heroin Detox
At FHE Health, we treat heroin detox with compassion and care, and our patients’ safety and comfort always come first. Upon admission, our staff will conduct a thorough examination going over the patient’s medical and psychiatric history in order to identify and treat any underlying medical concerns, like mental and behavioral health disorders. We make sure that our patients are well-informed throughout the entire detoxification process to eliminate mistrust and reduce any anxiety towards starting treatment. Once the initial assessment is complete, we then prescribe any necessary medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms or other medical conditions while the patient goes through their heroin rehab treatment.
We understand that the thought of heroin detox can be extremely scary, which is why we offer 24/7 therapeutic support to each of our patients. You won’t be traveling this road alone and we’re here to guide you through your treatment.
We create the most comfortable environment possible for our patients during their heroin addiction treatment program. Patients are monitored 24/7 and members of staff are always on-hand when patients are in need of help in some way. We’re well versed in handling any situation or complication that can arise during a Florida detox program, so you know you’re in good hands.