| Heroin Detox
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| Heroin Detox at The Florida House Experience
Many people addicted to heroin continue to abuse the substance because they are afraid of the detox symptoms. Unfortunately, detox is a necessary part of the path to sobriety and at The Florida House Experience, we make it as safe and comfortable as possible.
Heroin is an opiate that gives addicts a feeling of euphoria and well-being. When they 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 detox 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 precautions that are necessary to prevent medical complications. Heroin withdrawal is different for everyone, depending on their use and any underlying medical conditions they may have. Individuals who have a history of addiction, or have been diagnosed medical issues or mood disorders, may have a harder time detoxing from heroin than others.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms may 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 These Withdrawal Symptoms?
Heroin is a drug in the opiate family that suppresses 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 feelings of pleasure. When a person uses heroin, they get an immediate rush of euphoria, and hen the drug is removed from the 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 sudden suicidal thoughts and actions. It is vital that people with underlying mood disorders are supervised throughout the entire withdrawal process. At The Florida House Experience, 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.
| Heroin Detox & Suboxone
Heroin is an incredibly addictive substance and is one of the few drugs that can be treated with a replacement drug that is slowly weaned down. Suboxone is the drug of choice for many rehab centers. It is a prescribed medication that is used to combat heroin addiction that 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.
| Medically Managed Heroin Detox
At the Florida House Experience, we treat heroin detox with compassion and care, and the patient’s safety and comfort always come first. Upon admission, our staff will conduct a thorough examination of each patient, including their medical and psychiatric history, in order to rule-out or treat any underlying medical conditions. We make sure that our patients are aware of what is going on throughout the entire process to eliminate mistrust and the fear of the unknown. Once the initial assessment is complete, we then prescribe medication to assist with any withdrawal symptoms or medical issues throughout the detox.
We understand that the thought of heroin detox can be scary, that is why we offer 24/7 therapeutic support to each of our patients so that they know they are not alone throughout this process.
We create the most comfortable environment for our patients during heroin detox. Patients are monitored 24/7 and staff are always on-hand if the need arises. We are the experts in treating any situation that may arise during heroin withdrawal, so you can trust that you are in the safest hands possible.
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