Short-term and long-term users risk lethal overdose every time they use it. Treating an addiction to heroin addiction is difficult and requires medical, pharmacological and therapeutic support.
When dealing with heroin addiction, it’s important to get professional help in a qualified treatment center.
If your loved one is dealing with heroin addiction, please talk to an addiction professional today.
Trying to come off of heroin cold turkey is not only excruciating it raises overdose risk if a relapse happens as tolerance for the opiate goes down several days after abuse is stopped.
What is Heroin?
Understanding the drug could help understand its dangers. Heroin is a natural derivative of opium. It produces a powerful high or euphoria. Opium is an ingredient in medical morphine that is used to relieve pain also. Like heroin, medical morphine also leads to the quick development of tolerance. The user needs more and more of the drug to achieve the same high or result. Serious side effects such as respiratory depression, drowsiness, and mental dysfunction may occur after usage. Withdrawal from heroin is marked by multiple symptoms, which are severe and making DIY detox extremely difficult.
Why Heroin is Dangerously Addictive?
Heroin is highly addictive not only because it produces a powerful high, but it is also marked by severe withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, the fear of withdrawal symptoms keeps people using the drug. Although withdrawal symptoms can be severe and excruciatingly painful, usually, it is not dangerous in that a user is not likely to develop seizures or strokes like from alcohol withdrawal or benzodiazepine withdrawal. Tremors, chills, out-of-body feelings, pain, nausea, vomiting, and psychological complications make the recovery progress very difficult. At the Center For Network Therapy, our team of nurses, physicians, and therapists address withdrawal symptoms effectively, based on each person’s individual needs, helping them to engage in therapeutic treatment to effect lifestyle changes they need to make.
Safest Way to Treat an Addiction to Heroin
Detox is the first step in treating the addiction because it provides relief from withdrawal symptoms that are extremely uncomfortable and may last for weeks. During the detoxification, medications are given to minimize the pain. When the drug leaves the body, withdrawal symptoms will start in just a few hours. A combination of medications and therapy is required to treat withdrawal symptoms, including cravings, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and pain.
Aside from medical assistance, therapy is also an important element of CNT’s addiction treatment programs. Therapy helps with post-addiction depression and affects lifestyle changes needed to stay sober. CNT’s Ambulatory Detoxification generally produces better results due to the integration with the patient’s living environment.
Why Outpatient Detox
We believe that Ambulatory Detoxification delivers better outcomes because of the integration of the home environment. We use proven protocols that are used in the inpatient setting while providing all needed medications cost-free in a safe and moderate process. Our certified nurses and physicians monitor patients on a daily basis. Family involvement, group and individual therapy support recovery in this early phase.
Ambulatory detox lays down the foundation for a solid recovery with innovative adjustments:
Individualized treatment – patients benefit from customized medication treatment to make them comfortable.
Integration with the home environment – in contrast to the inpatient treatment, patients learn from the first day on how to deal with emotional withdrawal symptoms at their home environment. This part of the treatment reduces the risk of relapse when returning home from the rehab facility.
Family involvement – At CNT, family involvement in treatment is encouraged and it could play a significant role is supporting the patient at a critical time in recovery.
A longer length of stay – Another benefit of the outpatient program is that health insurance providers usually approve longer lengths of treatment – detoxification as well as other lower levels of treatment. The benefit to the patient is that longer lengths of stay in detoxification lead to minimization or total elimination of withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings.
Each individual’s recovery is unique. Some get on the path to recovery on the first attempt and for others, it takes multiple attempts. Length and severity of use determine the degree of withdrawal symptoms and length of treatment. Length of stay in an inpatient detox program is usually limited to 5-6 days and may not be enough minimized withdrawal symptoms or cravings. A longer length of treatment, family involvement, and community support, all play an important role in the recovery process. Our Outpatient Ambulatory Detoxification program builds a supportive network for each patient to support their sobriety.
You’re Not Alone
Entering a quality heroin addiction treatment is an important stepping stone to recovery. Personalized treatment is the core value at CNT. If you are looking for an effective heroin addiction treatment program, please contact us to ease your road to recovery. Call a treatment expert today if you or a loved one are experiencing addiction symptoms.
Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.