Heroin Detox Articles


HEROIN

Heroin is a drug made from the opium plant.  It was originally developed by the Bayer Company and was promoted both as a less addictive alternative to morphine as a pain reliever and as a cough suppressant.

Shortly after its release, it was pointed out that heroin became morphine in the body and was highly addictive. It was banned in the United States and is now a Schedule I drug and there is no allowed medical use.  

Heroin use can create:

  • Dependence (you have painful withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking heroin)
  • Addiction (you are dependent and also crave the feelings you get from heroin)
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Respiratory depression
  • Stomach problems
  • Death

HOW HEROIN WORKS

Like other opium derivatives, heroin works primarily on endorphin receptors in the brain. Endorphins are the body's natural pain inhibitors and are naturally produced by the body.  If someone falls and hurts a leg, more endorphins are produced to try to counteract the resultant pain. 

The heroin user is stimulating the endorphin receptors and the more heroin is used, the less that the body produces endorphin stimulation and relies more and more on the heroin. 

HEROIN TOLERANCE

One of the other factors that affects heroin users is tolerance. Tolerance is a condition where more and more of a drug is required to create the same effect.  This is why heroin users typically find it necessary to ingest more and more heroin in order to prevent painful withdrawal symptoms and to achieve the euphoria that they seek.

HEROIN DETOX

Unlike alcohol or benzos, someone who stops using heroin is going to experience very painful symptoms, but heroin withdrawal rarely creates severe medical problems. 

The exception is if the person has been using heroin and allowed their body to become:

  • Very dehydrated
  • Vitamin and mineral deficient
  • Saddled with untreated physiological conditions such as:
    • Teeth problems
    • Liver problems
    • Cardiovascular problems
    • Endocrine gland problems

If the person has any of these conditions, then their heroin withdrawal will be more likely to create more severe medical situations.  This is why it is advised that these people only attempt their heroin detox under the care of a medical doctor or in a facility, like Novus Medical Detox Center, where you will have 24-hour medical supervision. 

HEROIN WITHDRAWAL PAIN

There is another reason why many heroin users want to come to an inpatient medical facility like Novus Medical Detox Center—to escape the pain of heroin withdrawal. 

Most heroin users have either willingly or unwillingly entered into heroin withdrawal and experienced severe pain.  In fact, it is often the pain of withdrawal that prevents heroin users from attempting to stop using heroin.

At Novus, we offer:

  • A home-like facility
  • A private or comfortable shared room
  • Medications as needed
  • Natural supplements
  • IV's to hydrate and replenish essential vitamins and minerals
  • Delicious food

Many of our patients, even those who have been taking large amounts of heroin for a long time, write in their success stories how they experienced little if any pain or discomfort.

HEROIN TREATMENT

Once withdrawn from heroin, our patients tell us how wonderful they feel.  Many of them believe that they will never start using heroin again.  However, the actual underlying reasons that the person started using heroin to handle problems in life are not handled by simply going through a heroin detox.

This is why it is estimated that 95% of the people who stop using heroin but don't obtain rehab treatment will revert to using heroin. 

It is for this reason that we recommend that our patients who withdraw from heroin at Novus enter a rehab program to ensure that they acquire new ways of solving the problems once addressed with heroin. 

Of course, at Novus we know that people detoxing from heroin will often have unhandled medical conditions.  It is for this reason that we try to help our patients find the right type of medical doctor in their area who will diagnose and treat any medical conditions found. 

HEROIN ARTICLES

Below are some articles about heroin and opiate addiction.

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