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Heroin Detox Information

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At Novus Detox, it is our mission to help you achieve Sustainable Sobriety™, which is why we provide comprehensive heroin detox programs to help you comfortably navigate withdrawal symptoms and get your life back.

There is hope for a new life - it starts today. Call Novus Detox at (855) 464-8550 to learn more.

What Is 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; and
  • even 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 Facts

    • It is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the poppy plant
    • It is typically sold by the bag (30-50 milligrams) of from 10%-70% pure heroin
    • It has been recognized as highly addictive since 1898
    • It has been illegal in the United States since 1924
    • It is highly addictive like OxyContin, oxycodone, Vicodin, methadone, hydrocodone and other opiates and opioids
    • A more comfortable and safe heroin withdrawal requires a supervised heroin medical detox.

    Heroin Overdose

    A heroin overdose is a condition where a person’s body is unable to tolerate the amount of heroin ingested and the organs start shutting down. An overdose is often fatal unless immediate medical attention is received.

    A heroin overdose generally occurs because:

    • The heroin user’s body becomes more and more depleted of essential nutrients, amino acids, and minerals and is not functioning as well.
    • Additionally, it could be related to dehydration, which further slows the functions of each of the person’s cells and organs.
    • Like any chemical brought into the body by a drug or alcohol, the body adapts to the heroin and requires more and more heroin to get the same high and stop the painful withdrawal from starting.
    • Sometimes the heroin overdose occurs when the next heroin dose contains more heroin and less filler than the person is used to taking. For example, the person was purchasing bags of heroin that contained 45% heroin and 55% filler and, with no warning, purchases a bag of heroin which contains 90% heroin and 10% filler—which means that the person is suddenly taking twice as much heroin and this causes a heroin overdose.
    • Sometimes the deteriorating condition of the body that is caused by heroin addiction will no longer be able to tolerate even the same amount of heroin as the person was taking and there is a heroin overdose.

    If a person suffering from a heroin overdose does not receive immediate medical treatment they may die. The only way to guarantee a person will avoid a heroin overdose is to handle a person’s heroin addiction with a proper detox program and rehab program.

    Symptoms of heroin overdose:

    • Pinpoint size pupils
    • Bluish skin
    • Bluish fingernails
    • Looseness of their muscles
    • Clammy and cold skin
    • Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
    • Coma
    • Severe respiratory distress
    • Seizures

    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.

    Importance of Medical Supervision During 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.

    There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today at (855) 464-8550.

    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.

    Choose Novus Medical Detox Center

    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 Rehab Program

    Once off of 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.

    Let us help you regain your life - get in touch with Novus today to discover how our heroin detox program can help you or your loved one.


    We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

    Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

    To learn more about how we can help you,
    call (855) 464-8550 today!

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