A common mistake many people make is when trying to detox from heroin is thinking they can go through the process on their own. Doing a cold turkey detox from heroin is one of the main reasons why people relapse - and one of the most dangerous. When you’re committed to detoxing from heroin, the best thing you can do is get help from a qualified detox facility. Before getting treatment, it helps to understand why heroin withdrawal happens in the first place.
Your body is always trying to maintain balance and homeostasis. When something is off, your body gives off signals, telling you something has to change. For example, when you’re dehydrated or hungry, you get different physical and psychological reactions as your body reminding you to drink or eat something. When you begin putting something into your body for a long period of time, your equilibrium begins to change, and your body has a new normal.
When it comes to drugs like heroin, extensive use of the drug changes how your brain and body operate. Each time you use heroin, your body gets an excess flood of dopamine, so your brain sets a new baseline for how your brain should feel. The release of dopamine is triggered when the drug attaches to different opioid receptors in your brain. As the heroin begins to leave the system, the receptors are left vacant, and you begin to experience the symptoms of withdrawal such as:
Aches and pains
When you’re going through withdrawal on your own, your cravings to use are intensified tremendously. Your body is sending you signals trying to get you to use the drug again so you can return to feeling normal. Without proper help, many people decide to go back to using heroin, rather than getting through the detox process. Aside from that, severe withdrawal can be extremely dangerous as well.
There’s a myth that heroin withdrawal isn’t fatal, and that’s not the entire truth. While heroin withdrawal alone isn’t fatal, what happens to your body can be. From long-term substance abuse, many vital organs such as your heart are damaged by the drug use. During withdrawal, you experience elevated heart rate and blood pressure, and this can be fatal when your heart is already weak. This is one of the main reasons it’s important to go through a medical detox program.
Today, there have been decades worth of scientific research into the field of addiction medicine. At a medical detox facility, you may receive medications that can assist in minimizing the symptoms of withdrawal such as Suboxone, which is tapered off as you begin to heal. Some people who go through treatment prefer a more holistic method of detox, and that’s an option as well. No matter which type of detox you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll be safe while you’re in the care of medical professionals who specialize in addiction.
Enlightened Solutions Detox is a fully accredited addiction treatment facility that offers state-of-the-art services to safely detox heroin from the body. Our team is dedicated to helping people get clean from heroin, as well as other drugs and learn a better way of living. Not only do we help you wane off of the substance, but we also teach you how to maintain recovery upon leaving treatment. For more information, give us a call today at 833-233-7336.
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