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Detox from Heroin

Heroin withdrawal symptoms range from mild craving, anxiety, drug-seeking behavior, yawning, perspiration, runny eyes and nose, restless and broken sleep, and irritability. The eyes may not respond properly to light (i.e., pupils will remain dilated in the presence of bright light).

More severe symptoms are muscular twitches, gooseflesh, hot and cold flashes, abdominal cramps, rapid breathing, fast pulse, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of energy.

Not everybody suffers all the symptoms or the most severe ones; the severity of symptoms usually depends on the length and frequency of heroin abuse. Another factor is whether or not heroin contains fentanyl or carfentanil.

Medication-Assisted Detox for Heroin

In detox/rehab, relief during the five to ten days of these symptoms can be provided through various medications including:

    1. Clonidine
    2. Buprenorphine (Subutex or “subs”)
    3. Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone or “subs”)

These detox medicines aim to ease the physical discomfort and help the user get some sleep.
Warm baths, mild exercise, electro-chemically balanced nutrition, and the compassionate support of recovery-sensitive physicians, nurse, and counselors help ease a person through withdrawal. The last item is not the least important because your counselor is responsible for facilitating your entry into the most import part of detox— recovery-sensitive therapy.

Heroin detox medicine such as buprenorphine should be discontinued as soon as possible because buprenorphine maintenance has also changed into buprenorphine addiction.

Long-term recovery for heroin users is often made difficult by malnutrition, infections, and diseases associated with intravenous drug use.
These diseases include acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) and hepatitis. In fact, intravenous drug users in many areas of the country are the group with the highest risk of developing AIDS.

“Denial” is one less thing to have to focus-on during heroin recovery-sensitive therapy. That’s because the marijuana addict struggling with the idea that: “I’m not at all like a heroin addict.” While the alcoholic struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like a heroin addict.”

Heroin addicts rarely if ever say: “I’m not aa bad as other heroin addicts.”

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