Heroin Detox

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It enters the brain quickly and is fast-acting. It binds to the opioid receptors responsible for feeling pain, pleasure, heart and respiratory rates, and has a euphoric effect on the user.

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While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Melbourne campus, JourneyPure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.

Heroin is made from the opium harvested from the poppy plant. It is classified as an opiate and has a similar effect on the human brain as its prescription counterparts, morphine, and codeine. It is also cheaper and more readily available that then synthetic prescription versions like, Oxycontin and Vicodin. Nearly 80 percent of people who use heroin began their use with prescription opioids. Because heroin is an illegal drug, it is not monitored or controlled, and as a result, can contain additives and contaminants that can be toxic. Heroin can be injected, snorted, or smoked. People overdose on the drug when their breathing slows so much they become hypoxic, meaning they do not get enough oxygen to their brain, causing both long and short-term damage as well as death.

Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction occurs when an individual is using enough of the drug and often enough, to develop a dependency on it. The brain ceases to make dopamine on its own and relies on the drug solely for providing any kind of pleasure or happiness. At our heroin detox center in Melbourne, Florida, we know the more they use heroin, the higher their tolerance develops, and they need more of the drug to feel the same effects. Once an individual has reached this level of use, they will experience withdrawals if they stop. Heroin withdrawal is a traumatic experience with both physical and emotional consequences, and most addicts will avoid feeling them at all costs. This perpetuates the cycle of addiction, giving the addict little hope of ever quitting.

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal will begin just a few hours after the last use. Withdrawal symptoms will vary given the following contributing factors; How often the drug was being used, how much of it was being taken, how it was being taken (smoked, IV, etc.), and for what duration (weeks, months, years).

Physical Symptoms

  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Severe cravings

Psychological Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Agitation or aggression
  • Compromised cognitive function
  • Irritability, moodiness
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

At our Melbourne heroin detox center, we understand that withdrawal begins within a day of the last use, sometimes just after a few hours. The intensity of the withdrawal symptoms reaches their most intense point, 2 to 3 days after last use. Someone detoxing from a substance that they are dependant on can suffer complications, and be at risk for a medical emergency, that is why it is absolutely recommended that they come to a detox facility.

JourneyPure’s Heroin Detox in Melbourne Can Be Broken Down Into Three Phases:

Phase 1 – Hours after their last use, the patient begins to feel sick, nausea, headaches, and possibly fever. They feel chilled and achy.

Phase 2 – The most intense time in detox comes during the first few days and can last over a week. The patient needs medical attention to deal with the physical discomfort and may need fluids and medication. They may also feel emotionally distressed and need support and comfort.

Phase 3 –Patients can experience lingering symptoms for weeks after the initial detox, these ongoing effects are also referred to as PAWS, (post-acute withdrawal symptoms). It is our hope that you will move from our Melbourne heroin detox and into our inpatient rehab, to continue to deal with your ongoing symptoms and recovery.

What To Expect At Our Heroin Detox in Melbourne

Detoxing from heroin is a challenging and often unsafe experience when done alone, or in a non-medical setting. At our detox facility in Melbourne, we seek to improve your comfort, physical health and emotional well being through this process. Sleep medication, antidiarrheal medications, and anti-nausea medications can all be beneficial throughout this process, easing the physical symptoms and allowing for rest. Methadone may be prescribed to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms experienced. Suboxone may also be used, it is not addictive and is an effective drug for maintaining one’s abstinence from heroin. The staff here at our heroin detox in Melbourne, FL will assess your individual needs and see to it that you are provided with the necessary medical support.

Therapy at our Melbourne heroin detox center is also an important part of a successful experience. An individual who is feeling strong mentally and emotionally will have an easier time coping with the physical effects of withdrawal. Individual therapy, group, and family therapy are all imperative to begin the healing process after someone has struggled with addiction.  Behavioral therapy like CBT and DBT can help a patient re-adjust how they view themselves, and their relationships with others. They learn to communicate more effectively, and set boundaries. Therapy helps an individual to discover the underlying causes of their drug use, so that they may address the issues, and live a life free from addiction. They discover that there is a bigger, better life outside of heroin, and join in the fight to live without it.

Get The Help You Deserve At Our Heroin Detox Center in Melbourne, Florida

If you are addicted to heroin and are ready to quit, contact our heroin detox in Melbourne, Florida right now. You do not need to keep going down a path of destruction. You can reach out for help and begin blazing a new trail for your recovery.

Do not waste any more time abusing heroin. Call us today to find out how we can help you.