If you or a loved one needs help with quitting heroin, then heroin detox is probably going to be the first step. AKUA Mind & Body would like to encourage you to take the necessary steps to get the help you need. Most of us personally know someone who has died due to heroin or opioid abuse, so, without trying to be alarmists, getting into heroin detox and treatment is a race against the clock for heroin abusers! Don't wait until it's too late to realize that you should have gotten the help you needed when you still could have.
How Does Heroin Addiction Start?
Although research suggests that most people who abuse prescription drugs will not end up abusing heroin, most heroin users report having used prescription opioids first. The story is common: A person gets into an accident or otherwise endures a situation or condition that causes them to live in great pain. Their doctor prescribes them opioid pain medication to cope. Over time, the individual not only becomes dependent on the medication to live with the pain, but even after the pain stops, the individual finds that they still need the medication to get through the day. An addiction has developed!
Sooner or later, the physician will discontinue the medication and no longer prescribe it to the patient. As the medication becomes harder to get and often isn't available on the streets, heroin fills the void. What's worse is that heroin, unlike in recent decades, isn't limited to urban areas and minority demographics, which is bad enough! Today, heroin is everywhere. Plus, heroin is often seen as a cheaper alternative to prescription opioids.
Why Heroin Detox is Essential
Prolonged opioid use turns into abuse, which causes dependence. If a person suddenly discontinues the use of heroin, they will most likely develop withdrawal symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Heroin withdrawal will not be the same for everyone. There are several factors that will determine the kinds of withdrawal symptoms the user will experience, how long they will experience those symptoms and the severity of those symptoms. Here are the factors that come into play:
- How long the individual abused heroin
- How much heroin the person used each time
- How much time the person had between heroin uses
- The potency or purity of the heroin that the user abused
As the leading heroin detox in San Diego, AKUA Mind & Body treats people with heroin addiction problems every day. We have a detox program with staff and resources that are dedicated to heroin detox and recovery. Here are some of the most common symptoms that we see when a patient is going through withdrawal:
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscle Pain
- Bone Pain
- Abdominal Cramps
- Increased Heart Rate
- Dilated Pupils
AKUA Mind & Body offers medically supervised heroin detox in San Diego. We have treatment options, including medication, to make the withdrawal process as fast and as comfortable as possible. When detox is complete, AKUA Mind & Body can offer residential inpatient treatment as well.
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