Heroin has an incredibly long history of ruining lives. It also has a longstanding reputation for being among the most highly addictive substances that people can access and use. Notwithstanding this fact, a growing number of people are finding themselves chemically dependent upon this notorious substance.
People who’ve been prescribed these habit-forming medications tend to overuse them. When their prescriptions run out or when there are long delays in having them refilled, illicit street drugs are used to keep the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal at bay. Using heroin in this capacity is incredibly dangerous. With the rising prevalence of fentanyl-tainted heroin and an ongoing inability to accurately measure heroin doses, the risks of overdose and death are always incredibly high. At CCR, we’re committed to helping people reclaim their lives from the overwhelming bonds of this drug. We understand how challenging and uncomfortable heroin withdrawal can be, and we have a vast number of interventions and treatments that we can use to mitigate, manage, and minimize the resulting symptoms and side effects.
More often than not, modern heroin addiction is the result of abusing prescription opioids like:
No matter what your reasons for starting heroin may be, getting help is always the best choice. This drug and other opiates can take a powerful hold over the mind and body, and can quickly eliminate the conscious choice to stop using. Various changes that occur in the brain’s chemistry as the result of heroin use make quitting “cold turkey” a dangerous and ill-advised experiment. Absent of help, the symptoms of withdrawal can quickly spiral out of control. Moreover, the temptation to return to using in order to obtain relief is guaranteed to be overwhelming. When you detox in our Manhattan Beach, CA facility, you can look forward to having manageable withdrawal symptoms, constant supervision and care, a tranquil, stress-free environment, and a detox that’s significantly shorter in duration overall.
Several factors can have a significant impact on the intensity and duration of your detox experience. Among these are: the length of time you’ve been using heroin, the amount of damage your brain and body have sustained, whether or not you’ve been using fentanyl-tainted heroin or other opiates, your primary manner of ingesting heroin (smoking, snorting, intravenously).
For these and many other reasons, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to heroin detox. When you walk in our doors for treatment, your immediate withdrawal symptoms will be given urgent attention. You won’t have to suffer from the nausea, stomach cramps, and sweating that early heroin withdrawal entails. We’ll use medical interventions to bring you back to a balanced state of focus, functioning, and clarity. This will allow us to walk you through the check-in process, familiarize you with the treatment environment, and explain the rules of our facility. We will also tell you about the many therapeutic activities that you’ll have access to. In short, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your comfort and well-being from the start of your care. All of our team members will treat you with the compassion, respect, and dignity that you deserve, and every member of our staff will display the utmost devotion to helping you get well.
Given the highly addictive nature of opiates, those recovering from heroin addiction are always considered to be high-risk for relapse, especially during the most formative stages of treatment. Due to this fact, we take a multi-dimensional approach to managing withdrawal symptoms by using both medications and a battery of therapies and stress management techniques for naturally alleviating any remaining discomfort. We also make early effort to identify and address some of the most pressing, underlying causes of addiction. For instance, for those suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, or other underlying mental health issues, we may start certain portions of dual diagnosis treatment right away. Notwithstanding this fact, our patients are never under any pressure to take a proactive or labor-intensive part in the treatment process while they are still actively detoxing. As we support you and meet your needs, we want your primary focus to be on healing and getting physically well.
Services and Therapies for Staying the Course
Many of our heroin detox patients require long-term medication management of their addictions. It takes a very long time for the brain to recover from the damages caused by ongoing heroin use, and some changes in brain chemistry and brain functioning may never self-correct. This is why those detoxing from heroin are strongly advised to attend residential treatment, and to establish stable plans for ongoing recovery support. With continued access to the right resources, services, and tools, you can make the challenges of your detox more than worthwhile. For most of our clients, physical heroin detox symptoms last approximately five to 14 days. Once you’ve overcome the physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal, you can move directly into our residential treatment program. Here, you’ll learn new coping strategies and develop many other skills for successfully battling cravings and temptations, and for maintaining lifelong sobriety and health.
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