Heroin has an incredibly long history of ruining lives. It also has a longstanding reputation for being among the most highly addictive substances people can access and use. Notwithstanding this fact, a growing number of people are finding themselves chemically dependent upon this notorious substance. The drug is one of the oldest opioids in the world, with people deriving it from the opium poppy for centuries. Today, it is so problematic that many people cannot stop taking it without the help of a heroin detox center.
At California Centers for Recovery, 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. Our drug and alcohol detox programs in Los Angeles are held in a safe, luxurious place where our clients can take the first steps toward a healthier future. We have a vast number of interventions and treatments that we can use to mitigate, manage, and minimize the resulting symptoms and side effects.
The Start of Modern Heroin Abuse
More often than not, modern heroin addiction is the result of abusing prescription opioids like:
People with a prescription for these habit-forming medications tend to overuse them due to the euphoria they provide. When their prescriptions run out, or there are long delays in refilling them, illicit street drugs can 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 extremely high.
No matter your reasons for starting heroin, getting help is always the best choice. This drug and other opioids can take a powerful hold over the mind and body, quickly eliminating 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 attempt.
Recognizing Heroin Abuse
With the complex list of opioids commonly available today, it can be challenging to understand when an addiction is present. However, the first step in treating heroin addiction is recognizing it. For many people, this is the most difficult obstacle to get past. Some of the common signs and symptoms to look for:
- Building up a tolerance to heroin
- Giving up important activities in favor of using heroin
- Obtaining and using heroin, even though it’s dangerous
- Experiencing financial difficulties as a result of spending too much money on heroin
- Lying about use, making excuses for it, or hiding it from others
- Stealing to get money to buy more heroin
- Engaging in risky behaviors while under the influence
- Continuing to use despite negative consequences
- Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to cut back or stop using
Without help, the symptoms of withdrawal can quickly spiral out of control. Moreover, the temptation to return to using to obtain relief is overwhelming. When you detox in our South Bay Area facility, you can look forward to managing your withdrawal symptoms with constant supervision and care, a tranquil, stress-free environment, and a medical detox that helps you get back on your feet.
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Managing Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Several factors can significantly impact 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)
We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to heroin detox for these and many other reasons. When you walk in our doors for treatment, our medical professionals will help relieve your discomfort. You won’t have to suffer from 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 intervention 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 be able to access. In short, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your comfort and well-being from the start of your care. All our team members will treat you with the compassion, respect, and dignity you deserve, and every member of our staff will display the utmost devotion to helping you get well.
Recognizing the Root of Addiction in Our Heroin Detox Program
Given the highly addictive nature of the drug, those recovering from heroin addiction are always at 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 an early effort to identify and address some of the most pressing, underlying causes of addiction. A mental health disorder may often be a primary cause of heroin use. Therefore, treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders is important. Common dual diagnoses include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
We may start certain portions of dual diagnosis treatment right away. However, 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 in Our Luxury Heroin Detox Center in Los Angeles
There is no better moment to seek assistance for your cocaine addiction than now. Our luxurious detox facility in the South Bay Area may be covered by insurance for your stay. We accept most major insurance companies, such as:
- Beacon Health Options
- First Health Network
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Verify your insurance now to find out if the first step of your recovery could be at no cost to you. Start the journey to a happier, healthier future. Contact us at 877.328.5682 today to learn more about our heroin detox center or to get started.