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Heroin Detox

Excel Treatment Center understands the trauma that can accompany heroin addiction and withdrawal. We work alongside superb detox facilities which provide expert medical assistance to those attempting to break their addiction.

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Heroin Detox

There is no doubt that New Jersey has been affected by the opioid crisis. Heroin has swept across America and has been responsible for 14,996 deaths in 2018 in this state alone. It is estimated that there are 128,000 active heroin addicts in New Jersey, and it has affected people from all walks of life.

Heroin is one of the most addictive substances known to man. It physically changes the chemistry of the brain, and the withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Many users are left with feelings of hopelessness. However, as uncomfortable as the withdrawal symptoms are, it is possible to recover from heroin addiction.

Excel Treatment Center understands the trauma that can accompany heroin addiction and withdrawal. We work alongside superb detox facilities which provide expert medical assistance to those attempting to break their addiction. They aim to make the process as comfortable as possible, and our clients are often surprised at how different a medically supervised detox is, as opposed to attempting to go it alone.

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What Is Heroin?

Heroin in New Jersey presents as a white powder which is snorted, injected, or smoked. Users typically experience a rush of euphoria and a sense of well-being. It is a strong painkiller, and it blunts the effects of emotions. Heroin is highly addictive, and a single-use can be enough to cause psychological dependence.

As more is used over time, this mental dependence becomes a physical addiction. The body adapts to constantly having heroin in its system, and stops production of certain chemicals which are used to regulate the body. When someone stops taking heroin suddenly, this lack of regulation causes intense withdrawal symptoms.

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Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Typically known as ‘dope sickness’, withdrawal symptoms start around six to eight hours after the last dose is used. They usually peak on day three or four and will begin to reduce after about a week. Acute symptoms usually stop after three weeks, although some people experience effects for months after.

The acute withdrawal symptoms include:

Mild:

Moderate:

Severe:

All levels of withdrawal symptoms are characterized by intense urges to use heroin. The detox period is an especially vulnerable time for users. This is why it is important to detox safely, with medical assistance.

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Medical Heroin Detox

We understand that attempting to detox alone is extremely hard. Clients have usually tried this many times before they reach out to us. The physical and mental symptoms can feel unbearable, and many people find themselves using heroin again to cope. However, with the correct medical assistance, symptoms can be managed.

Many people experience a rush of emotions after detoxing. Heroin blocks feelings, so being newly sober can feel overwhelming. Our understanding and non-judgmental staff are always at hand to listen to our client’s problems during these times. It is also helpful to be around other people who are beginning their recovery journey.

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Treating Heroin Withdrawal

Various medications can be used to treat the symptoms of withdrawal. These act in a similar way to heroin, but are prescribed by a medical professional. They make the symptoms much more bearable and gives our clients a comfortable start to their recovery.

Some of the drugs used are:

Methadone stays in the bloodstream for an entire day. It can still cause dependency, and people can still ‘top-up’ with heroin. Effects can be monitored in the controlled environment of a detox facility. Methadone is usually slowly reduced, which avoids acute withdrawal symptoms.

This works on a similar part of the brain to heroin. However, it has a ‘ceiling’ effect, meaning that there is a limit to how much can be taken, which lowers its abuse potential. It is essential to only take buprenorphine when the client is already in withdrawal, or it can make them feel worse.  Our clinicians are skilled in assessing the perfect time to move someone onto this medication.

One of the main complaints of heroin withdrawal is restless legs. Clonidine helps to reduce these symptoms, and also reduces symptoms of anxiety.

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Excel treatment has changed my life! The staff starting from the intake process, to all the clinicians are amazing! I really enjoy that. Most of the staff are in recovery and relate to me I have been shown so much support, understanding, and accommodation above and beyond!

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