People across the United States and New Hampshire use heroin daily. The national opioid crisis continues to worsen. While some people become addicted to heroin after using prescription opioids, others may use heroin to soothe mental, emotional, or physical pain. Like other opioids, heroin changes the brain, and the more often someone uses it, the more heroin they will need. Heroin detox is the safest, most effective way to stop using heroin and manage withdrawal symptoms to prevent relapse.
If you or someone you love is struggling with heroin or other opioids, know you are not alone. The team at our boutique drug detox clinic in New Hampshire can help. Liberty Health Services gives clients an intimate, family-focused recovery. Learn more about our heroin detox and other programs today by calling us at 855.959.4521 to speak with an intake specialist.
What Does Heroin Withdrawal Feel Like?
Heroin provides an almost immediate high whether it is smoked or injected. It also leaves the bloodstream quickly, leaving users wanting more. Someone who regularly uses heroin will need more every 6-12 hours, depending on their tolerance and metabolism. Someone using heroin will need a higher dose for the same euphoric effect or pain management in a short time. Unfortunately, this often leads to overdose and heroin-related deaths. The more frequently someone uses heroin, the more quickly they will develop an addiction. When this happens, the brain tricks the body into believing it will not survive without more heroin. This is the natural response of withdrawal.
Many experience “dope sickness” during withdrawal. This painful flu-like response can be detrimental to someone’s overall health. It can also be impossible to withstand without help. Symptoms can be so severe that people believe they will die without another dose of heroin. Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Changes in mood
- Erratic behavior
- Muscle spasms and pain
- Changes in pain receptors
- Trouble concentrating
- Drug-seeking behavior
- Cold sweats
Unfortunately, quitting heroin cold turkey is virtually impossible because heroin changes brain chemistry. During withdrawal, a person can become a danger to themselves and others. They often seek more heroin, act impulsively and irrationally, and become aggressive.
How Long Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?
Initial heroin withdrawal lasts a week or two as the drug leaves the system and the brain goes through shock. However, many people develop post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Also called PAWS, this syndrome can cause physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms to reoccur for months or years after the initial detox. For those struggling with changes to brain chemistry, a medically-assisted detox is often used to lessen the effects of post-acute withdrawal syndrome. PAWS leads to relapse, self-harm, and other destructive behaviors when not treated with a professional detox program.
Begin Heroin Detox in Serene New Hampshire Now
A combination of psychiatric and medical detox support is the safest way to detox from heroin and reduce withdrawal symptoms. A drug-free detox environment is the best way to stay sober for someone going through withdrawal. At-home detox can be unsuccessful and potentially lethal.
The team at Liberty Health Services is ready to help you and your loved ones recover from heroin and reduce withdrawal symptoms. With only 24 clients in our intimate clinic at a time, we provide boutique, client-focused detox for a range of drugs, including heroin and other opioids. Our medically-assisted detox programs in serene New Hampshire give clients the tools to disconnect from life’s stressors and jumpstart long-term wellness.
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If you’re ready for compassionate detox in an intimate setting, call us now at 855.959.4521 to learn more about our boutique heroin detox treatment program and prevent overdose today.