Heroin dependency is a life devastating condition that damages both the mind and body. You may feel there is no hope, however, it is possible to get your life back. Heroin use usually starts recreationally, but after extended periods of use, your body starts to become physically dependent upon it. As it is with other opiates, a safe and comfortable detoxification is required before healing can begin.
Casa Palmera treatment center, located near San Diego, treats heroin addiction with a proven method. We understand your suffering and your wish to be free from your addiction. Our trained doctors and staff are experts in treating residents who are addicted to heroin and those who are going through heroin withdrawal.
Heroin users never plan to become addicts when they start using recreationally. Addiction to heroin usually develops when a person tries to self-medicate the pain of withdrawal and all of the associated emotional pain. Heroin acts very similarly to other drugs in the opiate family because it is derived from Morphine. Use of heroin is extremely habit forming and can lead to a high dependency very quickly. It can have detrimental effects on a person’s brain, heart, and lungs, and can even lead to death, especially when combined with alcohol or sedatives. Side effects and withdrawal from heroin negatively influence the body’s physiological systems, specifically the central nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems.
Treatment Methods of Heroin Addiction
Detoxification and Suboxone
Programs specializing in detoxification try to achieve safe withdrawal from opiates by minimizing the severity of physical symptoms. This withdrawal period can last from 10 to 14 days. Casa Palmera offers residents who want to withdraw from opiates through safe and comfortable means, the ability to do so through the use of Suboxone. Suboxone is a medication that blocks withdrawal symptoms from opiate drugs such as heroin, OxyContin, codeine, and morphine. Suboxone is only used during the detoxification period. When a resident stabilizes, virtually all symptoms of withdrawal are gone within four to six hours. It is not possible to become addicted to Suboxone.
For the past 30 years, Methadone has been used to safely and effectively treat opioid addiction. Methadone is usually taken orally and suppresses heroin withdrawal for 24 – 36 hours.
Buprenorphine is a popular alternative to methadone for heroin addiction treatment. It causes effects which are weaker than methadone, and individuals are less likely to overdose. Users are also less likely to become dependent on Buprenorphine.
At Casa Palmera, we understand how devastating having a heroin addiction is, and how it can consume your life. Casa Palmera provides you with the tools and skills you will need to make your transition to finally becoming “Heroin Free!” If you or a loved one suffers from heroin addiction, contact Casa Palmera today to get the help you deserve.