Detoxing from heroin is the first step in overcoming an addiction. It can also be the most difficult step to take, but knowing you’re in good hands makes all the difference. Timberline Knolls’ detoxification ensures our clients are safe and comfortable.
Detox: The First Step To Recovery
Although heroin is an illicit substance with a well-known history of devastating the lives of those who consume it, it still remains a popular drug of abuse throughout society today. Unfortunately, the addictive properties of this substance make it one that can rapidly ensnare individuals in a vicious cycle of addiction. Even for those who only consume it as a means of experimentation, they may quickly find themselves in a position where they feel helpless to put an end to their heroin use.
Regardless of the way that heroin is consumed, whether it be through smoking, snorting, or injecting, the effects of that consumption can be pleasantly powerful and can entice individuals into continued use. The more that a person uses heroin, the more at risk she becomes of developing a tolerance to the effects of the substance. As a result, that individual must increase the amount that she is using, or increase the frequency with which she is using, in order to continue achieving a high. As this use steadily increases, a person is then at risk for become physically dependent on the substance.
What Happens During Heroin Withdrawal
Once a physical dependence on heroin has developed, an individual is susceptible to experiencing a distressing period of withdrawal, should she attempt to stop using the drug. The symptoms of withdrawal appear as the person’s body attempts to readjust to functioning without heroin present in its system. Examples of possible symptoms that can arise during a period of heroin withdrawal can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Watery eyes and runny nose
- Abdominal cramping
- Overpowering cravings for more heroin
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Pervasive feelings of restlessness
Due to the fact that these symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, many individuals find themselves returning to the use of heroin as a means of putting an end to their discomfort. As such, the devastating cycle of addiction continues.
Detoxification at Timberline Knolls
Upon arriving at Timberline Knolls for treatment, individuals will be asked to take part in an assessment that will help determine whether or not detoxification services are a necessary preliminary step to their treatment process. Due to the fact that detox is a physiological process, ensuring that one’s health is evaluated prior to the start of care, and is consistently monitored throughout the duration of the detoxification process is crucial.
If detoxification is deemed a necessary step in one’s initial treatment plan, the staff at Timberline Knolls will provide the individual with ongoing support and supervision as the detox process is navigated. An individual’s safety and comfort is of the utmost importance, and the compassionate and knowledgeable staff here at Timberline Knolls will do everything in their power to ensure that each person progresses through the detoxification process with as minimal discomfort as possible.
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Heroin Addiction
While making the decision to engage in detox services can be an intimidating one, it can also be a life-saving choice. There are countless benefits that accompany one’s participation in detox, and can include the following:
- Ongoing heroin use places individuals at an ever-present risk of experiencing an overdose, which has the potential to be fatal. By receiving detox services, the risk of overdosing is eliminated.
- While engaged in a detox program, individuals do not have access to heroin, which prevents them from relapsing.
- In addition to the assistance of medical professionals who monitor one’s physical health throughout the duration of the detoxification process, mental health professionals are also available to provide psychological and emotional support.
- The distressing symptoms that are likely to arise during the period of heroin withdrawal can be significantly minimized, if not eliminated completely, by participating in detox.
- When individuals continue to abuse heroin, their physical and mental health are in a constant state of deterioration. By receiving detox services, however, future detriments can be avoided.
- Once the detox process has come to an end, individuals will have achieved the clarity of mind that will allow them to participate in therapeutic aspects of addiction treatment, helping them to maintain sobriety for the long-term.
The aforementioned is only a brief list of the many benefits that participating in detox can provide for an individual. Yet, it is evidence of the necessity that exists in regards to taking advantage of detoxification services as one begins the process of healing from an addiction to heroin.
If you have any questions about the detoxification process in general, how Timberline Knolls implements detox procedures, or about any other aspect of the programming offered here at Timberline Knolls, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.