Wilmington Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with heroin addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Located in North Carolina, Wilmington will help you smoothly transition from detoxification to our residential rehab center.
The Importance of Heroin Detox
Heroin is an extremely potent and dangerous substance that can cause monumental disturbances in the lives of those who become addicted to it. Despite the fact that the dangers associated with the use of this substance are well-known, it remains a popular drug of abuse throughout society. And once a person begins experimenting with the use of heroin, he or she is susceptible to rapidly becoming addicted to it, risking an addiction that can be incredibly challenging to overcome.
Heroin can be consumed in a number of ways, including snorting, smoking, or injecting it. The physical ramifications of consuming the substance in any fashion can be extremely detrimental, and put the user’s life at risk. As a person continues to consume heroin, his or her body starts to become tolerant to the effects of the substance, causing him or her to have to increase the amount that he or she is consuming, or to increase the frequency of which he or she is using. This increase can subsequently result in the individual becoming dependent on the drug, meaning that his or her body essentially no longer knows how to function unless the drug is present in its system. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals have the substance removed from their bodies as quickly as possible and seek treatment.
What Happens During Heroin Withdrawal
When a person stops using heroin after his or her body has become dependent on it, he or she is vulnerable to experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms arise as the body adjusts itself to functioning without heroin. Examples of symptoms that can arise during the period of heroin withdrawal include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Intense cravings for the drug
- Abdominal cramping
- Extreme feelings of restlessness
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Excessive yawning
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
Because these symptoms can cause immense distress, many individuals resort to resuming their use of the drug strictly to experience relief. Thus, the cycle of heroin abuse and addiction continues.
Why Choose Wilmington Treatment Center for Heroin Detox
Withdrawing from heroin is not only an unpleasant experience, but it can also be extremely dangerous. For this reason, it is beneficial for individuals to be monitored by professionals throughout that period of time. The most optimal way for individuals to begin the process of recovering from an addiction to heroin is by participating in detoxification services. During detoxification, otherwise known more simply as detox, an individual’s body is cleared of heroin through a physiological process. This medically monitored process allows individuals to be in a safe and supportive environment while their bodies become rid of heroin or any other toxic substances.
At Wilmington Treatment Center, we offer state-of-the-art detox protocols that allow our patients the highest level of comfort as they take this first step towards recovering from their addictions to heroin. With a full team of experienced medical personnel, individuals who engage in the detox program at our center can rest assured that they will have access to professionals who are experts in their respective fields. Throughout the detox process, medical staff checks in with each individual on a daily basis, while our attentive and compassionate nursing staff remains available around-the-clock to ensure that each person is safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Medications are available and may be administered when appropriate in order to further alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.
Additionally, at Wilmington Treatment Center, we are extremely pleased to offer our patients the ability to engage in our auricular acupuncture program, which is endorsed by the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This process helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms through the use of small electric microcurrents. By taking advantage of this program, patients can experience the relief of recovery as quickly as their bodies will allow.
Furthermore, as patients progress through detox and become more physically and mentally stable, they have the option of participating in support groups and recreational activities like yoga, art therapy, and music therapy.
Long-Term Benefits of Heroin Detoxification
The benefits of receiving detoxification services when working to overcome an addiction to heroin are vast, and can have a lasting impact on the wellbeing of each person who chooses to engage in them. The following are among the many benefits of participating in detox:
- Because detox occurs in a safe and secure setting, individuals do not have access to heroin. As such, they will not have the temptation to use heroin like they would if they were in their home environments.
- The discomfort of the withdrawal process can be dramatically reduced, if not eliminated completely.
- Individuals are monitored by medical professionals, which allows them to remain safe and comfortable.
- Mental health and addiction experts are on hand to provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the process.
- Detoxification provides the clarity of mind that individuals need as they begin to engage in the therapeutic aspects of recovery.
- The risk of further detriments impacting an individual’s physical and mental health can be eliminated.
Making the decision to overcome an addiction to heroin can be incredibly intimidating. Those who make this brave choice should be encouraged and celebrated. At Wilmington Treatment Center, we revere each individual who chooses to enter our program with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. Our goal is to help every person who is entrusted into our care achieve the goals they have for their recovery and rediscover a life of health and happiness.
If you have any questions about our detoxification process or any other aspect of the care offered at our detox center, please do not hesitate to contact us today.