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How to Get Off Heroin

Getting off heroin can be very difficult for users because of its potency. Heroin is an illegal opiate used by many for recreational purposes. Since heroin has no accepted medical use, anyone who takes it is essentially abusing it. In many cases, people progress to heroin after starting out on less potent drugs. Some people become addicted to their prescription opiate painkillers such as OxyContin and transition to heroin because it’s cheaper on the street. Anyone who becomes addicted to heroin should get professional medical help to get off of it. Heroin withdrawal can be very painful and degrading and requires medical oversight. The onset of withdrawal indicates that a physical addiction is present. Symptoms can include serious drug cravings, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, sweats, body tremors, sleeplessness, restlessness, severe agitation or irritability, depression, aggression, hallucination and seizures. Opiate replacement therapy with methadone was originally implemented to give heroin users a way to get their fix without resorting to crime. Suboxone is also a popular opiate replacement drug. These two medications are narcotics and can also lead to physical dependency.

Where to Go For Help for Heroin Addiction

Waismann Institute in southern California offers a rapid opiate detox that doesn’t rely on these replacement drugs to wean patients off heroin or prescription painkillers. Our success comes from our ability to swiftly eliminate a physical heroin addiction and to manage withdrawal. Our procedure, Waismann Method, is known in the industry to be safe, effective and humane. Our detox makes getting off heroin a more manageable experience. It takes less than two hours and we use intravenous and oral medications to eliminate the physical addiction. Patients are sedated during the procedure and aren’t consciously aware that an accelerated withdrawal takes place during this time. After 3 to 6 days in the hospital, patients can return home opiate-free. Many choose to transition in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility.

Cold Turkey and Other Detox Methods Don’t Stack Up to Waismann Method

Not all rapid opiate detox programs offer a thorough or safe approach to heroin detoxification. Some even discharge patients quickly and send them home or to a hospital to recover. Some facilities offer no options for continued care. Patients who try to get off heroin by attempting a “cold turkey” approach are putting their lives and health at great risk. Not seeking help with heroin detox can be a big mistake. Other options include detox, rehab, group meetings, individual counseling, 12-step meetings and other therapies. Different people respond to these treatments in different ways. Heroin detox doesn’t have to be a long, painful process and the prospect of withdrawal doesn’t have to keep you from getting help. Waismann Method’s program for opiate detox can get you back on your feet in no time.

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