Heroin withdrawal is often a difficult and unpleasant process. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal will range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of use and the length of time the illicit drug was being abused. While not typically life-threatening, the uncomfortable symptoms of heroin withdrawal coupled with intense psychological cravings often lead an individual back to use before the detox process is complete. The good news is that with assistance from Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, patients will successfully make it through detox, rehabilitation and aftercare and ultimately to return to independent living with all of the coping and life skills necessary to thrive as a fully-functioning and productive individual.
Our integrated and comprehensive program of medical heroin detox is geared towards men and women of all ages who are ready to commit to a new way of life. In recent years, heroin abuse and addiction has taken the entire country by storm. Sadly, New Jersey was especially hard hit. We provide quality clinical care to those struggling with heroin addiction in New Jersey, in the Tri-state area and in the remainder of the country. While overcoming a severe physical and psychological dependence might seem like an impossibility while in the throes of active addiction, recovery is always possible.
Heroin Abuse and Addiction
Addiction is partially defined as the use of a substance regardless of the negative consequences. Dependence is a complex process during which the physical body and central nervous system become used to the chemical substance and begin requiring it in order to to function normally. Heroin abuse and addiction are serious mental health conditions, both which will require professional intervention and long-term clinical care.
The Sequence of Heroin Withdrawal
From the last time that an individual uses heroin, he or she will typically begin to feel the symptoms of opiate withdrawal within the first 6 to 12 hours. The symptoms will peak at between 1 and 3 days, and then begin to slowly decline. In most cases, the most intense symptoms will slowly taper off over the course of the following week or so. After the actual detox period has concluded, symptoms can continue to persist. This is called post-acute withdrawal. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, our programs most often include future counseling and follow-up therapies (aftercare) to help the patient slowly and successfully reintegrate back into society and maintain a healthy daily routine.
Medical Detox and Heroin Withdrawal
After a comprehensive medical evaluation, our team of case managers and medical professionals will construct a program geared to the specific needs of each individual patient. We may prescribe medications to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms, and depending on the severity of the symptoms that are being experienced and the unique needs of the person, medications may differ. When it comes to heroin withdrawal, we will generally prescribe proven medication assisted therapies like Suboxone.
We then help the patient through the acute withdrawal period. During this time when the patient is most at risk of relapse, our 24-hour clinical care will ensure that we are constantly available to help each individual patient through the process of withdrawal while they are in their most vulnerable state.
In severe cases of heroin withdrawal, the body can go into physical shock, resulting in convulsions, seizures and even hallucinations. Our medical team will be there to respond as quickly as possible, adjusting replacement medications to ensure safe withdrawal and treating symptoms as needed.
Post Detox Treatment
Once heroin is finally out of the individual’s system, rehabilitation will finally be able to begin. The rehabilitation process consists of several different treatment modalities, and will depend highly on the circumstances of each patient. Most commonly, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy will be included in the rehab plan.
When to Consider an Inpatient Program for Heroin Detox
Princeton Detox & Recovery Center advises patients to consider medical detox in the following circumstances:
- In cases of moderate or severe addiction.
- In circumstances where the patient is without support at home.
- In situations where being in outpatient treatment exposes the patient to relapse triggers.
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Ongoing Case Management
All patients at Princeton Detox & Recovery Center will be assigned a case manager who will get to know each individual on a highly personal basis. With a thorough understanding of the personal needs and requirements of each client, each case manager will be able to construct an individualized program of addiction services and an appropriate post-detox or aftercare program.
Each case manager will act as a single point of contact for family members and will become a pivotal guide and advocate for the remainder of the heroin addiction treatment program.
Post Treatment Plan
Post-treatment plans are an integral part of any successful recovery. The program may include outpatient visits or assistance in finding sober living arrangements. We take the needs of each patient into account and create a customized program to foster long term success.