Over the past two decades, heroin abuse and addiction have become major health-related issues throughout the country. The rates of heroin abuse have been on a sharp incline since 2007, and thousands of American citizens lose their lives to a heroin overdose on an annual basis. Those who have been suffering at the hands of a heroin abuse disorder will need to undergo a multi-phased continuum of clinical care – which will always begin with medical detox. Heroin detox is not generally life-threatening, however, associated symptoms can be harshly uncomfortable, and attempting to detox in an at-home setting can be extremely dangerous. Those who attempt to detox at home will typically relapse before the withdrawal process has come to an end.
While the symptoms of heroin withdrawal are typically not life-threatening, this is not the case for the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal. Those who are attempting to quit benzodiazepines will need around-the-clock medical attention. Unfortunately, many individuals who are either addicted to heroin or addicted to benzodiazepines will regularly combine the two substances. This is known as polydrug abuse. If an individual has been combining heroin with benzodiazepines, deciding to enter an inpatient drug detox facility could easily mean the difference between life and death.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms of heroin withdrawal have been likened to the symptoms associated with the bad flu. They include intense aches and pains, watery eyes, a runny nose, stomach cramping, low-grade fever, and sleep-related issues. One of the most predominant symptoms of heroin withdrawal is intense psychological cravings. If these cravings are not effectively treated in an inpatient detox facility, they are liable to lead to relapse.
At Allure Detox, we utilize medication-assisted treatment – namely Suboxone – to treat these cravings. MAT is extremely effective when it comes to heroin withdrawal – however, if the individual was also abusing benzodiazepines, the methods of detox that we utilize will be slightly more complicated.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be extremely dangerous when attempted alone. One of the most predominant symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal is seizures, which will always need to be treated in a medical detox setting if they do occur. Fortunately, the more serious symptoms of withdrawal can be prevented if detox is sought immediately – in the case of benzodiazepines, the individual must be admitted to inpatient drug detox immediately after the final use. In many cases, tapering will be necessary. Upon admission, our team of medical professionals will conduct an in-depth assessment to determine which methods of detox will be the most beneficial for each case.
Allure Detox and Polydrug Abuse
At Allure Detox, we are more than equipped to treat the symptoms associated with drug withdrawal of all types and severities. We are also equipped to treat the symptoms of withdrawal associated with polydrug abuse. It can be difficult to treat an individual who has been actively abusing heroin and benzodiazepines. Fortunately, our team of highly experienced medical professionals and prescribing physicians are well-versed in treating symptoms of heroin and benzo withdrawal.
At Allure Detox, we offer a highly individualized and comprehensive program of medical detox, which begins with an in-depth assessment that will help our doctors determine which methods of detox will be the most beneficial for each case. If you have been abusing heroin and benzodiazepines and are ready to quit and reclaim your life, give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you soon and getting you started on your journey of addiction recovery as quickly as possible.