When someone abuses a substance, their body learns to adapt. As it grows used to functioning with it, removing the drug can cause serious issues, especially when that person does so suddenly or “cold turkey.” A dangerous example of this phenomenon is found in heroin users, who undergo a set of distressing withdrawal symptoms that range in severity. To address this, our Fort Lauderdale rehab center offers Florida heroin detox that can aid patients in overcoming withdrawals.
Facts About Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive opiate drug that is processed from morphine, which is derived from the seeds of the poppy plant. The appearance of this substance can vary. For instance, the Eastern US generally sees it as a fine white powder, while the Western US has a greater presence of what is known as “black tar heroin.” This variation of the drug is sticky, like tar, with a hard texture. Dealers on the West coast also distribute powdered heroin that is brown in color. It is worth noting that the whiter the stash, the purer the heroin.1
People abuse heroin by smoking, injecting, or snorting it through the nose. Many newer users may elect to smoke or snort the drug, particularly due to the stigma surrounding intravenous drug use. They may also hold the false belief that doing so lessens their risk for addiction.
The reality is that the more they use the drug, the greater their tolerance will become. This means that the longer they use it, they will either have to start using more of the substance or resort to injecting it to obtain the desired effects. It will begin to have an effect on their brain functions, physical appearance, and behaviors, and can quickly escalate into a full-blown addiction.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
When a person’s body becomes accustomed to the presence of heroin, removing it can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that range in severity.
Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include:
- Pupil dilation
- Sped-up pulse
- Quickened breathing
- Heightened blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleep disruptions
- Persistent fatigue
- Lack of attention span
- Difficulty concentrating
- Intense drug cravings
Detoxing from heroin is a process best done under the guise of trained clinical professionals, where any adverse reactions can be addressed in a safe and timely manner.
What to Expect When Detoxing From Heroin With Legacy
Upon arriving at our Fort Lauderdale detox center, patients undergo a medical assessment that will distinguish any physical or mental conditions that they are dealing with. This can include any co-occurring disorders, other addictions, and the extent of their withdrawal symptoms. From here, they progress through a comprehensive detoxification program where they may be administered FDA-approved medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Aside from our Florida heroin detox treatments, we offer withdrawal management programs for a variety of other substances and addictions. Once the detox process is complete, patients can participate in heroin addiction treatment programs that will comprehensively address the drug use that leads to withdrawals in the first place.
To access some of the best programs for detox in Florida, contact Legacy Healing Center Fort Lauderdale and speak with an intake specialist today.
- US Dept. of Justice – Heroin Fast Facts
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