The use of heroin can quickly lead to addiction, sometimes after the first use. The highly potent and addictive opiate has no accepted medical use but provides for a thriving and profitable black market business around the world. Heroin addiction is serious and can be deadly; the risk of heroin OD is very high. The impact of heroin addiction on individuals, families, relationships, the criminal justice system and society is devastating. Fortunately it can be treated effectively with a quality heroin detox program. Heroin is considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance in the U.S. This government classification says heroin has no legal medical use and has the highest potential among opiates for abuse and addiction. Synthesized from morphine, heroin can be smoked, injected or snorted.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms and Warnings
Heroin withdrawals can be very difficult, even impossible to manage without professional medical assistance. A physical addiction to heroin is marked by the withdrawal symptoms that set in once use is stopped abruptly. Withdrawals from heroin can set in within six to 24 hours after you discontinue use. Commonly reported withdrawal symptoms of heroin include compulsive itching, sweating, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, extreme agitation, depression, cramps, insomnia, restlessness, muscle spasms, cold sweats, chills, diarrhea, fever, muscle and bone pain, yawning and sneezing. The severity of these symptoms can depend on the amount of the drug taken and the frequency.
Opiate Replacement Therapy vs. Opiate-Free Detox
Some programs rely on opiate replacement therapy with methadone or Suboxone /buprenorphine to treat a heroin addiction. Opiate replacement therapy has worked well for many people, but treating an opiate addiction with an opiate-based medication can lead to a second addiction and the need for a second detox. Heroin addiction is a chronic, progressing and relapsing condition.
An effective opiate detoxification procedure that targets withdrawal will decrease the chance for a relapse. You do not have to fear withdrawal. Waismann Method of rapid detox can virtually minimize painful heroin withdrawals, with a completely opiate-free procedure. Our pioneering rapid opiate detox has given thousands of our patients their hope and lives back over the last decade. Our top priorities are safety, comfort and results. Our programs are individualized for each of our patients as no two cases of heroin addiction are the same.
W Method doesn’t use opiate replacement therapy to treat opiate addiction. Performed in an accredited hospital, our anesthesia assisted procedure utilizes intravenous medications to cleanse heroin from patients’ opiate receptors. This usually happens while they sleep lightly under sedation. Once they awaken, they have no conscious awareness of the heroin withdrawal that took place during the procedure. Our highly successful and humane treatment can reverse heroin addiction in a matter of days, getting you back on your feet quicker than most other drug detox programs.