Heroin and Opioid Detox

Opioid and Heroin Detox

Heroin and opioid addictions are devastating for both the individual who is suffering, and the family members who long to see their loved ones on the road to recovery. Heroin is classified as a schedule 1 drug by the DEA along with several opioids due to their highly addictive and potentially lethal effects. Battling this type of addiction can seem like an insurmountable challenge for those who have developed a physical dependency, but with the right support group, resources, and treatment plans, even individuals who have been using opioids can recover and live a happy and normal life.

According to the Center for Disease Control, heroin addiction rates have increased over the last decade across almost all demographics—regardless of age, gender, and economic background. In fact, the CDC reports that heroin addiction has more than doubled for young adults ages 18-25, and almost half of heroin addicts experienced prescription opioid addiction as well.

However, while addiction rates have been on the rise due to the increased availability of these highly addictive narcotics, our expert doctors and staff have embraced every innovation to improve upon our methods in order to offer our patients and their families the highest quality support for a full recovery.

A Holistic Approach to Opioid Detox

Heroin and opioid addiction is something that completely takes over every aspect of a person’s life, so at VCAM we take a holistic approach to healing that offers each patient and their families the support they need every step of the way. In addition to our advanced medical detoxification program, we offer a wide range of resources including group and individual therapy sessions, recovery coaching, family consultations, and extended case management, and more.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Detox

For those who suffer from heroin and opioid addiction, withdrawal symptoms can be especially intense, and can result in relapse if the addict does not have access to the proper treatment program. For this reason we have an advanced medical detoxification program that is designed to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms.

Buprenorphine Troche Taper
The medication that we typically prescribe to these patients once triaged involves a buprenorphine troche taper treatment plan. This medication blocks the opioid receptors which prevents the patient from being able to get high or overdose during their heroin detox period. In addition this drug helps with withdrawal symptom management minimizing the shock the body experiences. For most patients the drug will be tapered in decreasing doses over the course of 5-10 days but some patients who have had a long-term addiction to heavy opioids may require an extended taper period. The design of this medication embeds the active ingredients in a “troche”, or a wax preparation, making it difficult to abuse this medication so that patients can undergo a safe detox.

Vivitrol
In addition to buprenorphine, we also offer Vivitrol treatments which can be used to reduce the urge to relapse so that patients can reach their goal of staying sober. This type of medication is administered as an injection and can be used to treat opioid dependence as well as heroin addiction and alcohol addiction. To learn more about Vivitrol please click here.

Probuphine Implant
A probuphine implant is an innovative treatment plan which administers an exact amount of buprenorphine on a regularly scheduled basis. This implant sits right below the skin and offers a safe way to ensure that the patient is receiving the proper dosage of the medication to block the body’s opioid receptors. Most probuphine implants administer 8 mg of buprenorphine a day, for a safe and reliable treatment method. To learn more about Probuphine please click here.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be severe, especially without medical and psychological support.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, most experience a peak in their heroin withdrawal symptoms between 24 and 48 hours after the last dose, and the symptoms last about a week on average before subsiding. For this reason, at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine we follow our patients as closely as possible during this period, offering upmost support as they get past this hurdle on their road to recovery.

Common Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal Include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Muscle spasm and shaking
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Abdominal pain and diarrhea
  • Intense drug cravings
Patients who experience these symptoms sometimes call it feeling “dope sick”, but with the right treatment and support, withdrawal symptoms can be managed to minimize adverse reactions as much as possible.

Length of Recovery

Because every patient’s addiction and body is different, treatment plans are created on a case by case basis. At VCAM, we generally place our patients on a 5-10 day buprenorphine troche taper as part of their detoxification. For patients who have been using for a long time, or who were addicted to high doses of opioids, an extended taper may be necessary. For most people who are addicted, severe physical withdrawal symptoms will subside after a week or two, at this point the recovery treatment plan that was established in the addiction evaluation can be implemented. This it to ensure that the patient does not relapse or experience a psychological or physical breakdown. For both patients and families we have a wide range of out-patient resources recovery coaching, support groups, and therapy sessions which can offer lifetime support.

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Opioid Detox

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, nearly 600,000 Americans struggled with heroin addiction, and over 20,000 deaths occurred in a single year from opioids in general. If you or someone you know is suffering from heroin or opioid addiction, don’t wait to get clean. Get in touch with our drug treatment facility today so that our expert doctors and compassionate staff can provide you with the medication and resources needed to break the cycle of substance abuse.

With over 100 years of experience combined, our team is knowledgeable on both the time-proven strategies for how to get clean from heroin and opioids, as well as the most modern medical innovations and technologies. In addition to Vivitrol and Probuphine we also take a proven approach to recovery by offering medication assisted treatment and physiological/emotional support to help you successfully complete your heroin or opioid detox with safe and long lasting effects. Schedule an appointment today by calling 804.332.5950 to start taking advantage of our safe outpatient heroin detox services in Richmond, VA.