Medical Detox for Heroin Now Available Near Brevard County, FL

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Medical Detox for Heroin Now Available Near Brevard County, FL

Heroin addiction is at an all-time high in Brevard County, and across the nation. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2014, there were over 10,500 overdose deaths related to heroin. Also, 4 out of 5 new heroin users began their addiction after abusing prescription opioids.

Between 2000-2013, heroin overdose deaths nearly quadrupled. From 2010-2013, the increase in deaths was at a rate of 37% per year. In a 2014 survey, 94% of persons in treatment stated that they began to use heroin because prescription painkillers were more expensive and not as easy to obtain.

Indeed, the heroin epidemic was believed brought on by the mass-prescribing of prescription painkillers in the 1990’s. However, many were eventually cut off from their prescriptions, or couldn’t afford them any longer. When they were unable to get their drug of choice, they turned to street drugs such as heroin.

Heroin Detoxification

Heroin detoxification is notoriously difficult. It may be so unpleasant, that the term “dope sick” was invented just for this particular drug. Fortunately, heroin withdrawal is not fatal. Unfortunately, detoxing users often deal with terrible depression, anxiety, and pain. This often causes persons to become suicidal, or give up and relapse when they cannot take the terrible effects any longer.

The worst physical symptoms of withdrawal are typically gone in just a few days. However, in severe cases, mental and emotional effects, including anxiety and sleeplessness, may last weeks or months.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Fatigue/lethargy
  • Irritability and/or agitation
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Insomnia/sleep difficulties
  • Runny nose, watery eyes
  • Hot and cold sensations, sweats
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

What to Expect from a Medical Detox for Heroin in Brevard County

Detoxing in a clinical environment, without a doubt, is the safest and least unpleasant means of withdrawing from heroin. Co-occurring mental illness or substance abuse issues can also be assessed at this time.

During the process, experienced medical professionals monitor patient vital signs and manage patient comfort by administering medications as applicable. Medicine indicated for heroin withdrawal, such as naltrexone, can greatly relieve symptoms and promote stability. For severe addictions, replacement therapy in the form of suboxone may be needed.

Also, relapse is effectively prevented, and patients have 24-7 access to both medical and mental healthcare.

If heroin has been used intravenously, wound care may also be necessary, and medications administered for infections or inflammation if applicable.

Most people who complete detox then participate in an intensive outpatient or residential inpatient program.

Drug Addiction Self-Test

If you think you might have a heroin addiction, please take this self-test from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

If you are a heroin addict in Brevard County, please seek detox and recovery services immediately.

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