Opiate Treatment Services

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Heroin Detox

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Heroin Addiction and withdrawal

Heroin is an illegal, opioid drug.  It is also classified as an opiate because it is derived from the opium poppy plant.  Other common opiates are morphine and codeine.  The term opioid is used to refer to both these natural drugs as well as their synthetic relatives.  There are many synthetic opioids, but the most common forms are hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone.   All of these drugs have a similar effect on a person’s brain.  And they cause the same, general, effects in varying degrees and duration.

These drugs are highly effective in treating pain.  But they were never intended to be taken habitually or in large doses.  When a person abuses an opioid that can easily become physical dependence on the drug.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 30% of the people who are prescribed opioids abuse them.  They also state that 10% of people who are prescribed opioids develop opioid use disorder, which means that they meet the medical requirement for opioid addiction.  NIDA reports that approximately 80% of people who are addicted to heroin, began their addiction by misusing prescription opioids.

Habitual use of opioids, and especially heroin, changes the way an addict’s brain works.  The nerve receptors in their brain will become dependent on the influx of opioids to function properly.  When a user becomes dependent on opioids, they will be unable to stop taking them or decrease their dosage without experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal.

The withdrawal symptoms of heroin and other powerful opioids are intensely unpleasant.  The initial stages of heroin withdrawal begin only a few hours after the user takes their last dosage.  These symptoms will include intense cravings, body aches and flu-like symptoms.  Most heroin and opioid addicts are familiar with the early stages of withdrawal, as they will often experience them when they run out of drugs.  But these symptoms don’t progress to their peak until 3 to 5 days after the last use.  The feelings of withdrawal can cause an addict to get incredibly anxious, depressed, and unstable.  A person who is dependent on an opioid should always under a professional medical detox and never.  They should never attempt to undergo the full spectrum of withdrawals on their own.


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Our Mission Viejo Heroin detox

A progressive detox program is a foundation for a successful recovery.   SoCal Sunrise Recovery Center’s Mission Viejo heroin detox program utilizes the latest in evidence-based resources to make the detoxification process as comfortable, safe, and effective as possible.

The timeline for an opioid detox typically lasts about a week.  This process can sometimes take longer if there are medical complications or if other substances are being abused along with heroin.

The first phase of the withdrawal process can begin as soon as six hours after a person’s last used an opioid.  During this stage, symptoms are typically mild.  They include muscle aches, limb pain, insomnia, runny nose, and sweating.  The next phase of withdrawals usually occurs between one and three days after the last dosage and includes anxiety, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, elevated heart rate, and high blood pressure.

We offer medication-assisted detox to help relieve the physical symptoms of withdrawal.  This level of care optimizes our client’s chances of successful recovery.  There are a number of different medications that are used to relieve the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and reduce cravings.  The most common types of these drugs are Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, and Methadone.  These medications are administered by a physician.  Our team of addiction treatment experts also provides encouragement and motivation to our clients.  Once a recovering addict’s mind and body are free from the toxins created by opioid abuse, we help them transition to the next phase of their recovery.

If you or a loved need to safely detox from heroin or opioids, contact Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center Today.

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