Heroin is a highly addictive substance derived from morphine, and is one of the most destructive substances one can abuse. Dependency on heroin creates physical symptoms that can cause severe health complications when trying to stop regular usage. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas can help manage withdrawal symptoms safely as you go through detox and begin your recovery from heroin addiction.
The state of Nevada has been ravaged by the current opioid crisis. As people suffering from opioid addiction are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain prescription opioids, many have turned to heroin as a cheaper and easier-to-find substitute. 1 According to recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 300 Nevadans report heroin use in the past year. 2 The use of heroin use is most common among young adults, with 1 in 125 Nevadans aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year heroin use. Heroin abuse is also an issue among Nevada’s high school population, with the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reporting that 1 in 45 Nevada high school students (grades 9 through 12) have tried heroin at least once. 3
The rising popularity of heroin has become a major health concern for The Silver State. There were 735 emergency department visits due to heroin overdose in 2018, accounting for 47% of the opioid-related poisonings treated in Nevada emergency departments. 4 In the same year 104 individuals were admitted to the hospital for heroin overdose, accounting for 21% of opioid-related inpatient admissions. Tragically, there were 108 unintentional overdose deaths related to heroin in 2018, representing 24% of all opioid-related overdose deaths in Nevada. 5
According to the Treatment Episode Data Set, heroin plays a major role in admissions to substance abuse treatment. There were 630 admissions for heroin addiction in 2019, representing nearly 6% of all admissions to Nevada substance abuse treatment centers. 6
The first step in any successful heroin addiction recovery program is undergoing drug detox treatment, the process of ridding the body of all traces of intoxicating substances. Due to the development of heroin dependency, rehab patients will likely begin to experience withdrawal about 8-12 hours after your last dose of heroin. Although most symptoms usually subside within a week, the intensity and duration of withdrawal can vary based on the severity and length of addiction. Common symptoms of heroin withdrawal include: 7
The symptoms and cravings associated with heroin withdrawal can be very difficult to manage without proper medical help and many rehab patients will succumb to relapse without professional help that includes medical supervision. With this in mind, Landmark Recovery utilizes evidence-based therapy programs at our Las Vegas heroin detox center that will get you through withdrawal safely and successfully.
Our trained medical and mental health professionals provide expert care and around-the-clock patient supervision to make sure that you are safe and comfortable throughout the entire substance detox process. During your stay at our heroin detox center you will be closely monitored for signs of potentially life-threatening complications such as:
Heroin withdrawal is commonly managed by substituting heroin with an FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment drug, such as methadone or buprenorphine, that eliminates withdrawal symptoms and relieves drug cravings without producing a high. 9 Following detox, this substitute drug can be transitioned to a maintenance therapy or be gradually reduced over the course of months or years.
Other adjunct medications can be administered to address specific withdrawal symptoms during rehab treatments at our heroin detox center. Lofexidine and clonidine, medications used to treat hypertension, can help relieve physical withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps. 10 Headache, muscle aches, and bone pain can be managed with mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Insomnia can be treated with diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and mood swings and depression can be treated with antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. 7 Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas strongly encourages our patients who complete heroin detox to take vivitrol (naltrexone), a non-narcotic, non-addictive prescription injectable medication that has been approved by the FDA for preventing relapse to opioid dependence. 11
Once you are medically stabilized following heroin detox, you will be ready to begin the therapeutic stage of your heroin addiction treatment program. Behavioral therapy is an essential part of rehab treatment that will help determine the underlying causes of your addiction, modify behaviors related to heroin use, and develop coping skills needed to prevent relapse. Our heroin treatment program utilizes a variety of behavioral therapy approaches, such as contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy, that studies have shown effectively treat heroin addiction, especially when used in concert with the appropriate medications. 12
Don’t delay another second when professional heroin detox services in Las Vegas is just a phone call away. Please call Landmark Recovery at 725-217-9910 to learn more about the medical detox process and to discuss which of our personalized heroin treatment programs can best meet your specific needs.
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2.) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Tables 67-68. Nevada.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
3.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — Nevada and United States 2019 Results.https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=NV
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6.) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020). Nevada TEDS admissions aged 12 years and older, by primary substance use and gender, age at admission, race, and ethnicity: Percent, 2019.https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
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10.) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018). FDA approves the first non-opioid treatment for management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults.https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-non-opioid-treatment-management-opioid-withdrawal-symptoms-adults
11.) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015). Naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension (marketed as Vivitrol).https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/naltrexone-extended-release-injectable-suspension-marketed-vivitrol-information
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