Heroin is highly addictive and one of the most difficult drugs to quit. Landmark Recovery’s Louisville detox center can you get through heroin withdrawal safely and prepare you for entry into our holistic addiction treatment program.
Heroin is an illegal opioid drug derived from natural substances produced by the opium poppy plant. 1 This opioid drug is notoriously dangerous to use, as there is a thin line between the dose it takes to get high and the dose that can result in overdose and death. 2
Tragically, statistics show the rate of heroin use in Kentucky has surged during the current opioid crisis, as individuals addicted to prescription opioids have turned to heroin as a cheaper and easier-to-find substitute. 3 According to recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 250 Kentuckians have used heroin in the past year. 4 Kentucky teens and adolescents have also been affected by increased popularity of heroin, as nearly 1 in 55 high school students report that they have tried heroin at least once. 5 Heroin abuse is a major concern among Kentucky’s treatment population, with heroin addiction being reported in 1 out of every 6 admissions to Kentucky rehab centers in 2019. 6
Heroin abuse is a major public health concern for Kentucky. According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1 in 5 Kentucky residents say they know someone who has health problems related to heroin use. 7 For instance, heroin users are more likely to acquire infectious viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C, due to the practice of needle sharing. In 2017, the rate of new hepatitis C cases in Kentucky was nearly double that of the United States and up to 40% of new HIV diagnoses were attributed to injection drug use. 8 , 9
In 2019, heroin was involved in 166 overdose deaths in Kentucky. 10 Jefferson County, which includes the city of Louisville, recorded 61 heroin-related overdose deaths in 2019, the most of any county in Kentucky. Unfortunately, the number of heroin overdoses in Kentucky has continued to rise during the past year. A recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that the unprecedented social isolation and economic distress stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly contributed to the increased risk of heroin overdose among Kentuckians struggling with opioid addiction. 11
Detox is the first, and often most difficult, step in recovery from heroin addiction. During this natural process, all traces of heroin will be flushed from your system, preparing your body and mind for rehabilitation. Your body will not be able to function properly without heroin if you are physically dependent on the drug, and you will begin to experience severe physical withdrawal symptoms within 8-12 hours of your last dose. Heroin withdrawal symptoms will usually subside within a week and may include: 12
The symptoms and cravings associated with heroin withdrawal are extremely uncomfortable and very difficult to manage, and most people who try to detox from heroin on their own outside of a heroin addiction rehab center will succumb to relapse. For some individuals, withdrawal symptoms can be every bit as dangerous as the addiction itself. Severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions, 12 while persistent vomiting and diarrhea can result in dehydration, elevated blood sodium levels, and heart failure. 13 To give yourself the best opportunity to quit heroin safely and successfully, we recommend detoxing under medical supervision at a professional detox center.
Heroin Detox Center in Louisville
Landmark Recovery offers a science-backed heroin detox program that will get you through detox as comfortably as possible. Our trained clinical specialists provide around-the-clock supportive addiction recovery care and will closely monitor you for signs of potential medical complications. We will manage your withdrawal by substituting heroin with an FDA-approved opioid addiction medication, such as methadone or buprenorphine, that reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings without producing a high. 14 We may also administer other medications to treat specific withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, headache, pain, anxiety, and insomnia. 12
Once you complete heroin detox and are medically stabilized, you will be ready to transition into Landmark Recovery’s heroin addiction treatment program. During your personalized treatment program, you will participate in a variety of evidence-based behavioral therapies that will identify the underlying causes of your addiction and teach the new habits and coping skills needed to prevent relapse and maintain long-lasting sobriety.
Landmark Recovery’s Louisville detox center provides a safe and comfortable place to go through heroin withdrawal under medical supervision. Please call us at (502) 309-2675 to learn more about the comprehensive heroin and drug detox services that we provide.
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