Heroin requires medically assisted detox and a carefully controlled treatment plan. Our heroin detox facility in Oklahoma City can help you know what to expect when detoxing and set you up for lifelong recovery.
What is heroin?
Heroin is an illicit opioid drug derived from morphine, a potent analgesic (painkiller) extracted from poppy seeds. This highly addictive drug works by binding special opioid receptors in the central nervous system, causing pain signals to be blocked while simultaneously eliciting feelings of euphoria. 1 Heroin provides a high that comes on quickly, but once that high subsides the withdrawal period can be painful and extremely uncomfortable. This will lead to intense urges to use heroin again. Repeat use quickly develops into dependence, and once addicted it is very difficult to stop the use of heroin on your own. Chronic use also increases your risk for overdose, which can result in coma, permanent brain damage, or death. 1
Heroin abuse in the Sooner State
The recent opioid epidemic has led to an unforeseen increase in heroin use in Oklahoma. As people suffering from opioid addiction find it increasingly difficult to obtain prescription opioids, they have begun to turn to heroin as an easier-to-find substitute. 2 The National Drug Intelligence Center reports that heroin is widely available throughout the state, although it can be primarily found in the major metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. 3
The increased prevalence of heroin abuse among Oklahomans has become a major health concern for the Sooner State. According to survey results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 300 Oklahoma residents have used heroin in the past year. Heroin use is most prevalent among young adults, with 1 in 128 Sooners aged 18 to 25 reporting heroin use in the past year. 4 Tragically, heroin has also infiltrated into Oklahoma’s high school population. The Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment Survey reports that 1 in 500 high school seniors currently use heroin, while the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System found that nearly 1% of Oklahoma high school students (grades 9 through 12) have tried heroin at least once. 5
The rise in heroin use has led to severe consequences for many Sooners. Over 80 people died from a heroin overdose in 2018, accounting for around 12% of all drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma. 6 Increased heroin use has also increased the transmission of infectious diseases like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C due to needle-sharing among heroin users. Nearly 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in Oklahoma has been attributed to injection drug use, and around 90% of the patients diagnosed with acute hepatitis C virus have reported injection drug use prior to the onset of disease symptoms. 6
Heroin is a very dangerous drug that can destroy the lives of both you and your loved ones. Not surprisingly, heroin addiction and abuse is a major concern for many people in Oklahoma. Last year, around 9% of all admissions to substance abuse treatment centers in Oklahoma reported heroin as their primary drug of choice. 7
Landmark Recovery is proud to offer science-backed, evidence-based treatment at a locally based heroin detox treatment center in Oklahoma City. Let our detox center help you face your heroin addiction and get on the road to wellness and recovery.
Heroin Addiction Detox Center in Oklahoma City
Prior to the start of any addiction treatment, you must first undergo heroin detoxification. During this critical process all traces of heroin will be eliminated from your body. Heroin withdrawal will typically be experienced 8-12 hours after your last heroin dose, with most symptoms subsiding within a week. Although the intensity and duration of withdrawal varies for each person, symptoms often include: 8
Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced when one stops using heroin, we strongly recommend participating in the medically supervised heroin detox treatment offered at Landmark Recovery. While in our safe and secure treatment center, our trained medical and mental health professionals will provide around-the-clock supervision to make sure that you are safe and comfortable for the duration of your heroin detox process. We will carefully monitor you for any potentially life-threatening complications, and if needed, you will be promptly treated for any signs of persistent vomiting and diarrhea, as these conditions can result in dehydration, hypernatremia (elevated blood sodium level), and subsequent heart failure. 9
Various medications may be administered to address some of the worst withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox from heroin. The substitution of heroin with an FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment drug like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone is a proven way to manage withdrawal symptoms during detox. 8 This substitute drug can then be gradually tapered off or transitioned into maintenance therapy. Following program discharge, Landmark Recovery strongly encourages patients to take vivitrol, the first and only non-narcotic, non-addictive medication approved by the FDA to treat opioid dependence. 10
Other drugs, such as the blood pressure medications lofexidine and clonidine, may be administered to relieve symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps. 11 Mood swings during heroin detox can be treated through a variety of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
Once you have successfully completed detox, you will be ready to enter our heroin addiction treatment program, where you will undergo individual and group counseling and participate in a variety of behavioral therapies that will help determine the underlying causes of your heroin addiction.
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Are you ready to face your heroin addiction? The heroin detox treatment program at Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City is proud to offer you the opportunity to successfully rid your body of heroin addiction in a safe and comforting environment. Please call us at 405-896-8426 to learn more about our medically supervised heroin detox process and discuss which of our heroin treatment programs can best meet your specific needs.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Heroin Drug Facts.https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin
2) Kuehn BM. Driven by Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use Increases Among Suburban and Rural Whites. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014;312(2):118–119.https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/1886185
3) National Drug Intelligence Center. (2002). Oklahoma Drug Threat Assessment: Heroin.https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs2/2286/heroin.htm
4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Tables 83-84. Oklahoma.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-specific-tables
5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — Oklahoma and United States Results, 2019.https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?TT=G&OUT=0&SID=HS&QID=QQ&LID=OK&YID=2019&LID2=XX&YID2=2019&COL=T&ROW1=N&ROW2=N&HT=QQ&LCT=LL&FS=S1&FR=R1&FG=G1&FA=A1&FI=I1&FP=P1&FSL=S1&FRL=R1&FGL=G1&FAL=A1&FIL=I1&FPL=P1&PV=&TST=True&C1=OK2019&C2=XX2019&QP=G&DP=1&VA=CI&CS=Y&SYID=&EYID=&SC=DEFAULT&SO=ASC&PF=1
6) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Oklahoma: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/oklahoma-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
7) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020). Oklahoma 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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11) 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