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Making the Decision to Detox from Heroin

Turning Point, Inc.

Heroin addiction is a difficult problem to deal with, but detoxing from heroin can be even harder. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use had increased across the US across most demographics, and has more than doubled among young adults between the ages of 18-25.

How heroin is harmful

  • Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug.
  • Injecting heroin, especially when sharing needles, greatly increases the risk of transmitting long-term viral infections like HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, along with bacterial infections of the skin, bloodstream, and heart.
  • A heroin overdose can have serious health implications like shallow breathing, coma, and death.
  • Heroin is often used in conjunction with other drugs like cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers. Using heroin with impaired judgement increases the risk of an overdose.

These are issues that cannot be ignored, and if you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction, it’s important to take steps to ensure your health and safety. From 2002 to 2013, the rate of deaths from heroin overdoses has nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died from it in 2013 alone. As this issue becomes more widespread, it is increasingly important to find proper treatment for heroin addiction to help mitigate the withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms

Symptoms generally last a week or so and can be difficult to manage alone.

  • Nausea
  • Sweats
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impaired respiration

Symptoms usually start within 6-12 hours of the last heroin dose. They generally reach their peak between 2-4 days after the last dose, and tend to persist for 5-10 days.

While the symptoms alone aren’t life-threatening, some of the medical and psychological symptoms may lead to complications that are life-threatening. When you make the decision to start quitting heroin, it’s important to seek help from medical and/or mental health professionals.

How we can help

Heroin rehab starts with the detoxing process, and here at Turning Point we offer several services, including medical detox. Medical detox can make the unpleasant process of purging heroin from the body more comfortable, and help avoid relapse.

Medical detox starts before heroin completely leaves the system, and typically lasts between 5-14 days depending on the level of dependency on heroin. Our program is medically managed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at our Paterson, NJ location.

If you have any questions about our detox program check out or Detox FAQ section, and if you’ve made the decision to seek help, contact our New Jersey drug and alcohol rehab center at (973) 380-0905 to begin the admissions process.

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