Our team at Spring Hill Recovery Center provides heroin addiction treatment in Ashby, MA.

Heroin’s Effect on Body & Health

Because heroin can be snorted, smoked, or injected, each method has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:
– Gastric System – Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain
– Respiratory System – Slowed breathing, pneumonia
– Circulatory System – Decreased heart rate, collapsed veins, infection of heart valves

When used with alcohol, heroin can dangerously lower the heart rate, depress breathing, and cause a coma or potential death.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Overview

Our treatment teams use evidence-based treatment, including:

  • Contingency management
  • Motivational incentives
  • 12-Step programs

Medical detox in Heroin Recovery

Heroin withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 12 hours after your last use. The severity of your side effects is dependent on multiple factors, including:

  • Length and amount of Heroin consumed
  • Medical history
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Past and current Trauma

During this first stage of detox, most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Cold sweats
  • Physical Aches

In days 1 through 3 you may start to experience these additional symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Physical Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Trouble focusing
  • Goosebumps
  • Tiredness

Heavy users may also experience some severe symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Spasms
  • Trouble breathing
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Intense cravings

Our treatment team is here to monitor and assist with these symptoms. There are three FDA approved medications for helping heroin withdrawal:

– Methadone: Changes how the brain responds to pain. Reduces symptoms.
– Buprenorphine: Clinical opioid agonist. Produces weak reward.
– Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and prevents rewards.

After about a week, evidence-based treatment is the best way to maintain your recovery.

Why Residential Heroin Addiction Treatment is Important

The symptoms of heroin withdrawal are intense, and the side effects of withdrawal may be life-threatening. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success. Our treatment team is here to help with support and proven treatments.

Our clinically proven heroin addiction treatments are designed to help you get through extended withdrawal. Learn more about your disease, develop new habits, and surround yourself with support while you work towards a life of recovery.

Let us know how we can be of service. Call us today.