Gay Men’s Institute specializes in heroin addiction treatment. We will work with you in a private setting to beat this addiction.
Heroin’s Effect on Body & Health
Heroin can be snorted, smoked, or injected, and 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, a dangerous lowering of heart rate, depressed breathing, coma, and potential death is possible.
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:
- Cold sweats
- Physical Aches
In days 1 through 3 you may start to experience these additional symptoms:
- Physical Tremors
- Trouble focusing
Heavy users may also experience some severe symptoms:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- 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 Professional 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 treatments are designed to help you with through extended withdrawal. Learn more about your disease, develop new habits, and surround yourself with support while you work towards a life of recovery.