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Heroin Treatment

Understanding Heroin Detox

Heroin Detox in Colorado



Choosing a detox program can be challenging. It's important to find a detox center whose treatment philosophy focuses on managing withdrawal symptoms safely and has an environment that feels comfortable.

Medical Heroin Detox & Addiction Treatment Program

Heroin addiction affects every aspect of your life, including relationships you have with friends and significant others, connectedness of families, as well as mental and physical health. Despite knowing the risks, a lot of people continue to use heroin as a means of coping or “numbing out". Detox and withdrawal are two things that every addict is familiar with, as they are very well known for being uncomfortable both physically and mentally. However, getting through the withdrawal process is the first step to getting sober and beginning a new and better life.

A medically assisted detox is the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol with the help of medications and a team of trained and licensed medical professionals. It is the safest option for individuals who have become physically dependent on substances.

Why Medical Detox From Heroin is Critically Important

Attempting to go through detox and withdrawal without medical assistance can make the process more painful and uncomfortable, and can lead to severe health problems, and in some cases, even death.

Without the use of medication to assist in reducing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, the likelihood of relapsing is high and there is the risk of overdosing on the drug. Additionally, having the support of a caring staff and recovery community, can ease the isolation that comes with drug addiction. This is why it's important to enter into a detox center that offers medication and experienced staff as part of a recovery treatment plan.

During detox, you will be medically monitored by Colorado Springs Detox Center’s team of licensed medical professionals. This team includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, and registered nurses. You will also be given medications to ensure that your detox is as comfortable and safe as possible.

Heroin Withdrawal Risks & Symptoms

Heroin withdrawal can be a physically uncomfortable process. Detoxing at home without being monitored by medical professionals can be dangerous to your physical and mental health and wellbeing, and

Suddenly stopping the use of heroin can trigger severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

During your first few days of detox, you will be assessed regularly by the medical team at Colorado Springs Detox Center to ensure that you are being given the best care possible for you condition. Assessments include making sure that vital signs are stable, your pain is managed, and that you are not experiencing symptoms of withdrawal that are life threatening.

Some typical symptoms of withdrawal include the following:

  • Fever
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Night Sweats
  • Irritability & mood swings
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Heightened Risk of Seizures

One of the reasons that detoxing on your own without medical supervision is not recommended is because of the more serious and life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal you may experience. This can include kidney dysfunction, rapid heart rate or tachycardia, and seizures.

Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable and completing your heroin detox in a controlled environment where you can be as comfortable as possible and consistently monitored is the safest option for anyone going through detox and withdrawal.

How Sandstone Care Helps

Colorado Springs Detox Center sits in a quiet suburb of central Colorado Springs. It is staffed by medical doctors, registered nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and case managers. Each person on the highly skilled team has a passion for helping people gain their lives back from addiction.

We offer medically assisted detox as well as inpatient treatment. Our facility features twelve private rooms with attached bathrooms as well as 24/7 medically supervised care that supports a safe and comfortable stabilization. Because we only accept a limited number of clients at a time, we are able to provide individualized and attentive care to every person in our program.

After you are medically stable, you will be invited to engage in the comprehensive therapeutic treatment program that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer individual and group therapy as well as various assessments that allow our clinicians to create the best individualized treatment plan for each individual.

What Happens After Heroin Detox?

Detox is a big step, but it’s only the beginning of the long journey to sobriety. Most people will leave our detox center feeling better than their addiction has allowed them to feel in a very long time, but those who do not continue with substance abuse treatment are almost guaranteed to relapse.

Medically Assisted Detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. While it provides you with a solid medical foundation, you should continue with a lower level of care such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, or a partial hospitalization program.

Colorado Springs Detox Center provides each client with a comprehensive and individualized discharge plan that is tailored to meet their treatment-related needs.

Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, virtual IOP, and sober living. All of our programs focus on treating the person as a whole and incorporating important wrap around services such as life skills, individual therapy, psychiatry, medication management, and group therapy, which is essential for beginning your journey to sobriety.

Why is Heroin So Addictive?

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid that is derived from morphine. There are several different ways in ingest heroin, but the most common methods include IV use and inhaling it. Heroin enters the brain very quickly after ingestion, and then attaches to opioid receptors located in many areas of the body, in particular those that are involved in feeling pain and pleasure. Heroin can be deadly, and some of the effects of long term (over six months) use use include liver and kidney disease, infection of the heart lining and valves, and increased risk and symptoms of mental health disorders like depression. If you want to learn more about heroin, read our Heroin Abuse Fact Sheet.

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