Heroin Medical Detox Now Available Near Escambia County, FL
Heroin addiction and overdose is the greatest its ever been in Escambia County, and across the United States. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2014, there at least 10,500 overdose deaths related to heroin. Also, 4 out of 5 new heroin users say they began using the drug after first misusing opiod painkillers.
Between the years 2000-2013, fatalities by heroin overdose rose by nearly 400%. From 2010-2013, the rate of deaths increased by an average of 37% per year. In a 2014 survey, 94% of patients in treatment reported they began using heroin because prescription painkillers were more expensive and not as easy to obtain.
Indeed, the heroin pandemic is believed to be, by many, to be the result of excessive opioid prescribing practices which began in the mid-1990’s. However, many patients were eventually cut off from their prescriptions, or could afford them no longer. When they were no longer capable of garnering the drug of their choice, they turned to illicit street drugs, such as heroin or fentanyl.
Heroin detoxification is notorious for its unextremely unpleasant withdrawals. It can be so horrible, that the phrase “dope sick” was invented just to describe the effects of heroin. Fortunately, withdrawing from heroin is almost never fatal. Unfortunately, patients who quit cold turkey often incur severe depression, anxiety, and pain. This can contribute to suicidal emotions, or cause the patient to throw in the towel and relapse.
Many physical manifestations of withdrawal abate in just a few days. However, in serious cases, mental and emotional side effects, including anxiety and sleeping difficulties, can continue for weeks.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Include:
- Irritability and/or agitation
- Anxiety/Panic attacks
- Insomnia/sleep difficulties
- Runny nose, watery eyes
- Hot sensations, sweats, chills
- Muscle aches and pains
- Stomach cramping
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
What to Expect from a Medical Detox for Heroin in Escambia County
Detoxing in a clinical environment is bar none the safest and least unpleasant means of withdrawing from heroin as patients are supervised around-the-clock.
Additional mental health or substance use issues can also be evaluated at this time.
During the detoxification process, experienced health care providers monitor patient vital signs, and attend to patient comfort by rendering medications, such as Suboxone, as applicable.
Would care is also rendered for those who have injected heroin. Medicines can be administered for infection or inflammation, if present.
Drug Addiction Self-Test
If you think you could have a heroin addiction, please take this self-test from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
If you are a heroin addict in Escambia County, please seek detox and recovery services immediately.