Unrelentless heroin cravings are probably the reason why you or a loved one remain trapped in a cycle of heroin addiction. Cravings can begin as early as after the first use and last until withdrawal at a heroin detox center in Salem, New Hampshire. But with the right medical detox regimen, you can overcome this potent and addictive opioid (narcotic).
What is Heroin?
Heroin, also known as Smack, Big H, and Hell Dust, is an illicit opioid drug made from the opium poppy plants. The active ingredient is a highly addictive substance called morphine, also used to make the prescription painkiller, Morphine.
What Causes Heroin Cravings?
Drug cravings are a strong desire to use a prescription or illicit drug. Heroin cravings develop when someone is “hooked” or dependent on the substance. The dependence can be physical or psychological or both.
Heroin quickly binds the opioid receptors in the brain and cause changes that trigger cravings. Giving in to the unquenchable desire to smoke, snort, or inject the drug keeps the user stuck in a heroin abuse cycle. The cycle consists of a time of euphoria, withdrawal symptoms, then another dose to feel “better.”
Discomforting symptoms include pain, mental confusion, anxiety, and depression. While the user has the choice of quitting at a detox center, taking more of the drug to relieve the symptoms seems to be the easier solution. Instead, it has the opposite effect. More heroin increases dependence and the risk of overdose. 42,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2016 alone.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
The more you give in to your cravings, the more the addiction grows. Pain, muscle aches and spasms, pounding heartbeat, and trouble sleeping commonly occur. Other symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps
- Runny nose or watery eyes,
- Intense heroin cravings
- Persistent yawning
Managing Heroin Cravings During Detox
Withdrawal and detoxification are the first steps to heroin addiction recovery. Once the drug cravings subside, a person is usually more accountable for their behavior and willing to seek behavioral therapy.
Detox is the process of purging the drug and residual chemicals out of the body. When detox is done in an inpatient or outpatient program, the client benefits from individualized care by a doctor and mental health professional. They will receive medical and emotional support as they wean off heroin.
Medication may be administered to reduce the effects of severe withdrawal symptoms. In 2018, the FDA approved the first medication, Lofexidine, to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Other medications approved to ease drug cravings during withdrawal from heroin and other opioids include Naltrexone, Methadone, Suboxone, and Buprenorphine.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) believes treatment with these prescription drugs helps to prevent people from quitting rehab during withdrawal. The medications work generally by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain. They help to appease and prevent heroin cravings without the risk of addiction.
Overcoming Heroin at Granite Recovery Centers
Granite Recovery Centers offer a medical detox program, evidence-based treatment, and aftercare programs to help men and women defeat heroin addiction. Recovery does not stop at the end of treatment. It is a lifetime process that takes a daily commitment to remain sober. In fact, some clients still experience cravings after detox and treatment.
Here’s a snapshot of the other programs clients can benefit from:
- Residential treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Outpatient treatment
- Sober Living
- Holistic Treatment Options
Evidence-based treatments include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Therapy. Counseling and the 12 Step Program are also available to meet the client’s individual needs. So, don’t allow heroin use disorder to rob you of the sober life you deserve. Care is provided in a structured and compassionate setting. Find out more by calling 855.712.7784.