Heroin Withdrawal Help

The severe symptoms that hit during a cold turkey withdrawal are awful enough that once a person goes through them, he (or she) may feel he can’t ever face them again. Sometimes a person must face a completely unassisted withdrawal in jail. While withdrawals vary from person to person, some people describe the muscle and bone pain as excruciating. Others may vomit repeatedly and experience continuous bouts of diarrhea as their bodies try to get rid of the drug toxins. Despite the discomfort that is typical during withdrawal, it is possible to give a person the support and help that makes withdrawal tolerable. This is what happens at a Narconon drug rehab center.

Unsupported Withdrawal Causes Sleeplessness and Depression as well

anguish of heroin withdrawal

It is very common for a person going through heroin withdrawal to be horribly depressed and sleepless. As the body goes through its changes, a person is often very restless. There may be twitches and jerking motions of arms and legs, a symptom that gave rise to the saying, “kicking the habit.”

A relapse is very common among those who are trying to leave heroin addiction behind. The difficulty in helping heroin addicts stay sober is what brought about the popularity of methadone and buprenorphine treatment programs and other harm reduction activities such as clean needle programs and clean shooting rooms. It was finally felt that if nothing else, some of the harm of heroin addiction could be reduced. But, in fact, harm reduction is not the best or the only choice for getting off heroin. A person can get clean and learn how to stay clean at Narconon.

Nutritional Shortages Contribute to Heroin Withdrawal Sickness

Among addicts, withdrawal symptoms are referred to as “dope sickness.” What they don’t realize is that the physically depleted condition of the addict aggravates the withdrawal, making it far more miserable than it has to be. When a rehab program understands this and provides the correct balance of supplements a body needs to detox the opiates in the system, withdrawal can be a much more tolerable activity.

reorientation exercises assist with withdrawal

At Narconon drug rehab centers around the world, each person going through withdrawal is given nutritional supplements like B Complex, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and others that help calm a body’s reaction to withdrawal.

Narconon support staff also have several other techniques available to help a person through the withdrawal portion of their recovery. These include gentle physical techniques known as assists to help calm spasms and lessen aches and pains. Reorientation techniques help calm a person’s mind so they can start focusing on recovery and stop worrying about pain, sickness or the past.

When it is determined that it is medically necessary that a person step down from their current level of drug use we work with medical detox services to complete this before a person starts the drug-free withdrawal at Narconon.

Real Rehabilitation

When a person’s appetite normalizes and they can sleep again, when they are calmer and out of pain, then they move on to the next phase of the Narconon drug rehab program. Each step of this program is designed to start repairing the devastation brought about by years or even decades of drug or alcohol abuse.

The New Life Detoxification is a combination of exercise, sweating in a dry-heat sauna and a carefully monitored regimen of hydration and nutrition. The procedures break up and flush out the toxic residues that remain in the body—even after the person has stopped taking drugs.

Life skills that are normally lost when one’s only concern is getting more drugs must now be rebuilt. There must be a way to alleviate the guilt that becomes a heavy burden as soon as the deadness of opiates wears off.

The Narconon program offers all these improvements and many more. But life skills must be built after a person practices basic communication skills that begin to put him in control of himself again. And after a thorough detoxification phase clears one’s thinking as the toxins of all those abused drugs are flushed out. These early fundamentals help prepare each person for the growth in responsibility and ability that comes from these Life Skills courses.

Families See their Loved Ones Come Back to Life

mother hugging son

By the time a person arrives at a Narconon rehab center, the family has usually not seen the sparkle in his eye for many years. They have not been able to believe anything he has said since he started abusing drugs heavily. With perhaps their last measure of hope, they found the Narconon program and got the person to arrive and waited. It is very common for mothers to say that they got their sons or daughters back at last, as they graduate from this program, or for children to finally see a responsible parent return to them after rehab.

The tools and abilities gained in the long-term Narconon program help graduates maintain their sobriety after they go home. The individual learns how to make sober choices and to keep old drug-using associates from having an influence over him.

Whether your loved one has been to rehab before or not, find out why the Narconon program may be the only rehabilitation program your loved one will ever need.