heroin detox
 

Heroin Detox Planning

Most adults know that heroin use is highly addicting, and its repeated use ultimately leads to withdrawal symptoms that, although not therapeutically dangerous, can be quite distressing. The good news is that when heroin detox is properly conducted, it can be concluded without significant discomfort. We know that preparing for and starting heroin detoxification during a period of low external stressors is the ideal therapeutic plan. However, we also know that heroin addicts’ lives are often beset by difficulties, thus finding a period of low external stressors may be next to impossible.

 

A Better Way To Detox

Many heroin addicts require specialized pharmacotherapies (buprenorphine, clonidine, etc…) to help manage withdrawal. Of all the pharmacotherapies out there, buprenorphine stands out as the gold standard of heroin detox medications. Most heroin addicts should also be treated with oral fluids enriched with electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade) in order to attain and sustain proper hydration. A flexible detoxification schedule is advised, as the timeline of heroin withdrawal varies from person to person. Typically a short extensions of 1 or 2 days or the introduction of alternative therapies is enough to handle most detoxification anomalies.

 

Alternative Therapies

 

Bathing

It is quite common for heroin addicts to be lacking in personal hygiene. What’s more…when someone kicks heroin, they tend to sweat a lot. Frequent hot showers eliminates griminess, improves hygiene, and makes people feel better.
 

Epsom Salt Baths

In hot water, Epsom breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. It is believed that when you soak in an Epsom bath, these minerals soak into your body through your skin. It hasn’t actually been proven, but hot baths alone relax people, which is a therapeutic benefit unto itself. Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt into the bathtub while the water is still running.
 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the more widely used alternative therapies within the context of addictions treatment. It has been used as an adjunct to heroin detoxification strategies because it seems to reduce drug cravings and appears to contribute to success rates. In particular, acupuncture therapy has played an important role in heroin withdrawal treatment.
 

Aroma Therapy

There is no one type of aroma that works best. However, pleasant smells do help. We know of several detox centers that use aroma therapy as part of their recovery program. For instance, scented detergents and use of fabric softeners on bedding and towels is often appreciated.
 

Home Remedies

The use of home remedies for therapeutic benefit is common throughout the world. Who hasn’t heard of chicken soup as the cure for the common cold. But when it comes to detox there are four home remedies that are commonly used. They are green tea, lemons, turmeric, and noni juice. Each one has unique properties that advance therapeutic benefits. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Lemons are used to purify the blood. Turmeric is a root containing curcumin, which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Noni is a bitter tasting fruit, and natural painkiller.
 
 

Help for heroin withdrawal

There are a number of therapies that help manage heroin withdrawal. They include pharmacotherapies like buprenorphine; alternative therapies like acupuncture and Epsom baths; or home remedies, like green tea and lemon. However, some of the better therapies are not things you do, but rather, things you should not do. So what are they?
 
 
See: Tips for quitting heroin
 
 

Detox Anomalies

What is so fascinating is that there are occasions when heroin addicts have what’s known as a “pink cloud detox,” which is a detox without acute withdrawal symptoms. These are rare, but they do occur. Pink cloud detoxes are probably the easiest detoxes. The main caution during a pink cloud detox is to avoid over treating, because it can spiral the client downward. Over treatment can lead to something of a reverse placebo effect. In other words, if everybody thinks I am sick, I must actually be sick, so I become sick.
 

Conditions of Use and Important Data:

This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects.
 

 
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References:
  1. National Institute of Health: Noni – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/noni
  2. Introduction to Herbal Medicine: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/course-descriptions/course/introduction-to-heral-medicine/
  3. Phytotherapy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10930714
  4. Code of Ethics: http://homeopathyclinic.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/code-of-ethics2010.pdf