Guidelines for Heroin Withdrawal
Good Interpersonal Communication
Men and women in heroin detox may be irritable, agitated and exhausted; they may have mood swings and poor sleep patterns. Therefore, it is important to keep interpersonal communications clear, and upbeat. Good interpersonal communication fosters trust and collaboration and will also help to prevent errors.
Restate the Issue
Another common difficulty to look out for during detox, are men and women with a limited ability to concentrate. They may have difficulty paying attention or retaining information, so information may need to be repeated, or even re-worded, to be fully grasped and absorbed.
Delay Solving Peripheral Problems
Many men and women decide they want to deal with a host of personal problems during withdrawal. As a rule, heroin addicts who are detoxing are not in the best state of mind to solve significant life problems, and should be persuaded to defer all this until later. Attempting to work through challenging issues will almost certainly be emotionally painful and anxiety producing. It could also intensify heroin cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which could put the entire detox in jeopardy. The best thing to do is acknowledge that he or she has important issues to work through, but explain that it is best to take one step at a time, and reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to handle these issues after detox.
Foods To Avoid
Avoid all foods that may be difficult to digest or foods that may digest too quickly. The following is a list of foods that men and women in detox may want to avoid in their first week of recovery.
- Ice Cream
- Sour Cream
- Greasy Food
- Tomato Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Peppers of any kind
- Artificial Sweeteners
Healthy Things To Eat In Detox
There are a variety of foods you can eat during detox, but too much of anything is counterproductive, so eat more frequent smaller meals, and the general rule is that when you eat, eat more bland foods.
- 8 glasses of water per day
- Barley Meal
- Red Meat (not fried)
- Skinless Chicken Breast