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Why You Shouldn’t Self-Detox from Heroin

Detox is quite a popular subject in society nowadays. In fact, in nearly all media channels, we are offered a barrage of information regarding products that are supposed to flush out accumulated toxins from the body. You’d actually believe that detoxifying is a safe and straightforward process with no negative side effects or risks. But this would be flat out wrong.

First and foremost, with so many detox products in the market, it may appear as though any type of detox is completely okay to do by yourself. Fact is, when you detox from drugs and even alcohol, you cannot simply rely on some pill, liquid formula, or any other regimen that is meant to “cleanse” the body.

It is a much more extensive, involved, and potentially risky process. Especially if the drug you want to detox from is one of the world’s most addictive and dangerous drugs: heroin.

If you want to get off a heroin dependence, get in an accredited detox facility in which you will be monitored by medical professionals all throughout the process. As we said, heroin is one of the most dangerously addictive drugs in the world, and thus, addiction to it is also one of the toughest to overcome. And stopping without the supervision of medical professionals is both unsafe and bound to fail in more ways than one.

One, a heroin user’s nervous system has become highly accustomed to constant exposure to the opioid narcotic, that a sudden deviation from this pattern can cause torturous and very dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Second, detoxing without therapy, a process that is intended to change behavior and teach the user how to continue with life without heroin, you will only go you back to square one eventually. We have to be realistic: the craving of a heroin addict is far too much for him to fight by himself.

Additionally, if you try to self-detox from heroin, you can expect all sorts of withdrawal symptoms that can range from uncomfortable to severe. – typically start within half a day from cessation of the drug and peaks between the second and fourth days.

Ongoing use of heroin increasing the users’ risk for getting liver, kidney and pulmonary complications, as well as diseases acquired through sharing of needles, such as in hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS. Around 70 to 80 percent of new hepatitis C cases year to year are because of injection drug use. Medically supervised heroin detox is the sole way of ensuring the safety and well-being of the former user who has made and committed to a life-changing decision to stop heroin use.

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