Withdrawal and detox from hard drugs like Heroin is rarely an enjoyable experience. There are a many physical, psychological and even emotional hurdles that must be crossed before the addict’s drug cravings recede. If the process was just a walk in the park, private heroin rehab clinics like Gladstones would not be so necessary. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can begin within hours of the last dose, peak within two to three days, and begin to wind down after about a week or so.
It is normal to expect acute levels of insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, paranoia, irritability, depression, repetitive and compulsive behaviors, and in extreme cases, tremors, agitated delirium, psychosis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations and Formication – the obsessive feeling of insects crawling under the skin.
While tackling withdrawal symptoms, it is often the case for most addicts to reach a “Great Wall of Craving” and a burning desire to use and retreat back into the comfort of their addictions rather than face the pain of giving up for good. This pattern of rejection is particularly deadly when the addict is left on their own to manage their heroin detox and withdrawal without guidance and support. This is why a medically supervised private residential drug detox increases both the likely hood of successful detox, and also ensures the physical safety of the client. The client’s efforts and determination are supported by 24/7 experienced and caring support staff who have years of experience helping others in exactly the same situation.
As part of Gladstone’s Residential Heroin Detox model we are able to administer a very short course of prescribed medication that will help the body through the re-adjustment phase, gently riding it of toxins. This will make the drug detox as comfortable and as safe as it is possible to be, helping the client to reach the next phase of rehabilitation. Once the client is entirely clean, Primary Residential Treatment addresses the root cause of addiction and teaches the strategies for lasting recovery.