Drug Detox Rehab and Program
Get Help Detoxing from Heroin
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Detox
- Written by Stop Admin
Methadone is one of the most frequently used heroin detox methods of ‘so called’ replacement therapy. Methadone is promoted as a form of detox for heroin with the benefit being, that as opposed to Heroin, you can obtain it legally. There are thousands of methadone centers all over the United States of America. These first became very popular after the Vietnam War when many of the American Soldiers returned from Vietnam addicted to Heroin. They took the Heroin in Vietnam to deal with the daily stresses of the war. It was given to them legally there, only to return home to the States with no way to get the drug legally. Being that these were law abiding citizens, they didn’t want to go in search of a ‘drug dealer’ on the streets, so the methadone clinics became very popular. The downside to the Methadone replacement therapy is that the methadone was even more addictive that the heroin and caused even worse long term effects to the body than the heroin being that the methadone would store in a person’s fat cells and bones. This caused many lifetime methadone addicts, since once addicted, it was just easier to take the methadone for an entire lifetime than deal with the extremely painful and life threatening withdrawals. However, methadone is very affordable, with the cost in most methadone clinics at about fifty dollars a month.
A more recent admission to the heroin addiction detox alternative category would be Suboxone. When Suboxone came onto the market a few years ago, it was considered the “miracle treatment” for heroin addicts. This new drug, when taken once a day, was said to eleviate heroin withdrawals and prevent cravings from the heroin. Unfortunately this was not the case. Since the ingredients in the Suboxone still fell in the opiate family, there were still very addictive qualities to the drug as well as the fact that after time, a tolerance is built in the addict’s body and dosage must be increased for the effects of the drug to continue working. Besides all of this, Suboxone is very expensive, with a daily dose costing about ten dollars a day.
After many attempts at these ‘quick fixes’, most heroin addicts come to the realization that there is no rapid heroin detox or easy way to detox from heroin and stay off of the drug without intense inpatient heroin detox treatment. This is because the drug is not just physically addictive, but mentally and physiologically addictive. They must relearn how to live without this drug. The detox is only the beginning. This is the reason that any other treatment for this addiction other than long term inpatient rehabilitation has extremely low success rates. When a heroin addict gets to the end of their rope and are truly tired of being trapped in this horrible existence of addiction, they are on their way to a new life. They must realize on their own, however, that the easy way is not the way that works. They must dedicate themselves to a long term inpatient treatment facility to succeed in beating this addiction for good. This is the only way that they will never have to experience the misery of heroin detox again.