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Heroin Detox

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Heroin

Pure heroin is a white powder with a tart taste that some people use for its euphoric effects. It’s a highly addictive drug, and it’s derived from the morphine alkaloid found in opium poppy plants. However, this drug contains three times more potent than morphine. Individuals who use heroin generally inject, smoke, or snort it up their nose. 

Heroin is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, so it’s use carries stiff penalties. Moreover, the medical use of this drug is illegal in the United States. Most heroin is illegally sold as a white or brownish powder, and it’s usually mixed with other substances such as starch, sugar, powdered milk, or quinine to conceal it. Another type of heroin is known as black tar, which is sticky and hard, similar to coal and roofing tar.

Most heroin users are unaware of its full strength and actual contents, so they’re at high risk of overdose. Furthermore, most of them consume this drug through an intravenous injection because it’s the quickest way to achieve a euphoria rush.

Effects of Heroin

Some of the effects of heroin use include:

  • After injection, a person may feel a surge of euphoria followed by warm skin, dry mouth, and a shift in personality. 
  • After a euphoria rush, a person may fluctuate between a wakeful and drowsy state. 
  • A person’s mental functioning may become clouded due to a collapse in their central nervous system. 
  • The short-term effects of heroin use appear after a single dose and can last a few hours. 

Other physical effects may include difficulty breathing, constricted pupils, and nausea. Effects of overdose may include shallow breathing, blue lips and nails, hypotension, convulsions, muscle spasms, and slipping into a coma. Intravenous use can lead to other issues, such as the sharing of contaminated needles, the spread of HIV, hepatitis, and toxic reactions to impurities. 

Long-term heroin use can result in medical complications, such as:

  • Collapsed veins
  • Abscesses
  • Endocarditis (heart inflammation)
  • Pneumonia
  • Addiction

Heroin Detoxification

Heroin is a short-acting opioid, meaning it takes effect rapidly, but it also leaves a person’s bloodstream just as fast. Withdrawal symptoms start within 12 hours, peak in about three days, and last approximately ten days total, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Detoxification, or detox for short, is the set of interventions used to manage withdrawal symptoms. Since these symptoms arise a few days after the last dose, a person can detox in a substance abuse treatment center that specializes in medical detox. Medical detox usually starts before heroin ultimately leaves a person’s system, and it generally lasts a week. For someone who is heavily dependent on this drug, detox can last approximately ten days. A doctor monitors a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and temperature to make sure they stay safe throughout this process.

Emotional withdrawal symptoms related to heroin, such as anxiety and depression, may be more prevalent in individuals who have a history of mental illness. Not only does one’s anxiety levels spike, but activities that used to bring joy no longer induce pleasure. Staying in a supportive environment during the peak of these symptoms can help a person get through this process more efficiently.

Some people choose to stay at an inpatient treatment center that can help them overcome their addiction. A combination of detoxification, counseling, medication, and guidance can help a person reclaim their life.

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28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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