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While it may not seem like it if you or a loved one are trying to overcome withdrawals, there are a variety of successful treatments available for heroin addiction at Purpose in Arizona.

In almost all reputable substance abuse programs, detoxification is the first step of effective treatment. You may already be familiar with the reality: going through heroin withdrawal on your own can be painful, challenging, and even dangerous. That’s why our medically supervised heroin detox is such an integral and life-saving service.

Our medical detox program is designed to help people get through withdrawal symptoms safely and with less discomfort. Once you’re done with detox, you can get ongoing treatment at Purpose Healing Center that helps you remain sober and rebuild your life.

Purpose offers a pair of convenient locations in Arizona and accepts most forms of insurance to make getting medically supervised detox and ongoing treatment possible for you. So, what can you expect in heroin detox, and how can you pursue ongoing sobriety once detox is over, even in severe cases?

Knowing that you’re in good hands can make getting help easier. Let’s talk about common heroin withdrawal symptoms, what to expect in detox, and what happens after medically supervised detox.

We’ll also discuss how Purpose Healing Center can help you recover long-term and what makes our programs special!

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Getting Over the Sickness of Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Heroin is a short-acting drug, which means it takes effect rapidly and leaves the bloodstream quickly. However, withdrawing from regular heroin use on your own is often challenging or high-risk due to difficult, harmful, or severe withdrawal symptoms. The potential for relapse can also be high at this time.

Heroin withdrawal can come with mental and physical symptoms. Common heroin withdrawal symptoms include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Cravings for heroin.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Sleep disturbances (e.g., insomnia).
  • Sweating or fever.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Runny nose.
  • Jitters.
  • Irritability or agitation.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Goosebumps.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea
  • Yawning.
  • Anxiety.

We understand how challenging it is to fight through addiction, especially during the first step. Withdrawal treatment in a medically supervised detox program like the one at Purpose Healing Center can help.

What’s a Typical Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Like?

Since heroin is considered a short-acting Opioid drug, withdrawal symptoms usually start within the first 8-24 hours after your last dose of the drug.

The most severe symptoms of heroin withdrawal occur in the first few days. After that, symptoms of heroin withdrawal will start to become more manageable gradually.

Whereas people who use longer-lasting Opioid drugs may take more like 10-20 days to get through the initial detox phase, the expected duration of heroin detox is around 4-10 days.

Some factors can change your experience with heroin withdrawal, leading to more severe or more mild symptoms. For example, how long you’ve been using Heroin or how much you use.

What are Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms in Heroin Addiction?

The initial stage of getting off heroin and other substances is the most physically taxing. When you first stop using a drug, you’re at the highest risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. That said, using heroin and other opioids changes your brain chemistry and can have lasting effects on the body, and some people do experience minor heroin withdrawal symptoms for longer.

The post-acute withdrawal stage, sometimes called protracted withdrawal, refers to long-lasting but non-life-threatening withdrawal symptoms from heroin and other drugs. Examples of protracted heroin withdrawal symptoms can include but aren’t limited to ongoing cravings for heroin and psychological problems such as higher sensitivity to stress and concerns related to mood and motivation.

Part of why drug abuse treatment for heroin is so integral for people with opioid addictions and other substance use disorders is that it helps you navigate recovery long-term. If you’re someone who experiences protracted withdrawal, we’re here for you.

You won’t need to stay in detox past the initial stages of heroin withdrawal, but continuing on with inpatient and/or outpatient support at Purpose can be essential for lasting success.

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What to Expect in Our Heroin Detox Program

A quiet and calm environment where medical providers understand the heroin withdrawal process is crucial during heroin detox. Purpose Healing Center has a special space at our center designed for those undergoing withdrawal management.

Medications and other comforts that help ease heroin withdrawal symptoms, meals, and a fully stocked snack bar are available to Purpose Healing Center clients in detox. Most of the time, clients in our detox program stay for about 1-2 weeks.

We’ll help you make a plan to prepare for your next steps after detox if you don’t already have one. The majority of clients enter medical detox with a plan for ongoing treatment at Purpose Healing Center in place.

The Role of Ongoing Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Outpatient Programs

After withdrawal treatment for heroin detox is complete and you’re ready to enter a program that addresses the underlying causes of addiction, we’ll help you set goals and work toward long-term recovery from drug abuse. During the intake process for care at Purpose Healing Center, we’ll ask about your current symptoms, personal history, and anything else that will help us best serve you.

Purpose Healing Center has a full continuum of care, including detox, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment options. Our inpatient program provides the most intensive structure. Clients in inpatient treatment for heroin addiction live on-site and have a full treatment schedule during the day. Your schedule will be unique to you but will typically involve group therapy, one-on-one therapy, supportive holistic treatments (e.g., yoga, meditation), recreation, and more.

Outpatient programs are more flexible and let you live off-site while getting help, whether you stay at home or in sober living. Many of the treatments used in inpatient heroin rehab, including groups, individual therapy, and medication management services, are continued in outpatient programs. Some clients start with outpatient care, but others use it as a step-down from inpatient rehab.

If you don’t have a plan to continue care at Purpose following detox from heroin, we can provide referrals to other services in your area or help you admit to one of our substance use disorder programs.

The Many Benefits of Choosing Purpose Healing Center for Heroin Treatment in Arizona

If you’re deciding on a heroin addiction treatment center, there are specific attributes to consider that will help you find optimal success in recovery. We take pride in being one of a few top-rated, Joint-Commission accredited drug rehab and alcohol rehab centers with a full continuum of care in Arizona.

The following qualities are just some of the traits that make us an excellent drug detox and addiction treatment center:

  • Exceptional medical detox and withdrawal management techniques.
  • A focus on underlying causes of addiction.
  • Experienced medical professionals.
  • Comfortable, clean accommodations.
  • Individualized treatment approach.
  • Proper licensing and accreditation.
  • Nutritionally focused, fresh meals.
  • Aftercare and alumni support.
  • A high program success rate.

While you should not exercise during heroin detox, our inpatient treatment facility has a gym and other amenities available for clients who choose to attend inpatient rehab after heroin detox. Psychological and behavioral therapies, too, aren’t suitable during the detox process. Instead, these are best reserved for your continued treatment plan post-detox when you’re in a stabilized physical and mental state.

Therapies and Treatments for Heroin Addiction

Dialectical behavioral therapy

Purpose Healing Center’s post-detox recovery programs help you pursue ongoing physical and psychological stability. You’ll develop strong coping skills for cravings and life stressors, increase your awareness of triggers or risky patterns, and work on other parts of addiction recovery, like restoring relationships with loved ones who may have been affected by heroin addiction.

Therapies and treatments used in our drug rehab programs include but aren’t limited to the following.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
  • Motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Contingency management.
  • Psychoeducation
  • Art and music therapy.
  • Process groups.
  • Family therapy sessions.
  • Trauma therapy.
  • Medication management.

Purpose Healing Center will help you through the reintegration process if needed. This usually includes job and education support, sober housing referrals, and other services. If you’re a client with a pending legal case, our on-site case managers can help. If you have pending legal issues, one of our on-site case managers can help.

All in all, we’re here to help you address all parts of opioid addiction; not just physical dependence. If you have a co-occurring mental health concern, like trauma, anxiety, or depression, we’ll address it comprehensively alongside substance abuse.

MAT for Opioid Use Disorder

As a professional detox and drug rehab center, we offer approved medications to help treat heroin addiction. Specifically, forms of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid drugs, can be used long-term to aid continued recovery when suitable.

Combined with therapy, MAT can help you:

  • Manage severe or uncomfortable physical and emotional heroin withdrawal side effects.
  • Keep heroin cravings to a minimum and prevent relapse.
  • Develop a sturdy foundation for a successful recovery.

Medication-assisted treatment for Opioid abuse has been associated with positive outcomes in addiction research, such as fewer overdose deaths and lower infectious disease transmission.

By the Numbers: Opioid Addiction in Arizona State

Opioid addiction can affect anyone, and it is a widespread issue throughout Arizona and the United States as a whole. One of the most challenging parts of opioid addiction is the physical dependence caused by heroin and other opioids. Heroin use, or the use of other opioid drugs like fentanyl, can quickly lead to physical dependence and addiction.

Here are some facts about opioid addiction in Arizona state:

  • More than five people die from opioid overdoses per day in Arizona.
  • In 2023, there were 1,918 confirmed opioid deaths and 4,063 verified non-fatal opioid overdoses in Arizona.
  • Also in 2023, there were 8,280 emergency and inpatient visits for suspected opioid overdose in Arizona.

Getting professional help for heroin use can help you get through the withdrawal period, manage or reduce cravings, avoid severe complications of heroin withdrawal, and live a sober life.

While it can feel overwhelming, getting off of opioids long-term is more than possible at Purpose, and we have helped thousands of clients find lasting clean time!

Reach Out to Purpose Healing Center for Heroin Detox Today

Purpose Healing Center’s Scottsdale and Phoenix locations are here for you or your loved one looking for heroin detox and rehab services in Arizona. When you contact us, we’ll answer your questions, book a tour, or verify your insurance coverage for free.

To get in touch with Purpose Healing Center today, call our confidential admissions line now!

FAQs About Heroin Detox and Withdrawals

Can Heroin withdrawals kill you?

Heroin withdrawal can be life-threatening in some cases. Medical supervision can be life-saving during the most severe short-term symptoms that present at the beginning of the detox process. A heroin detox center like Purpose Healing Center can help you quit heroin successfully and safely.

Does insurance cover heroin detox?

Yes. Health insurance can help you cover the cost of detox, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab services, as well as ongoing therapy, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addictions, and other services you may benefit from.

Purpose Healing Center accepts most insurance plans, and offers in-network rehab coverage with many private carriers, as well as taking nearly every form of Arizona Medicaid or AHCCCS.


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