effective treatments of heroin addiction

Effective Treatments for Heroin Abuse and other Opiate Addiction

Opiate drugs are commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain. Example of opiates are morphine, methadone, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Heroin is also known as an opioid and is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive. When taking opiates for a long amount of time, your body becomes desensitized to the effects. This can increase the chance of accidental overdose. The first challenge in opiate recovery is enduring withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of withdrawal includes restlessness, muscle aches, excessive sweating, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and other flu like symptoms. Opiate withdrawal can be very unpleasant, below are some opiate addiction treatments that can aide you in your step of recovery.

 

Taking Over the Counter Medicine

For a mild case of withdrawal, taking over the counter medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen has been found to help with withdrawals symptoms.

 

Rest up!

Heroin abuse is a serious matter and going withdrawal can be very uncomfortable. Sleeping and resting is one of the most important step when going through opiate addiction treatments. Your body is constantly working to rid itself of all the toxin so rest up and get your sleep in. If you find yourself unable to sleep or feeling restless, taking over the counter sleeping aids can help you get a good night’s rest.

 

Drink lots of fluids!

Going through withdrawal symptoms like sweating, vomiting and diarrhea your body is constantly losing water. Make sure to stay hydrated and stock up on juices, sport drinks and regular water.

 

Don’t go through it alone

Going through withdrawals is tough, and the last thing you want to do is go through it alone. It’s best to always have a friend or family to be with you every step of the way. They can help shed light in your darkest hours and help the healing process a lot easier. Seeking professional help is also very important. If you or a close family or friend is experiencing these withdrawal symptoms, it is highly advised to reach out for medical help as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Evans today learn more about more about different opiate addiction treatments.