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Why You Shouldn’t Self-Detox from Heroin

Detox is a rather popular term these days. In fact, in nearly all media channels, we are offered a barrage of information regarding products that are supposed to flush out accumulated toxins from the body. You’d actually believe that detoxifying is a safe and straightforward process with no negative side effects or risks. But this would be a fallacy.

First off, the popularity of detox products in the market makes it look like any kind of detox is fine to do on your own. Fact is, when you detox from drugs and even alcohol, you cannot simply rely on some pill, liquid formula, or any other regimen that is meant to “cleanse” the body.

It is a longer and more involved process that is potentially risky as well. More so if you are trying to detox from heroin, which is among the most addictive and dangerous drugs the world over.

If you want to cure yourself of a heroin addiction, do it at an accredited detox facility where you can be monitored round-the-clock by medical experts no less. As we mentioned, heroin is one of the most hazardously addictive drugs all over the world, and thus, addiction to it is one of the most challenging to treat too. And stopping without the supervision of medical professionals is both unsafe and bound to fail in more ways than one.

For one, the nervous system of a heroin addict has become highly used to to unfailing exposure to the opioid narcotic, that a quick stoppage of this pattern can bring agonizing and severely hazardous withdrawal symptoms.

Second, if you detox without professional counseling, which is aimed at modifying behavior and teaching you how to live life without heroin, you will only relapse after a while. Let’s be honest: a heroin addict’s craving is too big for him to beat on his own.

Trying to self-detox from heroin will also bring on withdrawal symptoms that can vary in severity or level of discomfort. – normally begin within 12 hours after you stop taking the drug and peaks sometime between your second and your fourth day.

Constant heroin exposure of the body heightens the user’s risk of getting sick in the liver and kidney, developing pulmonary issues, and acquiring diseases that are typically transmitted through needle sharing. According to estimates, 70 to 80 percent of new hepatitis C infections yearly are because of drug abuse through injection. Indeed, the only safe and truly effective way to detox from heroin is to do it with the supervision of professionals.

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