Detox is a term that gets thrown around quite a lot in today's society. Many television, print, radio, and online ads talk about products that can supposedly help rid the body of the toxins it has accumulated through years of bad habit. Detox, as these ads make it out to be, is a simple process without any ill-effects. However, not all types of detox is as easy as drinking some kind of liquid formula, taking a pill, or going through some kind of home regimen. Detox from alcohol and drugs, for instance, is a completely different and more complex process that often involve health risks, when not done and monitored properly. Toxins from these substances are totally different and more difficult to purge out of the body than toxins from food.
Detoxing from drugs and alcohol is a much more involved process and its potential risks are much higher than a typical colon cleanse or some at-home remedy to flush out excess water or drop extra body weight. Anyone wishing to get off alcohol or drug dependence should pursue detoxification through a proper detox facility or drug treatment centre where the entire process can be constantly supervised and monitored by trained and knowledgeable medical professionals.
Heroin is one of the most difficult substances to flush out of the body, because of many dangerous withdrawal symptoms. One of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in the world, stopping its use without proper medical supervision is not just unsafe, but also has high chances of failure because of the drug's complex effects on the body. When an abuser's body is so accustomed to chronic exposure to heroin, abrupt withdrawal can cause excruciating and very dangerous withdrawal symptoms, which can lead to serious risks without professional medical supervision. Additionally, lack of professional counselling in terms of changing behaviours and learning how to go on living without the drug will only cause the patient to revert back to using and abusing heroin. Cravings will be too overwhelming for a person who lacks the support system and coping skills that a proper drug treatment centre can provide.
Attempting heroin detox on your own may produce a wide range of withdrawal symptoms that may cover different levels of severity and discomfort. These symptoms usually manifest within 12 hours of cessation, peaking between 2 and 4 days. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, anxiety, body pain, chills, insomnia, diarrhoea, irritability, sneezing, nausea, sweating, sniffing, vomiting, and weakness.
About the Author:
This article is written by Dale Conlon, who is associated with One40. One40 is a culmination of all expertise, dedication, compassion, and experience they have gained over the years and enables them to offer clients comprehensive individually tailored addiction and disorder day treatment programs in a tranquil, conducive environment.