Why Self-Heroin Detox Is Dangerous
Detox is a rather popular term these days. In fact, in practically all media channels, we are bombarded with information regarding products that supposedly rid the body of accumulated toxins. You might actually think that detoxing is no more than a simple process that brings no bad side effects or risks. But that would be wrong.
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, detoxing from drugs and even alcohol is not a matter of popping some pill, gulping down some liquid formula, or following any other “cleansing” regimen.
It is a longer and more involved process that is potentially risky as well. Especially if the drug you want to detox from is one of the world’s most addictive and dangerous drugs: heroin.
If you want to get off a heroin dependence, get in an accredited detox facility in which you will be monitored by medical professionals all throughout the process. Like we said earlier, heroin is among the most dangerously addictive substances around the globe, and therefore, heroin addiction is one of the most difficult to overcome as well. And stopping sans medical supervision is not just unsafe but destined to fail in several ways.
One, a heroin user’s nervous system has become highly accustomed to constant exposure to the opioid narcotic, that a sudden deviation from this pattern can cause torturous and very dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Second, if you self-detox without professional counseling, whose goal is to change your behavior and teach you how to live your life heroin-free, you will only return to your old using ways after some time. Let’s be honest: a heroin addict’s craving is too big for him to beat on his own.
Additionally, if you try to self-detox from heroin, you can expect all sorts of withdrawal symptoms that can range from uncomfortable to severe. Such symptoms – abdominal pain, general body pain, chills, irritability, etc.
Ongoing use of heroin increasing the users’ risk for getting liver, kidney and pulmonary complications, as well as diseases acquired through sharing of needles, such as in hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS. Around 70 to 80 percent of new hepatitis C cases year to year are because of injection drug use. Indeed, the only safe and truly effective way to detox from heroin is to do it with the supervision of professionals.