Heroin & Opiate Addiction Treatment
Heroin (diacetylmorphine or diamorphine) was first synthesized in 1874 as a product of Bayer A.G. It was initially introduced as a non-addictive form of morphine, and a “cure for coughs.” In retrospect, the non-addictive nature of heroin turned out to be wishful thinking; Bayer did, however, succeed in producing an excellent cure for coughs.
Regular use of heroin produces tolerance, whereby significantly increased doses are required to achieve the initial effects. Continued use invariably tends to lead to psychological habituation and physical dependence, a state where your body needs opioid drugs on a regular basis just to maintain normal functioning; missing a dose precipitates a cascade of opiate withdrawal symptoms which can be quite severe and extremely painful. You’ve “caught a habit,” and become addicted.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heroin use in the United States has increased all over the nation, among both women and men, across most age groups, touching people at all income levels. In fact, some of the demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use experienced some of the greatest increases in recent years: people with private insurance, women, and people with higher incomes.
Not only has the rate of heroin dependence increased, but so have the number of heroin-related overdose deaths. In fact, the number of heroin-related overdose deaths almost quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, and in 2013 more than 8,200 people died from using heroin. No wonder so many people are desperately seeking heroin addiction help.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that the typical person in need of heroin treatment today is in their 20s, living in the suburbs, and probably first used heroin after becoming addicted to opiates via prescription. Both heroin and many prescription opiates originate in the poppy, whereas synthetic opioids like fentanyl are designed to bind with the same receptors in the body that heroin seeks out naturally.
Heroin and other opiates all trigger the same symptoms: feelings of euphoria, increased pain tolerance, drowsiness, occasional nausea, and even slowed breathing. Continued use of opiates and opioids also causes “tolerance,” wherein those battling heroin dependence, will need more and more heroin just to achieve the same initial effects. Tolerance is the same mechanism that causes cravings and heroin withdrawal symptoms—which are among the most severe of any drug.
Without medical intervention, acute heroin withdrawal starts 6 to 12 hours after the last dose, peaking 1 to 3 days later, with most acute physical symptoms subsiding within one to three weeks. However, residual withdrawal symptoms, although less serious after the initial acute stage, can persist for months, or even years. This is why ibogaine is so miraculous for so many seeking heroin addiction help.
Most heroin-dependent individuals have tried to quit and kick their habit numerous times, and eventually failed. If you are able to make it through the initial withdrawal symptoms on your own, you wind up facing an extended period of time where you feel relatively awful. Eventually, most people relapse, and go back to using opiates. The long-term “success” rate for former heroin addicts maintaining sobriety, is extremely low. Traditional treatment for opiate addiction tends to turn into an endless succession of detoxes and rehabs, which do nothing except provide a brief intermission from active heroin use. Very few people ever manage to quit, once they become physically dependent.
Ibogaine detox provides an extremely gentle and effective opiate detox from heroin. Heroin is an extremely “clean” opiate; it’s a pure agonist with a very short half-life. Ibogaine will successfully eliminate the number one hurdle that drug-dependent individuals face when attempting to move away from heroin addiction: painful and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.
Ibogaine Treatment for Heroin Addiction
The longer your heroin addiction lasted, how you used the drug (oral, insufflation, smoking or injection), and how much heroin you took at a time, will all factor into your heroin dependency—and the duration and severity of your heroin withdrawal. The level of reliance on the drug that your body and brain established all factor in how difficult it is to overcome your heroin addiction. Additional factors complicating the situation are dual-diagnosis patients who are self-medicating co-occurring disorders which need to be addressed.
There are also two stages of withdrawal that you’ll need to face as you recover. The initial week of withdrawal is the most intense. This is the week that produces the devastating physical effects and typically produces so much pain and anguish in users. However, once this week has passed, the battle may be finished, but not the war: post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can continue for months, or even years.
Ibogaine treatment for opiate addiction will eliminate upwards of 98% of opiate withdrawal symptoms, and significantly alleviate PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome). Without over-stating the situation, if there is a single molecule for which ibogaine appears to be ideally suited: it’s heroin (as well as morphine, and all opiates and opioid drugs). Ibogaine is extraordinarily effective for the treatment of heroin addiction. Ibogaine HCl absolutely will reset your habit. You will leave our clinic completely free of your dependence on heroin.
The problem is: unless you have some sort of reasonable aftercare plan in place, it’s quite likely that you’ll be back to using heroin in a relatively short period of time. Ibogaine is a catalyst, not a cure. Clear Sky Recovery’s ibogaine treatment program will provide you with a window of opportunity, reset your drug dependence, and get rid of your habit; painlessly. However, for most people, heroin addiction is the solution, not the problem. All the issues that caused you to pick up heroin in the first place, are still present. Unless you address the underlying causes of your drug dependence, it’s unlikely that you are going to maintain your abstinence from heroin.
This is why we at Clear Sky offer such a complete supportive package to maximize your chances at successful, long-term recovery. We help you process and integrate your recovery, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually — not just physically — so you have the best possible chance of maintaining your newfound sobriety and successfully navigating the nuanced and complex spectrum of issues that newly-clean individuals must face. We know heroin detox is a challenge. We are here to help you make it work.