Addicts entering into a heroin addiction detox programme will find that, along with cleansing the body of opiates, there are a number of medical treatments that can also be administered to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with the detoxification process.
There are also a number of medical therapies associated with detox and a doctor may prescribe them after an initial consultation.They include Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone, which are opiate substitutes or in the case of Naltrexone, opiate blockers that aid the patient’s recovery.
This is the most common drug associated with heroin detox and has proven results in successfully helping people overcome heroin addiction.There can be problems with its long-term use and addicts report that it can be more difficult to stop using than heroin.A properly maintained Methadone maintenance programme will help people take control of their lives once more; LAAM medication acts in a similar fashion.The side effects of Methadone can include drowsiness, skin rash, water retention and hot flushes.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone or Subutex)
This is often prescribed as an alternative to Methadone and sometimes as a substitute to reduce Methadone dependency.Buprenorphine ensures patients do not suffer from withdrawal discomfort and it also alleviates heroin cravings.In some people there are side effects, such as nausea, headaches, constipation and sweating, but it is considered safer than Methadone.
Used by heroin addicts, it prevents them from getting high, as it successfully blocks the brain’s opiate receptors.Most people suffer no ill effects from Naltrexone, but some do report nausea and headaches.