Why Self-Detox from Heroin Is a Dangerous Idea
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’d actually think that detoxing is an easy process that comes with zero side effects or risks. But that would be wrong.
First, the popularity of detox products gives the impression that detox of any kind is absolutely safe to do at home. 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 process that is a lot more complicated, demanding and possibly risky. More so if you are trying to detox from heroin, which is among the most addictive and dangerous drugs the world over.
If you would like to stop your dependence on heroin, do it safely through the help of an accredited detox facility in which the process is carefully supervised 24/7 by no less than medical professionals. 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 if you try to stop without professional medical supervision, it is not only unsafe but doomed to fail in a number of 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 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. We have to be realistic: the craving of a heroin addict is far too much for him to fight by himself.
Trying to self-detox from heroin will also bring on withdrawal symptoms that can vary in severity or level of discomfort. Such symptoms – vomiting, diarrhea, sniffing, weakness, etc.
Constant use of heroin boosts a user’s risk of developing kidney, liver and pulmonary disease, on top of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases usually spread when people use the same needles. 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.