Why Self-Detox from Heroin Is a Dangerous Idea
Detox is a rather popular term these days. Truth is, in almost all media channels, we are fed with all kinds of information about products that supposedly remove accumulated toxins from the body. You might actually think that detoxing is no more than a simple process that brings no bad side effects or risks. But this would be a fallacy.
First and foremost, with so many detox products in the market, it may appear as though any type of detox is completely okay to do by yourself. The reality is that detoxing from drugs and even alcohol is not as simple as taking a pill or syrup, or following any other regimen that is intended to “purify” the body.
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 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 said, heroin is one of the most dangerously addictive drugs in the world, and thus, addiction to it is also one of the toughest to overcome. 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 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.
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.
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.