Why Self-Heroin Detox Is Dangerous
Detox is quite a popular subject in society nowadays. 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’d actually think that detoxing is an easy process that comes with zero side effects or risks. But that would be wrong.
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. 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 much more extensive, involved, and potentially risky process. Especially if you are detoxing from heroin, one of the world’s most addictive and dangerous drugs.
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. 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 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.
Trying to self-detox from heroin will also bring on withdrawal symptoms that can vary in severity or level of discomfort. 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.