Heroin Dependency & Addiction Treatment

Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Center

ANR Clinic is Now in the US

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid derived from the opium poppy. The majority of heroin is produced in Southeast Asia and Latin America where the flower grows naturally. Common street names for heroin include dope, smack, black tar, snow, and China white.

Historically, opium was reduced to morphine and used for its medicinal properties. However, right before the turn of the 20th century, heroin was found to be more powerful and effective than morphine in terms of pain relief. Although initially hailed as a ‘wonder drug’, it quickly became apparent that physical dependence on heroin was a concerning (and common) side effect.

While the government sought to crack down on street heroin, patients receiving heroin in a clinical setting discovered an immediate increase in its effects when taken intravenously. Soon after, heroin abuse skyrocketed.

The majority of heroin on the market in the United States is imported from overseas and is often impure. Dealers cut heroin with dangerous substances such as fentanyl, which can be 50-100 times more potent than morphine. In recent times, the increase in heroin overdoses has been significantly driven by the presence of fentanyl.

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Links between heroin & prescription opioids

After heroin was deemed an illicit substance, pharmaceutical companies began to manufacture opioid painkillers. These prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, have similarities to heroin both chemically and effectually.

Once doctors realized that these pills also came with a high risk for dependency, they became increasingly hesitant to prescribe these opioids. Many individuals find themselves reliant on prescription opioids for pain relief or to avoid withdrawal. Those that can’t get these painkillers legally often turn to heroin as a cheaper, more accessible alternative—despite the risk and adverse effects.

A study on injection drug users in 2008-2009 found that 86 percent of participants had used opioid painkillers without medical reason before turning to heroin. (1)

More than 80 percent of drug users entering treatment in the 1960s, started with heroin. In contrast, today, approximately 80 percent of heroin users report misusing prescription opioids before using heroin. (2) Due to achieving effects similar to heroin, opioid pain medications such as OxyContin® and Vicodin® are largely cited as being ‘gateway drugs’ to heroin addiction.

Regardless of how an individual begins using heroin, ANR Clinic is here to assist with our quick and effective heroin withdrawal treatment. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) eliminates future cravings by resolving the root cause for opioid dependency in the brain.

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How does heroin affect the brain?

Heroin, like other opioids, acts quickly on the body and brain to create a sense of euphoria and pain-relief. When injected intravenously, the effects are usually instant. If heroin is injected intramuscularly the effects are felt within about five minutes, and 10 minutes if snorted.

Heroin is incredibly addictive. The human brain changes physically with repeated heroin use, and individuals often use it in an attempt to recreate the initial high.

The neurons in our brains naturally release endorphins, or ‘feel good’ chemicals, secreted throughout the central nervous system as a mechanism for pain relief. Endorphins also create a calming or sedating effect for our emotions and nerves throughout the body. These neurons have built-in opiate receptors that respond to certain types of drugs, including heroin.

The chemical makeup of heroin is similar to the endorphins created naturally in our brains, and it binds to the same available opiate receptors in the brain. If you are abusing heroin regularly, the drug will damage the brain’s ability to function normally.

Gradually, the brain becomes accustomed to heroin’s effects and requires significantly higher doses to produce the same effects—otherwise known as ‘tolerance’. Tolerance to heroin occurs after the brain creates more endorphin receptors in response to heroin’s exposure. The increase in receptors demands an increase in endorphins to feel the same effects. The endorphin-receptor system has become unbalanced.

Opioid abuse, such as with heroin, lowers the body’s natural endorphin production levels while simultaneously increasing the number of receptors to bind with. When the demand for endorphins is high, but the supply is low, symptoms of opioid dependency or addiction may begin to show. An individual using heroin now has to manage a physiological need for the drug to avoid heroin withdrawal symptoms.

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Will a detox from heroin solve my addiction?

In short, no. The biophysical change in the brain’s endorphin-receptor system is not addressed in most other withdrawal treatment programs available. ANR however, treats the root of the problem instead of simply managing symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal syndrome.

Many users will initially attempt a heroin detox from home. This is usually unsuccessful despite their best efforts. Even detox in an inpatient facility, ‘Rapid Detox’ for opioids, and many other withdrawal treatments do not address the underlying physical reason for your heroin dependency. An opiate addict’s brain imbalance needs to be, and can be, resolved with ANR.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treats the physical aspects of addiction in the brain, in a clinically proven, effective, and humane manner. If you have tried traditional detox programs for heroin addiction without success, please know that it is not your fault! At the ANR Clinic, we are able to help individuals who find themselves in a perpetual cycle of heroin abuse, temporary recovery, and inevitable relapse by addressing what is so often overlooked: the brain itself.

How is the ANR Clinic different?

With ANR, heroin addiction can be cured without having to undergo the painful and uncomfortable experience of detox and heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Heroin withdrawal treatment should be simple. At the ANR clinic, you can make an appointment, receive your treatment under sedation while being cared for by a team of trained and licensed medical professionals, and resume your day-to-day life within about 30 hours.

In less than one weekend at the ANR Clinic, you can change your entire future. We have found the missing link in opioid addiction treatment, restoring hope to those suffering from heroin addiction by rebalancing the brain’s endorphin-receptor mechanism.

Achieve a life free of heroin and break free of the cycle of addiction, without fear of relapse. Treatment at ANR allows you to continue living life on your terms the same week of your procedure, without missing out on time with family, your work obligations, or disrupting your day to day life.

Fast & rapid heroin detox

Dr. Andre Waismann, the founder of the ANR Clinic and treatment method, helped lay the foundation for opioid detox treatment with the development of ‘Rapid Detox’ during the 1990s. Although Rapid Detox is still one of the leading methods for treating opioid addiction to this day, it is not as advanced or comprehensive as Dr. Waismann’s latest method—Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR).

With further research and a drive to achieve better patient outcomes, Dr. Waismann was able to take the basis of Rapid Detox one step further, and develop what is now known as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment. ANR operates on the principle that detoxification is an initial step of recovery, but not a comprehensive treatment for opioid dependency.

Removing the opioids from the body during detox does not treat the underlying endorphin-receptor imbalance that is present in the brain of someone who uses and abuses opioids such as heroin. Physical changes in the structure and function of the brain as a result of prolonged drug use may persist for months. If the endorphin-receptor system is left in a state of imbalance, relapse will likely occur even after detox. Treating this imbalance is key in the withdrawal treatment.

With the knowledge that the physical imbalance of the brain’s endorphin-receptor system is the driving factor of opioid dependency, the ANR treatment method resolves heroin addiction at a neurobiological level. The treatment available at the ANR Clinic has become the new standard of care for opioid dependency and addiction.

The ANR Advantage

ANR rebalances the endorphin-receptor system in the brain and promises patients freedom from heroin addiction. Recovery from heroin or a heroin addiction cure is possible without constantly fearing relapse. Each patient’s endorphin-receptor balance is reviewed and treated on an individual basis, making the ANR method an effective method for heroin addiction over outdated practices like Rapid Detox.

Over 24,000 patients and counting have been successfully treated using ANR internationally. By bringing ANR to the United States, Dr. Waismann is on a mission to end the current opioid crisis our country is facing. Post-treatment results for patients have been overwhelmingly positive, and research continues to support the use of Accelerated Neuro-Regulation as being the most advanced, scientifically-backed treatment available for heroin addiction and withdrawal syndrome.

Heroin detox and withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal can be severe and vary on a case-by-case basis. Some factors that may affect heroin withdrawal include the duration of use, size of dosage, and how the drug was taken. An individual with a history of mental illness or prior opioid withdrawal may have a more intense experience.

During heroin withdrawal, the effects are almost the exact opposite of the ‘high’ that many feel when using heroin. For example, instead of euphoria, lowered heart rate, and a sedated feeling, the individual is likely to experience low mood, anxiety, and a more rapid heart rate.

The following symptoms of heroin withdrawal will vary depending on a person’s history of heroin use.

Mild Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms:

Nausea
Abdominal cramping
Body aches
Teary eyes
Runny nose
Sweats/chills

Moderate Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms:

Vomiting/diarrhea
Tremors
Agitation/restlessness
Trouble concentrating
Fatigue

Severe Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms:

Anxiety/depression
Insomnia
Hypertension
Rapid heart rate
Muscle spasms
Impaired respiration
Intense drug cravings

While withdrawal from heroin is not life-threatening, some of the medical and psychological symptoms may lead to severe complications. Heroin use should only be treated in a medical setting under supervision. ANR allows for individuals to avoid experiencing these symptoms of heroin withdrawal while being treated for the root cause of opioid dependency, preventing both cravings and relapse.

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

Heroin withdrawal timeline

Heroin withdrawal symptoms start within 6-12 hours of the last dose, peak in 2-3 days, and can be expected to last anywhere from 5-10 days in total. It is not uncommon however, to experience acute withdrawal symptoms for weeks following the withdrawal process.

The following is a sample timeline of what an individual can expect to endure when undergoing a typical medical detox from heroin:

First 6-24 hours after last use

The first symptoms of heroin withdrawal can begin to show within the first 6-24 hours after the last use. Some symptoms may include anxiety, muscle aches and spasms, insomnia, increased sweating, nausea, chills, and abdominal cramping. After 2-4 days, these symptoms will normally peak before subsiding altogether.

Within the first 72 hours

Psychological symptoms may begin to appear, as well as digestive issues. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, mood swings, depression, and difficulty sleeping.

Peak heroin withdrawal symptoms

After the first 72 hours, you may begin to experience great dissatisfaction with life and difficulty feeling any pleasure; this sensation is known as dysphoria. You may also experience shivers, intense stomach pains, and spasms for up to six days while withdrawing from heroin.

Acute withdrawal symptoms

Towards the end of the withdrawal process, you may have mild symptoms of insomnia, appetite loss, and nausea, which can last for several weeks. Psychological symptoms, such as depression, are very common.

Will ANR treatment interfere with my daily life?

You can receive treatment at the ANR Clinic over the course of two days without having to experience any of the painful and distressing symptoms of heroin withdrawal outlined above. Our opioid treatment is tailored specifically to each patient’s endorphin-receptor system and will restore your brain’s normal state of balance. You are able to avoid the physical and psychological pain of undergoing the process of withdrawing from heroin when you choose the ANR method of treatment.

Traditionally, opioid withdrawal detox requires an extensive amount of money and time away from home and loved ones. Having to pack up and live at a rehab treatment facility can add more stress to an individual’s life because commitments such as family and work will be put on hold indefinitely.

The Accelerated Neuro-Regulation method only requires about 30 hours to complete. Weeks of suffering is not necessary any longer. Individuals who receive the ANR treatment begin to return to their daily lives with the confidence that their endorphin-receptor system is rebalanced and that they no longer need to fear battling a lifelong addiction to heroin.

Heroin addiction treatment in the US

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heroin abuse has doubled for Americans aged 18-25 in the past decade. In 2018, approximately 15,000 individuals died from heroin overdose in the USA, a rate of almost 5 deaths for every 100,000 Americans.

There is an urgent need in the United States for a safe and effective solution to heroin addiction. Currently, maintenance or medication therapy is a popular avenue for treating heroin addiction.

Suboxone is often prescribed to inhibit cravings and prevent relapse. However, it is estimated that individuals on ‘subs’ only achieve about a 40-60% sobriety rate after just one year.
Suboxone can also be used and abused recreationally or as a means of ‘chipping’—taking the drug in between heroin uses in an attempt to avoid becoming clinically dependent on heroin. This behavior is dangerous as it can still lead to both dependency and addiction to both heroin and suboxone.

At the end of the day, a treatment that fails to address the endorphin-receptor imbalance in the brain is not treating the root cause of heroin dependency.

Heroin rehabilitation through ANR

The ANR procedure itself, including dealing with withdrawal symptoms and the heroin addiction treatment, lasts for about five hours. It requires the patient to be hospitalized for about 30 hours. In the US the treatment takes place at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida.

Treatment begins with checking into the ANR unit of the hospital. The patients are medically evaluated, undergo full laboratory screening, and a clinical examination before the treatment can commence.

The medical evaluation includes checking various aspects such as:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Electrolyte levels
  • Liver functions
  • Kidney functions
  • Blood count
  • Electrocardiogram

A patient receives pre-medication during this period to prepare them for the procedure. Once preparations are complete, the patient is placed under total sedation and monitored for four to five hours by the intensive care nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr. Waismann himself.

During this treatment phase, the body’s opioid receptors are cleansed and blocked with Naltrexone according to the patient’s specific receptor status. The ANR treatment is carefully tailored for each individual.

The patient goes through all their withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. This allows them to be relieved of their opioid dependency without suffering the unpleasant and painful opioid withdrawal symptoms. The process continues until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced, the withdrawal symptoms are eliminated, and there is no more need for sedation. About 4 – 5 hours.

The recovery starts right after the patient is awakened. He or she will continue to be evaluated and observed overnight. The medical staff continues with medical adjustments to the patients’ endorphin-receptor balance during the phase as required.

Patients are asked to remain at the hospital for one or two days after treatment in order to be monitored while they are recovering. The patients at that time receive medical advice and are encouraged to regain their strength while their body continues to return to its natural rate of endorphin production. Patients are then discharged from the hospital free of opioid dependence, to enjoy a normal life without any opioid cravings and the danger of relapse.

Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation addresses opioid dependency and addiction from a modern scientific and medical perspective. He brought the treatment of opioid addiction into a new era, giving hope to thousands of victims of opioid abuse. At the same time, he destroyed the conventional approach to opioid dependence and addiction treatment that includes replacement therapy, long-term in-house rehabilitation, and detoxification.

Dr. Waismann has replaced traditional rehab with the new standard of opioid dependence and addiction treatment—Accelerated Neuroregulation (ANR). More than 24,000 patients worldwide are witnesses to the uncompromising success and safety standards of ANR.

Heroin rehab centres

ANR treatment in the USA is performed at Landmark Hospital, an ultra-modern facility in Naples, Florida. The construction of the 50-bed critical care hospital was finished in 2015. It is equipped with ICU facilities adapted for the ANR procedure, with access to all the relevant medical equipment that might be required for the treatment of even the most complex conditions.

ANR Europe is located in Thun, Switzerland. Work is underway to establish a state-of-the-art facility and train a medical team on the ANR procedure. The idyllic town of Thun is located at the confluence of the Aare River and Lake Thun, 19 miles south of Bern.

ANR Clinic Georgia is located at the New Vision University Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia. The local team of medical professionals has been extensively trained and supervised by Dr. Waismann.

As the number of facilities that offer heroin withdrawal services around the world grows, it is essential to remember that these facilities offer a treatment that is extremely fast and highly efficient. It offers not only relief from the withdrawal symptoms but permanent freedom from the heroin dependency. One short stay at the facility ensures that each patient can return home to a healthy life.

Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our revolutionary, evidence-based care methods that minimize heroin withdrawal symptoms.

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