Heroin Dependency & Addiction Treatment

Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Center

ANR Clinic is Now in the US

Dope. Smack. Black Tar. Snow. China White. No matter what you call it, heroin is a drug whose stronghold is difficult to escape, often after just one single use. A highly addictive opioid, the majority of heroin is produced in Southeast Asia and Latin America as the flower which it is derived from, the opium poppy, grows in these locales naturally. 

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 was quickly realized that physical dependence on heroin was a concerning and common side effect. While the government sought to crack down on heroin, patients who were receiving heroin in a clinical setting discovered an immediate increase in its effects when taken intravenously. Soon after that, heroin abuse skyrocketed.

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

Link 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 it was realized that these pills also came with a high risk for dependency, doctors became increasingly hesitant to prescribe these opioids. Many individuals who have found themselves reliant on prescription opioids for pain relief or to avoid withdrawal, but who can not receive these painkillers legally, often turn to heroin as a cheaper, more accessible alternative, albeit the risk and adverse effects.

Prescription opioid abuse is cited as a risk factor for heroin use, even where there is no medical indication for use. 

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, began 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, The ANR Clinic is here to assist with our Heroin withdrawal treatment quickly and effectively, eliminating future cravings by resolving the root cause for opioid dependency in the brain. 

Detox From Heroin vs Heroin Withdrawal

Since heroin is an opiate, it acts quickly on the body and brain to create a sense of euphoria almost immediately when injected intravenously, within about five minutes if injected intramuscularly, and after about 10 minutes when snorted. Heroin is incredibly addictive not only as individuals try to recreate this initial high feeling, but because the brain is physically changed after repeated heroin use. 

How Does Heroin Effect The Brain?

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 the emotions and the nerves throughout the body. These neurons have built-in opiate receptors that respond to certain types of drugs, such as heroin.

The chemical makeup of heroin is similar to the endorphins found in our brains, and so it naturally binds to the 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 high. Tolerance to heroin happens after the brain creates more endorphin receptors in response to heroin’s exposure. Still, there are not enough endorphins to bring the endorphin-receptor system into a state of balance.

An opioid abuse such as 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. The individual using heroin will start attempting to manage a physiological need for the drug to avoid Heroin withdrawal symptoms. 

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 any other withdrawal treatment programs available. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treats the root of the problem instead of simply managing symptoms associated with Heroin withdrawal syndrome. 

Many users will initially attempt a “natural heroin detox” from home, which is usually unsuccessful despite their best efforts. Detox from heroin in an inpatient facility, “Rapid Detox” for opioids, or any other withdrawal treatment does not address the underlying physical reason for your heroin dependency, which is simply an imbalance that needs to be and can be, resolved with ANR.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treats the physical factor of addiction in the brain, in a clinically proven, effective, and humane manner. If you have tried traditional detox programs for your heroin addiction without success, 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?

You can beat heroin addiction without having to undergo the painful and uncomfortable experience of detox and heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Heroin withdrawal treatment should be simple. At ANR, you can make an appointment, receive your treatment under sedation while being cared for by a team of trained and licensed medical professionals, and can 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.

You can 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 following your procedure, without missing out on time with family, your work obligations, or disrupting your day to day life.

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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 one of the leading methods for treating opioid addiction to this day, it is not as advanced or comprehensive as 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 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 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 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, how much was taken each time, and how the drug was used. An individual with a history of mental illness or prior opioid withdrawal may have a more intense experience.

During heroin withdrawal, the effects are the opposite of the intoxicating effects or “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 stopped 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 to prevent cravings and relapse.

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 to 10 days in total. It is not uncommon 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 six to 24 hours after the last use. Some symptoms may include anxiety, muscle aches and spasms, insomnia, increased sweating, nausea, chills, and abdominal cramping. After two to four 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 Withdrawal Symptoms

After the first 72 hours, you may begin to experience a 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 some mild symptoms of insomnia, appetite loss, and nausea, which can last for several weeks. Psychological symptoms, such as depression, are very common.

Will This Treatment Interfere With My Daily Life?

You can receive treatment at the ANR Clinic over the course of 2 days, or a weekend, 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, as 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

According to the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), heroin abuse has doubled for Americans aged 18-25 in the past decade. In 2013, approximately 8,200 individuals died from a heroin overdose, almost four times the number of heroin-related overdose deaths in ten years prior. 

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” AKA taking the drug in between heroin uses in an attempt to avoid becoming clinically dependent on heroin. This behavior is dangerous as it can lead to both dependency and addiction.

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

What Can I Expect During This Treatment At The ANR Clinic?

In the U.S, ANR is completed at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida in under 40 hours – about 5 for the procedure itself and about 30 for pre and post-procedure monitoring.

Once you make the call and are determined to be a candidate for ANR, your treatment will be scheduled. On the day of your treatment, you will be admitted into the hospital’s ANR unit. All patients undergo an evaluation, a lab screening, and a medical exam to tailor the treatment on an individual basis.

If it is decided that ANR is right for the patient, he or she will be given pre-medication for comfort. Under the supervision of Dr. Waismann, the patient will be put under sedation and cared for by intensive care nurses and anesthesiologists for the 4-5 hour duration.

Using naltrexone, opioid receptors will be cleansed and blocked to achieve the desired result of endorphin-receptor balance without having to experience the painful side effects that normally accompany opioid withdrawal treatment. Sedation is stopped once the physician determines balance has been achieved, and the road to recovery will begin as soon as the patient awakens.

During the recovery, patients will continue to be closely monitored and encouraged to continue their daily living activities such as walking around, eating, and showering. Upon discharge, patients leave with the peace of knowing that they are no longer dependent on heroin and with feelings of joy, not fear, for the future.

Heroin Rehab Near Me

There are many factors to consider when deciding on a heroin detox or heroin rehab treatment center. How effective and long-lasting the treatment will be should take precedence. While other detox centers and rehabs are only equipped to treat withdrawal symptoms, require lengthy stays, and force patients to undergo active heroin withdrawal, ANR does things differently.

Fear of withdrawal syndrome from heroin is natural, and may even be preventing you from facing your heroin addiction. Month-long stays at residential rehab facilities may interfere with work, family, and other obligations. 

Just one weekend at the ANR Clinic in Naples, Florida, can treat your heroin addiction and re-regulate your endorphin-receptor balance so that you can resume your regular life drug-free in no time.

Heroin Rehab Facility

Performed by a team of highly qualified medical professionals in a modern and comfortable hospital ICU, the ANR method of treatment has been carried out thousands of times with remarkably positive outcomes. ANR is considered the most effective and efficient treatment for dependency and addiction to opioids, such as heroin. 

If previous attempts at recovery from heroin addiction ended in relapse, it is important to know that it is not your fault. Heroin addiction treatment at rehab facilities has focused largely on Heroin withdrawal symptom management and has ignored the mechanism behind opioid dependency: an imbalanced brain! 

Heroin tolerance, dependence, and addiction are manifestations of brain changes resulting from prolonged use and exposure to the drug. As long as the endorphin-receptor imbalance remains in the brain, you will continue to experience the stronghold of heroin dependency and addiction, as well as a likelihood of subsequent relapses. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation addresses the underlying cause of your need for heroin and leaves individuals free from heroin cravings, dependency, and addiction. 

REFERENCES

Heroin /ˈhɛroʊɪn/ and commonly known by its street names of H, smack, boy, horse, brown, black, tar, and others is an opioid analgesic originally synthesized by C.R. Alder Wright in 1874 by adding two acetyl groups to the molecule morphine, which is found naturally in the opium poppy. It is the 3,6-diacetyl ester of morphine. Administered intravenously by injection, heroin is two to four times more potent than morphine and is faster in its onset of action. Illicit heroin is sometimes available in freebase form, dulling the sheen and consistency to a matte-white powder. Because of its lower boiling point, the freebase form of heroin is also smokable. It is prevalent in heroin coming from Afghanistan, which in 2004 produced roughly 87% of the world supply in illicit raw opium. However, the production rate in Mexico has risen sixfold from 2007 to 2011, changing that percentage and placing Mexico as the second largest opium producer in the world. As with other opioids, diacetylmorphine is used as both a legal, medically prescribed drug and a recreational drug, in which case the user is seeking euphoria.

1 Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers – the United States, 2002-2004, and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;132(1-2):95-100.

2 Cicero TJ, Ellis, MS, Surratt HL, Kurtz SP. The changing face of heroin use in the United States: a retrospective analysis of the past 50 years. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(7):821-826.

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