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Heroin Detox Center at St. John’s Recovery Place

Once dubbed a “wonder drug,” heroin has been wreaking havoc on our society for over a century. Originally used as a superior alternative to morphine and codeine, it wasn’t long before heroin began to be misused for its euphoric effects. 

What was once an issue for primarily inner-city minorities, heroin use has become more widespread, and the demographic altered to white men and women in their late 20s, living outside of large urban areas. Groups with historically low rates, such as women, individuals with private insurance, and those with high incomes, have seen some of the most significant increases in heroin use. 

About 80 percent of heroin users begin with prescription opioids. An explosion of overprescription and mismanagement of medical pain relievers in the 90s led to a surge in illicit heroin use. Individuals who became dependent on their prescription opioids found that heroin was easier and cheaper to acquire.

In 1999, there were only 1,960 heroin overdose deaths. In comparison, there were 15,469 in 2016. As the opioid epidemic swept through our country, prevention and treatment efforts grew, and improvements were made. Sadly, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, drug abuse rates have soared, and preliminary reports show as much as a 50% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020.

SJRP Heroin Detox Center

At St. John’s Recovery Place (SJRP), we provide the tools and resources to set each individual up for their best chance of life-long recovery, beginning at our heroin detox center. 

We are fully equipped to handle opioid use disorder from the initial phase of medical detox through recovery therapies, including treating co-occurring disorders, and all the way to aftercare services

Addiction is typically rooted in deeper issues. Our holistic rehab center doesn’t just focus on treating your addiction but rather, on healing your mind, body and spirit. It is through this well-rounded approach that we can help clients finally overcome their addictions.

The Dangers of Detoxing From Heroin on Your Own

We know, asking for help is the hardest thing anyone can do. For some, it can be more painful and embarrassing than the addiction itself. Others may not feel their addiction is “that bad” and think they can handle detoxing on their own. However, the withdrawal process can be very hard on a person especially when the proper support systems, such as those found at heroin detox centers, are not in place.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal can feel extremely uncomfortable and quickly leads to relapse. Symptoms typically begin 8 to 12 hours after the last use and include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety