Opiate/Heroin Detox

Over 2 million Americans struggle with opiate addiction.  New Mexico has the 2nd highest number of accidental overdoses in the U.S. and in 2014, 546 New Mexicans lost their battle to this disease.  At Turning Point, our goal is abstinence-total freedom from mind-altering chemicals.  While not everyone can attain this goal, the vast majority can.  And when the most common treatment is limited to hooking clients on another drug (the Harm Reduction trend) with less symptoms, we know we can do better.

We are use industry-leading, best practices combined with  individualized case management to see our clients begin effective recovery with our detox programs.

In contrast to other prescription opiates, we employ an abstinence treatment plan using opiate blockers like Vivitrol or naltrexone, to allow you to truly withdraw from drug use, and allow your brain to fully acclimate to sobriety.  Even more compelling–studies show what there is a marked decrease in relapse while taking Vivitrol or natrexone, and that is good news for everyone battling the revolving door of addiction!

Did you know that an estimated 10% of Americans misuse opiates sometime in their life? That means 1 in 10 people you see has either used illegal drugs like heroin or abused prescription pain medication like Oxycontin. Some people fall, unknowingly, into this trap after being prescribed medications to help with pain for legitimate injuries or surgeries. Soon enough, physical dependence develops and addiction takes hold. Now, the person needs drug abuse services.

Dependence means that without the substance, the person will experience symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal from opiates can be scary and painful, although not usually life threatening.

Early symptoms of opioid withdrawal:

  • Increased tearing, runny nose, sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Agitation/Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Yawning

Late symptoms of opioid withdrawal:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping

Focused Recovery uses best practices to see our clients begin effective recovery from heroin and/or pain pills. We utilize individualized medical assessments, case management, and an innovative detox medication protocol.

In contrast to other prescription opiates like Methadone or Suboxone, Turning Point relies on an abstinence-based treatment plan using opiate blockers like Vivitrol or naltrexone. This allows the client to truly end drug use and not substitute one opiate for another. Our nonaddictive medication also decreases cravings to let the brain acclimate to sobriety. Even more compelling studies show that there is a marked decrease in relapse while taking Vivitrol or naltrexone.

Detoxification from opioids is only the first step in the recovery process. Quitting the substance alone is not enough to avoid returning to using. Support and structure are also required to avoid relapse. Sometimes we have to work to address the underlying emotional or traumatic issues which have driven the addiction in the first place. After detox, our clients are fully immersed in our Intensive Outpatient Program and also receive individual counseling.

Turning Point has had great successes in helping people end their heroin or pain pill use. It was once believed that it was almost impossible to work with opiate addicts. Now, with the addition of powerful and effective medication management to the already effective IOP therapy, there is hope. And that is good news for everyone battling the tough pull of opioid dependence!

Reference: Doyon S. Opiods. In: Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2004:chap 167