Heroin Addiction Detox Methods

Patients who decide to undergo detox and treatment for their heroin addiction can choose from varieties of selections. Listed are the different types of detox centers available:

Inpatient Detox

Inpatient rehab detox provides addiction treatment under the hood of rehab centers. Recovering addicts receive 24/7 monitoring and care from the center’s staff who also provide medications and services when needed.


Inpatient program is ideal for all struggling with heroin addiction. However, there are particular people who would benefit the most. They include those who have severe and long history of heroin abuse; those who have a record of a relapse; and those with coexisting health or mental conditions.

Inpatient detox can be done in a hospital or non-hospital setup depending on the needs of the patients.  In hospitals, recovering addicts that require medical attention or at high risk for complications brought by withdrawal and detox are monitored by medical experts 24/7. The non-hospital setting is done in a residential center where medical professional conduct regular rounds to check patients.

Outpatient Detox

This setup allows recovering patients to stay in their homes while undergoing heroin addiction detox. Patients may still receive medications in order to manage their symptoms. With this process, they are required to communicate with the healthcare provider who keep track of their progress.

The outpatient detox is ideal for new heroin users or those who have not abused the drug for a long time; those who used heroin in small quantities; those who have no history of a relapse; and those who do not have any co-occuring medical or mental health problems.

Rapid Detox

From the word “rapid,” this method of detoxification is done in a quicker way. The patient receives opioid antagonist medications that include naloxone or naltrexone to hinder the effects of heroin in the body.

While some battling with heroin addictionmay prefer a quicker approach of detox, others dislike it for the possible risks associated with it. Patients may experience pulmonary edema;cardiac arrhythmias or early onset of complicated withdrawal symptoms.

Anesthesia-Assisted Rapid Detox

This method is quicker thanthe rapid detox because all the drugs in the body can be removed in as little s 4 to 8 hours. However, its fast removal of toxins can be harmful because it’s linked to higher risks.

This method requires putting the patients asleep as medical experts inject them with general anesthesia. About 8.6 percent of those who used this approach have developed cardiac arrest or have died.

Luxury, Executive or Standard Treatment

Patients with heroin addiction can choose from various classes of treatments, including luxury, executive or standard.  Those who can afford can opt for luxury treatment which is the most expensive. The luxury treatment centers have complete amenities and facilities so recovering patients may feel that they are not in a rehabilitation center or hospital during their recovery.

The Executive type is almost similar to the luxury in terms of amenities and facilities. This class of treatment is perfect for working individuals who still prefer to work while recovering from addiction.

The Standard type has no posh amenities or facilities. It is the most common type of treatment ideal for people struggling with heroin addiction. It is the cheapest among the three types of treatment.