Warm and cold turkey treatment for heroin rehabilitation

Warm and cold turkey treatment for heroin rehabilitation Photo

Physical withdrawal symptoms of heroin include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, bone aches, cold sweats and diarrhoea. Heroin being a stimulant drug, regulates more psychological impacts like insomnia, agitation, fatigue, tremors, anxiety and mainly craving. People trying to withdraw from heroin have faced high rates of dehydration from vomiting and diarrhoea.

Cold Turkey means the abrupt cessation of any abused drug and treating the later effects with a complementary product. In case of heroin cold turkey process, withdrawal signs can be eased with the use of Methadone, a slow-acting opioid and has the same effect as heroin in the brain but eliminating the harsh damages caused by heroin. Naltrexone can also be used in cold turkey treatment as in to block the opioid receptors in the brain and hence preventing craving. A step advanced stays Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone, which helps block the opioid receptor, as well as eases the withdrawal pain.

Warm turkey treatment refers to voluntary withdrawal response from an individual, unlike forced or sudden cessation. This employs more recreational or social activities aids, than those of complementary drug usage to ease the pain and hardship of withdrawal.

  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Suboxone

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