Heroin Detox In Costa Mesa, CA

Heroin Detox Treatment

Whether it is drugs or alcohol, the Duck House Recovery drug rehab center in Costa Mesa, located in the heart of Orange County, California, has all the appropriate resources readily available to ensure the safest environment for our patients. When seeking the courage to overcome a drug abuse disorder, even the high strength of heroin addiction, many of the side-effects must be monitored by doctors and other specialists. 

This level of care can be obtained through a certified substance abuse treatment program. Treatment centers like Duck House Recovery that offer medically-supervised heroin detox programs significantly decrease the risk of health complications, including relapse. The two primary heroin detox options include:

1. Medication-Assisted Treatment

The latest and most up-to-date treatment in heroin detox programs is those that contain specific medications. These medications are designed to decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, as well as bring comfort to the patient during the typically difficult process. There are different forms of medications available for both low-dose and high-dose heroin addiction.

2. Inpatient Heroin Detox Treatment

Fortunately, there are treatment methods available in alternative to just taking medication for months or even years in an attempt to rid the body’s system of heroin. Inpatient programs are incredibly useful when conducted and participating in proper and correct ways.

Many people have been pleased with their decision of inpatient treatment because while struggling with their addiction, they did not have the same opportunities to get their hands on heroin again to help mitigate the often dreadful withdrawal symptoms. Attempting to detox alone at home can be frightening and very dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms do not just affect the body of the user, but can also affect even essential mind functions.

If an individual is left to fend for themselves and rely on their personal resources while withdrawing from heroin can quickly begin to experience dangerous effects that can even be life-threatening in some cases. 

Addiction specialists at Duck House Recovery in Costa Mesa California combine medical and therapeutic processes and procedures. Our evidence-based treatments help our patients achieve their goal of obtaining a brand-new healthy and sober lifestyle.

Heroin Detox Treatment

Heroin is a drug in the opiate class and known to suppress certain functions of the body. The primary target is the central nervous system. Common parts known to be affected include:

Body’s temperature regulation
Heart Rate
Respiratory Functions
Blood Pressure

The sudden increase of chemicals in the brain is due to the drug immediately binding itself to opioid receptors. The feelings of pleasure and the euphoric state that is experienced are the result of this release and are precisely the cause of many heroin use disorders.

What Are The Symptoms?

During the detox process and going through various withdrawal symptoms; however, the effects the individual experiences are quite the opposite. Instead of a reduced heart rate, feelings of sedation, and the addictive state of euphoria, the individual may experience a wide range of discomforting symptoms.

Some of these symptoms that are more commonly seen include:

Intense Cravings

Loss of Appetite 


Increased Irritability

Muscle Aches and Spasms

Sleep Trouble

Severe Fatigue 

Nausea and Vomiting 

Inability To Concentrate 

Heroin Detox Treatment

Heroin is considered to be a fast-acting opioid. This means that the drug gets to work, and effects begin rapidly. With that being said, it also leaves the bloodstream as quickly as it entered. During detox treatment, withdrawal symptoms of heroin are typically seen to peak just a few short days after the last dose was taken.

The medically-assisted detox treatment programs at Duck House Recovery typically start before heroin has completely been eliminated from the patient’s system. The following five to seven days are what counts when assessments, treatment plans, and results all can be seen and take place. Naturally, those who rely more heavily on their heroin dependence, it is possible for the detox process to last a bit longer. In severe cases, this can be closer to ten days or more if necessary.

Our industry-leading heroin detox programs are designed by our qualified staff of addiction specialists and other medical professionals to safely reduce and gradually eliminate the physical dependency that is causing the pain and suffering in our patient’s lives. This includes the delicate process of ridding the body of the toxic, addictive substance. Detox treatments for an individual with addiction are done in our residential treatment setting, where it can be done safely and effectively.

Medical detox often incorporates medications and therapy to help the body and brain recover from its dependence on heroin. Blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and temperature levels are all monitored to help keep individuals safe and secure throughout the entire process.

00:00 All right, so you might have read “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings,” you have probably 00:03 seen them, you’ve definitely heard of them. But not everyone knows the story of their 00:07 author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was an English World War One veteran. A reluctant solider, 00:13 he joined up with a sense of duty and he lived through the bloody battle of Somme suffering 00:18 tremendous shock, guilt, and loss during and after the war. 00:22 It took Tolkien years to processes his experiences. To help him do it he turned to writing fiction 00:27 and in time he constructed a world that helped him and all of us better understand war, human 00:33 nature, loss, and growth. His novels were the bi-product of trauma and they’re among 00:37 the more beautiful reminders of how it can affect us. 00:39 Most of us will experience some kind of traumatic event in our lives and most of us will exhibit 00:44 some kind of stress related behavior because of it, these symptoms usually fade but for 00:49 some those reactions can linger and start of disrupt their lives or the lives of those 00:53 around them. These reactions can develop into full blown psychological disorders including 00:57 post-traumatic stress disorder and, in an effort to cope, sometimes addiction, but it doesn’t 01:01 always have to be that way. 01:03 Ultimately, Tolkien was able to harness the effect of his trauma and shape them into something 01:06 important and to reclaim is own life because there is such a thing as post-traumatic growth, too. 01:12 As it does with many other things psychology approaches trauma related disorders with different 01:17 perspectives, but they all tend to ask the same questions. 01:20 How do you identify and diagnose these disorders? And how do you treat them, so that the patients 01:24 can recover? — With the understanding that they might never be the same as they were 01:28 before the trauma, but they can still be healthy and happy. 01:31 In a way, psychology helps patients ask themselves, what Tolkien asks his readers, and what Frodo 01:36 asks when he is finally safe back in the shire: “How do you pick up the threads of an old 01:41 life? How to go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand that there is no going back.” 01:57 It could be September 11 or a serious car accident or a natural disaster or a violent 02:02 crime that you survived but are still haunted by. Trauma comes in many different forms and 02:07 sometimes it can stick with you. 02:09 When it manifests as nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, fear, guilt, anxiety, rage, insomnia, 02:15 and begins to interfere with your ability to function it can come to be known as post-traumatic 02:20 stress disorder or PTSD. 02:22 It was once call “shell shock” a term used to describe the condition of veterans, like 02:26 Tolkien in World War One but PTSD isn’t limited to veterans. It’s defined as a psychological 02:31 disorder generated by either witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Its symptoms 02:36 are classified into four major clusters in the DSM V. 02:40 One of these clusters involves re-living the event through intrusive memories, nightmares, 02:44 or flashbacks. The second involves avoiding situations you associate with the event, while 02:49 the third generally describes excessive physiological arousal like heart pounding, muscle tension, 02:54 anxiety or irritability, and major problems sleeping or concentrating. And finally we 02:59 have the fourth major symptom cluster: pervasive negative changes in emotions and belief, like 03:05 feelings in excessive guilt, fear, or shame — or no longer getting enjoyment out of what you used to. 03:10 PTSD patients may also experience numbing, or periods of feeling emotionless or emotionally 03:15 “flat” and dissociation, feeling as if situations aren’t real or are surreal, feeling like time 03:21 has slowed down or sped up, or even blacking out. 03:23 We have been discussing how anxiety or mood disorders can affect a person’s ability to 03:27 function and how that impairment itself leads to more suffering and dysfunction. 03:32 When any of these disorders is left untreated suffers may start to feel desperate to find 03:36 some way to cope and one way may be substance abuse. Unfortunately, addiction and trauma 03:41 can go hand in hand and it can be hard to recover from one without also dealing with 03:44 the other. According to the US department of Veteran’s Affairs more than 2 in 10 veterans 03:48 with PTSD also struggle with substance abuse problems and 1 in every 3 vets seeking 03:53 treatment for substance abuse also have PTSD. And across many studies, between a third to 03:57 a half of women in treatment for substance abuse have experienced rape or sexual assault. 04:02 For a long time most psychologists understood PTSD through the lens of fear conditioning 04:07 or the unshakable memory of being in mortal danger and the learned responses that stem 04:11 from that memory. But clinicians have also begun to recognize that for some the disorder 04:15 can also be a kind of moral injury, widening the focus to include hauntings not just of 04:21 violence done to a person but also what that person did or did not do to others. 04:26 Brandon was a combat drone operator in the air force he enlisted at 21 years old and 04:30 spent 6 years sitting in a bunker in the American South-West watching Iraq and Afghanistan from 04:35 surveillance drones. 04:36 He watched soldiers die and people get executed. He also watched kids play, people get married, 04:42 goats grazing — and when the time came he ordered hell fire missiles to strike military 04:47 targets or people who had no idea they where even being watched. 04:51 Although he was half a world away from combat, he ultimately suffered the psychological trauma 04:55 felt by many on the ground soldiers. He was diagnosed with PTSD. Brandon suffers no fears 05:00 for his own safety, but still experiences the same intrusive memories, nightmares, depression, 05:06 anxiety, and substance abuse of many emotionally traumatized combat soldiers. So do a lot of 05:11 other drone operators. 05:12 But why do some victims or trauma suffer from PTSD while others seem able to move on? 05:18 Well, its psychology so the risk factors are complicated. Some findings suggest that there 05:22 may be genetic predispositions making some people more vulnerable than others. We also 05:26 know that context and environment matter, for instance, someone who has experienced 05:30 childhood abuse might feel on the one hand more ready to deal with difficult and traumatic 05:35 experiences. But on the other hand they might be more likely to default to the suppression 05:38 and avoidance in which PTSD suffers frequently engage, which as we’ve discussed in previous 05:43 episodes often makes psychiatric symptoms worsen over time. 05:46 As far as whats going on in the brain, PTSD shares some similarities with anxiety disorders. 05:52 For example the brains limbic system may flood the body with waves of stress hormones like 05:56 cortisol every time images of the traumatic event bubble up uninvited into consciousness. 06:01 And we’ve already talked a lot about how the amygdala and hippocampus are involved in those 06:05 classic fight or flight reactions, which when prolonged can be really rough on the body. 06:10 In fact, neuroimaging suggests that trauma — or the chemical processes set into motion 06:14 by trauma — might actually damage and shrink the hippocampus. Since this region is also 06:19 associated with how we consolidate memories, this might explain how memories associated 06:23 with trauma could fail to be filed away as long-term memories and instead remain vivid 06:28 and fresh through flashbacks and nightmares. 06:31 If there’s any silver lining to all of this, it’s that some people may actually experience 06:35 positive change after a trauma. Treatment and social support help some suffers achieve 06:40 post-traumatic growth, positive psychological changes resulting from the struggle with challenging 06:45 circumstances and life crises. 06:47 That’s in part what Tolkien did. Though he suffered great trauma and loss on the battlefield, 06:52 he was eventually able to use those experiences to drive those powerful, allegorical stories. Stories 06:58 that helped not just himself, but many readers of all ages around the world. 07:02 It seems that while whatever doesn’t kill you might not necessarily make you stronger, 07:07 sometimes it really does. 07:09 But suffering can feed on itself. Many victims of trauma try to cope through whats colloquially 07:13 called self-medicating and some can end up with substance abuse or dependence issues. 07:18 Psychologists define addiction or dependence as compulsive, excessive, and difficult-to-control 07:23 substance use, or other, initially pleasurable behavior that beings to interfere with ordinary 07:29 life, work, health, or relationships. 07:31 This could mean over-consuming drugs or alcohol, or compulsively gambling, eating, shopping, 07:36 exercising, or having sex. People with addictions may not even realize that they have lost control 07:40 of their behavior for some time. 07:42 Addiction can refer to a physical dependence, a physiological need for a drug, that reveals 07:47 itself through terrible withdrawal symptoms if the use stops or reduces. Or psychological 07:52 dependence, the need to use that drug, or complete that activity in order to relieve 07:56 negative emotions. 07:57 People with addiction can sometimes be stigmatized as pleasure-bound hedonists who have no self-control, 08:02 but people often compulsively use substances or do things in reaction to stress and other 08:07 psychological problems. For various reasons they have been prevented from coping in other 08:11 ways or maybe they just never learned how. 08:14 So in this way addiction itself is often secondary to the more complicated matter of how a person 08:19 deals with stress and difficult emotions, or what kinds of stressful situations they’ve survived. 08:24 Few will dispute that much of what makes addiction possible is chemistry, but people are different 08:29 — from their life experiences to their biological sensitivities. So people respond in different 08:34 way to different drugs and behaviors. Many people can drink casually or gamble once in 08:39 a while without losing control. Others simply can’t. 08:42 People in recovery from addiction may also have different needs. Some will need to be 08:46 completely sober and never again touch that drug or do that thing. While others may in 08:51 time be able to regain enough control to use again in moderation. 08:55 Likewise, some folks can kick the habit on their own while others do better with or need 08:59 support from professionals or support groups. 09:01 Researchers and groups like Alcoholics Anonymous debate whether addiction is a mental illness 09:06 — like a “software problem” related to thoughts, and behaviors, and feelings — or a physical disease 09:10 — a “hard wire problem” related to biology and genetics — or both, and even whether 09:15 addiction and dependence are the same thing. 09:17 Either way it can be hard to recover from an addiction if you don’t get the underlying 09:21 problem treated. But some people believe that you can’t treat the underlying problem without 09:26 first getting the addiction out of the way. 09:28 While this controversy too continues, many are moving toward a model of treating both 09:32 at at the same time. The so-called Dual Diagnosis Model of treatment. 09:37 Addiction that’s rooted in deeper psychological issues — especially in emotional trauma like 09:40 PTSD — often require some version of dual treatment to untangle both issues. 09:45 The good news is while PTSD and substance dependence may be distressing and complex, 09:50 people can begin to heal given the chance and the resources. 09:53 We’re amazingly resilient creatures. When nurtured with the proper support and practice, we can overcome a lot. 09:59 Today we talked about the causes and symptoms of PTSD and how trauma can affect the brain. 10:04 We also looked at addiction, physical and psychological dependence, the relationship 10:08 between trauma and addiction, and why they can require dual treatment, and we touched on 10:13 post-traumatic growth with the wisdom of Frodo Baggins. 10:16 Thanks for watching, especially to all our subscribers on Subbable who make this show 10:21 possible. To find out how you can become a supporter and help us do this thing just go to 10:25 subbable.com/crashcourse. 10:28 This episode was written by Kathleen Yale, edited by Blake de Pastino and our consultant 10:32 is Dr. Ranjit Bhagwat. Our director and editor is Nicolas Jenkins. The script supervisor 10:36 and sound designer is Michael Aranda, and the graphics team is Thought Cafe.