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Heroin and Opiate Detox in Ohio

This page was medically reviewed for accuracy by Alexis LeFevre-Casby, NP, an addiction and mental health specialist and family nurse practitioner at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center.

Heroin and prescription opioids are highly addictive. If you or a loved one are in the grips of an opiate addiction, you know that you are in the fight for your life. Many want to quit opioids for good, but often feel they are too far in and that recovery simply isn’t possible. The truth is: recovery is possible and closer than you think! If you understand the process and have a plan in place, recovery from opiate addiction doesn’t have to be scary. An essential part of that plan is to undergo treatment at an opiate detox center, such as Ohio Addiction Recovery Center.

AT OARC, our state-of-the-art detox center in Central Ohio treats opiate withdrawal to reduce symptoms to an absolute minimum. Detox doesn’t have to be painful. Our comfortable environment fosters recovery and gives our clients the tools to face life successfully. Learn more about our opiate detox program below.

Why Choose Us?

Our Premier Opioid Detox Center

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Your health insurance could cover up to 100% of the cost of treatment. We’re happy to include the following amenities and services to call clients:

Primary Rehab Amenities and Services:

  • Family visitations
  • Family therapy
  • Individualized
  • Group therapy
  • 1 on 1 counseling
  • Art therapy
  • 24/7 Nursing
  • Catered food
  • Recreations
  • Tobacco and Vaping
  • Long term options
  • Dual-diagnosis care
  • Transportation
  • Yoga & Personal Training
  • Life Skills
  • 12-step Meetings

Do you have any questions?

What Our Ohio Heroin & Opiate Detox Center is Like

Many individuals using fentanyl have a fear of quitting due to the withdrawal symptoms. Some are afraid detox could be an extremely painful experience. Fortunately, medical detox is designed specifically to make fentanyl withdrawal as painless as possible.

Fentanyl detox is similar to other opiate detox programs. In our fentanyl detox center in Columbus, OH, you or a loved one is first assessed by our medical and clinical teams to develop a treatment plan. Treatment plans include:

  • Medication and withdrawal management
  • Medical supervision
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Aftercare planning
  • Relapse prevention
  • 12-step meetings and guest speakers
  • Psychiatric care

Unlike a hospital, our detox center is a relaxed residential environment where you can begin to build a support network for your recovery. You will also have access to:

  • Healthy and delicious catered meals
  • 24-hour snack, coffee, and beverage bar
  • Games, recreations, TV, exercise, and more

Though we are a small facility, you or a loved one will be in a program with other individuals also beginning their road to recovery.

In addition to medical treatment, our detox program provides individual therapy, group therapy, and other clinical interventions to develop an aftercare plan so that you or a loved one can be prepared for a successful life of recovery post-treatment.

Heroin and opiate withdrawal isn’t as scary as you might think. When treated under medical supervision, withdrawal symptoms are significantly reduced. We used evidence based medications to help our clients taper off of opioids over 7-14 days. There are also medications to assist with psychological symptoms, such as cravings. To learn more about the detox process and why entering a facility might be best for you, contact us today at 800-481-8457.

What Medications Are Used During Heroin or Opioid Detox?

There are a variety of medications that are used to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. There are both narcotic and non-narcotic drugs that can significantly reduce pain and discomfort. Our medical staff will decide the appropriate prescriptions for your care, but generally the primary medication used in heroin detox include:

1. Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It is often combined with naloxone to prevent misuse (in a formulation called Suboxone). At OARC, we use this medication as a taper

2. Naltrexone: Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids. It is used after detoxification to prevent relapse. Naltrexone is available in daily oral form (pills) or as a monthly injection (Vivitrol). Naltrexone can also alleviate both alcohol and opioid cravings.

3. Clonidine: Clonidine is not an opioid, but it can help manage some of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, such as anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, and sweating. Clonidine is a safe, non-habit forming blood pressure medication used in many detox centers to treat opioid withdrawal.

4. Lofexidine: Known by its brand name Lucemyra, lofexidine is a non-addictive medication used for opioid withdrawal symptoms. It works by blocking norepinephrine, a hormone associated with many withdrawal symptoms.

5. Antidepressants and Anti-Anxiety Medications: These medications are sometimes prescribed to manage the mood-related symptoms of withdrawal.

6. Over-the-counter medications: Non-prescription drugs like loperamide (Imodium) can help with diarrhea, a common symptom of opioid withdrawal. However, these should be used under medical supervision.

7. Sleep Medications: Both prescription and over the counter sleep medications may be used during fentanyl detox.

How Long Is Opiate Detox?

Opioid detox timeline at OARC will vary for each individual, but typically it can take 7-14 days. Without detox, the body can actually clear opiates from the system much quicker, but it is an extremely uncomfortable and even dangerous experience. Many people relapse when they attempt to quit “cold turkey.”

By stretching opioid detox over 1 to 2 weeks, a taper opioid is used to slowly wean the body off of chemical dependence. This reduces withdrawal symptoms and increases an individual’s likelihood of remaining abstinent. 

Following detoxification, it’s highly recommended to continue an aftercare program, such as inpatient addiction treatment. Most clients in our detox center remain in our program for 30-45 days to complete residential treatment. However, this is not a requirement.

Is Heroin Detox Safe?

Yes, medical detox is extremely safe and effective. Complications are rare in detox centers and both nurses and physicians are on staff in the event of any type of complication.

In our detox center, vitals and other symptoms are monitored on an ongoing basis and clients have access to nursing staff 24/7. 

Insurance Coverage For Opiate Detox

Most insurance plans cover opiod detox. At Ohio Addiction Recovery Center, we’re proud to be in-network with a wide range of insurance plans, which reduces deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. We’re In-Network with most private insurance plans. You can see a full list of our accepted insurance plans.

Are You Ready To Recover? Call Ohio Addiction Recovery Center Today

A specialist is always standing by on our toll-free line, 800-481-8457, ready to help you in any way that they can. Calls are always free of charge and completely confidential. We’d be happy to verify insurance coverage and let you know any out-of-pocket costs.

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