Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Understanding Heroin Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Heroin

Heroin is one of many types of substances that result in the onset of physical dependence. Once physical dependence has developed, it means that an individual’s body has come to rely on the presence of the substance itself in order to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. The length of time that it takes for a heroin dependence to develop will vary for each person depending upon factors such as the quality of the substance itself, the amount that is being abused, and the person’s unique biological chemistry. Once this dependency has formed and heroin use is later ceased or reduced, a person will inevitably go through a period of withdrawal.

When the high that heroin elicits has started to fade and the effects of the drug have begun to steadily decrease, users of heroin will inevitably begin to experience profound cravings for more of the substance. When their bodies do not receive the desired substance, they begin to go through the process of withdrawal.

For heroin users, the period of withdrawal typically begins between six and 24 hours following the last use of the drug, and reaches a peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last use occurred.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Heroin

There are a number of uncomfortable, and sometimes painful, things that individuals who are addicted to heroin will undergo during the process of withdrawal. The exact symptoms themselves will vary from person to person, but will likely include both physical and psychological distress.

Examples of physical symptoms that commonly become present when an individual is going through withdrawal from heroin may include some, most, or all of the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Muscle spasms / uncontrolled muscular movement
  • Chills / cold flashes
  • Slowed breathing
  • Hypothermia (body temperature dropping to a level that is below normal)
  • Labored breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches

Examples of psychological symptoms that have been known to consume a person who is experiencing heroin withdrawal may include any or all of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Jitteriness
  • Restlessness
Dangers of Heroin Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Heroin Withdrawal

Due to the nature of heroin withdrawal, it is highly beneficial to go through the process under the supervision of trained professionals who can assist in not only alleviating some of the discomfort, but also in ensuring that one’s health is not placed at a heightened risk during that period of time. Similarly, individuals who have been abusing heroin for a prolonged period of time and are subsequently at risk of experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms would benefit from undergoing supervision during this time so that, should something detrimental to their health occur, immediate medical interventions can take place.

The discomfort that is associated with heroin withdrawal is often one of the main reasons why individuals fall back into the cycle of abusing this drug. Once these withdrawal symptoms hit, people find immediate alleviation of their discomfort by returning to their use of heroin. When this occurs, not only are these individuals, once again, placing themselves at risk for experiencing all of the detriments that heroin use can reap, but they are also placing themselves at risk for overdose. Overdose occurs any time that an individual ingests more of a substance than his or her body is capable of metabolizing. When this happens, it should be viewed as a medical emergency and treatment should be sought immediately. Overdosing on heroin is extremely dangerous and, if medical attention is not sought and received, the outcome can be fatal.

Knowing how uncomfortable, painful, and distressing it can be to go through the process of withdrawal from heroin, at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer effective treatment options that can help reduce the severity of symptoms, lessen a person’s cravings for continued use, and offer a starting point for the recovery process as a whole. Let us help you or a loved one begin the journey towards a healthier, happier, and sober future.