Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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 Life Center of Galax 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.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • 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

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Causes of heroin withdrawal

Heroin is an extremely powerful, extraordinarily dangerous, and highly addictive drug that has the potential to inflict significant damage. As an opioid, heroin shares certain properties with opium, morphine, and the active ingredients in prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Individuals who abuse heroin risk a wide range of physical and psychological outcomes, including becoming dependent on the drug, which can begin to occur the first time a person ingests heroin.

When a person becomes addicted to heroin, he or she will prioritize the acquisition and use of this drug over virtually all other important aspects of his or her life. This problem will only worsen as the person develops a tolerance to heroin, which means that he or she will need to ingest larger or more potent doses in order to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance is one of the indicators that a person may be struggling with a substance use disorder and in need of help from a licensed addiction treatment center. Obviously, abusing heroin more frequently and in larger amounts will increase both the likelihood that a person will experience negative outcomes and the potential severity of those outcomes.

One of many reasons why heroin dependence is so difficult to overcome is that once a person has become addicted to this opioid, ceasing or significantly decreasing one’s abuse of the drug will trigger several painful withdrawal symptoms that can set in with stunning rapidity.

Heroin Withdrawal Signs

Signs of heroin withdrawal

When heroin addiction, or heroin use disorder, occurs, a person’s body adapts to the presence of heroin. When the drug is not present, either because the person has not been able to acquire the drug or because he or she is trying to end his or her heroin abuse, the body will react in an unpleasant manner. This unpleasantness is known as heroin withdrawal.

The exact symptoms that a person will experience while undergoing heroin withdrawal will vary depending upon several factors, including the amount of time that he or she has been abusing the drug, the amount and frequency of that abuse, and his or her abuse of other substances. However, if a person attempts to quit using heroin without availing him or herself of a licensed addiction rehab center, he or she may develop some, many, or all of the following heroin withdrawal symptoms:

  • Intense cravings for heroin
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Pain in muscles and bones
  • Slow or shallow respiration
  • Dangerously low body temperature
  • Seizure
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Coma

An individual who experiences these symptoms will find it difficult, if not impossible, to end his or her dependence on heroin without professional treatment. With effective care, though, he or she can avoid the pain of withdrawal and begin to make the therapeutic progress that will empower him or her to achieve long-term recovery.

Seeking Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Why seek treatment for heroin addiction?

The pain of withdrawal can prevent people from ending their addiction to heroin and, in some cases, the fear of these symptoms can stop people from even trying to end their heroin abuse. The good news is that with effective treatment, from a reputable addiction rehab center, withdrawal symptoms can be managed, the pain can be significantly decreased, and abstinence can be achieved.

However, even the unpleasantness of withdrawal without professional help pales in comparison to the distress and danger of continued heroin abuse. Every time a person ingests heroin, he or she puts him or herself at risk for myriad negative outcomes, including overdose and death. The longer this behavior continues, the greater the risk becomes that the individual will experience lasting damage. In addition to the physical and psychological harm of heroin abuse, additional negative outcomes include, but are not limited to, academic failure, job loss and unemployment, family discord, destroyed interpersonal relationships, financial distress, arrest, incarceration, homelessness, social withdrawal or ostracization, and suicide.

With the effective comprehensive care that is available at Life Center of Galax, in Virginia, these risks can be eliminated, the damage that a person has incurred due to heroin abuse can begin to heal, and future harm can be avoided. With detox, medication assisted treatment, and a variety of therapeutic activities, Life Center of Galax is uniquely prepared to help the men and women in Virginia end their use of heroin, overcome the compulsion to continue to abuse this dangerous drug, and become empowered to pursue a healthier and happier future, free from the constraints of heroin dependence.

To learn more about treatment for heroin addiction at Life Center of Galax, or for answers to any questions you may have about any aspect of our addiction rehab center, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to providing you with the information that you need to make the most informed decision for yourself or for someone who you care about.

The Life Center of Galax provided the safe, supportive treatment I needed to overcome my heroin addiction. I will forever be thankful for the incredible help I received!

– Gary
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