Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Central Virginia 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 Central Virginia 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 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.
  • 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.

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Heroin Withdrawal

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Heroin, like numerous other substances, is a drug that often leads to physical dependence. Once the body becomes physically dependent on heroin, it is completely reliant on the presence of the drug in its system in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Understanding Heroin Withdrawal

Understanding Withdrawal from Heroin

There is not a set standard of time that it takes for a physical dependency to heroin to develop as each user’s experience will be different based on his or her individual biological response. However, as soon as physical dependency to heroin develops, and usage is decreased or suddenly eliminated, the individual will experience a stage of withdrawal.

The effects of heroin will quickly wear off as use is discontinued and the user will struggle with the desire to continue to use (otherwise known as experiencing cravings). These cravings develop as a result of the body no longer receiving heroin at the pace at which it was before, and as a result, the withdrawal process begins.

In most cases of heroin users, withdrawal mostly begins somewhere from 6 to 24 hours after their last dose. The symptoms of withdrawal will then typically climax at 48 to 72 hours after the last use.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Heroin

Many symptoms of heroin withdrawal are upsetting and even intolerable. While each individual will experience his or her own set of withdrawal symptoms, they will ultimately lead to physical, psychological, and emotional upset.

Someone who has been using heroin will begin experiencing a number of symptoms once his or her withdrawal period begins. Some of the most common physical symptoms of withdrawal can include the following:

  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sweats/chills
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Abdominal cramping and muscle spasms
  • Slowed and/or labored breathing
  • Hypothermia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

Psychological symptoms also typically develop in a person going through heroin withdrawal. Some of these symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Jitteriness

Dangers of Heroin Withdrawal

Dangers Associated with Heroin Withdrawal

As heroin withdrawal can be incredibly complex, it is highly recommended to experience withdrawal under the guidance of professionals. These professionals are trained to help an individual in both easing the pain of withdrawal as well as assuring his or her overall health. Individuals who have been abusing heroin for a long period of time can suffer more severe symptoms and would benefit from the supervision of these professionals to avoid further (and possibly life-threatening) health risks.

The subsequent withdrawal effects of heroin are often so uncomfortable that individuals will seek out this drug time and time again just to alleviate those effects. As soon as the withdrawal symptoms begin, seemingly nothing will ease the pain in the eyes of a user like using the drug again. When this use occurs, users are immediately putting themselves in danger of the numerous harmful effects of heroin once again. More importantly, using heroin again during withdrawal can easily lead to an overdose. A heroin overdose can occur when a user consumes more heroin than his or her body can physically process. An overdose such as this should be treated as a medical emergency and treatment should be received as quickly as possible. A heroin overdose is very real and tremendously dangerous, and if proper care is not sought, can be fatal.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we know how uncomfortable and upsetting heroin withdrawal can be. Therefore, we offer safe and effective treatment options that can fit within your personal recovery needs. These treatment interventions can help alleviate your symptoms, help you control your cravings, and help you begin a new life free from heroin addiction. Let us help you or a loved one turn your life around and begin anew with a healthy, happy, and sober future.