Timeline Associated with Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawl 2017-05-09T23:34:11+00:00

Heroin is known to be the most addictive illicit substance known to man. It is an opioid that relieves physical pain and produces euphoric effects within seconds of its use. After just one use a tolerance develops and the user can become hooked.Whether you use heroin on a regular basis or go on binges, when stopping its use you may experience symptoms of withdrawal that make you feel depressed and extremely uncomfortable. If you are addicted to heroin you can expect to experience various symptoms of withdrawal when abruptly stopping its use.

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Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal vary in severity as well as how long to expect them to last. Factors such as the age and size of the person using the drug, average dose, regularity of its use and how long you have been using heroin will determine the severity and duration of heroin withdrawal you will experience. Read more below to learn about the heroin withdrawal timeline.

  • Strong Cravings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to pain
  • Aches and pains in back and legs
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
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How Long Does Heroin Withdrawl Last?

The heroin withdrawal typically begins in 6 to 12 hours after the last dose. You will see a peak in the severity of withdrawal within 1 to 3 days. Over 5 to 7 days the symptoms of withdrawal should subside. However every person is different and the symptoms of withdrawal could last weeks or months, this is known as post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Where Can I Get Help / What Can I Take?

If you are concerned, you may have a problem with heroin because when stopping its use you experience symptoms of withdrawal that send you back to the drug for comfort, you should contact your primary care doctor. They will give you a head to toe examination to determine the severity of your addiction and then direct you to a treatment facility that will best meet your treatment needs.

Recovering from heroin can be done in the comfort of your home by participating in treatment from an outpatient treatment facility or methadone clinic. You can also pack your bags and enter into a residential treatment facility to escape from the temptations within your home environment until you possess the relapse prevention skills needed to maintain your sobriety.

Within most treatment facilities the primary aspect to the treatment process involves pharmaceutical therapy. Medications such as methadone and suboxone will help you by offering relief from symptoms of withdrawal and cravings. These synthetic opioid medications act as a pain reliever but do not produce the euphoric effects that heroin does. Typically pharmaceutical treatment is used in the beginning stages of recovery but can also be used years into recovery as a form of control for withdrawal and cravings.

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