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.