Heroin is an illegal substance that’s only semi-synthetic because it is synthesized from morphine derived from the opium poppy. Heroin is most often used as an analgesic, self-medication, and recreationally. As a depressant, heroin creates a relaxed and lethargic euphoria that can hit within seconds of the drug being injected. However, heroin can also be smoked or snorted, and while the high doesn’t hit as quickly, there is also a lower chance of overdose, and addiction doesn’t occur as quickly.

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How Long Does A Heroin High Last?

The length and intensity of a heroin high depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The amount and type of heroin used
  • The person and their tolerance to the drug
  • The method of use (i.e., smoking, injecting, or snorting)

Heroin causes your brain to release extra dopamine, which is what causes the high. The pleasant feelings last while that dopamine is still present in the brain. When heroin is smoked or injected, the high that occurs tends to last a few minutes. Snorting heroin can result in a high that lasts from 15 to 30 minutes on average.

In contrast, the feelings that occur when you come down from a heroin high tend to last much longer — for several hours in some cases. That’s just one reason heroin addiction happens so quickly and is such a battle for many people.

Getting Help For Heroin Addiction Now

While heroin doesn’t stay very long in your system, modern tests can tell you used the drug for at least a few days after the last dose was taken. Don’t wait to get caught in a drug test by an employer, school, or law enforcement agency. If you’re struggling with heroin abuse or addiction, call us today at 877-423-4157 to find out more about heroin rehabilitation and recovery.

Why Choose Beachway For Heroin Treatment and Recovery?
Our drug treatment program has industry-leading success rates, is affordably priced, and we work with all major insurance providers so that patients can focus on their treatment without the added stress of money. For clients struggling with other medical or mental health issues, we also specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and provide counseling for co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.

Beachway Admission Criteria
Because Beachway focuses on personalized rehab programs instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment, the first step in our heroin addiction treatment process is an admission assessment. This assessment will include a report compiling a history of drug use and addiction, after which we will design an individualized plan to tackle recovery. Once a patient has been accepted into our program, they will have a consultation with one of our medical staff to discuss the length of their drug use and the quantities they’ve been taking. Some of the admission criteria for our heroin treatment program include requiring that a patient be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Willing to commit to our rehab program
  • Able to provide themselves with basic care

We are an inclusive detox and recovery facility, and welcome clients from all walks of life, regardless of religion, creed, sexual orientation, cultural background, or physical limitations.

Our unique and customized detox and rehab programs focus on a multiple-therapy approach to treatment (individual, group, family, and alternative counseling), social interactions like movie nights and bowling, physical therapies like yoga, meditation, and gym access, outings like beach excursions and fishing trips, spa services like manicures, pedicures, and massages, and even spiritual healing through our faith-based treatment options.

  • Excessive sweating and uncontrolled crying
  • Muscle and bone aches and cramps
  • Intense cravings
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Cold sweats, fever, and chills
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Appetite loss

These symptoms generally start appearing within 12 hours of your last dose because of how long heroin stays in your body. Symptoms become the worst between one and three days of being sober and generally taper off within a week. However, extreme and long-term heroin use can lead to post-acute withdrawal syndrome, where symptoms take weeks or months to subside.