Facts About Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin addiction is undoubtedly one of the hardest narcotics to kick, primarily because of the physical heroin withdrawal symptoms. It is commonly stated among heroin addicts that, while they no longer want to be on heroin, nor do they get any positive effects, they are unwilling to stop using because of an intense fear of withdrawal. Once an individual is “strung out”, or physically addicted to heroin, they begin to experience intense physical pain within as short as 4 hours without using the substance. Because heroin is such a powerful pain killer, these pains are greatly intensified in the mind of the addict.

Crying woman going through heroin withdrawalCommon Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

  • Intense stomach cramps and aches
  • Fever
  • Intense muscle cramps
  • Aching bones and tendons
  • Migraines
  • Restlessness and total inability to sleep
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Inability to eat
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Constant tearing of the eyes
  • Priapism (extreme pain in genitals due to constant excessive blood flow, which can result in bruising)
  • Restless legs
  • Feeling of extreme heaviness
  • A general feeling that something is very wrong

And if that is not enough, these symptoms generally last for about ten days, sometimes even up to three weeks in some cases. Because of the extreme discomfort and pain experienced during opiate withdrawal, medical detoxification is generally required to successfully get someone off heroin. It is commonplace for individuals undergoing the detox process decided to give up half way through and seek out the one thing they know will make them totally well, heroin.

There are many methods of going through detox from heroin, but the common problem among all of them, is that if the medications are not managed properly, they hold a great risk for addiction and dependence themselves. The most common medications for heroin detox are methadone and buprenorphine. But other combinations of medication may be used as well to help reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. Contact The Hills Treatment Center today to learn more about our heroin addiction rehab program and begin your path to recovery.