What is heroin withdrawal?

Heroin withdrawalHeroin withdrawal is one of the most difficult types of drug withdrawal to endure. Heroin continues to be one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Heroin tears apart families of all socio-economic backgrounds and effects and destroys lives regardless of race, religion or sex. For this reason, it is vital that the heroin addict receives professional help before his addiction end his life.

This however, is not as easy as it sounds. Heroin users can quickly develop a physical dependence on the drug. And when the individual stops taking heroin, powerful withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur.

Symptoms of withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are among the most debilitating of the drug world. Heroin takes a strong hold on the mind and body, and as such, freeing one’s self from its clutches does not come without some physical discomfort.

Here are some of the most common heroin withdrawal symptoms:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Excessive yawning
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors
  • Panic attacks
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Chills and profuse sweating
  • Irritability

Heroin is such a powerful drug that many individuals experience these withdrawal symptoms not only when taking the drug is discontinued, but even when dosage is reduced from the normal amount taken.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms generally start six to eight hours after the last dose of heroin is taken. The withdrawal symptoms hit their peak between two and three days after the last dose is ingested. Generally, the withdrawal symptoms listed above last for about a week.

Heroin withdrawal treatment

Currently, there are two major methods of treating heroin withdrawal and heroin addiction medically. The first is methadone. For many years, methadone has been the prevailing form of helping individuals with addiction to heroin. It has worked for many people, but the rigors involved in getting treatment (a fully scheduled program is required at a methadone facility -where the drug has to be administered by a medical professional) has made it daunting for many people going through recovery.

Enter a new kind of treatment for heroin withdrawal and heroin addiction, Suboxone. The benefit of working with Suboxone treatment instead of methadone is that after an initial consult with a physician, the medication can be self-administered. It is a prescription medication that can be used without checking into a rehab clinic or methadone-related facility. The ease of administering Suboxone removes some of the most difficult barriers encountered by those going through detox using methadone -specifically, the psychological impact of having to check into a public facility and the time and travel commitments required to get there. Consult with your physician or a drug rehab professional about which type of treatment may be right for you.

At Michael’s House, we are committed to offering the highest quality heroin treatment by offering the most innovative treatments available. We are connected deeply to the recovery of our patients, and understand the special challenges heroin addicts face.