Heroin Detox Symptoms

Heroin Detox

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Heroin Detox Symptoms

Heroin detox symptoms are extremely unpleasant and are the main reason it is so difficult to stop using the drug. Detox is when the addict stops taking the drug and begins to overcome its physical dependence. The body reacts to being starved from the drug, basically. The detox symptoms start off as mild annoyances and peak to a point that is excruciatingly uncomfortable. It is during this time addicts will revert to using the drug. If they just continued with a safe detox, the symptoms will gradually subside and they can get to the other side of the uncomfortable feelings.

Heroin Addiction Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

The first step to any heroin addiction treatment plan is to detox safely. However, detox alone is not a treatment for addiction, but is useful when it leads into inpatient or outpatient treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Insomnia
  • Chills
  • Skin crawling
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Dehydration
  • Sniffling or runny nose
  • Sneezing or allergy-like symptoms
  • Weakness or fatigued muscles
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Hypothermia

Heroin Detox is Most Successful When Combined with a Sober Living or Recovery Community Environment

Heroin detox is successful when combined with other modes of recovery. A sober living environment adds a structured and supportive component necessary to detox from all drugs and alcohol and especially heroin. These communities will usually support and follow the 12 step recovery model, incorporate peer to peer feedback, teach healthy living skills and embody an attitude of long term sobriety where young people are still having fun.

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New Life House recovery community specializes in helping young men achieve sobriety. We teach house members how to acknowledge and deal with the real issues behind their drug use and negative behaviors. By providing age-specific homes, New Life House creates a positive, supportive peer group that is based on respect, honesty, integrity, and empathy. Ultimately, New Life House teaches its house members how to live responsible, mature, productive, and sober lives. If you have any inquiries, have a son struggling with drug abuse, or just need someone to talk about drug abuse or recovery, please reach out to us at 888-357-7577.