Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

 
When a heroin addict decides to quit using heroin, they are very likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can also occur after a particularly heavy dose of heroin. The initial comedown from a heroin high varies in time and intensity. Withdrawal symptoms usually start 6 to 12 hours after the last dose, peaking within 1 to 3 days and gradually easing over 5 to 7 days.

Why Don’t More Heroin Addicts Just Stop?

 
Heroin addicts feel a range of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that are typically the cause for continuing to use. Increased withdrawal symptoms are felt when heroin wears off, causing the addict to use in an effort to stop the uncomfortable feelings. It is a vicious circle and when this happens, the person is officially addicted to heroin.

 

Side Effects of Heroin Addiction

 
Because of the adverse side effects that come when an addict stops using heroin, many users will continue to use heroin multiple times per day in order to prevent feeling sick from the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, a lot of heroin found on the streets has additives in it. The National Institute on Drug Abuse research shows that has these additives may not be assimilated rapidly by the body and can lead to clogged blood vessels and possibly death of vital organs.

     

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Bone pain
  • Tearing in the eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hypothermia

 
Withdrawal symptoms will ease with time. Many treatment centers and detox facilities will prescribe Suboxone to ease the symptoms, however there is new evidence to show that this drug can also be addictive and abused.   A qualified addiction specialist will be able to guide a heroin addict to the treatment right for them and monitor the use of Suboxone.

 

Reach Out to Us

 
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.