Heroin Withdrawal and Detox
Heroin is an opioid drug that is illegal in the United States. According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), heroin is considered to be the fastest acting narcotic drug, with effects occurring almost immediately. Depending on the potency, amount ingested, method of ingestion, and an individual’s personal health history, the effects of heroin typically peak in one to two hours and will wear off between three to five hours. Heroin works by affecting one’s brain by elevating the dopamine levels in ones brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is most associated with pleasure. Due to the highly addictive nature of heroin, withdrawal symptoms can begin shortly after the effects of heroin have worn off. The first six to twelve hours after one’s last dose of heroin will leave a person experiencing withdrawal symptoms that mimic the flu. One to three days post one’s last heroin dose a person will experience more intense withdrawal symptoms. Later withdrawal symptoms can be more severe, but typically subside between seven to ten days.
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- All labs including blood & urine tests
- Medical Director/Physician
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- CNA’s (Certified Nurse’s Aid)
- Detox Technicians
- Substance Use Disorder Counselors
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Early Withdrawal Symptoms
Every individual is different and will react differently to the abuse of heroin. Additionally, because heroin is a non-regulated substance, the purity and potency of each batch created is at the discretion of each individual manufacturer. This leaves the consumer fully in the dark as to the exact make-up of each dose, which puts the individual at risk of overdose. There are several early withdrawal symptoms that a person who abuses heroin may experience that can occur within a few hours after one’s last ingestion. Some of the early withdrawal symptoms can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Muscle aches
- Excessive yawning
- Cold sweats
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
Early withdrawal symptoms typically last around one week, and in some cases can last up to ten days.
Late Withdrawal Symptoms
Late withdrawal symptoms can occur concurrently with some of the early withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms typically last a bit longer and may be slightly more severe. Some of them include the following:
- Stomach cramps
- Irregular heart rate
- Drug cravings
- Irregular blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal ideations
- Impaired breathing
It is important to note that the symptoms that an individual who has struggled with heroin abuse will differ from person to person. Certain factors, such as if an individual has a comorbid disorder, the length of time a person has been abusing heroin, and the way in which the individual abused heroin will all play into the severity and longevity of one’s withdrawal symptoms.
The first step an individual must go through to begin treatment for heroin abuse is undergoing detox. Detox is the process that rids one’s body of any abused substance or substances. Heroin is an incredibly addictive drug, and alters the functioning of one’s brain. It is essential to undergo detox from heroin with the proper supervision. As indicated by the above common withdrawal symptoms experienced when ceasing to use heroin, detox can be very uncomfortable. It is highly recommended that an individual go through a medical detox program when detoxing from heroin. A medical detox will enable the individual to obtain medical interventions to help manage the physical discomforts associated with heroin withdrawal.
At the very least a medically supervised detox would behoove a person struggling with heroin abuse. While a medically supervised detox may not be able to offer medications to help with the withdrawal symptoms, it will provide twenty-four-hour supervision and support to the individual. This can help assure the safety of the individual going through detox, as well as provide peace of mind to the individual’s loved one’s that the person is being fully supported by a professional throughout this challenging time.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addition.