Heroin is a particularly addictive drug, and quitting it is possible though not easy. Throughout Florida and the rest of United States many addicted people are looking for help and the good news is that this help is available. Though some people choose to quit cold turkey and on their own, the safest way is to work with qualified rehabilitation specialists.

Withdrawal Symptoms

As the body becomes addicted to heroin, its tolerance changes. This is especially true when a person quits cold turkey. If a person attempts to quit suddenly and then relapses, they have a significantly increased risk of overdose. Withdrawal symptoms can be one of the hardest parts of quitting. Some of heroin withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Dehydration
  • Runny nose, teary eyes
  • Restlessness, insomnia, frequent yawning
  • Sweating
  • Aggressive behavior, irritability, and mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating

There may also be longer term symptoms including:

  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • A high blood pressure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Drug cravings and risk of relapse

 

Withdrawal Timeline

Everyone has a different timeline for heroin withdrawal.  For most people it lasts about a week. It can start within four hours after the last dose, although people who have been using for a long time might take longer to manifest symptoms.

The first phase is marked by a pain and discomfort. This lasts for about three days and is the most intense of the process. The second phase involves aches and pains. For some people it takes about five days, for other it’s a week or more. Some symptoms may linger.

You do not have to detox on your own and there are many trained medical professionals who want to help you do it safely. We can also work with you to create a new lifestyle that will reduce the risk of a relapse. Call us to learn about your options at (866) 421-6242 or contact us online.

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