Heroin is a well-known opiate that has lured many people into its deadly grip. Its promise of highly addictive euphoria knows no boundaries of class, race or gender. It has resulted in the death of a number of celebrities and countless other people. According to the United Nations Office, an upwards of 14 million people reportedly consumed heroin in 2016 alone, and 7 out of 11 heroin users started from a prescription opiate addiction. Even with these staggering numbers, we here at Daylight Detox and Recovery Center believe that with the proper detox method, the mental and physical dependence can be conquered.
The symptoms of heroin withdrawal can begin within 6-12 hours of the last dosage. The drugs move through the system quickly making the body need replenishment. In turn, the withdrawal process continues each day that the body goes without the heroin. Typically symptoms are at their peak during days three to four. Every individual’s withdrawal process is different, the characteristics that make withdrawal from heroin vary are time of the usage and how much heroin was used. The symptoms can be more severe and the withdrawal peak may be delayed.
Generally, after two weeks, the worst of the physical withdrawal is over, but keep in mind that symptoms can persist for longer. One can expect to experience many, if not all of the following symptoms during withdrawal:
While these symptoms may be extremely uncomfortable, they are usually not life-threatening.
The difficulty that heroin addicted individuals face when trying to stop using heroin independently is that the cravings, combined with the pain experienced during withdrawal, become too much to tolerate. This is one of the main causes of relapse, the discomfort is too great and the individual knows that by using again, the pain can be alleviated.
While heroin addicts are still likely to experience some symptoms of withdrawal even while detoxing in a medically supervised detox program, the added support of therapy during medical monitoring leads to a more successful recovery process.
When it comes to options on detoxing from Heroin, there are not many. People who attempt to detox from home are rarely successful due to strong cravings, lack of proper medication, and can encounter many medical complications. The safest option for heroin detox is use a medically supervised detox program, like Daylight Detox and Recovery Center.
The most successful way to detox from heroin would be a medically supervised heroin detox program. While, detoxing at home is possible, there are many complications that could result from going “cold turkey.” Proper medical detoxification and therapy are required to ensure a life of sustained recovery. The best choice is Daylight Detox and Recovery.