Signs and Symptoms
Going through withdrawal is one of the main things that makes addicted people reluctant to quit. Although the symptoms can be unbearable when you attempt to go through it alone, the psychological and medical support you get at a detox center and rehab facility can minimize the discomfort. Some of the main symptoms of drug withdrawal include:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Muscle cramps
- Intense psychological stress
- Sleep disturbances
- Dilated pupils
- Aches and pains
Timeline of Heroin Withdrawal
The length and severity of opiate withdrawal depend on a number of factors, including the amount of time you’ve used the drug and your height, gender, weight, method of administration, dose and existing mental health issues.
Symptoms usually appear within 12 hours of the last dose and last for around a week. Anxiety, pain, shaking, panic attacks and gastrointestinal problems often occur within 48 hours and start to intensify. The most challenging time is usually between days three and five, with shivering, sweating, sickness and cramping peaking during this stage. Around day six, the acute symptoms start to taper off, although residual effects may persist for several months.
In the short term, the physical dangers of heroin withdrawal make it advisable that anyone going through this struggle seek medical attention. Dehydration, depression, anxiety, self-harm and respiratory failure are just some of the risks associated with quitting opioid substances.
Who Needs to Attend a Heroin Addiction Treatment Center?
We would recommend that anyone looking to quit heroin attend a treatment facility to ensure they do it in a safe, comfortable environment with all the necessary resources. Most importantly, it’s safer to slowly taper off this drug that hijacks your entire body and mind to prevent going into shock.
At Brookside Treatment, we offer medication assisted treatment to help ensure the detox process runs as smoothly as possible and you experience minimal withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, staff is on hand 24 hours a day to help you cope with withdrawal and make sure you feel comfortable and safe.