Heroin is one of the most popular street drugs today. It is making its way throughout the United States, leaving no city untouched. Thousands of you men and women die each year as a result of heroin overdose, thousands more enter into treatment each year. Heroin abuse is becoming an epidemic with no end in sight.
Heroin is one of the most deadly street drugs today, it is also one of the most addictive. Many people find it difficult to quit because of the discomfort they experience during withdrawal. With the right detox program and appropriate rehabilitation treatment it is possible to stop using heroin, to kick the habit.
What is Detox?
Detoxification is the process in which the body is naturally rid of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to heroin abuse. If your body has become accustomed to prolonged heroin use that withdrawal experienced can range in severity. Detoxing on your own can be uncomfortable, even painful, making it extremely difficult to manage and overcome drug addiction.
Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal
There is a wide array of symptoms experienced by a person in acute heroin withdrawal. These symptoms typically start within to 6-12 hours of the last dose of heroin. If the individual is not taking medication the withdrawal peak at 3-4days can be the worst. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the the severity of the addiction. Common symptoms of Heroin withdrawal include but are not limited to:
- Strong drug cravings.
- Moodiness: anxiety, depression, fear of withdrawal.
- Fever and chills.
- Muscle spasms, tremors, joint pains.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
- Stomach cramps.
- Sweating, runny nose, watery eyes.
The first step in your treatment process will be detoxification. This phase in the treatment process will help to prepare your mind and body to partake in the remainder of the treatment process, allowing you to fully get the experience and what is needed to start in your recovery. Upon completion of detox you will move forward in treatment, undergoing individual and group counseling, therapy and other therapeutic exercises to help you to develop the skills needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life.