Known for its addictive nature and harmful effects, heroin is an opiate drug that has euphoric side effects which cause people to become addicted. While users are filled with promises of pleasure, their health is being attacked. Heroin deteriorates the health of its users and can affect anyone. The United States is in the middle of an opiate epidemic, so the need for detox and addiction treatment is high.
How to Detox from Heroin
Detox from heroin can last between 6 to 12 hours after the last dose. This is the time period where withdrawal symptoms will show. The body will begin to process how to function without the drug, causing extreme discomfort.
Heroin withdrawal timeline:
- Six to twelve hours from the last dose, withdrawal begins
- One to three days in the peak for symptoms
- About one week later, withdrawal starts to subside
Within this timeline, the detox symptoms will vary and change throughout time. It affects each individual differently depending on their body and how long they have been using.
Heroin detox symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Nervousness and agitation
- Muscle spasms and shaking
- Cravings for the drug
- Mood swings
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Stomach pains
- Leg cramps and spasms
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
When the body is coming off heroin, it is important for the patient to be in a safe and controlled environment like that one provided at our detox treatment center.
Heroin Withdrawal Treatment
After completing heroin detox, patients then move into our residential treatment program. In this program, patients will be monitored 24-hours a day to ensure they stay on their recovery track.