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Heroin WithdrawalHeroin withdrawal is a very difficult process best done in an inpatient rehabilitation clinic.  Addiction to heroin occurs from the abuse of the drug causing the body too becomes physically dependent on the substance and its effects. Heroin withdrawal is very dangerous and can cause severe health problems if not monitored and treated properly. Most users do not often recognize the first stages of withdrawal because the early symptoms are generic and could be related to a number of issues.

Concerns During Heroin Withdrawal

Those suffering from withdrawal from heroin first appears agitated and moody. This is often confused with the mental illness associated with abuse. Soon after, the clients experience anxiety and insomnia due to the agitation and chemical imbalance from heroin abuse. Early symptoms of withdrawal from heroin also include physical signs such as increased tearing and a runny nose. These symptoms are sometimes seen as cold symptoms, not heroin withdrawal. Sweating and yawning are indicators of withdrawal as well.

After the initial symptoms appear of withdrawal from heroin, severe symptoms begin. Abdominal cramping is first seen because the body lacks heroin. Diarrhea and nausea also begin, making the client physically ill. The combination of vomiting and diarrhea cause the clients to be bedridden for most of the initial days of treatment. Goosebumps and dilated pupils are also associated with severe heroin withdrawal.

Professional Help and Support

Though inpatient treatment helps clients deal with these problems, there are a number of complications that may occur if withdrawal is treated without a professional. Aspiration is the biggest concern because the body becomes incredibly dehydrated. Without proper care, the combination of vomiting and breathing can result in the stomach contents entering the lungs. Dehydration may also occur due to the high amount of liquid exiting the body with diarrhea and vomiting. Most importantly, withdrawal may cause clients to return to the drug if not monitored at our inpatient rehabilitation center to ease symptoms.

For more information about how we can help with withdrawal, please contact one of our specialists today.

The symptoms usually present themselves approximately 6 to 24 hours after discontinuing use. These symptoms vary from person to person; they will depend on such factors as the person and the circumstances.

Symptoms usually include things such as:

  • Sweating
  • Malaise
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • A general feeling of heaviness
  • Excessive yawning or sneezing
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and
  • Overall having flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Most symptoms of heroin withdrawal are due to rebound hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Clonidine, which is usually used to treat hypertension, is a drug that can also act as a suppressant for the symptoms. Muscle relaxers are usually used to work against the withdrawal symptom of “restless leg syndrome”. Loperamide can be used to treat diarrhea during heroin withdrawal.

Although these are treatment options available, there are other options that do not involve the use of medication. It is best for clients to review options before choosing the right one for themselves.

Heroin Help

Symptoms are extremely unpleasant but, help is available for those going through the process. Although the withdrawal itself is not fatal, there are some fatalities of those who begin using other drugs or alcohol to relieve their withdrawal symptoms addiction.

If you or a loved one is battling a heroin addiction, let today be the day that you break free from the chains of addiction. Call today to learn more about heroin withdrawal or to begin your addiction recovery today.

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