One of the toughest addictions to overcome is heroin addiction. Heroin is a powerful opioid that rapidly enters the brain upon consumption. It creates a pleasurable “rush” that the individual becomes dependent upon. Eventually, the user’s body starts needing larger amounts to feel good. This increases the risk of using too much or overdosing.
Heroin users are also highly likely to abuse painkillers. This is why it is critical that heroin addicts into a good rehab as soon as possible. The treatment to overcome heroin addiction begins with medical detox to rid the body of the drugs.
The body and brain become used to heroin pretty quickly. This is why withdrawal symptoms appear when you stop taking the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and it is not recommended that detox at home.
At a medical detox facility, you detox under the supervision of addiction specialists who can make it easier to go through withdrawal. They may prescribe safe medications to treat withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms often begin in 6 to 12 hours after the last dose.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms include –
- flu-like symptoms, such as an upset stomach, aching, and runny nose
- fast pulse
- violent urges
How long does Heroin Detox take?
The time taken to detox from heroin is different for everyone, based on the person’s history and overall health. However, the first 48 hours are typically the worst for everyone due to the most severe withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms start subsiding third day onwards and will fade within a week. Detox often ends in 7 to 10 days and is followed by inpatient and/or outpatient treatment programs.