Heroin Withdrawal SymptomsWhile the emotional and mental side of recovery can be taxing, the physical aspects of withdrawal can be even more difficult for some. It is important to seek the care of a specialist before removing heroin from your system. It is also wise to plan out your detox so it will be as painless as possible. The withdrawal process can take a week or longer with the worst symptoms manifesting themselves between 24 and 48 hours after cessation. The heroin in your body is like a crutch propping up your chemical systems. When you remove the crutch it takes a while for your chemical systems to rediscover their equilibrium. For most people this will be an unpleasant process. While withdrawing, you may feel like you have a severe illness such as the flu. Some symptoms of heroin withdrawal are:
- Severe muscle and bone pain
- Sleep problems
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Cold flashes with goosebumps (“cold turkey”)
- Uncontrollable leg movements (“kicking the habit”)
- Severe cravings for heroin
The Physical Withdrawal ProcessMany facilities, including The Recovery Village, offer medical detox programs to help you recover in a safe, clean, monitored environment. Before you start the detox process, make sure that you have made the following arrangements.
- You have discussed your plans for detox with a physician and have their phone number if needed.
- A safe location with a bed, bathroom and shower. You will likely want to take a lot of showers.
- A heated blanket.
- Light nutritious meals and plenty of water.
- A supportive group of people. Some friends or family may also be able to help you out emotionally.
- Dedicated time: You should have at least five days when you don’t have any responsibilities. You shouldn’t have work, school or any appointments requiring you to drive.
Don’t Give up on the ProcessHeroin withdrawal can be a very difficult process but it is absolutely worth the effort. Long-term recovery will get you back on track to the life that you always dreamed of. Your friends, family and colleagues will thank you and be forever grateful to have you back in their lives. Despite the challenges of detox and withdrawal, living free from heroin can offer you new hopes, dreams and expectations for the future.
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