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Stages of Heroin Withdrawal

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Stages of Heroin Withdrawal

There are few drugs more misunderstood than heroin. We can largely thank the shock-and-awe tactics of movies and television for that.

stages of heroin withdrawal

While most of the pop culture portrayals of drug addiction make for good popcorn entertainment, they don’t make for accurate representations of what heroin withdrawal actually looks like. We’re here to rectify that.

The first step in understanding heroin is to forget everything you think you know about it. It’s not just a street drug, it’s not just something that addicts use. Heroin is an opioid, and opioids are a class of drugs that includes some prescription painkillers like Percocet and OxyContin. In fact, many people who become addicted to heroin started out taking prescription opioids for pain relief.

In reality, heroin use is an ongoing problem and has risen drastically over the years. From 2014 to 2015, heroin overdose death rates increased over 20%. Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010.

Learn more about a heroin addiction treatment program by calling us today at 833.433.0448.

Coping With the Reality of Heroin Addiction

Opioids work by binding to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. They also cause a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate pleasure and reward in the brain. This is why opioids can be so addictive—they create a feeling of euphoria that can be hard to resist. And there’s the main problem: too many people can’t resist it.

If you are experiencing heroin addiction, you might wonder if you’ll ever recover from it. It won’t be easy, but the stages of heroin withdrawal are pretty straight forward. If you can get through this, you can get through anything.

Stages of Heroin Withdrawal
Stages of Heroin Withdrawal

Day 1–2

The first couple days are the worst. 12 hours after your last dose, you may experience aches, discomfort, and body pain. You could also experience diarrhea, loss of appetite, insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety.  You are likely to be in a lot of withdrawal pain, feeling sick and uncomfortable. Just remember that this pain doesn’t last forever, and if you stick with it you are one step closer to recovery.

Day 3–5

The discomfort gets better, but you still might experience aches and pains. You might also experience shivers, cramping, and vomiting. It’s important to eat healthy during this time, so you can build your immune system response.

Day 6+

Congratulations, you did it. Now, you are close to completing your detox. You still might experience nausea, anxiety, trouble eating and sleeping, but the symptoms should be a lot better. Detox lasts differently for each person depending on how severe the addiction is. It’s best to have doctor appointments scheduled and attend meetings when you are feeling comfortable in doing so. You should also plan an after care treatment, where it could be a sober living, rehab or a residential program.

Heroin Rehab and Aftercare Programs

Once heroin detox is complete, rehabilitation programs can be very important in helping a person overcome their heroin addiction. The right program can provide the tools and resources necessary for a person to achieve long-term recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with heroin addiction, it is important to seek out the help of a professional rehabilitation program. These programs can make a big difference in the life of someone suffering from addiction.

In addition, an aftercare program is an important part of heroin addiction treatment because it helps people maintain their sobriety after they leave treatment. Aftercare programs provide ongoing support and resources that can help people stay on track with their recovery.

There are many different types of aftercare programs, but they all typically include some combination of individual counseling, group therapy, and 12-step meetings. Aftercare programs can last for a few months or even years, depending on the needs of the individual.

Heroin Addiction Treatment is the Answer

Heroin addiction treatment is the answer to saving lives. Addiction is a serious disease that requires medical attention. With proper treatment, recovery is possible.

If you are struggling with a heroin addiction and you’re feeling helpless about getting better, call us at 833.433.0448. We can help you get your foot in the door to recovery. We have both detox and residential programs and accept most insurances. Call us today at 833.433.0448 and begin your journey to a full recovery.

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