Heroin Detox

Heroin detox is the process of removing heroin from the body and managing withdrawal symptoms in a medically supervised setting.

What is Heroin Detox?

Heroin detox and withdrawal may cause uncomfortable symptoms, often resembling bad flu symptoms. A combination of therapy and medications can make withdrawal less painful. 

Heroin is a potent illicit narcotic (Opioid) obtained from the opium poppy. It is highly addictive, and overdose can be fatal. Most cases of heroin addiction in the United States have been associated with prescription opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, In 2018, more than 800,000 people reported using heroin during the previous 12 months.

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Heroin Withdrawal

Withdrawal occurs when you stop using a drug or start taking a lower dose. It suggests that your body, brain, or both may need the drug to function normally. 

  • Physical dependence is when your body cannot work correctly without the drug. 
  • Psychological dependence develops when your brain needs the drug to feel normal. 

Heroin Use Disorder can cause both physiological and psychological dependence. Withdrawal can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on: 

  • Duration of use/abuse
  • Method of use (injecting, sniffing, snorting, or smoking)
  • Age
  • Physical health
  • Psychological characteristics
  • Co-occurring mental health disorder
  • Method of withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal can occur just hours after the last dose and can be very uncomfortable, occasionally life-threatening. For safe withdrawal, always talk with your doctor or seek help at a heroin detox center, as some people may experience severe withdrawal symptoms requiring medical detox. Opiate withdrawal is best carried out in a safe and supportive environment. 

Can You Die from Heroin Withdrawal?

Death from heroin withdrawal is considered rare, but it is possible. Experts fear that past reports might have underestimated or underreported the death risk. People can die during a detox due to dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea may cause dehydration and hypernatraemia (high sodium levels); if left untreated, these conditions can lead to heart failure and brain damage. Thankfully, such deaths are preventable with proper care. Finding the appropriate treatment that can turn your life around is not too late. Recovery is only a call away.