What to Expect When Detoxing from Heroin

What to Expect When Detoxing From Heroin

Heroin addiction is a difficult problem to deal with, but detoxing from heroin can be even harder. Heroin detox can be an uncomfortable process, and unfortunately, there is no way to completely avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms as your body readjusts to life without the drug. With that being said, heroin detox is a critical step in your recovery and can be overcome with the right help.

If you or a loved one is in need of heroin detox services, knowing what to expect ahead of time can help make this process easier and increase your chances of a successful recovery.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms generally last a week or so and can be difficult to manage alone. Not every person will experience the same withdrawal symptoms during heroin detox. However, some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Sweats
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impaired respiration

While the symptoms alone aren’t life-threatening, some of the medical and psychological symptoms may lead to complications that are life-threatening. When you make the decision to start quitting heroin, it’s important to seek help from medical and/or mental health professionals.

How Long Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?

Every person undergoing heroin detox will have a unique experience. The exact amount of time you can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms will depend on factors such as:

  • The way you used heroin
  • How long you have been using heroin
  • The typical dosage
  • Your unique body chemistry

Symptoms usually start within 6-12 hours of the last heroin dose. They generally reach their peak between 2-4 days after the last dose, and tend to persist for 5-10 days.

How We Can Help

Heroin rehab starts with the detoxing process, and here at Turning Point we offer several services, including medical detox. Medical detox can make the unpleasant process of purging heroin from the body more comfortable, and help avoid relapse.

Medical detox starts before heroin completely leaves the system, and typically lasts between 5-14 days depending on the level of dependency on heroin. Our program is medically managed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at our Paterson, NJ location.

If you have any questions about our detox program check out our Detox FAQ section, and if you’ve made the decision to seek help, contact our New Jersey drug and alcohol rehab center at (973) 380-0905 to begin the admissions process.

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