You Can Handle Heroin Withdrawal: Here’s How

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You have been using heroin as a crutch, a way to deal with the difficulties and fears of life. It delivered its desired effect for a while. Now you realize that you are no longer using it to cope. It has taken control over your life. Now you need relief from the very thing that you once used to help you cope.

There Is No Easy Way Out . . . 

Hundreds of thousands of others who have walked in your shoes have helped addiction specialists understand that one of the primary reasons you hesitate to seek help for heroin withdrawal is essentially the same as the reason you began:  fear. You are afraid that withdrawal is going to be difficult, if not painful. Here is the truth. Withdrawal is not easy. The effects of heroin withdrawal are different for every individual and dependent upon a number of factors, including:

  • Individual physiology
  • Amount of heroin usage
  • Length of time addicted

. . . But There Is a Way Out

The key to breaking free from your fear of heroin withdrawal is to understand the greater fear of how continued heroin use will affect your mind, body, and life.

We all fear the unknown. However, there is a difference between the unknown and the unknowable. You know how your addiction has been affecting your life. You know the pain that it has caused you and others who care about you. You know that, if you continue to use, that pain will remain and possibly intensify.

So, the question becomes, “Which is the greater pain? Continuing to be entrapped by addiction or experiencing the temporary difficulty of heroin withdrawal to obtain your freedom from enslavement to heroin?”

Facts You Need to Know About Heroin Withdrawal

The best way to overcome fear is to learn the facts about what you fear. Here are some undeniable facts about heroin withdrawal.

  1. There are clinically-proven ways to diminish the effects of, and cope with, the effects of heroin withdrawal. You do not have to do this alone. Help is available.
  2. There will be uncomfortable, short-term effects. These effects can include nausea, cramps, pain, shaking, cold sweats, chills, anxiety, fever, and vomiting.
  3. Short-term effects should last only about five to seven days. Expect symptoms to appear anywhere from six to 12 hours, then worsen for about three days before tapering off.
  4. There may be post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). Some PAWS may continue for an indeterminate period of time. Typical PAWS symptoms include:
    • Craving heroin
    • Depression
    • Excessive body fluids, including a runny nose, perspiration, and diarrhea
    • Insomnia
    • Restlessness
    • Memory problems
    • Difficulty concentrating

The Most Important Facts About Heroin Withdrawal

You can do it. YES! You can!

Knowing what you are about to – and willing to – face can make a world of difference. Many others have made it. You can too. Yes, the experience will be difficult and you will be the one suffering the effects. But, just as no one else can experience your withdrawal process, it has been the same for all the others who have gone through it before you. They have proven that it can be done. That is can be done proves that you can do it.

You do not have to do it alone.

Attempting heroin withdrawal alone is not a good idea. You need encouragement and support. Even more than that, effective treatment involves much more than detox. Heroin withdrawal that is most likely to be permanent freedom from addiction has to involve much more, including:

  • a focus on behavioral health
  • getting to the root of your addiction
  • treatment from the inside out
  • continuing support
    • Studies have shown higher success rates for those involved in an ongoing aftercare plan one full year after discharge.
    • You have a 98 percent chance of sustained recovery after five years or more of consistent and diligent work.

The Right Time to Do the Right Thing Is Right Now

Take a minute or two to reread this article. Understand that you can do it and that we can help. Do not be afraid. Contact us today to get the help you need to successfully win your war against addiction.