Woman Suffering Alone From Heroin WithdrawalOver the years as prescription painkillers have become more difficult to obtain, heroin addiction has become an epidemic among the American population. Many heroin abusers eventually decide that they’ve had enough and wish to get clean, but because of the powerful and sometimes complicated heroin withdrawal process, a large majority of these people never seek treatment.

Seeking professional help from a drug rehab facility qualified to assist you through every step of the recovery process is the safest, most effective method for overcoming heroin addiction. For individuals who refuse to get help, the cycle of abuse likely continues. Seeking help has never been more dire, since fatal heroin-related overdoses nearly quadrupled from 2002–2013. Unfortunately, those numbers are only expected to increase.

Understanding Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal intensity varies for everyone. Typically, withdrawal symptoms kick in within 6–12 hours after your last dose, and symptoms peak around 1–3 days post-use. For most individuals, symptoms subside one week after you last use heroin. Certain post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) could linger for as little as a few weeks or as long as several years. 

PAWS severity will be based largely on the individual’s own addiction history. The length of time that the user abused heroin, the method in which they abused it, and the average dosage are all factors. 

Mild withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing
  • Sweats and/or chills
  • Excessive yawning
  • Aching muscles and/or bones

Moderate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentration
  • Tremors
  • Goose bumps
  • Fatigue

Severe withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drug cravings

Pinnacle Peak Recovery Can Help Your Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Generally, heroin withdrawal isn’t life-threatening on its own. Even so, certain medical and psychological symptoms present complications that could be life-threatening. Pinnacle Peak Recovery in Scottsdale, Arizona offers a comprehensive treatment program to help you or your loved one get through the recovery process (which includes off-site detox) and achieve long-term sobriety.

At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we’re devoted to helping patients overcome addiction through evidence-based treatment plans designed to promote a healthy, productive, and sober life post treatment. Patients can benefit from our variety of programs, including:

  • Primary Care
  • Extended Care
  • Transitional Living
  • Outpatient
  • Family Residential
  • Inpatient
  • IOP
  • PHP
  • OP
  • Sober Living

If you or a loved one is currently fighting a heroin addiction, you don’t have to go through this battle alone. Call Pinnacle Peak Recovery today at 866.954.0524 to learn more about our programs and to find out how we can help you get started on your journey towards a new, healthy, and sober life.