Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are extremely painful. If heroin was easy to overcome, many users would do it effortlessly. The truth is, recovery is always possible, but you’ll need to put in work. This involves a willingness to face withdrawal symptoms. Understanding these common symptoms of heroin withdrawal can help you prepare for the road ahead.

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

You may experience:

  • Loss of appetite or excessive hunger
  • Problems with internal temperature regulation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Slurred Speech

Emotional, Psychological, and Cognitive Withdrawal Symptoms

As if your physical drug withdrawal symptoms weren’t bad enough, you may also experience emotional, psychological, and cognitive problems. You may encounter crying, irritability, agitation, restlessness, and have feelings of wanting to self-harm. You may have bouts of paranoia, anxiety, depression, delirium, and experience hallucinations. Because heroin impacts your cognitive reward system, you might face detachment from activities you once found pleasing as well. This is why drug addiction treatment is always necessary when going through heroin withdrawal.

Your Withdrawal Symptoms

Your withdrawal symptoms can begin at least 6 hours after your last dose. Heroin quickly leaves the system, but withdrawal symptoms may last up to a week.

However, if you’ve been using heroin for a long time, the duration of your withdrawal symptoms may increase. Some describe them feeling like an extreme case of the flu. However, the emotional, psychological, and cognitive effects can seem unbearable at times. Fortunately, this is normal because you’re depriving your brain of the euphoria it once had.

The Truth About Withdrawal

It’s not uncommon for people to continue using heroin to avoid the painful effects of withdrawal. However, it’s important to remember your symptoms are temporary. You’ll get through it. Just keep in mind, on the other side of heroin withdrawal symptoms is recovery and happiness.

Like any sickness, treatment requires the right approach. Your road to recovery is an individual one. In residential drug rehab, a unique, individual plan will meet your needs.

You’ll need to detox if heroin is still in your system when entering rehab. However, after your detox period, you’ll join the residential drug rehab if this is the best option for you. No matter how hard heroin withdrawal seems, understand that it’s much harder to remain where you are.

Quality heroin addiction treatment is available at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano, Florida to help you conquer your addiction. Don’t let heroin addiction control your life. You have the freedom of choice. Call now at (866) 319-6126 to live the life you’ve always wanted to.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.