A highly addictive illegal Class A Drug, heroin is consumed by adults across the United Kingdom. Though often administered recreationally, heroin use and abuse commonly lead to heroin addictions and dependencies.
Unable to cope with the withdrawal symptoms experienced, the number of people that relapse upon attempting to withdraw from heroin is significantly high.
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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Experienced as the effects and euphoric sensations that heroin provides wear off, heroin withdrawal symptoms are often encountered six hours after the last dose of heroin was administered. Meanwhile, symptoms typically peak two days after heroin was last consumed.
Though heroin withdrawal symptoms greatly vary, it is not uncommon for physical, psychological and behavioural withdrawal symptoms to surface.
Below, we have outlined the withdrawal symptoms experienced when an individual withdraws from heroin.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Often compared to having flu-like symptoms, physical heroin withdrawal symptoms leave many individuals feeling extremely unwell.
Although the physical symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal vary from person to person, it is not uncommon for the following symptoms to be encountered:
- Increased appetite
- Reduced appetite
- Muscle pains and aches
- Irregular heart rate
- High blood pressure
Most individuals will only experience one or two of the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal. However, it is not uncommon for many of the withdrawal symptoms noted above to be encountered.
Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms
Though many believe that the physical heroin withdrawal symptoms are often the worst withdrawal symptoms experienced, psychological withdrawal symptoms significantly impact those struggling.
While not apparent to the naked eye, the psychological heroin withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced include:
Psychological heroin withdrawal symptoms also often give way to suicidal thoughts.
Behavioural Withdrawal Symptoms
As the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms take their toll on an individual’s every waking moment, they will ultimately change how they act and behave.
Other behavioural symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal include:
- Suspicious behaviour
- Isolation from others
- Lying to others
- Mood swings
Behavioural heroin withdrawal symptoms can additionally cause relationships to break down. They also impact the wider community.
Managing A Heroin Withdrawal
While managing a heroin withdrawal independently is virtually impossible due to the symptoms experienced, when detoxification treatment is administered and overseen by medical professionals within a rehab, withdrawing from heroin safely as possible.
Ensuring that the body and brain withdraw from heroin, medically induced detoxifications remain the most effective and beneficial heroin withdrawal treatment.
Although medically induced detoxifications do come hand-in-hand with some withdrawal symptoms, they can be effectively managed within a rehabilitation setting.
For example, therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, ensure that the individual progressing through treatment has an outlet to discuss how they feel. In doing so, therapists and counsellors can support them in managing any pessimistic and suicidal feelings experienced.
Withdrawing from heroin in rehab often takes up to seven days. However, just as the severity of an individual’s addiction will influence the withdrawal symptoms encountered, the seriousness of heroin addiction will determine how long treatment is required.
Treatment For Heroin Withdrawals and Addictions
Detoxification is an effective form of treatment for heroin addictions. However, to ensure that long-term recovery can be achieved, other treatments must be completed.
Provided by inpatient and outpatient rehabs, other treatments for heroin addictions include one-to-one therapy, group therapy, psychological therapy, well-being therapy and holistic therapy.
Combined, these treatments ensure that those in recovery can maintain their recovery and successfully withdraw from heroin.
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