Substance Use

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin is a powerful opioid drug that can cause severe withdrawal symptoms when a person stops using it. Withdrawal from heroin is difficult and uncomfortable, but the right treatment plan and support system can help make it easier to manage and make it possible for recovery.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed of certain varieties of poppy plants. It's typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.” Heroin is highly addictive and can have serious life-threatening consequences for users.

The Effects of Heroin Use

The most common symptoms of heroin drug use are changes in behavior, such as increased energy and alertness, a false sense of well-being, or euphoria. Other signs of heroin use include dry mouth, itchiness, nausea and vomiting, constricted pupils, slurred speech, and impaired coordination or balance.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

Heroin withdrawal is a set of physical and psychological symptoms experienced by individuals who are dependent on the opiate when they stop taking it suddenly. Symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and pain, extreme sweating, chills and tremors, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, irritability, increased blood pressure, and mood swings. Withdrawal can also cause cravings for the drug and lead to relapse.

Heroin Use Disorder Recovery Options

The goal of heroin use disorder treatment is to stop using over a length of time and prevent relapse. Treatment options include medications such as methadone, trazodone, and buprenorphine. These medications can help reduce cravings for the drug and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Behavioral therapy can help individuals maintain their behavioral health and cope with issues like stress management; and support groups, which provide peer support during recovery. Additionally, to stay connected to one’s recovery, individuals can seek help through aftercare resources of their rehab facility and/or seek mental health professionals to provide additional support for their life after treatment.

Visit Caron Treatment Centers for Heroin Detoxification

If you or someone you love is struggling with heroin use disorder, Caron Treatment Centers can help. Our comprehensive treatment programs provide both inpatient and outpatient treatments that are tailored to each individual’s needs and provide a safe, supportive environment for heroin detox, recovery, and long-term success. Contact us today to learn more.

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