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Recognizing Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

a man struggles to conceal the symptoms of his heroin withdrawal

The use of heroin has been on the rise in recent years, and many people are struggling with the devastating effects of addiction. At Skywood Outpatient, we understand the struggles associated with heroin use and are dedicated to helping people successfully overcome their addiction. Recognizing the heroin withdrawal symptoms is an important step in the recovery process, and we are here to provide support and educate individuals on what to look for. Contact us at 248.617.6237 or online to learn more about our heroin addiction treatment program.

What Is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance found in the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. It is a highly addictive substance that is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

Typically sold as a white or brown powder or as a black, sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” It can be injected, snorted, or smoked. When the drug is used, it creates a sense of euphoria and can also cause drowsiness, dry mouth, and decreased heart rate.

Warning Signs of Heroin Abuse

Heroin abuse can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health. Common signs of heroin abuse include slowed breathing, drowsiness, confusion, constricted pupils, itching and scratching, weight loss, lack of interest in activities, and financial problems.

It is important to be aware of the signs of heroin abuse and take action if you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these signs. Professional treatment is the best way to address heroin abuse and addiction effectively.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

When someone who is addicted to heroin stops using the drug, they will experience discomforting symptoms of withdrawal.  Heroin withdrawal symptoms typically start within a few hours of the last dose and can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. These symptoms can be both physical and psychological in nature and can vary in severity depending on the individual. Common physical symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Tremors

Common psychological symptoms can include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Intense cravings for heroin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these heroin withdrawal symptoms, it is important to seek help immediately. At Skywood Outpatient, we provide an array of services that can help individuals successfully overcome their heroin addiction and get their lives back on track.

Long-Term Effects of Heroin Abuse

The long-term effects of heroin abuse can have a serious impact on the body and can lead to health issues. They can include:

  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Collapsed veins
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Brain damage
  • Heart disease
  • Increased risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Increased risk of overdose
  • Increased risk of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

Seeking professional help is the best way to address heroin addiction and minimize the risk of long-term health consequences.

Find Effective Treatment for Heroin Abuse at Skywood Outpatient

At Skywood Outpatient, we understand the complex nature of heroin addiction and the importance of providing comprehensive, individualized treatment. Our staff can work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.

Our heroin addiction treatment program includes the following:

  • Medications to help reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms
  • A broad approach of therapies to help you understand the underlying causes of your addiction and develop coping skills to prevent relapse
  • Support groups to provide a sense of community and accountability,
  • A great alumni program that can help you maintain your sobriety in the long term

Call us at 248.617.6237 for more information today, or fill out our online contact form and let us get back to you.