Heroin abuse is one of the most devastating types of addiction. Individuals struggling with this addiction are likely to find it very hard to stop using even if they want to. That’s due to heroin withdrawal, the process that your body goes through to rid the body of these toxic chemicals and substances. If you are struggling with addiction, Alina Lodge’s heroin addiction treatment programs provide one-on-one support and the resources you need to overcome addiction and begin recovery.
Why Does Heroin Withdrawal Happen?
Many people with addiction will go through a period of time where the body and brain are fighting and struggling as a result of no longer having access to the substances they were using. Heroin withdrawal can be very intense in some situations, especially when someone has used the drug for a long time or used a lot of it.
When you use heroin, your body becomes used to it. Your brain also adapts to it. When you stop using, these systems are unable to communicate in the same way. The brain reacts by creating intense cravings for the drugs. You feel like you cannot go on without them. As a result, most people with a heroin addiction use more of the drug to make the cravings and withdrawal symptoms go away, which results in a deeper spiral into addiction.
What Are the Five Most Common Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms?
Heroin withdrawal may create a variety of different symptoms. If you have a loved one who is struggling with heroin abuse, you may notice the withdrawal symptoms. If you are using, you should also recognize what’s happening to you.
What you experience is dependent upon various factors. Some of the most common of these include:
- Agitation and anxiety
- Muscle weakness, cramping, and pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils and increased tearing
Some people have more extensive heroin withdrawal symptoms. These may include paranoia, intense fear, as well as intense headaches. You may also develop health complications like an irregular heartbeat or trouble focusing. Most of these symptoms will peak within 24 hours after your last use, but cravings can last for weeks.
How Can I Minimize These Symptoms?
There are various ways that your doctor can help you to minimize these withdrawal symptoms during detox. In our detox program, you will be comfortable and able to work through the intensity of the experience. You will also find yourself able to use medications to help you. At Alina Lodge, a medical team is available to help you with complications that arise.
It is not safe to try to go through heroin withdrawal on your own. In an environment where you do not have support, you may not only fail at detoxing, but you may experience intense pain and mental health challenges through the process.
Getting the Treatment You Need for Heroin Abuse
Drug detox is just one component of the therapy you need to overcome heroin addiction. When you are at Alina Lodge for care, we do not rush you out the door or through care. Yet, we do work closely with you to help you through the struggles you are facing. With a wide range of therapy options in our residential treatment program, you’ll be able to overcome your addiction and not have to worry about heroin withdrawal again.
Learn more about our treatment modalities, including:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Drug detox programs
- Long-term residential treatment programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Family therapy
Reach Out to Alina Lodge Today
When it comes to heroin withdrawal, your first step is to reach out for help. There is no reason to put off treatment when you are using this drug, and so many opportunities are available to you when you stop using it. Our team wants to help you through heroin abuse and on a path of healing. Turn to Alina Lodge now by calling 833.685.1700 or connecting with us online.