Heroin is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs out in the world today. If someone does not overdose from it, then they are sure to catch some kind of disease such as AIDS, HIV, or Hepatitis C from the fact that it is common for heroin users to share needles without cleaning them or getting new ones. Since blood is being drawn in the process of using heroin, blood-borne diseases get into the chamber of the syringe and stay there, infecting the next user.
Over time, the destruction builds up. People will get abscesses in the area of which they are using, usually on the arm, which are infections underneath the skin. If this goes untreated, then they infection gets worse, getting into the blood and often times leading to the need for the arm to be amputated.
As things get worse, the user will finally get the the point where they either have to quit using or they will die. When it comes time to quit, getting into a detoxification facility is pretty much the only option that a heroin user has. Trying to detox on their won’t work.
A lot of people fear detoxing off of heroin because of stories they have head about how bad the withdrawals are. Sadly, they are pretty much true. But one thing that sometimes finds its way into the stories is the myth that people die from heroin withdrawals, or opiate withdrawals in general. This is not true at all. The only withdrawals that can kill someone are the withdrawals that happen to heavy drinkers and alcoholics. And this happens, of course, only if they try to detox themselves. People do not die in detox from alcoholism, that is unless it is one of those “speedy” or “rapid” detox facilities. But that is a story for a different day.
When one starts the detox process off of heroin, there are a few things that should be kept in mind as to what to come.
They Are Not Lethal
As stated before, opiate withdrawals are not lethal at all. But they sure feel like it. Some people have described heroin withdrawals as they felt like they were going to die, but this feeling did not last very long, maybe a day or two.
It is a Short Ride
Heroin withdrawals do not last very long, maybe a week at most. The worst of it goes away pretty quickly and goes uphill from there. If one can last through the worst of it, usually with the assistance of certain prescription drugs like Methadone and help from the staff and other patients at the detox facilities, then things will be alright. However, there is the rare case that you might come down with something called PAWS, or Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome in which the withdrawals can last for months. Again, however, they won’t kill you.
There Are Physical Symptoms
There will be aches and pains throughout the body, specifically abdominal cramping, as well as blurry vision. Sensitivity to pain will also increase. There will be an excess of bodily fluids, such as saliva, sweat and a runny nose. Hairs might also start to stand on end. Diarrhea has also been known to happen to someone who is withdrawing from heroin, as well as the chance of getting a fever.
People who are getting off of heroin may also get very depressed, anxious, or irritable because of the cravings they have for heroin. This is also known as having a dysphoric mood. it is pretty much the opposite and equal reaction to being on heroin.
And lastly, someone who is coming off of heroin will also experience insomnia and restlessness. This is due to the body rebalancing itself after a heroin addiction, and should not last too long. Also, frequent yawning is something that may happen as well.