Heroin Withdrawal Detoxification

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DEFINITION

Heroin withdrawal is a biological condition characterized by a spectrum of signs and symptoms, preceded by a period of cessation or administration of an opioid antagonist.

 

Withdrawal Symptoms

The spectrum of symptoms may vary in intensity and duration, but the symptoms themselves are consistent. A heroin addict experiencing heroin withdrawal syndrome may be nauseous but not throw up, yet this is more so a variation of withdrawal severity.

1 Heroin craving
2 Anxiety
3 Dilated pupils
4 Increased respiration
5 Sneezing
6 Runny nose
7 Loss of energy
8 Negative emotional state
9 Chills
10 Stomach Cramps
11 Physical Pain
12 Piloerection (goosebumps)
13 Muscle Aches
14 Nausea
15 Vomiting
16 Diarrhea
17 Insomnia

 

Timeline

The timeline of heroin withdrawal is related to its clearance rate. In other words, the onset of heroin withdrawal typically begins several hours after cessation, escalates for the next few days, then peaks on the 3rd day, and then recedes over the next several days. Generally, from start to finish, heroin withdrawal will last a little over a week.

 

Treatment Paradigm

A variety of treatment options are available to help men and women kick a heroin habit. The paradigm of heroin detoxification protocols includes; inpatient heroin detox with pharmacotherapy, nutrition, hydration, rest and counseling. This proven strategy helps restore a degree of normalcy to both brain function and behavior, resulting in decreased risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases.

 

Heroin Detoxification

The primary objectives of detoxification programs are to ease withdrawal, suppress cravings, minimize negative thoughts and avoid relapse. Heroin detox typically utilizes medications, nutrition, including supplementation, hydration, including electrolyte therapy and rest, including the principles of sleep hygiene, to ultimately suppress withdrawal syndrome.

 
 
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