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07.26.2021

Heroin Withdrawal: Can It Kill Me?

Those who have never been addicted to drugs or alcohol probably can’t grasp the level of control that the substance has on the addict. However, drug or alcohol addiction isn’t just a “get over it” proposition. It’s deadly serious. Can heroin addicts die from withdrawal? Absolutely. The withdrawal can kill you just as surely as the addiction unless it’s done correctly and under medical supervision.

How do you get help for heroin addiction? Whether you’re located in South Florida or anywhere else in the United States, there are addiction treatment centers that can help you regain control over your life and your body. Don’t try to go it alone. Get help to ensure that your withdrawal doesn’t kill you or you don’t relapse.

How Do I Know If I Need Help With My Heroin Use?

If you’re using heroin, you need help. Whether you inject it, smoke it, snort it, or use it as a suppository, heroin is highly addictive, and it only takes one time to become addicted. It has a high mortality rate – in 2019, almost 15,000 deaths occurred due to heroin overdose, and those are only the reported deaths.

Addiction occurs as a physiological craving by the body or as an emotional craving for the pleasurable sensations that heroin produces, or as a combination of the two. Either way, the addiction will be deadly without proper professional treatment. Heroin destroys your physical body while it destroys your brain cells.

What Are The Symptoms Of Heroin Addiction?

Withdrawal symptoms vary according to the length of time since the last administration of the drug. However, within a few hours, you may experience the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Goose bumps and be unable to keep warm
  • Diarrhea
  • Craving for the drug
  • Muscle and bone pain

Major symptoms will peak within 48 to 72 hours after the last administration of the drug, and they’ll usually subside within about a week. However, other symptoms will then occur, such as:

  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Overall weakness

The method of dosing will determine, to some extent, the degree and type of your withdrawal symptoms.

Why Can’t I Just Quit?

Heroin is highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. Your emotional receptors want the pleasurable sensations it provides, and your body wants the unpleasant physical symptoms relieved. Statistics prove that those who enter drug rehab programs have a higher success rate than those who try to quit without help, and you’re considerably less likely to die when you’re under medical supervision.

What’s The Advantage Of Professional Rehab?

Many times, individuals turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with trauma or struggles in their lives. When you enroll in a professional rehab program, part of the program teaches you skills, such as:

  • How to cope with problems and stress without relying on an addictive substance
  • How to cope with friends who are probably still using and will urge you to join them
  • How to manage a relapse, which many recovering addicts have

You’ll interface with others who are experiencing the same issues you are, so you may make new friends. You’ll also improve your interpersonal skills, which may have suffered due to your heroin addiction.

Do I Have To Live At The Center?

Heroin detox can be effective as an inpatient or an outpatient. However, there’s a high level of relapse for heroin, so don’t be discouraged if you need a few trips through rehab to rid yourself of the monster called heroin.

How Will They Know What I Need?

When you enter a rehab center, they’ll interview you and assess your needs and your objectives so that they can provide you with the best plan for success. The counselors at the center know that it’s scary to enter rehab, but they also know that it’s scary to have your life controlled and destroyed by heroin addiction. So, for the sake of yourself and your loved ones, make the difficult choice to overcome your addiction and start living a clean and sober life.

Ready To Get Started?

If you’ve decided that you want to regain control of your life rather than continually be controlled by the heroin monster, then call us today at 844-903-2111. We have counselors available 24/7 to help you get started on regaining control of your life. Call us today. We look forward to working with you.