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How Long Does it Take to Detox from Heroin

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Quitting heroin is life-changing and it can most definitely provide a person with a new chance at a drug-free and enriched fulfilling life. Although, successfully defeating heroin addiction isn’t an easy thing for a person to do. Those who are addicted or use heroin first must go through a process called withdrawal. Withdrawal is when the body rids the substance from itself. That process can be dangerous and unpleasant, which is why it is not recommended to go about it alone. 

Thankfully, Palm Beach Interventions has a withdrawal and detox treatment program to help assist you through the process safely. You’ll be monitored 24/7 by medical staff and have assistance by trained professionals to help you through it. If an emergency comes up while detoxing you will quickly receive the medical care needed. Withdrawing is very stressful on the body and even on the mind. 

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

After only a very few uses heroin can be easily very addictive. When a person uses heroin more and more they will likely develop an addiction which is a strong dependency on the drug. The dependency is not only a psychological dependency but also a physical body dependency. This is why many people continue to use heroin even though the negative consequences are catastrophic. 

When stopping the use of heroin the person will more than likely experience a huge range of withdrawal symptoms. Each person’s symptoms may vary from person to person based on several different factors. These factors can include how long they have used heroin and the dosage amount. 

The potential heroin withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to severe are the following:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach/vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tremors
  • Intense cravings for the drug
  • Depression
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Anxiety

Withdrawal symptoms of heroin are typically in itself not life-threatening, although uncomfortable. However, there are the complications that come from the withdrawal symptoms during the withdrawal and detox process that can make it dangerous and life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to seek medical treatment when attempting to withdraw and detox from heroin.

How Long is the Heroin Detox Timeline

There are several phases of heroin withdrawal, and most people will go through these several phases or withdraw. However, still everyone will have their own different experience. The stronger the dependence of heroin and the severity of their abuse, the longer their detox timeline.

Here is a typical detox timeline for heroin:

  • Six to 12 hours after the last dose — Withdrawal symptoms are usually mild and most people experience withdrawal symptoms during this time.  
  • One to three days after the last dose — Withdrawal symptoms peak around 24-72 hours, and they are at their worst for most people. 
  • One week after the last dose — Withdrawal symptoms start to weaken after 7 days for most people. However, for those who have a severe addiction, withdrawal symptoms could last up to 10 days.

Even though the physical withdrawal symptoms will usually start to lessen after 7 days or so, there are some who can continue to experience other symptoms. These symptoms experienced are mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms and they can last for several weeks or even months. They’re known as post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWS. These symptoms can also include anxiety, depression, and cravings for the drug.

Types of Treatment for Heroin Detox and Recovery 

Detox- The initial step to treatment is being detox which is the process of removing the toxic substance, heroin from your body. At Palm Beach Interventions we offer a medically supervised detox to allow you to safely withdraw in our inpatient facility detox center. Our medical staff will monitor you 24/7 and the detox process can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)- After detox treatment is finalized you will then begin a program that is a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program. Your medical team will create a medication regimen for you to follow for 12 consecutive months in order to help your body to adjust. These specialized pharmaceutical drugs such as naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine that can be given to help in the detoxification process and ease cravings are examples of what medication regime that can be developed.

Therapy- You will also attend group and individualized therapy sessions. These therapy sessions help teach you ways to live without addiction. We also include family therapy in our programs to help rebuild relationships and set healthy boundaries with one another. Therapy in order to help process personal trauma that may have contributed to your heroin use is very important as well in therapy. 

Contact Palm Beach Interventions 

We have the best drug rehab centers in Florida for men, women and families affected by substance abuse and alcohol. We provide instant and confidential support by our addiction professionals. You are able to get in contact with us 24/7 for us to answer any questions you may have about our programs and treatments, here at Palm Beach Interventions. 

Whether you are in need of a substance abuse intervention for a loved one, or a medically supervised detox, inpatient, outpatient, and/or treatment for co-occurring disorders. We have all these services available for you.

Our interventionists are located near Palm Beach, Florida and are all licensed and professionally qualified. 

We have treatment for alcohol addiction, opioid addiction, heroin, and prescription addiction. 

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