Heroin is both an opioid and narcotic drug that is highly addictive. In fact, it’s so powerful that it’s possible for users to suffer withdrawal symptoms after their first use. It lessens pain and creates a euphoric sensation in its users. Heroin withdrawal symptoms are so intense that relapse is often likely.
The Addiction Specialists here at Gateway Springfield understand the addictive nature of this drug. Take a look at the information below to learn more about the symptoms that can come from a heroin addiction and how a professional treatment center can help.
As with other opiates, heroin inhibits pain receptors in the brain. It also produces both a calming and a euphoric effect, simultaneously. While not everyone will exhibit the same characteristics while using the drug, there are some common signs associated with heroin abuse.
You may notice shortness of breath and dilating of the pupils. It’s also common for heroin users to look lethargic and fatigued as if their limbs are heavy. Changes in behavior such as disorientation or hyperactivity, followed by drowsiness, are also possible. Also, look for paraphernalia like needles, syringes, burned spoons or foil, pipes and plastic bags with powdery residue.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
As users build a tolerance, more noticeable signs of addiction to heroin may be president such as severe changes in behavior, unexplained runny nose, visible weight loss, needle marks or infection at injection sites. Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur when someone stops using the drug. Typically, there will be both physical and psychological symptoms associated with the withdrawal.
Heroin withdrawal can be brutal. Within a few hours after stopping, you may notice heightened anxiety, fear or anticipation of withdrawal and a desire to get more heroin. Between eight and 10 hours after quitting, there will be new issues like nausea, sweating, restlessness, stuffy nose, and dilated pupils. For one to four days following last use, there will be worsened symptoms, including tremors, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, chills, intense cravings, and suicidal thoughts.
Gateway Springfield Heroin Withdrawal Treatment
Withdrawal symptoms from heroin can linger for months as issues like insomnia, muscle pain, and fatigue. The staff at Gateway Springfield knows how difficult it can be to quit using on your own. If you or a loved one need Heroin Withdrawal Treatment, a professional Treatment Center can ease this process.
Gateway Springfield is a Heroin Addiction Treatment Center in Springfield Illinois that offers:
- IOP, PHP and Outpatient options
- Group, Family and Trauma Therapy
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Holistic Approach
- 12-Step Integration
We accept in and out of network insurance. In addition, financing may be available. If you or a loved one are suffering from heroin addiction, you don’t have to face this path alone. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be eased through Withdrawal Management and Medication Assisted Treatment. Call us today at 217.529.9266 to learn how you can begin the process.