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Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Information on Heroin Withdrawal

Drugs that kick in quickly, usually cause more severe withdrawal symptoms. Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur after quitting long-term use, but can also occur as a result of administration of an opiate antagonist (e.g. naloxone).

Because of the goose bumps, the syndrome derives its name: “cold turkey”. After someone has been using heroin continuously for two weeks or longer, the heroin withdrawal symptoms start after about six to eight hours after the last administration. Symptoms may persist days and will only gradually lessen over time.

Mental Withdrawal from Heroin

Mental dependency lasts much longer. Ex-users usually need support for months as well as therapy sessions with professionals. A change of lifestyle and environment is needed to recover from heroin addiction.

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The extremely high recovery statistics and world class treatment Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centres offers, has brought patients into this centre from all over the world.

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Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

When looking at heroin addiction and withdrawal, you can distinguish between mental and physical dependence.

We speak of physical dependence when the body protests against stopping heroin use, which leads to heroin withdrawal.

Compared to other drugs, addiction and withdrawal occurs rather quickly when it comes to heroin.

The physical dependence of heroin is very fast in heroin addiction.

The increased use is facilitated by a physical phenomenon: heroin tolerance. This means that the body gets used to the heroin quickly. You soon need more heroin to get the same effect. The following heroin withdrawal symptoms occur when the user stops. They feel sick, start sweating, get cold and clammy; have goose bumps, a runny nose, abdominal cramps and pain in the arms and legs. Also, they may suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. These symptoms disappear once the addict uses heroin again.

Mental dependence implies that an addict simply doesn’t feel happy without using heroin. Heroin causes severe mental dependency. It numbs everything, both physical and mental pain. This makes people with serious problems (homelessness, unemployment, abuse etc.) more receptive to heroin. But they aren’t the only ones at risk.

Therefore, heroin addiction and withdrawal isn’t something to take lightly.

Houghton House drug rehabilitation and professional intervention services are based in Johannesburg. The treatment centers that form the group are specialised in heroin addiction problems and have been helping addicts to end their addictions for the past 15 years.

The amazingly high recovery rates and exclusive treatment centres have attracted people from around the world.