The severe symptoms that hit during a cold turkey withdrawal are awful enough that once a person goes through them, he (or she) may feel he can’t ever face them again. Sometimes a person must face a completely unassisted withdrawal in jail. While withdrawals vary from person to person, some people describe the muscle and bone pain as excruciating. Others may vomit repeatedly and experience continuous bouts of diarrhea as their bodies try to get rid of the drug toxins. Despite the discomfort that is typical during withdrawal, it is possible to give a person support and help that makes withdrawal tolerable.
Most addicts will reach a stage where they know that they’ve had enough. One thing that can hold them back from giving up the drug is fear of withdrawals. The truth is that things can get a bit uncomfortable as the body adjusts to the new situation, but these symptoms are usually no worse than influenza. If the person has the right mental attitude and keeps themselves distracted they will easily pass through the withdrawal period. The symptoms are rarely as bad as they are depicted in movies and TV shows. The benefits of giving up make any discomfort well worth it in the end.
Heroin is highly addictive. Due to its powerful withdrawal symptoms, those who are dependent on heroin should access medical detox in order to wean off the drug.
Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawals
The symptoms of heroin withdrawal will vary in severity and may include:
* Abdominal cramping
* Nausea and vomiting
* Cravings to use again.
* Inability to sleep at night.
* Restless leg syndrome.
* Muscle aches and other body discomfort.
* Feelings of depression.
* Goose bumps – this is where the name cold turkey comes from.
* Lack of energy and motivation to do anything
* Runny nose
* Eyes may keep on watering
* Dilated pupils
* Low blood pressure – this can mean the individual may feel dizzy if they stand up quickly.
* Loss of interest in food.
* Stomach cramps.
* Body cramps.
* Elevated heart rate.
* Easily made irritable.
These symptoms usually start within 8 hours of giving up heroin. They tend to peak at about 48 – 72 hours, but the individual will usually still have some symptoms up to a week after their quit.
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