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The Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

The Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

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Duration Of Heroin Withdrawal

In general, heroin withdrawal usually lasts up to 7 days. BUT, this process can vary in time and intensity due to many factors. Main factors that influence the duration of heroin withdrawal include a person’s:

  • age
  • average heroin dosing
  • general health
  • length of heroin use
  • unique body metabolism

So, when does withdrawal of heroin begin? How long does heroin withdrawal symptoms last? Explore our infographic to learn more! And, if you find it interesting and educational, feel free to SHARE it or use it. The embed code is right below the infographic.

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

Symptoms from heroin withdrawal manifest 6-12 hours after the last use, and peak during the first 2-4 days…with high severity and intensity. The symptoms gradually become less intense over the course of the next 5-7 days.

Below is a chart of detailed heroin withdrawal symptoms to easily guide you on what to expect during the heroin detox process.

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24-48 Hours After Last Heroin Dose:

  • Aches & pains
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Panic attacks
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Watery eyes

3-5 days of Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Appetite loss
  • Goosebumps
  • Mild nausea
  • Shivers
  • Vomiting

6-7 days of Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Mild depression
  • Mild nausea
  • Nausea
  • Sleep disorders
  • Trouble eating

Week 2 Heroin Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Mood stabilization
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disorders

How Long To Withdraw From Heroin?

Bear in mind, that there is no fixed period of time for heroin withdrawal. It depends on the degree of individual’s heroin dependency, tolerance, and reaction to the drug. NOTE HER: Some heroin users may experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) that only resolve 3 to 6 months after last use (or longer).

Some symptoms of heroin PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Dysphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

How to withdrawal from heroin? The best way to treat heroin withdrawal is under medical supervision, where you can receive appropriate psychological and emotional support.

Heroin withdrawal can be severe, intense, and difficult, BUT there is a way out!

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Questions

If you or a loved one is using heroin and experiencing any of these withdrawal symptoms, call toll-free 24/7 Heroin Helpline 1-888-988-7934 today. Break the cycle of heroin addiction!

If you still have questions or you want something to add about the duration of heroin withdrawal, please leave us a comment in the section below. We try to respond to all legitimate inquiries promptly and personally.

Reference Sources: Substance Abuse Treatment ADVISORY
NIDA DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIDA Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

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10 Responses to “The Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Chart
Aletia
6:10 am March 26th, 2017

I have a friend who has an addiction to opiates. I finally got her into a facility and shes already saying they are releasing her after only 4 days. Is this a possibility? I thought it was alot longer. She’s been using for 35 years. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Alan
6:03 am March 27th, 2017

I have a prescription for subutex . 12mg. perday. Is there a schedule or method I can use to detox off my addiction to heroin?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:24 pm March 27th, 2017

Hi Aletia. This might happen if she only goes through detox program. It also seems to me illogical. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7 who ask about that kind of therapy.

5:41 pm March 29th, 2017

Hi Alan. I suggest that you speak with your doctor for a prescription table.

David
10:51 pm April 7th, 2017

I’ve been snorting herion for about 2 years now. I had a major back surgery and it went down hill from there. I have about a hundred dollar a day habit. I’m married with 2 kids. I’ve been keeping this from my wife. I want to stop so bad but have no idea how to stop. I’m afraid to tell my wife in fear of loosing her and my kids. But I also know if I don’t tell her and she finds out she will leave as well. I live in milwaukee wisconsin. I’d like to detox from home but not sure if that’s possible. I’m tiered of using and hiding it from my wife. My family is everything to me.

Tom
6:43 pm April 9th, 2017

How long does withdrawal last for someone using a gram a day with a habit for three years at the age of 34?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:59 pm April 11th, 2017

Hi Tom. Heroin withdrawal is different for each person. It may last two weeks, but it may last for months. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:23 pm April 14th, 2017

Hi David. Heroin withdrawal is one worst that can exists. I suggest that you speak with your wife and explain everything. She will understand and support you. Then, call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

Jared
2:06 pm May 22nd, 2017

You should add in the first 24-48 hours of withdrawal, time seems to slow down, and it’ll be the longest 2 days of your life. It’s literally a living hell and the stories of misery addiction are true, stay away from the opiods, opiates could be the most smart decision you ever make in your entire lifetime!!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:18 pm May 23rd, 2017

Hi Jared. Thank you for adding this. I believe that the time stands still wile withdrawing from heroin. Two days may seem like a year long with a horrific pain….

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