The Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

The GUIDE TO HEROIN WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. More on duration of symptoms and what to expect, when. A visual guide here.

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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.

The Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

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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.

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I want to give hope to everyone! Im 10 days clean today. I chose to not take subs i tried to take one it was not for me i almost dont think it works on me. I took 2.5 the day i ended up in Vanderbilt. I got detoxed in a medical setting, for one whole day but i done herion for 1 yr everyday i snorted it. And coming home on day 2 i found a walk in clinic that would refill my meds from vandy.. I strongly advise a medical setting at least for day 1 and 2. I had to be put in a diaper my blood pressure spiked to stroke level my eyes were twitching back n fourth . But all and all i feel like a whole new person. It feels great to not worry all day about getting more. I actually have so much money now.. I go shopping alot.. Lol.. If you just need to talk to someone who gets it my email is on this.. I’m praying for everyone.. But hear me out YOU CAN DO THIS! I DON’T ADVISE HOME FOR DAY 1 OR 2 BUT YOU GOT IT.. DIG DOWN DEEP… MY LAST DAY OF USE WAS THE DAY THE LAST PERSON FROM HERE ODED Y’ALL BETTER LISTEN UP THIS SH*T IS KILLING PPL DONT LET THE PPL YOU KNOW DIE IN VANE STAND UP AND QUIT! DON’T LET YOUR BABIES BECOME THE NEXT STATISTIC TO THIS AWFUL MONSTER WIN!

  2. I e been trying to work Things out with my ex- we have a 7 year old daughter and I have full custody since I caught him doing meth and cocaine. Now heroin. I don’t know what to do, he swears up and down he’s not using but I occasionally find heroin drippings in the bathroom( does that make sense?) splatters on the wall and shower curtain. It has a distinct smell but he says I’m seeing things.ive been with him for 20 years, just divorced in march. I just don’t want our daughter without a dad. They were both extremely close. Very confused

    1. Hi Deanna. Raising a child in toxic environment can be very traumatic for the child’s development. I suggest that you consult with a counselor about things you should do.

  3. 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!!!

    1. 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….

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

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