Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms – Timeline and Detox Process

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

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Heroin Withdrawal Duration

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 Symptoms – Timeline and Detox Process

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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 Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?

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).

What Are the Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

  • 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!

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Get Help for Heroin Addiction Today

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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