Heroin Addiction Treatment
As clearly exemplified by the above-mentioned statistics, heroin addiction can be extremely deadly if left untreated. Getting a heroin addict to commit to treatment might seem like an impossible task. Those who are active in their addictions are usually violently opposed to attending inpatient drug rehab, mainly because their brains are constantly telling them that if they cease use they are going to die. It’s important to remember that addiction is a complex and baffling disease, and that the symptoms are different for everyone – however, as far as heroin addiction goes, medical detox is always a crucial first step. This isn’t because the withdrawal symptoms of heroin abuse are lethal (although they can be based on whether or not they’re medically observed), but because the chemicals in the brain are so out of whack that mental cravings will overpower everything else.
In most cases heroin withdrawal will last between one and two weeks, though post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last for up to a year or so. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms don’t usually interfere with inpatient treatment, but they can be irritating to the sufferer.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms might include:
- Insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns.
- Profuse sweating in the night.
- Fatigue and drowsiness.
- Anxiety and/or depression.
- Stomach issues.
- Mood swings, marked by irritability.