Although heroin detox and withdrawal symptoms may only last a week or so, the symptoms can be severe and can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle spasms
During a heroin detox, medications and therapy are used to calm symptoms, increasing chances that a patient will get through withdrawal safely with more chance of success.
Heroin can be a less expensive alternative to drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, which are highly addictive. As prescription painkillers are becoming more difficult to obtain and alter, many people with addictions to opiates have found heroin to be their replacement. It is reported that an opioid drug addiction came first in half of the people using heroin.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the last decade, among Americans between the ages of 18-25, heroin abuse has doubled. Approximately 8,200 people died from a heroin overdose in 2013 alone. Nearly quadruple the number of heroin related deaths in 2002.
Because of its powerful withdrawal symptoms and highly addictive nature, people who are addicted to heroin should go through medical detox.