Heroin Withdrawal Timeline & What to Expect
The duration of the opioid withdrawal process depends heavily on how severe the opioid use disorder was, the presence of any underlying medical conditions and whether or not the opioid was being combined with any other chemical substance. In most cases, a standard opioid detox timeline looks like:
- 8-24 hours after the final dose – Mild symptoms of withdrawal begin. These include general feelings of physical discomfort, restlessness, headaches, loss of appetite and drug cravings.
- 24-48 hours after the final dose – Symptoms begin to worsen in severity. In many cases, symptoms resemble the symptoms of a bad flu or cold.
- 72 hours after the final dose – Withdrawal symptoms begin to peak at around 3 or 4 days. These symptoms might include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, severe stomach cramping, body aches and pains, restlessness, irritability and insomnia.
- 5-7 days after the final dose – The more severe symptoms begin to subside. Drug cravings often persist, along with some psychological symptoms like anxiety, depressed mood and/or insomnia.
How Will Boca Detox Center Treat My Heroin Detox Symptoms?
How are the symptoms of heroin withdrawal treated? In the vast majority of cases, the symptoms of withdrawal can be effectively treated with a combination of over-the-counter medication, bed rest and adequate sleep/nutrition. However, in some cases, more intensive measures are required. At Boca Detox, you have access to the following treatment options:
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
- Individual, Group and Family Therapy Sessions.
- Relapse Prevention Training.
- Professional Psychiatric Care.
- Case Management Services.
Will I Receive Detox Medications? How Will They Help?
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is only utilized when deemed absolutely necessary by the medical team. Because active addiction affects everyone differently, the detox process will not look identical for any two clients. The right treatment options for you are determined upon your arrival.
Medications Used for Opioid Withdrawal
If symptoms of opioid withdrawal are particularly severe, the following medications might be prescribed:
- Clonidine. This medication can help alleviate nausea and vomiting.
- Buprenorphine. This medication helps alleviate the more severe symptoms of opioid withdrawal while reducing drug cravings.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers. Medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen might be used to treat symptoms like headaches, low-grade fever and general feelings of physical discomfort.
- Non-addictive sleep aids. If a client is struggling with insomnia, a safe and non-narcotic sleep aid might be prescribed.
Heroin Addiction Recovery Statistics & Outlook
Medical detox will always be necessary to treat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. At Boca Detox we utilize numerous proven and effective detoxification methods, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and tapering. Our team of medical professionals is composed of a combination of addiction specialists, prescribing physicians, and licensed therapists and psychiatrists. We provide quality clinical care in a homestyle retreat, which was carefully designed with client comfort in mind. We understand that committing to recovery can be scary, and that the anticipation of undergoing opiate withdrawal is generally much worse than the withdrawal process itself. Rest assured that you are in good hands, and our staff members all work together to make the process pain-free and efficient.