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Heroin Facts
The goal of heroin detoxification is to ultimately eliminate the drug, and all its metabolites from the body to increase the chance of a successful recovery.
Long-term use of heroin causes tolerance to develop so that in order to achieve the same degree of euphoria, larger and larger doses must be taken. When people have been off heroin for some time their tolerance decreases and a common cause of death result
Many complications of heroin addiction are related to the unsanitary administration of the drug. Others are due to the inherent properties of the drug, overdose, or intoxicated behavior accompanying drug use.
The large majority of heroin is illegally manufactured and imported, which originates largely from the Indian sub-continent.



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Heroin Detox

A heroin detox is a method of treatment provided to lessen the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when a heroin addict stops using heroin. A heroin detox is usually done under medical supervision.

Heroin detoxification usually takes about 3 to 5 days. The person recieving the heroin detox is provided with medication to ease the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms usually associated with discontinuing the use of heroin.

The withdrawal symptoms from heroin include but are not limited to:

  • dilated pupils
  • piloerection (goose bumps)
  • watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • yawning
  • loss of appetite
  • tremors
  • panic
  • chills
  • nausea
  • muscle cramps
  • insomnia
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • shaking
  • chills or profuse sweating
  • irritability
  • jitterness

Heroin Withdrawal symptoms are some of the most uncomfortable an addict can experience compared to the withdrawal symptoms from other drugs. The individual who has become physically as well as psychologically dependent on heroin will experience heroin withdrawal with an abrupt discontinuation of use or even a decrease in their daily amount of heroin taken. The onset of heroin withdrawal symptoms begin six to eight hours after the last dose is administered. Major heroin withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of heroin and subdue after about one week. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal produced are similar to a bad case of the flu.

It is not recommended to detox off of heroin without professional treatment. A medically supervised heroin detox will ensure the safety and well being of the individual who has decided to stop using heroin.

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