Heroin Detox and Withdrawal

Heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms may occur as soon as a few hours of the last use and can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold flashes
  • Involuntary leg movement
  • Runny nose and tearing

These heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms subside after about a week. Although not normally fatal, withdrawal from heroin addiction is extremely uncomfortable and very difficult to tolerate without assistance. At Soba, we mainly use a buprenorphine-based medication that effectively manages heroin and opiate withdrawal symptoms. This medication allows our clients to remain comfortable and alert during their stay with us. We supplement the buprenorphine with a number of other symptom specific medications to treat any discomfort that may arise. Buprenorphine also allows the client to leave detox with virtually no withdrawal symptoms. This treatment even works with synthetic opiates, like methadone.