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Detoxing from heroin at home

Are you or a loved one ready for recovery from heroin addiction? Are you ready to begin the journey towards being clean? Recovery requires one step at a time, the first one being a thorough detox process.

What does the treatment entail? How long does it take to detox from heroin? What happens during and after the detox stage? And can you detox from heroin at home? Read more in this article to find out the answers to these questions. Then, feel free to ask additional one questions in the comments section below.

Detoxing from heroin addiction

Every case of drug addiction that is accompanied by drug dependence starts with detox. In this stage, the toxins from the drug leave the body and, as a result, withdrawal symptoms occur. When detoxing from heroin, these symptoms can be pretty uncomfortable. BUT heroin detox symptoms are treatable.

While medication-based therapies constitute an essential part of the whole detox treatment process, behavioral therapy that follows is not to be disregarded. During this period which can last as long as needed, patients may continue taking medications if/as prescribed by their physician. Behavioral therapies include individual and group counseling, contingency, cognitive-behavioral and are crucial to addressing underlying addiction issues.

Medications used during detox from heroin

First, detox from heroin includes the use of opiate substitution medications. Those used during heroin detox include methadone, naloxone, and buprenorphine. These opioids interact with the same receptors heroin does, yet they are less harmful. The purpose of taking these medications is to ease cravings for heroin and to delay withdrawal symptoms, thus avoiding a possible relapse.

Second, medications can be used during heroin detox to address specific symptoms as they occur. One medication that helps reduces the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms include clonidine. Antidepressants may also be prescribed during or after detox.

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Detox from heroin time

So, just how long does it take to detox from heroin? Cleansing the body from heroin can happen pretty quickly. When you go cold turkey off heroin, symptoms tend to peak about 72 hours after last dose but resolve within 7-10 days. Still, it may take a longer period for the body to get used to the absence of heroin and fully recover from protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). Detoxification can also be completed within hours if the individual is administered an opioid receptor antagonist such as naltrexone, in conjunction with anesthesia or sedation. However this method is much more expensive and can be dangerous, hence not recommended.

Generally, the time it takes to rid the body of heroin will depend a great deal on the method chosen. The most common treatment i.e. methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), is usually combined with behavioral treatment and can last for months, sometimes years, after acute detox. Since methadone creates physical dependency, it is necessary that the daily dose is gradually decreased over a course of time. While short term methadone therapy is also available and prescribed for a quick heroin detox, long term methadone therapy has shown better results.

Detoxing from heroin symptoms

While the symptoms of heroin detox are not lethal, they can be quite unpleasant and can trigger a relapse. That is why it is crucial to endure this period if one is determined to quit abusing the drug. The withdrawal symptoms that can accompany heroin detox include:

  • anxiety
  • abdominal cramps
  • bone and muscle pain
  • chills
  • constipation
  • cravings
  • diarrhea
  • disturbed sleep
  • enlarged pupils
  • fast pulse
  • high body temperature
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • fever
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • tearing
  • vomiting

In few instances such as severe vomiting or diarrhea, an individual is likely to experience dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. In such cases, it is advised to take fluids containing electrolytes, or, if the individuals cannot keep the fluids down, IV therapy will be required. Moreover, cardiovascular diseases can get worse during heroin detox, especially if the individual experiences high blood pressure or sweating. Moreover, anxious people should be wary of panic attacks, while those who have been diagnosed with chronic pain should be prepared that the intensity of pain could be increased during detox.

Should you detox from heroin at home?

While it’s possible to detox from heroin at home, it is not advised. The success rates to stay clean in the long run are lower than with medically assisted detox. Additionally, quitting heroin abruptly (cold turkey) will cause intense withdrawal symptoms, thus increasing the possibility for a relapse. ALWAYS GET MEDICAL APPROVAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DETOX FROM HEROIN ON YOUR OWN. Some cases of poor general health, co-occurring disorders, or pre-existing medical conditions will require clinical detox under medical supervision.

If detoxing at home, it is advised to gradually cut down on the heroin dosage rather than entirely, so as to decrease the chances of relapse. However, given the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms as well as the complications that may occur, it is highly recommended that individuals undergoing detox seek medical supervision, especially because aftercare is required if one wants to achieve lasting results.

Detoxing from heroin on your own

We hope to have addressed your main concerns in this article. But if we have not answered your question(s) about heroin detox or you would like to share your experience, please use the comment section below to do so. We will try to get back to you in a personalized and timely fashion.

References: NIDA: Drug Files on Heroin
NIH: Medical Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
NCBI: Opiate withdrawal: inpatient versus outpatient programmes and preferred versus random assignment to treatment.
NCBI: Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances
The Alabama Department of Mental Health: Substance Abuse – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: Acute treatment of withdrawal

 

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80 Responses to “Detoxing from heroin at home
pepper
7:48 am January 21st, 2015

My friend is detoxing from herion at my house 5 bags a day for 1 year went to hospital on day 2 was given a patch and other meds all none addictive into day 4 and hes fine except trouble sleeping is something wrong

3:02 pm January 21st, 2015

Hello Pepper. Insomnia and trouble sleeping are common during heroin withdrawal, and may continue for a period of weeks after acute detox. Has your friend sought professional supervision other than the trip to the hospital?

pepper
5:08 pm January 21st, 2015

I UNDERSTAND INSOMNIA IS NORMAL MY CONCERN WAS DURING DETOX HE ONLY HAD 2 BAD DAYS IS THAT NORMAL AND YES HE HAS A APPOINTMENT TOMORROW FOR REHAB

johnie
6:02 am April 2nd, 2015

Allmost a month since ive picked up a set of works. been using iv for 15 years. This run was 4 years.. if u run as hard as me and love heroin as much asd me u know 4 years is a long run..no arrests to stop me. found some one with the kind of $ that I never had to get out there and run the streets. that is what used to stop my runs..This time I had to die. my girl found me thank god on the couch,blue shit and pissed myself and if the fire dept wasn’t across st. that was it.I thought I was going to hospital for hours then get released..the found out I had some kind of staff infection, pnunumonia,and I was days away from all this shit attacking my heart and it would have been over. that was the silver lining from od ing..IM A SELFISH BASTERD..between hospital and home its been 24 days since ive picked up a set of works..trying to get on sobos because I did the methadone for years and couldn’t stay away from the cocktail. I don’t know I am rambling on and on..aa na r not option for me..idk just cant listen to the same shit over and over. My life is all ready better. maybe ill b able to spell in a couple years lol. all jokes aside if I don’t pick up a needle my life is going to get better…its funny reading the peoples blog asking about how do I get high on soboxone and all the other bullshit. I say just keep getting high until u can find something that in that in the a.m. u can wake up like a human is supposed to. have a cup of coffee,watch the news, WORK! Please don’t take this personal I really am doing this for me ..because I know the gorilla on my back is just resting…really thinking about that shot the blocker.I guess it works for a month. any comments..thanks for reading this and please lmk if someone ever reds this shit?

p.s. there is no way to kick the shit without some discomfort..we r addicts. we want it our way and cant cope with dis comfort..I subs,benz,clonadine,johnies,…just don’t pick up that set of works..u know how to make urself comfortable. you know what u can handle without saying fuck it. because we know how easy that is to say..NO DOPE ..NO NEEDLES!

kell
7:20 pm April 10th, 2015

I’m on day 14, I’m still feeling sick to my stomach, I’m vomiting, I have diarrhea, I feel like emotionally drained I have no energy. How long until these symptoms are gone? I just want to feel normal again

6:02 pm April 11th, 2015

Hi Kell. First of all, it depends on how often, for how long and in what dosages you were using heroin. But, generally symptoms should start to subside by this point. You have made it for two weeks now, and that means you are no the right track. However, trouble eating, sleeping problems, nausea and anxiety may persist for a longer period of time. Immodium for diarhhea combined with NSAIDs and heating balms for muscle pain can all help treat heroin withdrawal symptoms from home. You can visit the local pharmacy and get some regular over-the-counter medications that will also relieve your stomach problems. Please keep in mind that once these acute phase of withdrawal is over, you will need to get a long-term counseling and psychological support to help you maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse. Stay strong, Kell! I wish you to become a success story!

4:56 pm April 14th, 2015

Hi Johnie. Thanks for the insightful info and for sharing a personal story. I’m sure other people on our site can relate.

KELL
3:33 am April 26th, 2015

I’m reading this because I have family members who suffer from addiction and trying to help a really good friend save her son too. I so hope you stay sober, not for anyone else, for you. There are so many good things in life you need to experience. God is good, give him your heart! Good luck young lady!

doris
1:46 am April 28th, 2015

My son has been detoxing at home wiv no meds apart from a few valium, and antidepressant. He’s done 21 days now, did’nt use every day, smoked it for 5 mths. Is there anything he can take for pains in ankles and feet???? He’s tired and cant sleep because of fidgets and pains in legs, seems most unusual after all this time. Could u suggest anything?? Plze

11:48 am April 28th, 2015

Hi Doris. It’s great that your son is detoxing from heroin and that you are his support. Believe me, without you taking care he wouldn’t have made it through this period. Here are my suggestions: get Immodium for diarhhea combined with NSAIDs and heating balms for muscle pain to help treat heroin withdrawal symptoms from home. Also, hot baths, heating pads, massages, regular low-impact or moderate exercise, can help. If his legs are feeling restless, applying pressure with stockings or weighting blankets down will relieve pain. I hope he gets past this quickly and successfully. Don’t hesitate to seek psychological support from counselors and group meetings. This will help him maintain long-term sobriety.

Louis G.
5:34 am May 9th, 2015

Hi there,

I just read your blog today for the first time. I am a recovering heroin addict, and I did a supported – that is a very important piece of the puzzle – home detox with a product from Vietnam called Heantos. I went from shooting about a gram a day of quality heroin to nothing, overnight. I had a bit of discomfort, but it was nothing like kicking cold turkey. It was like 25% of what cold turkey was for me so many times I can’t count. I just want to put it out there, because it seems that nobody knows about this seriously effective option here in the US, yet. I had a support specialist from San Francisco, and my dad helped me at home. I’m just saying, there are other options out here, and Methadone and all those drugs are really a horrible option, and they’re so much harder to get kick than heroin. They have a long half-life and my friends have gone through terrible withdrawals – way worse than heroin or pills – coming off of them. Maybe they’re good for some people, but I don’t think they are for most people. Heantos. It really works. I don’t work for the company or anything. I’m just grateful to be clean today and wanted to share my story.

chelsea
9:05 am May 26th, 2015

My husband is an addict. He has no insurance. How can he get treatment?? Please help.

1:24 pm June 3rd, 2015

Hi Chelsea. Call the helpline number you see on our page to get in touch with addiction treatment professionals that can help you find the right treatment options that will work for you and your husband.

rich
10:34 am July 13th, 2015

hi there. my big question is that i used a 20 bag today and have a urine test for pro bation at 8-830 am on thrusday im 6″1 weigh 176 is there any way I’ll pass amd anything i cam do to speed uo the detox process

charlene
12:54 am November 13th, 2015

Hi I want to get of it now I have kids scared I will lose them if I turn for help I want to do home detox asap before they r home after Xmas way do I do how plz help I’m scared

1:54 pm November 13th, 2015

Hi Charlene. I hope this article has helped you be prepared about what you can expect. Also, don’t hesitate to seek doctor’s help if the symptoms of detox get too much for you to handle. Keep in mind that there are many over-the-counter medications that you can purchase at the pharmacy to help manage some of the withdrawal symptoms. Good luck!

ronso
6:37 pm May 29th, 2016

i decided to cold turkey. because i knew it would only take 5 days for me to start feeling better. no vomiting .not weak in the legs. tired all the time. cant move on the couch. and also the hardest part. the depression it come with. and not able to eat a lot.or loose the taste in Ur mouth.i was ok the first 2 days. just was lazy and felt weak. but on the 4th day instead of feeling better i started vomiting again and that empty ness u feel in Ur stomach.and a lil agitation. i got my girlfriend to go to the pharmacy for me. she explained to the doc. he gave codeine. for the agitation. tramadol.for the stomach pains.and lomotin,for diorea. i took them all and it worked in less than an hour, it worked miricles. cus codein and tramadol has opiets in them. juts as subutex or methadone. also the codein cough mixture helps alot. and alot of vitamin syrup.easyer to slallow. using medical mauriana helpd alot to. to calm me dwn and be able to sleep. thanks u.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:39 pm June 3rd, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Ronso.

Cali
10:19 am July 7th, 2016

I just found out yesterday that my husband has been using heroin now for the last 5 months!! He was sent from work to the hospital for vomiting and stomach pain. I was planning on leaving him cuz of his violent mood swings. Now I’m sitting here trying to help him detox. ?? I’m so confused and lost!! I’m also a recovering addict but I’ve stayed clean… we have a 2 year old baby! Idk what to do for him . i think i feel bad too cuz i damn near hated him the other day and part of me wished bad things on him. He’s been struggling really bad and always takes everything out on me. I’ll be honest heroin came out of left field lol… I like uppers and he smoked crack. He says he quit on Monday evening it’s now Thursday morning. He hasn’t eaten he can’t sleep. I wanted him to smoke a little bit of weed but Lmfao he’s worried bout probation!! It’s horrible of me cuz i want this to all go away!! I’m tired of dealing with this shit… But i still love him and I’m hurting cuz i know he’s hurting!! I’m just lost and confused what to do!! I want to cry and punch him in the face!! But i remember what it was like to be in the middle of my addiction… Lol I’m surprised no one punched me in the face!! I’m really trying to help but idk what to do this is different from cocaine and meth withdrawal. He’s destroying our marriage and family and i don’t want to watch my husband kill himself!! I’m scared!!

caroline
1:46 am August 31st, 2016

Hi my daughter has been smoking herion for thd last 4 months. she is 26 years old.
she has come to stay with me to detox. I have researched and found a few home remedies.
night nurse
valarian
Imodium
zantac
she is in her first day and has taken the valerian and night nurse and has slept all day apart from waking up to eat.
she’s told me her legs are starting to ache and her nose is starting to run but she’s gone back to sleep now.
I’m dreading tomorrow as I’m sure she is as well.
Do you think that these medicines alone can get her through the vital 7 days?
Your help and advice would be most appreciated.
kind regards
caroline

Queen
2:42 am September 7th, 2016

On day 8! Have suffered from anxiety since I was 9 :/ it has become so intense that not even my (anxiety/ depression med) will touch it! Its crippling mental pain! I’d take any physical pain over this mental torture that has no escape! Can’t find any benzos to relieve it and not even my counciler has got in touch with.me (after I litterly called and asked for her to call me asap!) I am surrounded by support but just can’t kick it! ( I’ve tried everything.) Its just hell, and I hope.to find some fast relief. Nope should have to feel this way!!

Needed to vent! I’m proud of myself, but I want this anxiety to go away!!!

I feel like I’m gonna lose everything over trying to better myself.

I made a mistake and I own up to it! But damnnn this is hell.

Juliana
2:27 am October 2nd, 2016

My daughter is detoxing at home. I’m helping her by staying home from work. She got some over the counter medications. Our concern is that she would experience late withdrawals. She got very mild withdrawals symptoms.

Will
5:16 am October 4th, 2016

I’ve been using heroin on n off for 3 months now was clean 6 years n relapsed AM on soboxen haven’t took sob oxen for about 2 weeks now got me some meth to help with withdrawal planing on detoxing at home how should I do this cause I can’t afford to lose my job by going to detox rehab..

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:08 pm October 4th, 2016

Hi Juliana. I suggest that your daughter may need counseling sessions as well as support meetings. Sharing experiences with others who face addiction might help her.

Dwayne
5:15 pm December 3rd, 2016

my fiance trying to taper down for 4 months now she’s down to one dime bag of heroin a day I’m going to try medical cannabis flowers and see this how this works

Mm
5:28 pm January 3rd, 2017

Ugh I read all this and I really hope everyone that really wants be clean,can do it. Ive been an addict for 4 years just heroin. Started on the oxy’s. anyway. I finally scraped up the courage to do it. I tried getting clean. Probably 5-8 times. I tried getting help from a clinic but I can’t loose my job. So I couldn’t go detox for months. And what drug addict can afford 3 months in detox anyway. Definitely not this one.
I started buying methadone pills. –the same way I got my drug–btw– on the streets.i started the initial detox withdrawal and lasted the 7 days. I’m still clean. It’s really was a week of hell. BUT..I never knew months after I’d still be dealing with symptoms. I’ve been off of heroin. After quitting cold turkey, oh and I was on a 20+ bag A DAY habit.every day. I took it within the fist min of waking up. And It was the only way I could function on a daily basis I needed it to get up in the morning to function. To work. To live. I never used drugs before ever! I started experimenting and I tried the “wrong” shit. And got addicted …4years of my life every day..every hour I needed it. And most didn’t know. The rest just knew I was different but I never admitted it. Damn I am ashamed definitely even now. Cause hey we all hear how this and that drug addicts are and how bad society views it. But also if you haven’t been there. I feel like you shouldn’t judge. But that’s just me.

So I just wanted to say that, yes some of you will be lucky and go thru it in a week and I hope you stay clean.
But me. I’m going on almost 2 months of not touching it. And that’s honestly NOT TOUCHING IT. That’s after I gave myself a month of detox. I detoxed at home all by myself instead of the drug I took a methadone pill. I deleted the numbers. And became a hermit. Just going to work dealing with it. And going home. Dealing still on and on. Praying to die at times, the rest I spend crying.
Every day for a month. I kicked my own ass cause at the end of the day. To be honest no matter the way I grew up or my life story I still started taking it myself and I knew that one day it would end. I didn’t want to be this way forever one year turned into 2 and so on. But anyway..

I’m definitely not touching it again. I don’t want to deal with the pain of withdrawal..there’s really nothing else like it.

And I’m a little more than just an addiction. So I keep holding on to that.

Every day no bullshit I think about it. Just one more.. lol ….then I talk myself out of it. I hope that I become what I want to be. And I hope you all do too.

As long as there a beat in your heart. There’s hope!

I even left the person I LOVED cause he didn’t want to stop. I did. It really will be the biggest fight of your life. But only you as a person will know what it means. If you get there. Where ever your there is. We’re all different.

Anyway. I consider myself clean from the drug but my mind and emotions aren’t yet. And I come to find out. 4/ years of everyday abuse doesn’t just end in a week of detox. Definitely not…

I still can’t eat. No sleep really,just 4 maybe 5 hours. A night if I’m lucky. The worse it the not being able to hold any food. Nothing..for a month now I haven’t been able to eat and the food stay. Literally it stays for 10-15 min. Then out.
And sweating my core body temp is higher than I know my body to be. I’m tired. Every day. Always yawning. I’m cold–but my sweating!
Wtf yes…I never knew this. But like every thing else I read and I try! And now I know I need to be even stronger for awhile more.
Heroin is really one of the worse things I could have ever done to myself. Or however it’s meant to be said.
All I know is it’s something I’d never wish on anyone.
Until I die it will always be my biggest regret. Even when Im done with this. I don’t think I’ll ever be the person I was before all this. But I’m definitely stronger and I proved it. Well so far.
And just to myself cause remember all your friends and such will only be around until the party stops.
Then after. You’ll see who’s around. In my case just me. And that’s how I’ll fight it.

I hope everyone the best. And I hope you get to the point where you want to be. I’ve been a person that doesn’t do drugs and I’ve been The person that need it.
And I’ll choose the clean version of me. Each time. No high I ever got was worth it
I can’t say that I love being sober minded and dealing with life. But being here.
Is far better than need it at night and your fucking dealer not wanting to leave his couch or. Not caring about anything except for getting it. And when I mean not caring. I mean not caring.
Heroin was.. I hate to say it. Like a god or and sign of feeling ok. For me. It was bad. I was bad…I needed it bad I still do I just don’t take the step or make the call. I refuse too…And the worse is when you see for your self. –If you’re honest with yourself–how when a few hours passed and you need it. Like withdrawal cause you don’t have— not cause trying to be clean.— When you get it. You feel ok in about 10min. –Then I hated myself.

So anyway I just commented cause I read some comments and it’s making it seem so easy when it’s not. I hope you get to where you want to be.
But don’t be a fool. It’s not easy. And its not fun. And it fucking hurts like hell.
BUT I KNOW ITLL BE WORTH IT. I have no choice to be clean or die an addict. There’s no middle way. I’ve tried.

I wish you the strength and courage to walk this road . And mostly it’ll be alone. If your lucky to have partners and parents that love you. Lean on that. But most of us don’t.
Stay strong in yourself. Cause at the end of the day remember only you can truly fix you.
No doctor will fix your shit if YOU don’t want to. EVERY time I want to give up —cause almost every day I want too. I think about just how far I’ve come till now. And I push myself. It’s. the only way push yourself, cause remember who started it..you did. I did. So only you can truly fix you. Or you’ll always go back.
Bottom line.
byebye
Good luck! & stay STRONG!!!!
KissesMM

Cali
6:49 pm January 17th, 2017

I’ve been snoring heroin for about three years but now it’s time to stop I’m so tired of feeling i need something to make me feel good I’m trying to taper off witch is working so far because I’m determined to do so two days ago i did a hafe of bag yesterday i did the same about 11:00am.didn’t did anything until 5:00am. The next morning just took a couple of snorts to make me feel right I’m taking a sleep aid and noproxion and drinking lots of fluids all while at home pleace give me some advice if you think this is something you think i can do ive been to methadone clinic didn’t work it seem the only thing it did for me is make my body hurt more didn’t like the feeling of it at all i have one in a half sakes on me so far im feeling okay is this normal.

Dane
1:11 am February 14th, 2017

I did oxy and black every day fir seven years been to methadone clinics and all that,u can kick with sodium ascorbate wich is pure vitamin c and lopermide tsje a half a tesdpoon every two hours 2 days befor u stop using and about 20 lopermide pill and u will dt for 12 to 36hours max,the lopermide tricks the brain into thinking its on black and it keeps u from shiting your pant with all the vitamin c it works in hours not days,corpret greed will never let this out 400 grams in an iv kills cancer tumors all the doctors no this but theres no money in makeing u well over nite,utube it under hi doses of vitamin c for withdraw,i hope this helps a lot of people…… Ps u take 20 lopermide 4 times a day with the vitamin c the vitamin c rebuilds your reseptors over nite

lameesa
7:50 pm February 17th, 2017

Hi I’m not a full blown herion smoker. I only take handies. I smoke about one a day. I have suboxine to do a home detox. Will my withdrawals be as bad as a person using about 15 smokes smokes day. The puffs I take a day is about smoking an entire one for the day.

Nikki
2:15 am February 26th, 2017

I was addicted to pain pills and heroin for a few years. I went to rehab and stayed clean for months. Recently though, I let myself relapse and I’ve been using daily for about 6 weeks now. It’s about a bundle every 2 days. I can’t lose my job and I can’t tell my family or friends I’m back on it. They all sacrificed so much to send me to treatment and it would destroy them. But I can’t let it ruin my life again. I want to detox on my own, and just need help on the best way to do so. I’ve tried to cut down little by little, and gradually come off of it, or at least enough so that when I have a few days off work and can go cold turkey it won’t be as bad.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:30 pm March 1st, 2017

Hi Lameesa. Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. It depends from many factors such as human body, frequency of use, tolerance, etc. I suggest that you call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Helen
12:57 pm March 10th, 2017

I’ve been clean for seven. Days.wen
.DT cold turkey at home.I just want to sleeplike a normal person. But I won’t give in not this time.20 years I was hooked

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:54 pm March 10th, 2017

Hi Helen. Great job! I suggest that you speak with a pharmacist who can recommend some natural teas and plants that can help you with your sleep. Also, if you have any troubles, all a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. They will give you support at hard times.

Elizabeth
10:38 pm March 26th, 2017

I need help. I have been using for 35 yrs. I od’d a week ago, died. This is killing me. Its my 1st. Day. .Is this possible? I dont know any different.

Daniel
6:59 am March 27th, 2017

I can’t stop jacking my dick! I’m so fucking sick been shooting smack for five years and honestly I don’t want. Too fucking stop,I love dope I’m my veins,I do a gram a day I work for a dope dealer. He recently got busted now I’m fucked,I refuse to srlteal and Rob but I don’t care when I get to a certain point! Help me!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:36 pm March 27th, 2017

Hi Elizabeth. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

sanju
3:40 pm March 28th, 2017

i want quit it at my home I can’t go for medical help i want to fight with this at my home plzz help me

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:03 pm March 28th, 2017

Hi Sanju. Heroin withdrawal is one of the most harsh and severe one. You’ll need constant support and encouragement to succeed. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

Wife
10:00 pm April 2nd, 2017

Hello.
So my husband relapsed on herion a few months ago and just told me about it a few days ago. I am very hurt over the fact we have a son that is 2 years old. I want to help him as much as i can but im lost for words on this. He went to a treatment center and got on the suboxen program. It has been 24 hours sense his last use and he is going thro it bad. He has taken 1 stip so far. Is there anything i can give him or help him get thro the last 48 hours so he can at least feel the subs?? I rubbed him give him a hot bath. But he is really feeling it. Any suggestions??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:51 am April 3rd, 2017

Hi Wife. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Eric
2:23 am April 11th, 2017

I’m going to stop at home. I’ve been using for a few months and wanted to know what I can take to ease the pain? I have to work so I need something to ease the physical pain and lack of energy- can you give me some advice and directions please?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:54 pm April 12th, 2017

Hi Eric. Heroin withdrawal is one of the worst… It’s not recommended to do it at home. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs. And, if you still want to detox from heroin at home, here’s suggested reading: http://addictionblog.org/tag/heroin-withdrawal/

Joe
9:50 pm April 13th, 2017

My stepdaughter just came to me and asked for help. She has been fighting her addition for several years now and has been in and out of rehabs. Her drugs of choice are crack and heroin. I’ve never seen anyone fight so hard for her sobriety have it kick the crap out of her time and time again. The problem this time is that she is now 26 years old and is no longer covered by insurance. We have been pushing her for the last couple months to get the insurance taken care of with the state, but of course her addiction has been preventing her from doing the things that she needs to do.
So I need to help her through detox at home. I’ve never done this before. Someone please help and tell me what I can do to help her.

GOLDEN
11:38 pm April 20th, 2017

I’M GOING 2 GIVE IT MY BEST SHOT !!!! MY BEST SHOT 2 WARDS GETTING CLEAN DECREASING DA DOSES ……
(I G W T) 😎🙏

Michael
1:22 am April 21st, 2017

I’m trying to detoxify girlfriend from groin. She was an addict but went through rehab been clean for 8 months now she out one month back on it .so not that long back on it .. I want to keep her home with me.. I will do what ever it takes to make her right. Please help

4:03 pm April 21st, 2017

Hi Michael. The safest way to stop taking heroin is under medical supervision. Please make sure you speak with her doctor or a pharmacist about ways you can help and maybe over-the-counter medications that can lessen the symptoms.

However, detoxing is only the FIRST STEP to getting better. Psychological, behavioral, and opiate substitution therapies are needed to help lead a life free of heroin. Usually, there are psychological issues of dependence, or co-occuring mental health issues which compel heroin use that need to be resolved.

Little D
4:53 am April 22nd, 2017

If i having been using heroine for a few months daily, how do I get off this shit without having to go to a hospital or doctor? If my parents find out, I will lose my daughter. They told me not to fuck up again or I am gone from there home. Trying to ween down. What helps? I cant lose everything that I have worked so had for.!! I also work full time and cannot miss work. If I am throwing up, they will send me home bc I work around food.

Chris
7:33 am April 24th, 2017

Hello everyone. I’ve been snorting and smoking black tar heroine for almost 3 years now. Im at home with no medicine. Just sleeping pills and some methocarbime V 4212 pills. Will I survive or die in my sleep ? Probably die because my heart is beating through my chest right now. Goodbye cruel world. No one really cares about you until your dead anyways

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:18 pm April 24th, 2017

Hi Chris. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:36 pm May 9th, 2017

Hi Little D. Heroin withdrawal is one of the most worse ones. You may need support during the first few weeks of detoxing. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

snewy
2:11 pm May 13th, 2017

hi. for sumbodys that smoking heroin(capetown, south Africa) for the last 3 years about 4 bags a day , what would be the minimum required time to fully recover at a rehab facility or would u suggest detoxing at home?? please answer both questions carefully and individually. many thanks.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:01 pm May 18th, 2017

Hi Snewy. The best and safest way to detox from heroin is under medical supervision. I suggest that you enroll into a rehab program that fits your needs.

Devin
7:44 pm May 21st, 2017

I need help any way possible. I’m just tired of 20+ years of abuse and it’s beginning to take its toll on this 47-year-old body.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:41 am May 23rd, 2017

Hi Devin. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

Kim
7:11 pm May 23rd, 2017

It’s it normal for blood in urine on nite three? Rough nite dope dreams nite mares ,wierd dreams. Kidneys feel puffed up!

Beidgett
4:33 am May 29th, 2017

I am a mother of a 24 year old son that does heroin. He does not shoot up as far as I know. I truly need help with him. I do not want to loose him. I already have a nephew in prison for quite sometime. He is the same age as my son.Which I will not go there. He knows he has a problem and has admitted to me. I’ve seen him cry and just plain lash out at me for know reason.. He carries a full time job. And makes good $$. But has nothing to show for it other than pay his rent and utility bills, has and cigarettes. Most of the time. I myself is going thru major health issues, but my son means way more to me than myself. He has so long to live and myself not so much. I would like to have a intervention with him. I myself have medi-cal. And he has no insurance. So I’m sure there is no help for him. I am begging you, to PLEASE help me before it gets worse. He falls asleep while driving, caught his bed in fire, to where his dad has to break down the door..there was so much smoke and flames it’s a wonder how it didn’t kill him and his dad and my youngest son. His dad is ready to kick him out. And it breaks my heart. I am sure I’m not the only one who is going thru this. I want his lil brother to be able to look look up at him, and so does he. Once again he has NO insurance and I am at at standstill. Please please help me If able. God Bless

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm June 6th, 2017

Hi Beidgett. First, I suggest that you that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
Finally, call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Nikki
12:03 am June 13th, 2017

Hi I’ve been on heroin for 24 years and on a methadone script for 7 years and I want to be free from both I know have to stop the heroin first then reduce of the methadone it’s just so hard when you have done this every day of the week for all them years, I fell traped and lost I need some help as to stopping it all, I do attend a clinic who prescribed my methadone but as for coming of it there not much help it’s just here’s your prescription see you in 8 weeks, and that’s ok for some but I’m fed up with this life my family know all about the drugs but they think I’m clean as 12 years ago I did get clean but relapsed and I’ve been hiding it ever since, I’m just so fed up with being an addict I need some proper help and advice

Jhonny
8:15 am June 14th, 2017

I am currently going through day one of heroin cold turkey stay at home recovery. I have tried methadone at a Clinic near my home but felt like a zombie and it is easily abused. If you have a super addictive minipulative personality it is very easy to tell the doc that the dosage given did not help what so ever. I soon realized that I was abusing the dosage from the clinic and thought to myself why am I postponing the enevidible withdrawals from methadone. What is The point of going through withdrawals from the heroin to jump on methadone and to inevitably go through them again. Why get physically depentdant on methadone why not just go through the withdrawal of heroin one time and one time only . That is my logic. My best advice is to be set up with Gatorade vitamin water fruits and vegetable protein shake to at least have some electrolytes and good healthy carbs and proteins in your body so that you don’t feel fatigue and sick . my best advice is to be set up with Gatorade vitamin water for her and vegetable protein shake to at least have some electrolytes and good healthy carbs and proteins in your body. I have tried to stop cold turkey before and didn’t have my fridge stocked with good healthy food and found myself not eating for three days straight then your mind well trick itself into thinking that it is weak and needs to use asap. if you set yourself up for success you will be better off. I was experiencing severe depression and self worthlessness. I was super depressed and just wanted to kill myself the last time I tried to stop at home but now I am mentally and physically prepared . ALSO what helps is going for a walk in the sun I know that’s the last thing that you want to do is exercise but that balances out your emotions and releases your natural endorphins after you exercise , also reading the Bible and scriptures how ALOT …

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:18 pm June 14th, 2017

Hi Nikki. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with confidential helpline consultants available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

kareena
11:41 pm June 22nd, 2017

I am going to try and get off this stuff in a few days i have never used H and only been doing it for about 1 week but i developed a tolerance fast i can do two bags in a day and i am not very good with just being a bit dope sick i used to take suboxone but it stopped working for me so i started H and i do not want to use it anymore i want off and out but do any of you know its methadone is a better to use? or should i try just going to an ER for help or will they just treat me like crap?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:00 pm June 27th, 2017

Hi Kareena. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Heather
9:59 am June 28th, 2017

I was trying to find alternative methods and/or medications for withdrawaling off heroin . I’ve tried every method I could or I should say was able to test. I was so close to finally having a sober unsick happy normal life but it occurred to me 4 months in, that eventually at some point down the line, I was gonna have to wiene off the suboxone an was essentially gonna go thru withdrawals similar if not even WORSE then I was avoiding going thru, From detoxing off the heroin ! N that idk why, it hadnt dawned on me before I started taking the “medication” to do a lil bit of research on it 1st. That was the 1st time out of every attempt, that I was ready to quit for me , not for someone else , an the fact I was actually READY. I woke up that morning and instead of thinking bout how to get my morning fix , I said I can NOT do this anymore..I deserve a better life, I didn’t wanna end up like my addict dad , went an. checked myself in to the mental health floor in the hospital … An that’s when the doc put me on subs an I just ended up getting addicted to those. If it aint natural or been used for decades then I’m no longer trusting it. Idc what anyone or any doc has to say to argue with me when I say this, but subs are just another opioid , just another substance to get addicted to an becomes abused . good old fashioned green aka God’s natural cure all .. Add the right kind an the right dosage of vitamins n herbs plus last but not least… EVERY OUNCE N BIT OF FAITH FULL WITH COMPLETE WILLPOWER-DRIVE-DETERMINATION-WANT- AND BELIEF .. Thats a reciepe for success right there . They need to hurry up and legalize cannabis everywhere , every state for every reason a person has seriously. They don’t realize just how much of a difference cannabis makes, and how many uses it truely has. Other then Marijuanna, I was wondering EXACTLY what minerals n vitamins I should look for n try. N if and what other websites I could check out that you think has information/studies I would be interested in an maybe find useful n helpful . thank u so much for your time and for your article it had a few facts n information I didn’t know . I’ve been battling my drug addiction for almost over 10yrs now, I’ve had many failed attempts , some temporary success attempts , I’ve given up .. Let myself jump in the deep-end but either way I always find my way back to the surface and keep swimming until I can finally reach the shore 1 day n never fall back under. I believe what is truely going to bring me success in my sobriety with opiods n help me keep it successful, is CHM , cannabis – in any&all forms-, and researching/practicing natural remedies n methods. Any information you have or come across, you happen to remember this, that u feel is helpful please do pass it along thank u so much for your time n listening to my babble lol may all your most cherished wishs in life, come true ❤💯💋💯

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:45 pm June 28th, 2017

Thank for sharing, Heather. Hope your message will inspire the others… Stay strong!

miss in agony
8:44 pm June 30th, 2017

On my third day feel like ended it in so much pain can bairley..stand up please help….dont know how much more I can tame

Cammie
3:09 pm July 4th, 2017

I been with my boyfriend almost 2years in the past months his heroin addiction has taken over. The past couple days he is trying to detox at home . I don’t know what to do it’s very upsetting watching him go through this . He won’t go to hospital please help. He doesn’t have health insurance.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:56 pm July 5th, 2017

Hi Cammie. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Karrissa
10:58 am July 6th, 2017

I have been using for about 2 years. Where I’m from we get it in black tar form. I started out mixing it with water & sleep aids, and snorting it. I remember vividly the first time I started experiencing withdrawals. I had slept in too late that morning, so it had been about 10 hours since my last use. Waking up drenched in sweat to the point my sheets were wet, yet had goosebumps covering my entire body. My muscles hurt so badly I felt weak. As I tried to get out of bed I began seeing blotchy spots, which I later learned was from elevated blood pressure. I remember calling my fiancé crying, telling him I thought maybe I had some type of flu the way my muscles ached, and needed to go to the ER immediately. I had never experienced anything like this in my life. He asked me, “have you done any today?” I told him no I didn’t even feel well enough to even mix up a batch. He told me Thats what I needed to do, so I managed to do so, shaking and sweating just feeling awful. Sure enough, half an hour later all of my symptoms had vanished. That was the day I truly realized I had a problem. I knew then it was too late to turn back now. I experience these symptoms now nearly every time I get out of bed in the morning. I feel helpless every time I get out of bed. It isn’t something you can describe to someone who hasn’t experienced this themselves. I don’t do H to get high anymore, I do it to feel normal. At this point I am willing to do anything it takes to get my life back. I know I did this to myself, but as a human being we all mistakes, and don’t think we should be degraded as people for it. My fiancé has been baddeling between H and methadone for the past 6 years of his life, and told me it isn’t anything I wanted to mess with. He explained to me the way withdrawals felt, and how methadone in itself will make you experience severe physical withdrawals. Me being young, and thinking I could handle anything hell I had got through so many addictions (including meth), I thought I could handle anything. I didn’t think there was a chance I would ever become physically addicted to H considering the amount of time it actually took it to start happening. It took awhile, and I remember thinking to myself “I got this under control, I can do it every now and then and be just fine.” Wish that was the case. It wasn’t 6 months before it became a daily thing, just part of life. Meth addiction doesn’t even come close to comparing to this. With the ice I would come down and just sleep for days, wake up and yes of course I would crave it (but it was all a mental thing, I had done it so long it was all I knew, all in my head, never experienced any physical withdrawals).

KF
11:23 am July 7th, 2017

I am trying – its been 6 months, I took it because I was in severe pain – I have lupus and use weed to assist with the muscle and joint pains, my bf introduced me to H which helped immediately and Ive been on it ever since – im on a bag a day now. I’ve lost so much already. I’ve tried detoxing at home with methodone but it didn’t work – I’d get to the 2nd or 3rd day for the most and use again. But this time Im determined to kick it – im at work now having used my last this morning…am planning on detoxing at home with sleeping tabs and vitamins…the past couple of times I tried I felt bad abdominal pains, diarrhea, nausea, feet – legs and hands really sore – extremely emotional….runny nose, throwing up. Im hoping that it isn’t as bad this time around however I am prepared to take whatever comes – I cant find veins anymore and I cant afford it anymore either. Ive lost way too much. I cant go to a rehab because I cant afford to lose my job – so I’ve taken off 2 days next week hoping that 5 days will be good enough to detox….strength to all of you who are in the same boat – lets do this – lets not let it dictate our lives anylonger – we are better than H!!

Marcia
9:19 am July 8th, 2017

I live in Madison WI I have been to my doctor about my addiction to heroin im tired of being on this drug and can’t seem to get them to treat me with Suboxone at home I am afraid that I might do or get something from someone that is not heroin is there any place I can go to tomorrow for help I am in great fear of dying

Shahmir
5:54 am July 9th, 2017

Hey Everybody, I pray you all are fine and the writer of these blogs is doing a fantastic job. Well I have detoxed of heroin at home 3 times but unfortunately I relapsed just because of my heart breaks, again and again breakups with my Girlfriend and the funny thing is same girl. Well I loved her a lot , but now I have realized that it much better to accept the reality that she will never be mine.
Well my question from you is that I only face the main problem/withdrawal is Body pain and restless legs. Kindly tell me the best and the least additive medicine that I can buy easily from the market . I live in Pakistan, here you can not buy some medicines without prescription, kindly tell me a medicine for the acute body pain and restlessness of my legs. I will start doing less heroin from now onwards. But I need a good pain killer, with higher potency. Thanks a lot in advance, Sir I will wait for you E-mail as soon as possible so that I can start my detoxification. And get back to my life fast. I’m a business student and working with my father as he has his own business but I can not afford Expensive medicines as my father does not know about my intake of heroin.
Can I take tonoflex? or cenflex? or postan fort ? or Caflam ? these all are the pain killers but I do not know which are the best. And also tell how much times a day I should take the pain killer .

I past I have done this cold turkey many times but I use to lay on bed for two days and crying on my mother’s lap but this time I really do not want to disturb my family I just want to leave it and work along my detox process. And yes for sleep I take Rivotril .5mg, I usually take two tablets for first 3 days than I start taking only one before going to bed and after maximum 7 days I leave taking any medicine and I get totally fine. This time I thought to take one can of beer as summers are going and its like makes you a bit numb, we can say its an alternative of Heroin, I know if you smoke hash it increases your craving for heroin. Please reply fast I need help this time Please.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:53 pm July 11th, 2017

Hi Marcia. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

Yishu
9:53 pm July 11th, 2017

Please its a request doent ever try it once , it is the modt addictive thing , if you tried it once , you surely go for it for second time and then daily and now your are addicted and you dont even know ,, and the worst part is when you try to stop doing it , its withdrawals won’t let you do that (personal experience) your whole body will pain like hell , and dont even think for atleast 3-4 days that you can sleep easlily with taking sleeping pills it doest work and make you more jitter… and you feel like not eating anything and your body temperature is like withing seconds it changes to extreme cold or hot , and the worst part is the sweating , you sweat like hell and it stinks , and you were like please god save me (personal experience) .. pleasse guyss dont try this shit even once ..
your well wisher

Krystal
9:01 pm July 18th, 2017

If tapering how much do you cut down each day?

Many
2:29 am July 19th, 2017

Hey guys i havent been doing it for long but i kbow i have a problem and i cant stop i just had a baby and i cant keep going with this ive lost friends to it i just dont know what to do and i cant go to detox

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:40 pm July 20th, 2017

Hi Many. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:44 pm July 20th, 2017

Hi Krystal. You may reduce medication, and with heroin is a bit different. You may need a heroin rehab program that fits your needs. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Poppy
10:18 am July 23rd, 2017

Is there anything you can but over the counter to help with heroin withdraws? If so please text me back with anything that will help
Thank You.

Tony
4:38 am July 24th, 2017

I wanna know if I have high blood pressure and diabetes and I am a everyday heroin user,how long will it take for me to “cold turkey” from heroin? Thanks Kim

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:11 pm July 25th, 2017

Hi Tony (or Kim). It’s not recommended to quit heroin cold turkey, especially if you have other medical conditions. I suggest that you call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

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