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Cold turkey heroin

Going cold turkey heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, a depressant that inhibits the central nervous system.  In fact, heroin addictive the first time you use it because  how heroin works in the body  is basically neurological.  And when you develop physical dependence on heroin the body will experience severe withdrawal symptoms when dosage is stopped abruptly. So is going cold turkey off heroin safe? Not really.

In fact, cold turkey heroin withdrawal can be difficult and is unnecessary. Cold turkey may cut down on overall detox from heroin time, but can be severe. Instead, there are various ways that you can stop taking heroin to minimize the severity of withdrawal. Here we, review what happens when you just stop taking heroin abruptly and explore its effects on the body. We also go over the withdrawal effects that you will experience and what you can do to reduce them. Plus, there’s a section at the end for your questions.

Cold turkey off heroin

You do not have to go cold turkey off heroin. When you go cold turkey off heroin you can experience serious and severe withdrawal symptoms, including restlessness, vomiting, muscle and bone aches, and diarrhea, insomnia and cold flashes. Plus, cold turkey off heroin increases chances of relapse. Instead, doctors use tapering regimens or replacement therapies to lowers the dosage of opiates in your system over a period of time. This way, your body will not experience such severe withdrawal symptoms.

Stopping heroin cold turkey risks

Trying to quit heroin addiction abruptly can be fatal, especially if you are a long term, high dose user. In these users, the body simply cannot support the stress of withdrawal and shuts down. This is why it is best to seek professional help before going cold turkey heroin: to get medical clearance first. There are also serious risks involved that should not be ignored. Risks of stopping heroin cold turkey include:

  • restlessness
  • relapse
  • severe aches
  • severe depression
  • vomiting and diarrhea (dehydration)

Cold turkey heroin withdrawal: How long?

Heroin withdrawal symptoms usually last a week after the last dose of opiates has been taken. If you do taper your dose of heroin, the symptoms can be a lot less severe, intense, and quicker to resolve.

Quitting heroin cold turkey

So what are the clinical traits that should be present before you quit heroin cold turkey? Those who are best suited for quitting heroin cold turkey should have the following characteristics:

  1. Abstinence from other drugs
  2. Good overall health
  3. No health conditions that could be triggered by withdrawal
  4. Strong determination

Get off heroin cold turkey

Doctors do not recommend going cold turkey on heroin. Stopping heroin abruptly can result in severe pain and health complications. Medical professionals recommend that instead of quitting cold turkey you get tapered off heroin over the course of a few weeks. Your doctor will monitor your progress to keep withdrawal symptoms minimal.

Can I quit heroin cold turkey?

If you have been addicted to heroin for an extended amount of time, quitting heroin cold turkey can result in serious health complications. If you have not been addicted to heroin for a long time then you could stop cold turkey, but it is still not recommended.

Cold turkey heroin questoins

If you still have questions about quitting heroin cold turkey, feel free to post your questions below in the comments section. We try to respond to all questions in a timely manner.

Reference sources: SAMHSA TIP 42: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
National Center for Biotechnology Information: Physical harm due to chronic substance abuse
SAMHSA Tip 45: Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances

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93 Responses to “Cold turkey heroin
Lisa
1:48 am March 8th, 2014

i have only been doing heroin for 6 weeks but other opiates for about 10 years. how bad will my heroin withdrawal be? how long? what can i do without seeing a dr or getting on methadone to ease withdrawal systems? what about marijuana?
any help would be appreciated.
quite lost at the moment

10:29 am March 10th, 2014

Hello Lisa. Tapering down doses with the help of a physician will help first. Call a doctor or pharmacist if you resist face-to-face meetings. Additionally, Klonipine (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine sometimes prescribed during opiate withdrawal to ease symptoms. Buprenorphine can also help, but is often prescribed as long term therapy (like methadone). Why do you resist seeking medical help? If you can get over this barrier, there is much help and treatment you can benefit from.

Trevor
10:25 pm November 26th, 2014

I’ve been using heroin for about 3 months now and I want to stop please explain to to me the tapering process what is it?

12:36 pm December 4th, 2014

Hello Trevor. I cannot find an exact protocol for dosing structure. But here is some follow up reading here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64246/
site:.gov heroin taper guidelines

eloise
7:11 am January 28th, 2015

I been on heroin for about eight mos. I only snort about 4 bags a day just enough to stop the sickness i really want to quit but wen i go with out the chills are soooo bad i sweat like a pig but im freezing im scared to get help bc i dont want them to put me in rehab i want to quit at home i have a very strong will power n i kno i can do it do u have any home remedies that will help with the chills

2:53 pm February 12th, 2015

Hello Eloise. We’ve heard that long, hot baths and showers help with the chills; also those cold/hot gels for muscles may be helpful.

rachel
4:56 pm February 25th, 2015

Im on my 5th of detox from heroin. I have been using for 3 years. Im expiercing severe chest pains my heart is racingI havent slept at all and Iim duzzy while im laying down. Shoukd I go to the hospital?

4:13 pm March 2nd, 2015

Hello Rachel. Yes, I’d agree that seeing a doctor is a good idea. You may get a referral to a detox clinic in your area, and may get a prescription for a maintenance treatment. Although the initial withdrawal symptoms will be over soon, there are protracted withdrawal effects that can persist for much longer. I’d suggest getting psychological help, group-based therapy, or counseling. Good luck to you, Rachel! Stay strong, you can make it!

Sara
9:19 am May 19th, 2015

I use very small amount ,for last 5years.about one gram over the course of 10 days.Im in great health.But need to come off of it,because I want to Get pregnant in two months and start a clean life without being dependent on Snorting this poison..Do you think it’s easy or hard for me to quit cold turkey at home.I have purchase all necessary over the counter medication to ease the pain,vomiting and insomnia.thanks for your help.God bless.

1:13 pm May 22nd, 2015

Hi Sara. Yes, you can detox at home, but just make sure you have someone around you for support or in case you need anything. I don’t believe that it would come to it, but be ready to go to the hospital if symptoms get too harsh. After detoxing, I suggest you seek psychological help or start going to some therapy sessions, since there will be some psychological triggers and cravings you need to know how to deal with, in order to avoid relapse. And, good luck with becoming pregnant and being a new momma.

Jeanna
11:15 pm June 3rd, 2015

i stopped 80-120 mil grams daily which I had been taking after a neck surgery about a year ago. I did this cold turkey because my doctor and the pain clinic wouldn’t help me each said they wouldn’t help me so I had no choice. This day 9 still hurt not nearly as bad but I can’t even keep warm. What can I do and how long will this last?

Natalie
12:46 pm July 17th, 2015

My boyfriend has been using opiates for 15 years on and off he wants to go cold turkey but I’m worried it may cause him more harm than good, any advice welcomed thankyou

Celeste
8:02 am July 28th, 2015

I fear my daughter is on heroin. She is 19 and smokes weed daily. I found out her boyfriend uses heroin and since he left her she is hard to deal with…I did a drug test, but she told me she used cat that was mixed. Not sure what to do?

nicole
10:45 pm August 21st, 2015

Hi my boyfriend has been on heroin not injecting but smoking it he went to treatment 2 years ago was doing great but had a relapse he has been on it the past year and 3 days ago he went cold turkey but is taking sleeping tablets to sleep , is this going to work? ,? Also the three days I feel our relationship has changed hes snapping at me I feel he doesnt love me , please give me answears cause I dont know if I shud give tough love or be nice

Stephanie
11:59 pm August 27th, 2015

So I’ve been clean 13 days from heroin I’ve done it cold turky how long more till I feel better iam so week

4:33 pm August 31st, 2015

Hello Stephanie. It will take a while, but you will be feeling physically much better with each passing day. I’d suggest you join a support group or group counseling treatment in your area to help you deal with the upcoming cravings and triggers that will compel you to start using again. This is only normal, but you will need the additional motivation and support to ensure your success in recovery. Good luck!

Miriah
4:24 pm October 9th, 2015

I’ve been using heroin for 3 or 4 months. I only snort a .25 a day.. can I go cold turkey? How long will the with draws take?

My name is Amy I'm 35
4:54 am November 3rd, 2015

I’m doing it and don’t know what to do I’m about to give up it hurts so much

4:35 pm November 3rd, 2015

Hello Amy. If you are willing to seek help I suggest you call the helpline number displayed on our site. It’s a free helpline and you can speak to our trusted treatment providers about the best course of treatment for your condition. They can help with the withdrawal pain and discomfort and suggest further addiction treatment options that fit your needs.

Elornic
6:30 am December 29th, 2015

My boyfriend and I are addicted to heroin. I’ve been using about a year and he’s been longer. We don’t shoot it, we snort it…about a half of a gram apiece. We want to quit so badly, but keep getting weak. The last few days have been bad…I just got my last paycheck because I lost my job over my addiction and were at rock bottom. I only had a few hundred left and yesterday he took my debit card and car while I was asleep and took $100 for drugs without asking me…he’s done this before. I was so mad, but also took tge drugs too because i didnt want to be sick. I felt disrespected and devastated. We fought all day and I cried all night. Today, he did it again. I’m even more hurt. I’m almost completely broke and did not even have a say in if I even wanted the drugs or not. I’m so confused. I want to quit and he swears he’s quitting this week and I want to too…I don’t know what to think of him st along from me…is it the drugs taking him over? Does he just not respect me? Can we get clean together? We’re in a vicious cycle and were at rock bottom. I love him. I want to be clean and happy. I’m laying in a closet, listening to depressing music…and I’m just so lost. I don’t know if I can do this.
Can two addicts quit together? Cold turkey? And stay clean together?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:05 pm January 4th, 2016

Hi, Elornic. It may be successful, if both want it, and it needs hard work. I suggest you to contact our trusted treatment provider to learn more about your treatment options. The number is displayed on the site.

tony
12:45 am March 5th, 2016

I have tapered down to 1bag a day and smoked my last bag of heroin today,I’ve never been an addict and live a healthy lifestyle until i started this shit will my cold turkey be bad or will i be able to deal with it i have no meds and have to do it ct as nobody knows iam ashamed of myself for allowing myself to get like this but its the devil and the claws have me.how long will i suffer ct for

Lenors
4:00 pm March 22nd, 2016

I lost my wife a year ago to an overdose I stopped snorting but was still using tabs and percs. A month before her one year I started using again. This time I started shooting it and then it all went down hill. I’m on day 4 of goin cold turkey. I got a the OTC products to help and so far so good. My fear is I’ll get clean again and at the 2 year mark I’ll start again. I just lost my job cuz of this and I’m having to start all over again. What do you suggest would help me stay clean for good?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:52 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hi Lenors. I’m sorry for your loss… Why don’t you call the helpline on the site? Our treatment consultants can help you make the right decision for you.

Anthony
6:40 am April 12th, 2016

Hi I live in the u.k and I am looking for any advice on tapering down off Berlin. I’ve just stopped a methadone scipt of 90ml’s a day to 6.7 bags of H. I tried to go cold turkey of my meth last week and couldn’t handle it. I’ve been on opiates for 25 years now and I’m sick to death of it. How much should I taper down to? And how long do you think it will take? I’m going to get some valium to help. Any advice would be great. Please help.

Patti
6:31 am July 19th, 2016

Hello, My brother is a heroine addict he’s been using for 2yrs and was using opiates (pills) for 6 years. He injects 2grams of heroine a day, he just got arrested yesterday it’s been 23 hours since his last fix, I’m very scared for him, I’ve called county jail but they refuse to tell me anything, all they’ve said Is that if he needs medical help, they will give it to him, can my brother die? Is it legal that county jail refuses to let me know how my brother is doing? I’m very scared please any info will help!

garry
8:38 am August 15th, 2016

I have been snorting 2 to 4 bags of heroin for about 4or5 months now how hard will it be for me to detox cold turkey

Paul
7:45 pm August 23rd, 2016

Hi I’ve been using heroin daily smoking on a pipe to make me feel normal bout .2g for last 6 months i now decided to go cold turkey I’m on my 4 day now and feel terrible has I’ve been sick can’t eat anything and now can’t sleep I am so drained it’s unbelievable I’ve never felt has bad has this ever, is they anything you recommend to help me ?? Has I don’t feel like I’m getting better I wouldnt say I was a heavy user or infected when will my sleep pattern come back ?? Or do you recommend anything to help me sleep I do also use cannabis but doesn’t help the situation at all thanks for your time god help me

12:13 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Paul. Common medications used to treat the side effects of heroin detox include buprenorphine, Clonidine, and methadone. But, you need to see a doctor first and enter an addiction treatment facility to be prescribed and treated. Also, there is a lot you can find at your local pharmacy or health foods store to stock your home to support signs of heroin withdrawal, including hot baths, muscle massage with oils or cremes, NSAIDs (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs), Imodium AD and/or flu medicines.

Additionally, a psychiatrist can also work with you to address depression and are in the practice of prescribing antidepressant(s) to treat underlying mental health issues. Behavioral therapy can further address drug cravings and help teach ways to avoid relapse through cognitive awareness.

Marcus
4:31 am September 26th, 2016

Hi, I’m been main lining heroin for about 2 months. I have about 1-2 light injections. I want to go cold turkey without missing too mix of work. I’m in good health, I eat well and drink plenty of fluids. Typically how long will it take for my body to get over the withdrawals and should I get on suboxone to help with work?

Mandy
2:08 am January 19th, 2017

Pls can u help I can sort of quit Its staying off it though a lot of times I go bk to ot is brought on through bordoom pls help me im desperate ive been dabbling about 6 an a years ire be gratefull for ur help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:32 pm January 23rd, 2017

Hi Mandy. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

john
3:41 pm March 3rd, 2017

im on 4 bags of h a day anyone know how i can kick in one week with fi and simos so i do have to stop working?
need help dadly.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:48 pm March 3rd, 2017

Hi John. 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.

Michelle
1:46 pm March 13th, 2017

My partner has been smoking heroin through a pipe for about 5 months maybe 6 but also takes medication for her bpd and anxiety she gets vz from docs but also takes street vZ at a higher dose she also smokes weed what I want to know is if she was to go cold turkey from the heroin how long would it take what would happen and how I could help her

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:22 pm March 31st, 2017

Hi Michelle. Heroine has one of the worst withdrawal symptoms. It’s for the best to detox from heroin under medical supervision. 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.

Rick
5:43 pm March 19th, 2017

Im kicking 3 day n hurt bad how can i get energy n hav more stamina to go on vitamin recomended

cortney
11:50 pm March 24th, 2017

I have a friend who has been using heroin for less than a year he use to take norco then his cousin gave him “fetynol” a couple times because he had run out of his Norco prescription. Well he found out it was heroin but by then he was already hooked he wants to quit cold turkey and I’m willing to sit by his side and let him stay with me until it’s over but how do I help him? I know he is going to be more than miserable but is there anything to make him more comfortable?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:08 pm March 29th, 2017

Hi Cortney. Heroin withdrawal is one of the worst withdrawal that exists. 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.

cortney
11:51 pm March 24th, 2017

I have a friend who is a pretty heavy user his tolerance went up really fast. How do I help him detox cold turkey

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:41 pm March 27th, 2017

Hi Cortney. Cold turkey is not recommended method for quitting heroin. 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 friend’s treatment needs.

Aims
4:58 am April 23rd, 2017

I quit this shit cold turkey. Fuck liquid handcuffs, fuck sugar coating and watering down. The worst pain in your life, if you’re female, is child birth. I was using shit that was 8 times stronger than dope. When my dealer was missing, and I couldn’t get that pink, heroin wouldn’t even touch me. That’s when I realized my chase would be virtually impossible. That day I decided to just fucking quit. Adult diapers later, Pedialyte, trash bags full of vomit was how I lived for 4 days. I’d trade 4 days any time for a life time of not having to chase and pay for this fucked up addiction. I chose life. Fuck weaning, methadone, subs. Eventually you’re gonna get sick. Nip it in the bud

Lanette
5:25 pm May 8th, 2017

How long is dope in yur system for?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:38 pm May 9th, 2017

Hi Lanette. Heroin can be detected in urine for 1-2 days. However, heroin will show up in the urine for longer periods if taken in higher amounts, or if someone is a habitual heroin abuser. Sometimes heroin can linger in the body longer depending on factors like weight or body mass. If you want to learn more about drug testing and the detection periods for certain substances, I suggest that you download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Drug Testing’, here: https://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-testing/

Guy
11:47 pm May 17th, 2017

Hi my girlfriend pregnant and I am wondering if making people worry about you is a symptom of heroin usage or any kind of drug usage. I live in Vegas and she was living with me, she gets angry and has to run back Her hometown where there are drugs everywhere. She also smokes weed and I am letting her do that to take care of her other addictions. Please help me figure this out I am going insane myself.

Antonio
5:29 am May 20th, 2017

I only been using 4 2 months now n decided 2 go cold turkey wat should i do

Melinda
10:55 pm May 31st, 2017

Long Time heroin user 15 yrs if I stop using herion in a tapered manner will my organs be in jeopardy is it a chance that my vital organs will shut down???

Anfrea
11:29 pm June 25th, 2017

I have been using herion for 7 days now one to two bags a day .will l get cold turkey if l stop now . Bear in mind l was on it a year ago but got off the methadone

Alicia
4:54 am July 6th, 2017

Im going cold turkey i relapse i been using for about a week and im tired i don’t want my son to know whats going on so what can i use to make myself comfatable while doing this cold turkey please help

Lorenzo
3:06 am July 22nd, 2017

I am a winner everything I said in here is all so true and I have tapered off this addiction in a month span I am now down to just a half of a half of a pebble a day and went to being completely off now I am fighting a little pain and the leg syndrome only it sucks cause I want to sleep so bad but I will keep fighting to keep getting off and stay off I did it from home and in bed working out in my garage sick as fuck but I ran in the sun and kept a strong mind thank GOD for this

Sue
4:38 pm July 30th, 2017

My son has been on percs, suboxone, methodone, and heroin for about 4 years. He has no insurance and has tried quiting all of these. He is now trying to go cold turkey off heroin. He’s been going through withdrawal for about 3-4 days now. He says he can’t keep food down. Can he take Emetrol for the vomiting?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:15 am August 1st, 2017

Hi Sue. It seems to me that he need medical supervision. Call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Sabrina
11:47 am August 5th, 2017

Myboyfriend used herion and he is quiting cold turkey…. We had tryed everything and Nothin seems to work he also went to methadone clinic and that didnt help if you have any ideas please let me know thanm you very much

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:58 pm August 8th, 2017

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

Ida
5:31 am August 10th, 2017

I am pregnant (three months) I am addicted to Heroin and I am strongly wanting to quit so my husband and I are able to keep our baby but, I am terrified that we are gonna not be able to get that chance so I am wanting to know what exactly all I can do to get sober off Heroin before it’s to late and we aren’t able to keep the baby?!!!!!! And since I am a very strong user who uses a lot and big doses I know if I quit cold turkey it’s going to be VERY tough for me so I am wanting HELP please without having to go to rehab and doing all that other stuff!!!!!!!😫😖😭😳🙁😣😖

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:08 pm August 10th, 2017

Hi Ida. 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.

Anita
7:27 pm August 15th, 2017

I recently kicked a heroin habit. I used for about 12 years. Detox was hard but if your mind is in the right place it’s not impossible. The total freedom from any controlled substance makes it worth it. From experience tapering kinda works but no matter what in order to get off heroin you are going to have some tough days. I was achy, restless, and no sleep and more for about the first week and after that I was really weak and cold. Really freaking cold all the time but today I feel like super woman. I couldn’t even imagine doing the stuff I do today with nothing in me. I’ve been clean since December 10 2016

4:51 pm August 16th, 2017

Hi Anita. Thank you for your input. I am certain that it will be valuable for other readers seeking answers in this comment section.

Yusuf
2:17 pm August 19th, 2017

I am currently 6 days into my cold turkey and still feels like the third day my will and determination is keeping me going, I goto be honest this is the hardest single thing I’ve had to do in my entire life and just the thought of having to go through this again is keeping me abstinent. It will work for some others will need support. You can do it people with love from a British recoveree

Cole
9:18 pm August 23rd, 2017

Please any advice on how to quit this shit… I just got out of detox on August 5th and started using again like an idiot. But I wanna quit so bad. I can’t deal with this anymore please any advice on how to do it at home cold turkey. Feel like I’m gonna. Die no joke. I know they say you won’t die from it. But it sure feels like it. The worst part is the restless legs and arms. And not being able to sit still or sleep. I can deal with the puking and stuff. Also the stomach cramps and muscle aches are rough but if I could just sit still and not feel like I have to be moving at all times … Please people help. Any positive feedback would be appreciated.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:10 pm August 24th, 2017

Hi Cole. The safest way to quit heroin is under medical supervision with counseling care. 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.

Nick
4:55 am August 28th, 2017

I quit after a year cold turkey it has been 10 everything is fine but no energy

lorri
8:37 am August 31st, 2017

Hey,been off heroin for 2.weeks now.had some help in hospital for the first 3 days,been using for 5 years,always snorting, I’m still feel pretty bad.can’t sleep,sick to my stomach,and shaking like crazy. Can someone tell me when I will feelbetter?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:36 pm September 1st, 2017

Hi Lorri. It depends from the individual. Heroin withdrawal may last for several months. Download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Withdrawal’ to learn more: https://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/
And, if you have any problems, call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Garry
2:38 pm September 14th, 2017

I’ve been smoking heroin for years last 6 month ivecut down to 6 tenet bags a day I’ve managed to get oral morphine and MST s how should I take these and amount to stay of the heroin thanks

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:11 pm September 15th, 2017

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

neil
9:19 am September 19th, 2017

Been on drugs over half my life now and on herion about 20 odd years but im sick off it tottally now all together i was thinkinf of preparin to have a go at just very quickly cutting down and rhen self medicate to get me trough the worst few days as being a addoct as long as me i have a few ideas that i know will belp me what do you tvink of this? 😩

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:48 pm September 22nd, 2017

Hi Neil. Heroin has one of the worst withdrawal symptoms. 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.

Beanie
6:42 pm September 23rd, 2017

hey, I have been using multiple drugs, heroin, weed, meth, cocaine and anything I could get my hands on for the last 14 months. Just lost my job and internship. I am sitting with study debt and tried committing suicide 5 weeks ago by OD on snorting heroin, alcohol and sleeping pills. did not work. when I woke up I decided to quit cold turkey, and life has been a bi*ch. I relapsed a week ago and my parents found out for I passed out in their bathroom with the needle still in my arm.
I lost everything, including a child. I don’t want to live this way anymore. no I don’t want to live anymore.
please help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:01 pm September 27th, 2017

Hi Beanie. 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.

Bob
10:41 pm September 24th, 2017

I was using heroin / opiates for over 2 years, I quit cold turkey just about 2 weeks ago and I feel amazing. Don’t listen to what this blog is telling you cold turkey is hard but by far the best way if you’re determined enough. Make sure you have a comfortable place to stay and plenty of fluids. It was hell for about 5 days but now I feel great it’s crazy you almost forget what it’s like to feel normal.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:58 pm September 26th, 2017

Hi Bob. Congratulations on your sobriety! I’m really glad that you made it. Keep in mind that each person is different and reacts differently to heroin’s effects. Because of this fact, withdrawal and treatment for heroin addiction varies from person to person.

Aims2
9:03 am October 3rd, 2017

So grateful to be sitting here, on day 9 off the dope.
I checked into my local detox, and it made the world of difference. I personally can’t do it at home. I start freaking out. As soon as I get to detox…a calm comes over me. It’s a safe place.
I can laugh again, not be a slave to anything, I have hope again.
There will be rough days, but you are worth it.

Kris
6:00 am October 6th, 2017

My friend is using herion and went away for a month did good but when came home started again gonna stay with me and detox at home how can I help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:55 am October 12th, 2017

Hi Kris. Heroin withdrawal is one of the hardest to overcome. 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.

Katie
2:09 am October 15th, 2017

I have used herion for 28 years I’am 43 I started my rattle on the 3/10/17 I experienced hell on day 5 I ended up in a&e with clinical dehydration but I just want to give the message to people you can do it I haven’t touched a drug since then yes it was hard but it was worth it I’am back riding my horse and doing the things I love a week of hell is worth it for the quality of life you will have I was existing not living my life had become unmanageable please don’t give up hope if you want to do it you will find it somewhere in your soul to do it over those 5 worst days I begged The Lord a million times to die the pain was so bad but now I thank The Lord I did it you deserve this you can do it I’am proof of that

Melinda
9:54 pm October 30th, 2017

Well I can say only by experience, this is my second time quitting cold turkey off Heroin. First time over 4 years ago me and my ex wife did it together over a move 33 hours away from where we started it. It was hard but I really can’t say I remember it the same way as this time around being as bad. We were on it maybe a year only snoring it. This time I moved back home went back to a old job and fell back in to my old ways. After being over 4 years clean I relapsed like a damn dummy. This time I did it maybe 6 months again only by snoring, I’m on day 6 and I’m still very sleepy lazy no energy. But by day 3 my pain was gone. Which I cried screamed begged my best friend to just knock me out. I have no cravings but I just pray to have just a lil bit of energy soon. I have not really eaten or drink anything but it’s getting better. Good luck to anyone who what’s to do it cause it can be done. It’s better then going from one addition to another that’s even harder to get off of.

Daniel
7:17 am November 18th, 2017

My girl just went on a med from the door it was to stop her for wanting more but she had such a withdrawal today her whole body hurt she is finally sleeping should I worry

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:20 pm November 24th, 2017

Hi Daniel. Your girl may need medical assistance for quitting heroin. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

Cassidy
2:29 pm December 21st, 2017

If I have been clean 7 days with the use of suboxone once daily
And I use heroin 1 time on The 7th day will it send me back to day one of withdrawals?

Janine
3:09 pm December 28th, 2017

Tonight im going to be supporting 1 of my good friends quit cold turkey from a little over a year addiction on heroin. Please tell me what I need to do to keep her as comfortable as possible. Is there anything over the counter for us to use to ease the pain. She’s worried about restless leg syndrome.

Christina
3:11 am January 10th, 2018

My kids dad has been on herion for probably around 5 years. We separated due to this. He has tried rehabs, hospitals, methadone and other detox options. He came to me for help. He is now on day 3 weighs maybe 100 lbs. Every time he tries to eat he throws up. I have gotten him Tyanol, anti diaherra, lotion. Anything I can think of to help him through this. I have been keeping him dehydrated also. Will he get any better or will it get worse. He won’t go to a doctor nor anywhere else. I feel as if his life is in my hands. He doesn’t have a car and someone is around him 24/7 so he won’t be getting any more drugs. Is there anything else I can do to help him detox? If it fails I don’t want to feel like it’s my fault but I’m also not gonna turn him away begging fo4 help. Help me please.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:48 pm January 12th, 2018

Hi Christina. Heroin withdrawal is one of the worst that can exist. He may need a medical assistance. Also, I suggest that you download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Withdrawal’ to learn more about the process: https://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/

Normal
7:28 pm January 16th, 2018

My husband and I have used off and on for the past several years. Starting Monday after using for over a year every day we have decided to go off heroin cold turkey. We have done it before and yes everyone withdrawals differently. We both are successful and have careers but from experience if you can get time off of work that is recommended. My symptoms are all of it except the vomiting thank god, but my husband experiences it much worse. He was in a severe accident so he already has pain and adding withdrawal to it is extreme. The first week is the hardest but we have each other for support and we both know when it is over we will be back to normal. There is no chance of relapse for either of us because we have been trying to have a baby and have spent thousands on this drug it’s just not possible anymore.The worst part of it for me is the emotional effects and insomnia. Keep hydrated and smoke cannabis if possible to help sleep. He uses Suboxone to wean off but it doesn’t help with his restlessness or insomnia. I cannot use it because it makes me even more sick. We are strong and that’s the mindset you have to have we come from a small town so medical treatment is not an option. The drug is expensive and not worth the shitty withdrawal symptoms but even though the high is good you will get sick with prolonged use. For some seeking rehab or advice is best but going cold turkey is hard and the worst thing I’ve ever experienced but it’s possible without other drugs. I’ve heard passionflower works great and water. I am on day 2 and am still going to work sick, we got this.

SAVAS
10:21 am February 13th, 2018

HI All… -Addicted here too* (for 10th times maybe from 2000*… <—-an iddiot)__ Addicted a lot of times,im trying to quit,again,but for last time i wish n i swear,to myself…not going good on economical issues…yesterday i sold my 14k gold bracelet,to pay for sum stuff__im so unhappy about this cause it was a present_anyway…theese are nothing symptoms in case of our HEALTH!! I dont want to quit in my bed,cause i dont want to "betray" my parents again..they musnt know again that im ill,except,mother always is a mother,and lyes cant be done* a good way are suboxone pills,not methadone cause of its addiction,worst than heroine__ suboxone pills for a week,and the other week taking smallest doses untill comes the day that you wont need taking anything… JUST TRY it and u wont b disapointed!! Life has better dope,like smile,Love,freedom,music,people we love really in our heart and many more things that can addict us more than the big lye of drugs…anyway,,, people wake up and stop the madness-this exists to me offcourse* Anyway…when time will come for me too,ill post again ; ) keep up people and Love yourself and all the people who really Loves you too*… SavAs. 13-02-2018 (in 3 days birthday is comming,hope will b the first day ill start my mission too* ) ;*) Love U all.

tisha
7:43 am April 22nd, 2018

i was really young and naive when introduced to heroin in 2006. i didnt drink or smoke then..now i drink as depressed as tried to quit but its so hard and i am in debt from borrowing money to fund my habit.my family and friends dont know.i started snorting in 2006.little at a time. i was always just told to stay away, they are bad..not any info about them.i grew up in the caribbean.had no tv or internet or comouter dor most part to learn about the effect.the people who gave it to me, bullied me while i rented with them as ended up alone in london.after awhile i saw i couldnt stop and the dosage got higher.i tried several times to quit, but i just end back on after 3 days..i even rang frank.went to a drug place to get help, butthey took so long to rang back i got scared someone from my family or friends might find out.its my greatest shame.i work and i do charity work but i cry every night for hours on end.i feel so ashamed i dont want my gp to know.once after trying to quit, half my face froze..even my eyes couldnt close for fe0w weeks..the hospital first thought i was having a stroke, then they put it down to bell palsy..the right side of my face still has some nerves frozen as my smile is lopsided now and they right eyes goes really small when i laugh..so i dont smile or laugh much anymore..i dream about killing myself if i cant stop..i think about it..this week i want to tey cold turkey again as dont know how else to stop without letting people know eg gp..i am scared i might have stroke or something.i snort a big line about 4 times a day..one line cost £10..please help me or tell me how to stop or get help to stop without letting gp or people know..i feel so incredible ashamed..its the only bad thing i do..i still dont smoke..but my drinking has increase because so feel so depressed about tge debts i now have after never owing anyone money or bank..in the last 3 years i have just gotten into debt..please i am desperate to stop..i wish i knew what the effects and everything about heroin before i took it..they told me it was something that makes yoi feel great..at first i felt i was going to puke my inside out when i first rook it, tgen i slept after..which was great on one hand as i suffer extreme insomnia, but when i slept the housemates Rob me..and on one occasion i was sure i was sexually assaulted..i just try to block it out..i now after researching is getting scared..i dont want to end up like young women you see on street doing bad things to afford this or end up being murdered..help me please

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:28 pm April 24th, 2018

Hi Tisha. 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.

Sumi
9:12 am May 14th, 2018

Is it safe to have small doses during peak hour of heroine cold turkey ?

Myranda
8:43 am June 26th, 2018

Hi, I have a friend who wants to quit and he has been injecting himself for about 6 months. I have offered to help after he told me he wants to stop and I will be there to monitor him. He doesn’t want to go to the doctor and be in rehab and wants to go off cold turkey. I have researched a lot and I have a few questions. Before that, I do have a bit of medical experience under my belt; I’m not claiming to be an expert hence my questions proceeding this. My first question is if I allow him to inject certain lower doses then proceed to stop completely and provide another substance (natural) that would increase his dopamine levels, would this be a more safe than going off completely all at once? My second question is what over-the-counter medications can I give him to help with the withdrawals and are there certain foods that I shouldn’t give him? I have Imodium, Robitussin, Benadryl, Advil, Antivert, and Magnesium supplements listed as things to give him when he is in need of them. Is it okay to mix some of these over-the-counter drugs together with the withdrawals? Also I do know that he needs a continuous amount of fluids and as far as that I have down dark green, leafy vegetables, proteins (both animal and plants), bright fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and dairy as far as feeding him. Are there certain foods I should avoid or should definitely give him? He is allergic to seafood.

Mike
12:48 pm August 12th, 2018

Good morning I am wondering if I take a urine drug screen how do you tell the difference between taking Percocets or heroin what will the Percocets show up as in the difference of heroin show on the drug screen panel

Kelly
8:42 pm September 14th, 2018

If you do go the complete abstinence route, which is definitely not recommended, massive doses of vitamin C can help alleviate muscle cramps. Liposomal Vitamin C tablets or caplets are recommended in mega-dosing proportions. I’m talking 7 to 8 grams every couple of hours during the height of the withdrawal symptoms. You’ll still be sick as a dog, but those muscle cramps won’t be near as bad. You could use ascorbic acid (ascorbic acid is vitamin C) power mixed with water, but that can cause stomach upset in such large doses. The Liposomal caps don’t seem to cause that.

Colin
12:46 am September 20th, 2018

I’ve been using a half a bag of Heroin a day for 12 days. Can I stop now before I get addicted?

4:51 pm October 24th, 2018

Hi Colin. Heroine is highly addictive and quitting can be hard and dangerous. The decision to quit is always a good idea, but you must carefully plan it in order to avoid the unpleasant symptoms and relapse. You can try detoxing at home, but make sure you have someone around you. Also, if the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable, you should seek medical help. You can call the helpline on our site and our treatment consultants can help you make the right decision for you.

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