A Chance to Change

by baladmin | August 20, 2013

“Super flu”, “evening”, and “a la canona” all refer to the onset of heroin withdrawal symptoms.

To put it lightly, the experience is unpleasant and people who make it through never want to endure the pain and discomfort again.

People who have been using opiates, like heroin, morphine, codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, and other opioids, go through detoxification when they stop using. Although the process of detox and withdrawal is not potentially fatal, many people who have gone through it wished death at one point or another.

Heroin Addiction

The number of opiate addicts has risen almost 300% in the last decade, and it seems there is no end in sight. Heroin, and prescription painkillers that mimic the drug’s effects, are taking over people’s lives. For the first time in the history of the United States, there are now more overdose deaths from prescription painkillers than there are from motor vehicle accidents each year.

Battling Heroin Addiction

Although life without your drug of choice may sound impossible, there are ways to move past drug addiction. You need to rid your system of the harmful chemicals that will cost you your physical health, your mental health, your family, your friends, your job, your financial security, and your home. There is no way around it. The disease of addiction is progressive; it will get worse when it is not properly treated.

The first step is finding a place to detox. The second step is understanding what you will go through.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms include the following:

    • Muscle aches

    • Bone and joint aches

    • Increased tearing

    • Runny nose

    • Sweating

  • Yawning

    • Abdominal cramping

    • Diarrhea

    • Dilated pupils

    • Chills and Goosebumps, hot and cold spells

    • Nausea

  • Vomiting

    • Agitation

    • Irritability

    • Anxiety

    • Insomnia

    • Restlessness

  • Tremors

You Can Do It

Do not let this list scare you though. With proper medical supervision, you can receive medications that help with almost all of the symptoms. When you are ready to quit using heroin, or another opiate, there are treatment centers that will medically monitor your progress and will work to alleviate the pain and discomfort of your heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Once you go through detox, which only lasts a series of days, you will be drug free and ready to start over without toxic substances. Think of all the things you can do when heroin does not dictate how you spend your days. You can reconnect with loved ones, you can return to work or school, and you can find people who understand you.

With support and self-care, heroin withdrawal symptoms will pass and you will be paving your road to recovery!

photo credit: harold.lloyd