Heroin withdrawal often involves 3 stages of symptoms that unfold over a rough time-frame that spans hours to days since the last instance of drug use. The first stage of symptoms typically appears up to 6-12 hours after the last heroin dose. Second stage symptoms can appear 8-24 hours after the last dose, and third stage symptoms may appear up to 3 days after the last dose. Symptoms are usually at their worst 24-48 hours after first appearing but may continue for several days. Below, we describe typical heroin withdrawal symptoms that a heroin addict experiences if they do not use methadone or Suboxone to help minimize the symptoms.
Although each individual may experience a unique set of symptoms while going through heroin withdrawal, a few characteristic physiological and psychological occurrences are seen. Below are some of the most commonly experienced symptoms.
Stage 1 – Heroin Withdrawal
• Cravings. Heroin-dependent …