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 opiate withdrawal 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.
Although each individual may experience a unique set of symptoms while going through heroin withdrawal, a few characteristic physiologic and psychological occurrences can be seen. Below are some of the most commonly experienced symptoms.
Stage 1 – Heroin Withdrawal
• Cravings. Heroin-dependent individuals have acclimated to a persistent presence of drug in their system. As such, those in the midst of an acute withdrawal may …