Heroin is among one of the most intense substances to recover from. Because heroin is fast-acting and builds tolerance very quickly, sometimes after one use of heroin, the brain will rewire itself and develop a receptor specifically for heroin. Returning the brain to normal through detox and treatment can be a very uncomfortable experience, but help is out there.
Detoxing outside of a treatment facility is not recommended when it comes to heroin. Heroin withdrawal’s effects on the body and mind can be dangerous, often compared to feeling like having influenza or a stomach virus. On the mental side, people can experience extreme anxiety and even panic attacks.
Both inpatient and outpatient treatments are viable for heroin withdraw, although supervision by a professional is highly recommended. Behavioral therapy along with medication and medication-based treatments will ensure the highest rate of success. Heroin withdraw is very unlikely to cause death, but its effects on the mind and body can cause you to act out in unsafe ways, so help should only be sought out from a professional.
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