Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur because the brain has grown used to the presence of the drug, and triggers a physical and emotional/psychological response when intake of the drug ceases.
The list of common physical symptoms includes:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Trembling or Spasming Muscles
- Runny Nose
- Sleep Disturbances
- Blood Pressure Increases and
- Heart Rate Increase
The list of common emotional/psychological symptoms includes:
- A Depressed Mental State
- Fear of Going Through Withdrawal
- A Restless or Irritable Mental State and
- A Strong Urge for Continued Heroin Use
In the vast majority of cases, heroin withdrawal is not life-threatening. Still, even in the absence of significant complications, the symptoms of withdrawal commonly produce enough physical and mental discomfort to make the detox process challenging. People who habitually consume the drug in large amounts and/or have an extended history of heroin intake may experience significantly intensified withdrawal symptoms.
“Roughly 23 percent of all individuals who try heroin develop opioid addiction.”
– American Society of Addiction Medicine