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Can People Quit Heroin on Their Own?

Last updated on: Friday, 29 September 2023
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When someone in British Columbia decides to quit heroin on his or her own, it can have various degrees of success, depending on the circumstances. However, for a long-time user, to quit on one’s own can be very painful. The first withdrawal symptoms will usually appear after 6 to 12 hours of having taken the last hit. Between the first and third days of quitting heroin, the withdrawal symptoms become more extreme. The withdrawal symptoms usually last between five to seven days. However, some people have been known to feel certain withdrawal symptoms weeks, sometimes months after having quit heroin.

Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include fever, intense sweating, stomach pain, and anxiety. Those are just some of the symptoms. However, certain heroin addicts sometimes describe it as just being in pain, all over, all the time. It is extremely demanding on the body, and many people will not be able to quit heroin completely, as sometimes the withdrawal symptoms are just too much to take, and it becomes easier to just take heroin to get rid of the symptoms. This is especially true for those in BC who have been long-term heroin users.

So it is much safer and often easier just to attend a detox program or drug rehab treatment in British Columbia in order to overcome heroin addiction fully in a supervised environment.




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Nickolaus Hayes has been working with Drug Rehab Services for the past ten years. Over the past 15 years, he has remained connected to helping people who have been struggling with addiction. He first started working as an intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation center in 2005. During the five years as an intake counselor, he was able to help hundreds of people find treatment. Nickolaus was also fortunate to be able to work with professional interventionists, traveling across the country performing interventions.