Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms – Can You Die?
Yes and No
This question has been asked many times. The answer is: Yes, you can die from opioid withdrawal because they are so severe and terrible that the user takes his/her own life to stop the withdrawal feelings. They may not necessarily be clinically depressed, but opiate withdrawal is horrendous and can drive a person to the edge of life.
Now, medically speaking, opioid withdrawal cannot physically kill you like alcohol withdrawals can. It is more likely (and stats verify this) that a heroin or opiate overdose is way more likely to kill you, than detoxing off opiates and experiencing withdrawals.
Heroin withdrawal severity is dependent on several factors like: How long have you been on heroin or opioids? What dosage are you on? And exactly which of the opioid drugs are you consuming. Obviously, the longer you have been on drugs, the longer it will take to detox off drugs and be clear of withdrawals. Family and friends should be aware that opioid withdrawal CAN be dangerous to the person going through them and they must be watched and communicated with.
Heroin Withdrawal and Opioid Withdrawal (same thing) has been compared to the flu. However, heroin withdrawal is at least 30 times worse than the flu. Plus you add the symptoms of a bad cold on top of it. It is nothing that you ever want to deal with! And, those of you know exactly what I am talking about.
Opiate withdrawal occurs in two phases. The first phase includes a number of symptoms, such as:
- muscle aches
- tearing eyes
- runny nose
- excessive sweating
- excessive yawning
- low energy
The second phase is marked by:
- abdominal cramps
- nausea and vomiting
- dilated pupils
- rapid heartbeat
- goose bumps
These initial phases, which can last anywhere from a week to a month, can be followed by long-term opioid withdrawal symptoms. Long-term symptoms are often less physical in nature and may involve emotional, behavioral, and mental issues.
Heroin Treatment Options
If you are headed into opioid withdrawal we highly suggest you check yourself in to a heroin treatment center. At the very least, contact your primary care physician and ask for opioid withdrawal medicines or recommendations. You do NOT have to go through opioid withdrawal on your own. The withdrawal is horrendous and can last weeks.
If you are going through opioid withdrawal at home by yourself, at least purchase these supplements which will help you through it. We have tested and approved two makers, and you can click here to easily purchase them.
- Mitadone Opiate Withdrawal – Aid Supplement (*very reasonable price at $39.99)
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If you are able to check into a heroin treatment center, we suggest you ask the Doctors about Suboxone and Vivitrol.
Suboxone is a medicine that drastically reduces opioid withdrawal feelings, by using the drug narcan. This is the same medicine they give to most police officers who are the first to respond to an overdose situation. It reverses the affects of the heroin chemical.
Vivitrol is a newer medicine that was not around when I was in rehab. It contains a shot of similar medicine and the benefit of Vivitrol is that it lasts up to 30 days with only 1 shot to the bum.