Can You Die From Opioid Withdrawal?

Heroin Withdrawals

Opioid Withdrawal SymptomsCan 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
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • tearing eyes
  • runny nose
  • excessive sweating
  • sleeplessness
  • excessive yawning
  • low energy

The second phase is marked by:

  • diarrhea
  • 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.

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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.

  1.   Mitadone Opiate Withdrawal – Aid Supplement  (*very reasonable price at $39.99)


2.   CalmSupport Opiate Withdrawal – Aid Supplement  (this is higher priced, but better reviews at $59.99)

3.   Mitadone 3 Step  – Opioid Withdrawal Aid   ( 3 Step Program at $90, but well worth it! )

4.   Mitadone Opiate Withdrawal (120 caps)  – (two bottles for $64.99 )

Heroin Treatment Center

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.


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6 thoughts on “Can You Die From Opioid Withdrawal?

  1. Does anyone else have any input as to how bad withdrawals are? Or, do you have any remedy to help with withdrawal that we have not listed already on HEROin Me?

    One thing that does really work (I wish I had known at the time) is Lopermide, I think it is called. It is marketed as anti-diahreas, but all opiates are basically constipating and anti-D. This medicine is OTC and was first created to be a pain medication. No joke. If you take the right amount you will chase all your withdrawals away. But, seek a Doctor who know about Loperamide or a Pharmacist on how much dose to take. it does require a large dose to work right, but not too much obviously.

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  3. MattyBx,

    Man this is an outstanding article! You put me in the shoes of the addict and made me feel his pain and struggle. I applaud your desire to help and I support your basis on faith in God. I pray that you will continue to offer the information to aid the victims of drug addiction. As you said, you need to have more traffic and circulation in order to help others. I am going to post this on my facebook page hoping it will reach at least one who has need of your consolation. Great job and God continue to bless you.

    1. Thank you Sir. I really appreciate the support. Yes, any tips on getting more traffic I welcome. I have followed the WA advice as much as possible. I guess it takes time. Addiction cannot be beat without God and Faith. Its that strong…the devil uses addiction to control and deceive us and I am so grateful its ‘under my feet’ now. Thanks again!

  4. I have relatives who were once drug addicts, and they sure found it hard to deal with recovery. Two of my uncles went to rehabilitation centres, only to fall back into drugs, not too long after release.

    You did a great job educating people on opioid withdrawal symptoms. People struggling from it will now be better prepared to face the debilitating effects. I also agree with you that family members must give these people their fullest support.

    Great article!

    1. Thanks for your help. Yes, both my uncles were heroin addicts and only one is doing well. I do believe its genetic, but not for everyone of course. Thanks for checking it out, I would like to reach as many people as possible, so I am hoping to use what I learned from WA to get higher ranked. A website is worthless if you have no traffic. I cant help people without traffic

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