Opioid Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawals

Heroin and Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

People of all ages should be aware of heroin and opioid withdrawals.  Knowing exactly what these withdrawals involve, may be the ticket to keeping kids OFF of drugs.  It is suggested that if we can educate our young kids and even adults about what its like to go through opioid withdrawals should they become addicted….it might just be enough to keep them saying “NO WAY” to these drugs.  See the symptoms below and refer your young kids to this page to have them learn.  Read stories from real opiate and heroin users who have gone through withdrawals.  It is NOT a pretty picture.

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Opiate withdrawalsSymptoms

Mild withdrawal symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Tearing
  • Runny nose
  • Sweats
  • Chills
  • Yawning a lot
  • Muscle and bone aches

Moderate withdrawal symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Goose bumps
  • Fatigue

Severe withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impaired respiration
  • Difficulty feeling pleasure
  • Drug cravings

Speaking from experience, opiate withdrawals are living ‘death’.  I have been through hardcore withdrawals many times.  When I was addicted to Fentanyl, my prescription would run out early every month because I was taking more than what my doctor prescribed.  I had to take twice the amount just to get the same pain relief since my tolerance had increased over the prior 7 years.

Its is difficult to even remember what the withdrawals were like since they were so terrible.  It makes me cringe just thinking about it.  I am so glad to be off opiates and never have to go through withdrawals again  (because I don’t believe I could live through them).

“Withdrawals feel like the flu, but 10 times worse”  This is what a nurse once told me.  It has some truth to it, but obviously she has never gone through withdrawals.  They do mimic the flu, but I would say that opioid withdrawals are more like 30 times worse than the flu.  You have no appetite not even for liquids. This makes things worse as you get dehydrated.  Your stomach feels like a mud slide going through it at all times.   You have absolutely no energy.  Even thinking about walking from A to B is hard to deal with.  You curl up in the fetal position for days at a time.  You cannot sleep.  Your muscles begin to twitch if you try to remain still.  Your arms and legs feel like you have an electric pulse running through them that requires you to flex in order to stop that feeling.  This is what keeps you awake all night.  You feel depressed and in a state of despair at all times.  This can last for weeks or longer.  You have goosebumps and feel chills often.  Sometimes the reverse happens and you sweat with hot flashes.

Your body is simply craving a drug that it was using to live off of.  The drug was causing your brain to release dopamine, thus giving you the feeling of goodness all the time.  Somewhat like a body-buzz.  Therefore, when you stop taking the opiate drug you no longer have that dopamine or serotonin and your body is not use to producing these chemicals naturally so you go without.  This means you feel no pleasure ever.  This means you feel unhappy 24 hours a day.  You wish you would die to stop these withdrawal feelings.  Depending on how much and for how long you were on the opiate drugs depends on just how long and how severe the withdrawals last.  Withdrawals are so horrific from opiates, that users will do anything they can to prevent them…including relapsing.

Whereas, with crystal meth….there basically are NO withdrawals compared to heroin.   You might feel a little tired after stopping meth cold turkey.  Meth is highly addictive, but its also much easier to quite than heroin because of the lack of withdrawals.

Suboxone is one of the best withdrawal medications for opioids and I would highly recommend you get in touch with a doctor who prescribes this.  Click on this link to learn more.


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5 thoughts on “Opioid Withdrawal

  1. Thank you so much for giving me hope. I’m currently tapering off of Norco and have horrible withdrawal symptoms even with the tapering. I went to church and cried to Jesus today begging him to help each day get better.

    1. Hi Wendy, thank you for coming to our site http://www.Heroininme.com and reading our posts. We surely hope that our words and articles DO give people like you hope. Hey, I personally know exactly what you are going through. Horrible is not a strong enough word for opiate withdrawal. You and I both know how absolutely terrible withdrawal from any opioids or opiates are. It is like a living breathing death walk.
      However, here is a very big tip and advice for you if you are still in withdrawal. You should seek a doctors help, but I will tell you this anyway because it drastically helped me. Its called Loperamide which is basically your over the counter ANTI-DIARHEA medicine. It sounds crazy, I know. I thought that too. However, if you research this anti dia – Lopermide medicine it was ORIGINALLY designed and developed as a physical pain relief medication. For whatever reason it was scrapped as being a pain medication and turned into an anti dia. Well, we all know that opiates and opioids (Heroin and Pain Pills) all cause constipation anyway!

      So, if you take a bunch of Loperamide or anti dia pills, it will severely lessen your withdrawal. Its cheap and over the counter. But, problem is that each pill is very very tiny milligram of medicine like 2 grams. Therefore you have to take a lot of these pills for it to work. And, it takes about 1 day to kick in. I would recommend doing what I did and take a bunch in the evening before bed so it works over night. You will feel better in the morning. Keep taking each night until withdrawal is over.

      You will have to test the waters with how many aNTI DIA Loperamide pills to take. I dont know how many it will take for you to feel better. I actually take about 60 pills. Or sometimes 80 pills. It sounds like a lot, however remember that each pill is such a tiny small dose of medication that knowing this helps make sense why you need to take a handful of these pills. Its like a miracle after a couple days. They will not totally make you feel good, but they will take away the withdrawal feeling nearly 80% or 90% and I am not kidding! hang in there and let me know how it goes.

      I had become addicted to Fentanyl after taking it for 8 years. I was up on a super high dose every day and to come off of it was killer. terrible every bad word you can think of is how I felt. It got so bad I almost took my life just to end the withdrawal feelings. The stronger opiates or opioids you are on the worse the withdrawals are and longer they last obviously. Let me know how it goes. My
      personal email is mattbronowicz@gmail.com . If you ever want to write a post or tell your story here on my website blog….that is what I try to do. Share stories of others and help other people just like us! Kindly, Matt

  2. What a helpful site! Thanks for all the information that you provide. I have been through withdrawal and its no fun. But I have been clean for years now. Keep up the good work on creating awareness for peopple.

  3. Your site is very informing. I have never had a drug addiction in my life but I have had many close friends and family members that have suffered from drug addictions and withdraws. One of the things I know is that the hardest part of quoting a drug is the withdraw symptoms one may experience when trying to quit. It was quite interesting seeing the side effects associated with a drug addiction. I learned a lot from reading through your site.
    Thank you

    1. Its interesting that I am hearing so many people say that they know someone hurt by addiction. It seems to be an even bigger issue than I thought. Great you have not become a victim. They say about 30% who go on prescription pain pill drugs become addicted b/c of genetics. Thanks for your input and support. I hope to get a lot of traffic and reach a lot of people. Thanks again.

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