Menu Close

Mental Health Blog

Board-Certified Christian Mental Health Treatment

Honey Lake Clinic has the right people to help you start your journey to wholeness. We’re ready to help. 

Can You Withdraw from Heroin at Home?

Can You Withdraw from Heroin at Home?

Are you thinking about withdrawing from Heroin at home?  Stop!

There’s an old courtroom adage: The lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. The same could be said of an addict who decides to tackle his or her addiction on their own.

Where heroin is concerned, withdrawal can be an excruciating process. Having licensed medical and mental health professionals assist and oversee your detoxification can be the difference between success and failure.

You are reading this article because you’re wondering about at-home treatment or remedies for heroin addiction. It is important to realize withdrawal can be very dangerous without proper supervision. If you or someone you love has developed a heroin addiction, seek help immediately. Speak confidentially with a counselor right now. Make the call. (888) 837-6577.

Short-Term Effects of Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as a few hours after the last dose of heroin taken. The short-term effects of heroin withdrawal may range from mild to moderate to severe and are different for each person. Short-term physical and psychological symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include:

  • A runny nose
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive secretion of tears
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Uncontrollable yawning
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle aches and spasms

As most of the short-term effects of heroin withdrawal are physical, it is important that detox be medically supervised to keep you safe.

Heroin addiction can very well be described as a malady of the mind and body, however. Many withdrawal symptoms are psychological.

Psychological Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms may include:

  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty feeling pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness

Physical and psychological, the initial phases of withdrawal may be made easier with medications that help stabilize the body and mind.

Long-Term Effects of Withdrawal

After the initial symptoms subside, more intense and longer-lasting symptoms start to manifest. The length of time these symptoms persist varies from person to person, as everyone’s recovery journey is different. These mental and physical effects may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Paranoia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Drug cravings
  • Relapse

While this is the most difficult phase of withdrawal, symptoms subside over time as the body adjusts back to life without heroin.

Let Us Help You Find Treatment Options

If you’re ready to leave heroin addiction behind for good, let us help! Don’t let heroin addiction ruin (or take) your life. Our staff is standing by to answer any questions you might have about drug abuse, addiction, or treatment.

It’s important to recognize, abuse and addiction don’t happen in a vacuum. The path to recovery and wholeness involves getting to the root the problem. To get at underlying hurt and bring lasting healing takes a holistic—spirit, mind and body—approach to addiction diagnosis, management and treatment.

At Honey Lake Clinic, our experienced doctors and staff strongly believe that faith-based treatment, encompassing spiritual, physical and mental health, will help clients and their families bring spiritual power and clearer psychological understanding to their healing and recovery.

Let us help you regain control of your life. Renewal can start today with a simple phone call. Honey Lake Clinic (888) 837-6577 Email or Visit