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Why Heroin Withdrawal Treatment at Home Alone is a Bad Idea

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Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Medical Review

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Are you considering ending your heroin addiction at home alone? Maybe you are embarrassed by your addiction or that it has gotten out of control? If this is stopping you from getting heroin withdrawal treatment at a treatment facility, then you should know that heroin withdrawal treatment at home alone is a very bad idea.


Heroin withdrawal is said to be one of the worst withdrawal periods of any of the legal and illegal drugs. According to the National Library of Medicine, the symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • yawning
  • sweating
  • muscle aches
  • joint pain
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramping
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • depression
  • irritability

This is not a complete list of what you may experience. Different people experience withdrawal in a different ways. The one thing most people have in common is that all the symptoms are extreme. Some describe it as having all of the symptoms at the same time. They say they cannot move, take care of themselves, or clean up after themselves.

Going through this process alone is difficult. In a detox or treatment facility, medical staff is there to take care of your needs and give you medication to treat the withdrawal and your symptoms. Counselors are available for you to talk to and help you through the psychological symptoms.


There are risks to going through withdrawal alone as well. The two biggest risks are relapse and overdose. Once you start experiencing withdrawal, the symptoms become very severe very quickly.

You know in your mind that all you need to do to make them stop is to start using heroin again. Without someone there to talk to about what you are trying to accomplish by stopping heroin, it is very likely that you will start using again.

Once you relapse, you have a higher chance of heroin overdose. According to the Department of Health, Washington, quitting heroin changes your tolerance which in turn often leads to overdose. Although a few overdoses do not result in death, many of them do. Heroin overdose is considered an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Your risk of overdose significantly decreases if you are in a comprehensive treatment program instead of attempting to do it alone.

Treatment Centers Offer More than Just Detox

A good treatment center is not just a place to detox, it is a place to recover. Most treatment centers offer:

  • comprehensive counseling
  • detox
  • alternative treatments
  • relaxed settings
  • supplemental medications
  • continuing care

Most heroin treatment facilities also offer combined treatment such as inpatient detoxification and outpatient counseling and supplemental services.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.