Each individual who stops heroin use will experience withdrawal differently. However, for reference, here is a general timeline of what one might expect:
Days 1-2: Withdrawal symptoms appear as soon as 6 hours after heroin leaves the body. These can include muscle aches, anxiety, and insomnia.
Days 3-5: Symptoms become much more intense and can include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping
Days 6-7: While acute symptoms generally taper off, signs of fatigue and exhaustion will still be present
Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS): These symptoms can continue to appear months after acute withdrawal is complete and can last up to 18-24 months and include anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
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