Heroin can go by the street names of junk, H, smack, horse, skag or dope. Regular use can lead to addiction within two to three weeks. Signs of addiction include an irresistible urge to use, consuming more than intended and continuing to use the drug in spite of the problems it may cause.
Heroin withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms can begin as soon as 12 hours after the last dose. They usually peak within one to three days and subside after seven, though they can continue for up to several months for some people. Some of the most common symptoms include anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, upset stomach and restlessness.
If our evaluation determines that it is safe for you to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in the observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sessions and meetings with other groups. A counsellor will be available to discuss your long-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.
For more information, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website.