Can Heroin Withdrawal Kill You?


Is Heroin Withdrawal Dangerous?

There are not many rules about what “not” to do when you’re withdrawing from heroin, beyond not using heroin, of course. But because your health and safety is critically important, you should never use a psychostimulant during heroin detoxification.

Psychostimulants are drugs that affect the nervous system by stimulating it. They include drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Using one of these drugs during withdrawal is particularly dangerous because heroin withdrawal is the result of a hyperactive Central Nervous System. If you add stimulants into a hyper-active state, it will only serve to exacerbate your symptoms. The potential hazard of psychostimulant use during heroin detoxification, is an increased risk of Tonic-Clonic seizures, which may kill you.

Heroin Withdrawal Complications

One of the common risks of heroin withdrawal is the complication of an existing medical condition. It’s fairly common to vomit or have diarrhea while you’re detoxifying. These two withdrawal symptoms in particular, are well known for complicating an already existing illness, especially the flu. What’s more…if your vomitus gets into your lungs, which is called aspiration, it can cause a major lung infection, which may also kill you.

Is Heroin Withdrawal Life-Threatening?

Immediately after heroin withdrawal symptoms disappear, the addict’s tolerance to heroin drops off significantly. Such that men and women who have just gone through detox can overdose on a much smaller dose than they are used to taking.


Heroin overdose is a type of poisoning that results in respiratory depression and/or failure. A relapse soon after heroin detoxification is potentially life threatening, because the addict no longer knows, with any certainty, what dose is safe. Even a tiny heroin overdose can kill you.


In rare cases, serious complications and fatality have been reported following treatment for opioid overdose. Particularly in persons who are undernourished or have underlying electrolyte abnormalities. In these cases, naloxone was administered as emergency treatment for opioid overdose. The primary aftereffect was acute opioid withdrawal, which included increased heart rate and respiration, putting the patient into cardiac arrest.

Can you die from heroin withdrawal?

A heroin addict in the throes of heroin withdrawal, may think they are going to die, but in truth, they’re much more likely to die from using heroin. There is no getting around it, heroin withdrawal is difficult. Maybe not as difficult as Chinese Trigonometry, but it’s difficult. But we now know that withdrawing from heroin is rarely, if ever, life threatening, especially if the individual in question is in good health. Furthermore, if heroin withdrawal is done correctly, it’s typically very safe. On the other hand, heroin withdrawal does have the “potential” to kill you, especially if the individual in question is in poor health..