There is no getting around it, heroin withdrawal can be very difficult, maybe not as difficult as Chinese Trigonometry, but it is difficult.
Is Heroin Withdrawal Dangerous?
One of the more dangerous behaviors a heroin addict could partake in during heroin detox would be to consume a psychostimulant, such as cocaine or methamphetamine. The reason it’s so dangerous is because heroin withdrawal is caused by a hyperactive Central Nervous System. If you add stimulants into the mix, it’s likely to exacerbate the symptoms. Taking psychostimulants during heroin withdrawal raises the risk of producing Tonic-Clonic seizures, which can be life threatening.
Is Heroin Withdrawal Life-Threatening?
The question remains. Can you die from heroin withdrawal? The answer is simple. Everyone knows that heroin use is addicting, and its repeated use leads to withdrawal symptoms that may be uncomfortable, especially if it’s “Cold Turkey” heroin withdrawal. However, withdrawing from heroin is rarely, if ever, life threatening, especially if the individual in question is in good health. A heroin addict in the throes of heroin withdrawal syndrome, may believe they are going to die, but in truth, the addict is much more likely to be killed from using heroin. As a matter of fact, if heroin detoxification is properly conducted, it’s fairly safe. On the other hand, heroin withdrawal may complicate an existing medical condition, such as High Blood Pressure or dysentery.
Heroin Withdrawal Deaths
The major health hazard related to heroin withdrawal, is the risk of overdose. We know that immediately after heroin withdrawal symptoms disappear, the heroin addict’s tolerance level drops off significantly. A relapse soon after heroin detoxification is potentially life threatening, because the individual no longer knows what dose is safe. Even a tiny heroin overdose can kill you. If the person administers too much heroin, the brain may forget to tell the body to breath, which deprives the brain of oxygen and eventually kills brain cells. The possible consequences of which are brain damage, coma or death.