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 abstaining from heroin, of course. But because your health and safety is important, you should never use a psychostimulant during the detoxification period. Psychostimulants include drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Using a psychostimulant during detox is particularly dangerous because heroin withdrawal is caused by a hyperactive Central Nervous System. Adding stimulants into the mix only exacerbates the symptoms of withdrawal. The potential hazard of psychostimulant administration while you’re withdrawing from heroin, is an increased risk of Tonic-Clonic seizures, which can kill you.

Is Heroin Withdrawal Life-Threatening?

There is no getting around it, heroin withdrawal can be difficult, maybe not as difficult as Chinese Trigonometry, but it’s hard. Ironically, most people know that using heroin will lead to addiction, and its repeated use will lead to withdrawal symptoms that are painful and long-lasting. What’s more, 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.

Heroin Withdrawal Complications

Heroin withdrawal symptoms may complicate an existing medical condition, such as dysentery or the flu. If you are detoxing from heroin, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as vomiting and/or diarrhea, it can easily complicate dysentary or the flu. What’s more…vomiting and then breathing in stomach contents into the lungs, which is called aspiration, can cause a major lung infection, which can also kill you.

Can you die from heroin withdrawal?

The major health hazard related to heroin withdrawal is heroin overdose. We know that immediately after heroin withdrawal symptoms disappear, the addict’s tolerance to heroin drops off significantly. So that men and women who have just gone through withdrawal can overdose on a much smaller dose than they are used to taking.

Heroin Deaths

Heroin overdose is a type of opioid 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. If a person administers too much heroin, the brain forgets to tell the lungs to breath, which deprives the brain of oxygen and eventually kills brain cells. The possible consequences of which are brain damage, coma and death.


Withdrawing from heroin is rarely, if ever, life threatening, especially if the individual in question is in good health. What’s more…if heroin detox is properly conducted, it’s typically a very safe procedure. However, heroin withdrawal does have the potential to kill you.