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 very difficult, maybe not as difficult as Chinese Trigonometry, but it is difficult. But what is so ironic is that people use heroin even though they know that using heroin is addictive and its repeated use will eventually lead to withdrawal symptoms that are typically painful and long-lasting. Consequently, a heroin addict in the throes of heroin withdrawal syndrome, may think they are going to die, but in truth, they’re much more likely to die from using heroin.

Can you die from heroin withdrawal?

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 a fairly safe procedure. On the other hand, heroin withdrawal symptoms may complicate an existing medical condition, such as dysentery or norovirus.

Heroin Withdrawal Deaths

We know that immediately after heroin withdrawal symptoms disappear, the addict’s tolerance to heroin will drop off significantly. Therefore, the major health hazard related to heroin withdrawal, is the risk of heroin overdose. This is a type of opioid poisoning that results in respiratory depression and/or failure.

Relapse Fatality

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.

How can heroin kill you

If a person administers too much heroin, their 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 or death.