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What will happen if I quit heroin cold turkey?

Many people get inspired to quit their heroin addiction after an arrest and drug charges. Indeed, it's the best thing any accused person can do to improve his or her life situation. Detoxing from heroin isn't going to be easy, but it's not impossible.

One of the biggest drawbacks of quitting heroin is the experience of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are so severe that they send many people running back to the drug, causing them to fall back into the addictive cycle.

These symptoms are especially severe when someone tries to quit heroin cold turkey (without stepping down their dose). In fact, quitting heroin all at once, rather than slowly and gradually, can cause more harm than good.

The most dangerous symptoms of sudden heroin withdrawal can include convulsions, hallucinations and seizures. People with chemical dependencies could also find themselves relapsing. In some cases,they try taking the same amount of the drug as they did before and find it is now so strong that it causes a deadly overdose.

It's best to undergo detox with supervision from a medical professional. This will help to limit the damaging physical effects and the risk of relapse. Patients will taper themselves off the drug slowly and safely rather than shocking their system with a sudden cessation of use.

Here are the short-term symptoms of controlled heroin withdrawal:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle aches and spasms
  • Aggression
  • A runny nose
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive secretion of tears
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Uncontrollable yawning

If you've been accused of heroin-related crimes and you're addicted to the drug, consider the options for your criminal defense carefully.

In some cases, you may be able to get help through the criminal justice system to quit your addiction once and for all. Ultimately, the risks of the above symptoms should be enough to encourage anyone to seek professional medical assistance.

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