What is the Heroin Withdrawal Timeline

heroin withdrawal

Heroin is an opioid that is highly addictive.

As people continue to use the drug, they develop a tolerance and need to take more to feel the same euphoric effects. Unfortunately, because people develop a dependence on this drug, heroin also has withdrawal symptoms. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Chicago, we work with people addicted to heroin and are familiar with the recovery process. Our guide to heroin withdrawal will provide you with a better understanding of the heroin withdrawal timeline and symptoms.

How long does heroin withdrawal last?

The length of heroin withdrawal varies for each person but typically symptoms are most intense for about seven to ten days. After this time, the physical symptoms usually become much more manageable or stop altogether. This timeline will change depending on how severely the person is addicted to the drug, if the person suffers from other addictions in conjunction with heroin, and the person’s overall health. The mental effects of heroin abuse such as depression or drug cravings can last much longer and should be attended to at our treatment centers in Illinois in order to make a full recovery.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Although the heroin withdrawal timeline is short, the symptoms during this time can be severe, so it is important that you go through a proper detox. Some of the most common signs of heroin withdrawal include:

  • Restlessness and sleep problems
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Chills
  • Intense heroin cravings [1]

While the physical symptoms are over after seven to ten days, drug cravings and psychological issues do not go away so easily. After your body is off of heroin, our PHP treatment will provide patients with a structured treatment program to guide you on the path to long-term recovery from your addiction while still providing you with the freedom to go home at night. As part of our heroin treatment, our dual diagnosis treatment can help you combat lingering mental health disorders, such as depression, and our family and couples therapy can help you repair broken relationships.

If you want to move beyond your heroin addiction or you have a loved one struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, do not hesitate to get help.

At Banyan Chicago, we provide various therapies and levels of care to help our patients on the road to a better, sober life. Contact us at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs in Naperville.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Drug Facts- Heroin

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.