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Addictions

Heroin



Heroin can go by the name of junk, H, smack, horse, skag or dope. Regular use can lead to addiction within two to three weeks. Signs of addiction include strong cravings, taking more than intended and continuing to use the drug in spite of the problems it may cause.
 
Heroin withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms can begin as soon as 12 hours after the last dose. They usually peak within one to three days and subside after seven, though they can continue for up to several months for some people. Some of the most common symptoms include anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, upset stomach and restlessness.
 
If the evaluation determines that you are safe to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in our observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, AA sessions and more. A counsellor will be available to discuss your longer-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.
 
For more information about heroin, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.