Most opiate detoxes involve people coming off heroin on their own.
Detoxing on illicit heroin may mean that:
- you don’t have to see a doctor;
- you don’t have to go to a drug service;
- you don’t have to go into hospital;
- controlling a reducing dose can be very difficult if not impossible
(especially if you’re finding your heroin habit hard to manage);
- you will have to see other opiate users to score;
- if you have a stock it can be very difficult to make it last;
- variations in purity may mean you can’t be sure what dose you are taking; and
- you can still get busted.
If you are planning to come straight off heroin without taking anything else, things that might help are:
- cutting down as much as you can in the run-up to your detox;
- switching to smoking it, if you are an injector;
- expecting to feel bad, and not sleep well, for at least a fortnight
and possibly much longer;
- picking a time and place when you will use heroin for the last time; and
- remembering that once you’ve gone 24 hours without any opiate you will be prolonging the physical withdrawals if you use again.