The phrase 'kicking the habit' arose from restless leg syndrome and opiate withdrawals. One can experience heroin withdrawals when trying to quit after only 3 days of using opiates. A sudden discontinue of using opiates can cause unbearable withdrawals.
The phrase 'kicking the habit' came from leg spasms caused by restless leg syndrome and opiate withdrawals.
Opiate addiction is so powerful that it can even transfer to in-womb infants if the mother is using. Safe and responsible detoxification of heroin under anesthesia decreases the risk of withdrawal symptoms, and is the recommended treatment in order.