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Heroin Detox

Are you after a suitable programme to overcome heroin addiction? if so, you are certainly on the right path. Undertaking a heroin detox is a vital step to recovery and at Addiction Advocates, we are here to help. We want to believe no one wants to live a life controlled by such a drug willingly. Yet, our help can only be practical when the patient involved reaches out for help. Enquire Now
Heroin Detox
Updated on 01/04/2022
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Healing and quick recovery is a personal choice we hope you will make by accepting to join a suitable Heroin treatment plan. Our team will happily take on the job of finding treatment facilities with beneficial recovery programmes for all individuals who want to make that bold and vital step.

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Are you suffering from Heroin Addiction and need help? Addiction Advocates are leading UK based experts in Drug Addiction and Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today.

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Dealing with Heroin Addiction

No doubt, many people are indirectly introduced to opioids through over the counter or prescription drugs. These drugs are targeted at serving pain-relieving purposes and are present in drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. 

For many others, it was a case of ‘I’ll just try this once’. This is the common statement made before being sucked into a life of unhealthy addiction. Even minimal doses of heroin or other opiate drugs can kick start a life-threatening journey of drug addiction.

At the start, you may have felt a euphoric rush and a sense of pleasure; this is what usually gets you stuck on the drug in the first place. Once it becomes a routine, opiate drugs like heroin rapidly change the way the brain functions, causing alarming cravings, irrational thinking, and withdrawal symptoms.  

Heroin, no doubt, is a fatal drug that records high abuse rates. Individuals who abuse heroin may suffer from side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Liver and kidney diseases
  • Abscesses
  • Gastrointestinal cramping
  • And worse, fatal overdose.

Worse yet, withdrawing from heroin can be extremely hard and almost impossible for some. This is why it’s vital to seek professional help in a reliable rehabilitation centre.  

That’s when our team at Addiction Advocates comes in. Using our expertise and experience with various cases, we recommend suitable heroin rehabs with treatment plans that are beneficial to every case we receive.  

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin addiction treatment is available via inpatient and outpatient rehabs. However, due to the benefits associated, at Addiction Advocates, we typically refer those in need of treatment to inpatient rehabs.

Combining industry-leading treatments such as detoxification, rehabilitation, relapse prevention and aftercare, inpatient rehabs focus on restoring brain and body health. Though treatments must be integrated, they each play a vital role in heroin addiction recovery.

Completed upon entering rehab, detoxification kick-starts the recovery process by initiating the withdrawal process. This ensures that the body can recover from the physical side effects of heroin use.

In contrast, rehabilitation sees those in rehab encounter psychological and well-being therapies. These treatments address the underlying cause of heroin addiction and ensure that coping strategies can be developed to reduce the risk of relapse.

What to Expect in Heroin Detox Treatment

It is best to approach the entire healing process with knowledge of all the facts and realistic expectations from the healing process.

Heroin has high addictive values, and it takes self-determination and care from family, support groups, and medical professionals to successfully pull through.  

First, you’ll go through a thorough assessment and some necessary tests; this is important when determining how severe the addiction is.

For mild cases of addiction, you may not require a detox programme. However, it’s the opposite for severe cases, and a suitable detox programme will be recommended to help curb severe addictions to heroin.  

If you’re an individual who heavily abuses heroin and has experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, you will most likely go through this medical detox. The heroin detox process is usually gradual yet thorough and largely depends on the programme and diagnosis.  

Will I Experience Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms?

Heroin withdrawal is usually experienced by individuals trying to stop their intake or who have not had access to the substance for various reasons. Such withdrawal symptoms prompt side effects ranging from:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Muscle aches
  • Cravings and more.  

Withdrawing from heroin at home is possible but a lot riskier than you think. In patients have support from medical professionals in case any of the symptoms become unbearable. There’s also a safe and comfortable environment with trained medical personnel who know exactly what to do in case of any complications.  

Additionally, pharmacological and psychological interventions will be tendered to patients with severe symptoms for optimal comfort and safety throughout the treatment. Therefore, we advise patients who are about to proceed with medical detoxification in residential rehabs; this way, they have access to medical supervision, monitoring, and care 24/7.  

Post-Detoxification Treatment

Detoxification and Rehabilitation Help Many Overcome Painkiller AddictionsThe treatment for heroin addiction doesn’t end with the detoxification process, which is just the first stage. The entire treatment usually lasts for 14-16 days on average; once this stage is completed, the main rehabilitation process begins. 

Highly trained psychologists, physiotherapists, and psychotherapists lead patients through an emotional and psychological healing process during this time. This includes tackling the root cause for addiction; skipping this stage may put you at the risk of a relapse.  

Other relapse prevention treatments offered include intense therapy, psychodynamic therapy, group therapy, family therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, hypnotherapy and more.  

What Rehab Services Am I entitled To?

What Are The Main Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?Heroin is generally known to relieve pain, but it provides a peaceful, feel-good drowsy feeling when taken in excess. This powerful drug can equally offer a short-term reprieve from stress, anxiety, or depression.

These are the reasons many find it hard to stop taking the substance, especially when they are in severe pain. Luckily, rehab centres provide different treatment options to people willing to recover, including in-patient treatment and out-patient treatment.  

In-patient recovery programmes require that you are admitted into a residential rehab centre. We have contacts of various private residential rehabs that offer exceptional in-patient services, with a clean, positive environment to make the transition easier.

These residential heroin rehabs also provide 24-hour care and monitoring, especially during the withdrawal process. All personnel is well-trained and experienced care providers; whose mission is to nurse you back to good health.  

Out-Patient clinics are usually treatment centres close to your home residence, which work around personal schedules, yet still ensure proper care, detox plans as well as therapy and counselling sessions. We do offer advisory services on what plans to choose and which treatment centres to consider. Your final choice should be dependent on the nature of addiction, personal preferences, and individual needs.   

Have a Family Member Battling With a Heroin Addiction?

It’s hard to sit by and watch a loved one look like a shadow of themselves; it’s even harder watching them throw away a good life and using all their resources to sponsor their addiction to heroin. At Addiction Advocates, we can help organise intervention meetings while finding suitable treatment structures beneficial to their case.  

We understand it won’t be easy to convince or educate a family member addicted to heroin on the causes, effects, and treatments of substance abuse. Still, it is a worthwhile try at getting loved ones back to a positive, happy, and drug abuse-free life.  

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Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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