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Heroin is perhaps the hardest drug to come clean from. Heroin is a potent opiate which traps victims in its powerful grip. Heroin addiction has been known to wipe out entire communities throughout the world from Glasgow to Karachi. The personal tragedies behind its use reach far and wide.

The dangers posed by heroin addiction

Long term heroin use can lead to all manner of medical ailments. This includes infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDs and Hepatitis C, abscesses, lung complications, vein collapse and kidney disease. Heroin found on the ‘street’ is known to be cut with various other substances including poisons such as strychnine. As the user continues to use heroin in ever greater quantities a tolerance to the drug is built up. The user’s body becomes accustomed to the drug’s presence in the blood and powerful withdraw symptoms develop often only several hours after the drug was last consumed.

Help is at hand

However with the right rehabilitation programme recovery is not an impossible goal even for long term heroin addicts. The heroin rehabilitation programme we offer at our centres tackles the associated psychological and physical aspects of heroin addiction. This twin approach is vital for long term heroin addiction recovery.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin detoxification linger for around fifteen days. This can be compared less favourably to alcohol withdrawal symptoms which typically last for around six days. Around the ninth day of detoxification withdrawal symptoms typically begin to decline. A ‘rapid detox programme’ is not advisable given the prolonged nature of heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin detoxification may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Sleep pattern disruption
  • Increased heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Drug craving
  • Goose bumps (hence the name ‘cold turkey’)
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Intense kicking actions hence the name ‘kicking the habit’
  • Anxiety

Heroin detoxification

When you attend our heroin residential rehabilitation programme you will be subject to 24 hour a day medical observation for the duration of detoxification. This is because patients’ health is deemed most at risk during this period. Prescription drugs such as Buprenorphine and Naloxone may be offered to fight off painful withdrawal symptoms until ‘stabilisation’ is achieved. Our medical staff may decide to gradually stage your withdrawal from heroin and Methadone may be offered in extreme cases. This is known as ‘tapering’.

What happens after detoxification

Once the process of detoxification is concluded you will take part in a number of therapy sessions. This will include forms of psychotherapy known as group therapy and individual therapy. During this time the psychological component of your addiction will be addressed. Old negative beliefs surrounding your addiction will be replaced with positive coping strategies which are essential for long term recovery. Once your programme draws to a conclusion a tailored relapse prevention plan will be drawn up. We encourage you to work within your community upon your return home. This could include attending Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery sessions which take place in your home town or city.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction

If you are ready to enter residential treatment for your heroin addiction then give Rehab 4 Addiction a call today. Heroin addiction treatment could save your life and the cost of the treatment is usually miniscule in comparison to the cost associated with the continuation of addiction. Call today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.