Heroin Addiction Rehab

photo: junky preparing heroin fix

Residential Heroin Rehab

Heroin is a well known Opiate drug derived from the seed head of the Asiatic Poppy plant. Every heroin rehab the world over is full of victims who have succumbed to its’ sedative charms. Opiates are known for inducing strong pain relief, sedation, and feelings of euphoria, but at higher doses can lead to coma and ultimately, death. Street names for the drug include: Smack, Skag, Junk, H, White, Brown, Black, and Dope.

Addiction to Heroin is particularly problematic. There are many health risks involved from using, but also because it is extremely physically and emotionally addictive.  Tolerance develops quickly in the user. Once physical dependence upon the drug has set in, addiction becomes all-consuming, and the user’s entire life focus revolves around acquiring and using the drug. It is  also a well known pain killer, able to dull emotional as well as physical pain.

Quitting Heroin can be one of the toughest and most dangerous addictions to conquer. It has the potential for some of the worst withdrawal symptoms imaginable. It can also be life threatening. Choosing the right heroin rehab programme and detoxing safely is an extremely important decision to make.

We Understand Heroin Addiction

Gladstones’ heroin rehab programme tackles heroin addiction very seriously. Among the many Substance Addictions we regularly encounter, heroin and other opiates rank very high up on the list of most dangerous substances for a number of reasons.  Opiates have a tendency to dramatically alter a user and their family’s lives for the worse, and sudden, unsupervised withdrawal by heavy users can sometimes be fatal.

Heroin is both highly addictive, relatively expensive to purchase, and quickly builds a tolerance in the user, creating a dangerous mix of addiction-related impulses that often add up to a major and costly dependency problem. The consequences and costs of addiction often extend far and wide, touching many lives.

Lifestyle priorities usually change, and relationships, family, work and other social activities previously enjoyed by the addict start to take second or third place to the drug itself. The user begins to focus only on satisfying an insatiable craving for more opiate induced euphoria and false reward, or simply to numb physical and emotional pain. Tolerance levels elevate quickly and more of the drug is required to get high. It might not even be unusual for an addict to steal from family members or lie to them in order acquire money from them. This is often to simply buy more drugs, something neither they nor their family would have ever believed possible before they became an addict.

It’s usually at this low point that clients enter our private heroin rehab programme at Gladstones Clinic. Feel free to contact us in private to discuss how we might be able to help you or a loved one kick their heroin addiction.

Symptoms of Heroin Dependency & Abuse

Psychological symptoms of Heroin dependency usually include: lack of motivation, mental fatigue, sudden social introversion, lack of hygiene and self discipline, loss of mental focus, cessation of old friendships and relationships, disorientation, and a lack of interest in the user’s own future plans and prospects.

If you have noticed the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, consider speaking to a professional about getting help. Our caring and dedicated team provide private heroin rehab in a discreet, residential setting.

Health Risks of Long-Term Heroin Dependency

Long-term abuse of Heroin can lead to a host of physical (neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory) consequences, including; injection track wounds, nausea, abscesses, intestinal cramps, heart infection, collapsed veins, bacterial infections, malnutrition, skin infections, pneumonia and even arthritis.

Street Heroin has usually been mixed and cut with additional toxic additives that easily clog blood vessels and damage vital organs like the lungs, kidneys, brain and liver. It would also be unwise to ignore the patterns of risky behaviors which accompany Heroin dependency, ranging from sharing used drug paraphernalia, to engaging in unsafe sex. In this regard, there is also an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B and C.

Opiates & Heroin Detox & Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal and detox from hard drugs like Heroin is rarely an enjoyable experience. There are a many physical, psychological and even emotional hurdles that must be crossed before the addict’s drug cravings recede. If the process was just a walk in the park, private heroin rehab clinics like Gladstones would not be so necessary. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can begin within hours of the last dose, peak within two to three days, and begin to wind down after about a week or so.

It is normal to expect acute levels of insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, paranoia, irritability, depression, repetitive and compulsive behaviors, and in extreme cases, tremors, agitated delirium, psychosis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations and Formication – the obsessive feeling of insects crawling under the skin.

While tackling withdrawal symptoms, it is often the case for most addicts to reach a “Great Wall of Craving” and a burning desire to use and retreat back into the comfort of their addictions rather than face the pain of giving up for good. This pattern of rejection is particularly deadly when the addict is left on their own to manage their heroin detox and withdrawal without guidance and support. This is why a medically supervised private residential drug detox increases both the likely hood of successful detox, and also ensures the physical safety of the client. The client’s efforts and determination are supported by 24/7 experienced and caring support staff who have years of experience helping others in exactly the same situation.

As part of Gladstone’s Residential Heroin Detox model we are able to administer a very short course of prescribed medication that will help the body through the re-adjustment phase, gently riding it of toxins. This will make the drug detox as comfortable and as safe as it is possible to be, helping the client to reach the next phase of rehabilitation. Once the client is entirely clean, Primary Residential Treatment addresses the root cause of addiction and teaches the strategies for lasting recovery.

Additional Resources

Drugabuse.gov  NHS.co.uk

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