Here at Ocean Recovery Centre, we provide a specialist Heroin detoxification programme as part of our residential rehab programme. Our expert team have helped hundreds of clients over the years withdraw from heroin without having any health problems.
Heroin detox is an essential part of the heroin addiction treatment programme and as with other depressants, it is very important to perform a full drug detox. Because of the severe effects of withdrawal, is essential that the drug detox is carried out in a controlled environment surrounded by experienced professionals. So, we strongly recommend not attempting at-home detoxification.
In some cases, clients will be put on replacement therapy, where a substitute drug is prescribed, such as methadone or buprenorphine. This enables the client to gradually reduce how much of the drug is being taken over a time prescribed by one of our Doctors. Methadone is used for heroin detoxification and is a slow-acting, low-dosage prescription opiate which can prevent some withdrawal symptom. Buprenorphine is most commonly prescribed for heroin detoxification as it reduces cravings and the physical symptoms of withdrawal, mainly the muscles aches and vomiting.
Our opiate and heroin detox treatment programmes are primarily designed to help clients develop new ways of controlling their drug use or achieve total abstinence from it and help you stay that way.
Choosing our treatment programme will inevitably mean you will need an initial drug detoxification programme. This aims to eradicate the drugs from your body with the support of a clinical prescribing regime and to help you safely detox from opiates and cope with the withdrawal effects that can be experienced while detoxing.
As part of the heroin detox, you will be assessed and prescribed the necessary medication by our Doctor and then placed under close observation for the first 24-72 hours whilst you commence your detoxification treatment. This will enable our team to closely observe how you respond to this treatment and ensure you remain comfortable and safe throughout the process.
If you are very dependent on more than one drug or combine your drug use with alcohol, it is likely that you may be at risk of serious withdrawal and our team of dedicated staff will monitor you closely for any signs of serious physical illnesses associated with withdrawal over a longer period of time.
Before you begin heroin detoxification our doctor will prepare you for all possible withdrawal symptoms you may experience. We do not do this to scare you but rather to prepare you very every eventuality, giving you confidence and knowledge of what you are going to experience.
We employ a range of psychologists and qualified addiction staff and a range of other professional therapists that are on hand to help you through these issues. You will be allocated your own worker, who will help you design your Recovery Action Plan (RAP) and guide you every step of the way on your new journey to recovery.
How Long Does A Heroin Detox Take?
The duration of drug addiction rehabilitation varies and is typically dictated by the severity and complexity of your addiction. To achieve a safe and comfortable heroin detox and to begin to prepare yourself for the next steps, we would recommend a minimum of 28 days for an effective opiate withdrawal programme.
Although avoiding heroin withdrawal symptoms is almost impossible, our highly-qualified team will ensure the withdrawal process happens as safely as possible in a medically supervised environment.
However, once your initial detoxification is underway, you will be able to actively join in and really benefit from our therapeutic rehabilitation service. This will help you work through and address the range of issues that are associated with your drug use. This is proven to increase your chances of a full recovery from heroin addiction and help you sustain that recovery once you leave our care.
What Are the Common Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms?
As with any highly addictive drug, heroin withdrawal can have some common side-effects and is often described as feeling like the ‘super-flu’. Here are some of the more common heroin withdrawal symptoms you may experience during the first 24 hours of detoxification:
- Excessive Sweating
- Joint aches
- Agitation or Restlessness
After the first 24 hours you may also experience:
- Diarrhoea or stomach cramps
- Blurry vision or dilated pupils
- Increased heartbeat
- High blood pressure
Although these symptoms seem daunting, we will be here to support you throughout. And all these symptoms will begin to improve after 72hours.
Withdrawal will also be varied depending on how long someone has been taking heroin. How much heroin they have taken each time. How frequently someone has taken heroin. The method they have been taking heroin. And if they have any underlying health issues that may interfere with withdrawal. Again, you will be supervised the entire time and all these factors will be taken into account when we design your detoxification plan.
Contact Our Heroin Detox Clinic Today
If you’re worried that you have any of these symptoms of Heroin/Opiate dependence, contact us now and see how we may be able to help – or even if you suspect a friend or family member may be abusing heroin? Check our signs of heroin use guide.
When you contact Ocean Recovery Centre, you can be sure that you are seeking help from addiction recovery experts. Each member of our admissions team are in recovery themselves and will totally understand how you are currently feeling. They will come up with the right treatment plan for you and will help you defeat heroin abuse once and for all.
Just don’t delay getting in touch as being addicted to heroin is usually life-threatening. Call us today on 01253 847 553 and start on your road to recovery right away!