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.

Heroin Detox Treatment

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 symptoms. Buprenorphine is most commonly prescribed for heroin detoxification as it reduces cravings and the physical symptoms of withdrawal, mainly muscle 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 them 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 for every eventuality, giving you confidence and knowledge of what you are going to experience.

We employ a range of psychologists and qualified addiction staff as well as a range of other professional therapists that are on hand to help you through your issues.

You will be allocated your own case worker, who will help you design your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and guide you every step of the way on your new journey to recovery.

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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.

Q) How long does heroin stay in your system?

A) Heroin can be found in your hair follicles up to 90 days after you first injected it.

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:

  • Nausea
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Joint aches
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation or Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety

After the first 24 hours you may also experience:

  • Diarrhoea or stomach cramps
  • Goosebumps
  • Blurry vision or dilated pupils
  • Increased heartbeat
  • High blood pressure

Although these symptoms seem daunting, we will be here to support you throughout. All these symptoms will begin to improve after 72 hours.

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 is heroin. 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.

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At Ocean Recovery, we are extremely proud of our state-of-the-art facility. We provide residents with the most relaxing stay possible and they can enjoy our modern establishment.

Ocean Recovery Facilities include:

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FREE Transportation Included

Medically Assisted Detoxification

2 Executive, Sea View Double Ensuite Rooms

 8 Double or Single Ensuite Rooms

3 Single Rooms with Dedicated Separate Bathroom

Comfortable Communal Lounge with Piano & Sky TV

Beautiful Modern Dining Lounge

External Courtyard and Outside Seating Area

12 Months FREE Aftercare

Regular Contact with Loved Ones Encouraged

Large Multi-Purpose Group Activity Room with Superb Sea Views

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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 is in recovery 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. Get in touch today and start on your road to recovery right away!

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: March 24, 2023

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer at Ocean Recovery

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: June 28, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures