Rates of heroin abuse have increased in the UK in the past few years, as have deaths by heroin overdoses, and while there’s certainly a stigma around heroin abuse and addiction, people from all walks of life contact us for treatment. At the Rehab Clinics Group, we offer treatment for heroin addiction at our comfortable, cosy clinics across the UK and in Spain, allowing you to finally be free of this highly addictive drug.
Many people are now developing an addiction to heroin as a replacement for a prescription painkiller addiction. They may not be able to obtain their painkiller of choice anymore, so turn to heroin to ease their withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, heroin use can take a high toll on your physical and mental health, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Types of heroin
The most common type of heroin is in a white or brown powder form, and might be referred to as smack, junk or other street names. Sometimes it comes in the form of a sticky substance known as black tar. Either way, it’s made from the seed of poppy plants, and is either snorted, smoked, or injected.
In most cases, when you buy heroin from a drug dealer, it’s not a pure form of the drug. To maximise profit, most dealers cut the drug with other substances, which can be anything from talcum powder to dangerous substances such as fentanyl. When you smoke heroin or inject it into your body, you simply don’t know what you are consuming, and it may be weaker or stronger than you think. In addition to a heroin addiction, your body may also crave other substances.
Your body on heroin
When you use heroin, it creates intense feelings of pleasure and euphoria, which are extremely addictive, with a rush of dopamine hitting your brain. While this may feel good in the short term, in the long term you risk all sorts of unpleasant health issues, and there are high numbers of deaths every year from overdoses.
When you use heroin repeatedly, you trick your brain into thinking heroin is essential. Therefore, if you stop, you go through heroin withdrawal, which causes several unpleasant side effects, which is why addiction treatment is usually needed in order to help you get off the drug.
There are many signs and symptoms that someone is on heroin, and some things to look out for include:
- Avoiding contact or forgetting important responsibilities
- Becoming violent or agitated
- Lying, stealing or dishonest behaviour
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Mood swings
- Self-harming in order to obtain medication
- Flushed skin
- Vomiting or nausea
- Being uncoordinated or unable to focus
- Excess sleeping or insomnia
Over time, you may find you develop a health problem related to heroin use. This could be collapsed veins, liver or kidney disease, lung damage leading to pneumonia and other conditions, or infections. People who use heroin will often develop mental health problems such as depression, and may also find their relationships, finances and careers suffer due to their drug addiction. That’s why, when it comes to seeking drug treatment, we always recommend seeking help as soon as possible to avoid further impact to your life.
Heroin treatment with the Rehab Clinics Group
When you call the Rehab Clinics Group for treatment, we’ll help you find the right clinic in which to recover. We use treatments that been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure the best chance of success.
When you are overcoming a heroin addiction, the first step is to go through a detox. Many people with addictions worry about coming off heroin, as withdrawal can cause symptoms including anxiety and agitation, stomach problems, aches and pains, and a general flu-like feeling. That’s why, when we draw up a treatment plan, we offer options such as prescription medication that can help you overcome the worst symptoms. One big advantage of staying in a rehab clinic is that you enjoy 24/7 support too, so there’s always someone to talk to.
The length of your withdrawal will depend on many factors, such as how long you’ve been addicted to heroin and the amount you take. Your withdrawal symptoms may start in just a few hours, and often peak around 36 to 72 hours after your last dose. They typically end after 10 days, although for those with more serious addictions, there can sometimes be symptoms for a few weeks. At the Rehab Clinics Group, we use talking therapies, holistic treatments and support groups to help you through this difficult time.
In some cases, heroin withdrawal can be dangerous, and can even lead to death. That’s why it’s better to go through it in a controlled environment.
Help with heroin addiction
Because of rising rates of heroin use across the UK, it can be difficult to get help when you need it. There are few NHS resources, and these aren’t generally tailored to different needs. That’s why you might be seeking drug treatment from a private provider. At the Rehab Clinics Group, we are contacted by both people with addictions and their loved ones who need help and support with addictions, and after an initial consultation, we can advise on the best treatment options.
Overcoming an addiction to heroin isn’t easy, which is why we offer a range of treatments to help you through the process. We also offer excellent aftercare, which can help you stay away from drugs for life.
The Rehab Clinics Group can help you find the right treatment for heroin addiction, and help is just a phone call away. Pick up the phone and call us on 0800 470 0382 or text HELP to 83222 and we’ll get back to you.