Heroin is one of the most difficult substances to quit when you have an addiction. A powerful opiate, heroin numbs pain and is known for producing strong chemical changes in the brain. This means it also has the power to mask any symptoms a user may be suffering from in terms of underlying health conditions.
Information of Heroin Addiction
As a person repeatedly uses more and more heroin, tolerance to it builds up. Increasing amounts of the drug need to be absorbed into the bloodstream for the drug to have an effect on the user, resulting in a drug addiction that can spiral out of control and cause physical harm to the body, psychological damage to the brain, emotional damage to a person’s relationships and home life, and financial damage as they potentially lose a job/income.
Signs of a heroin addiction include loss of menstrual cycle, repeated bruises and cuts on the arms and legs (from injecting), insomnia, paranoia, mood swings, aggression and weight loss. Heroin is an extremely dangerous drug, and persistent abuse can lead to death, HIV/AIDS (from needle use), dental decay and tooth loss and major psychological health problems.
Successfully Quitting Heroin Addiction at Cassiobury Court
At Cassiobury Court we are highly experienced at helping people to successfully quit their heroin addiction for good. We have a compassionate and understanding approach to rehab, as we understand how complicated the process of getting clean can be. We offer round-the-clock support for all our patients and their families with a unique heroin rehabilitation programme that focuses on both the physical and psychological symptoms of heroin abuse.
It is important to understand that any heroin detox will mean that the patient suffers withdrawal symptoms as the body craves the drug. These symptoms can last for up to a fortnight after the last dose of heroin. At Cassiobury Court, we can offer continuous monitoring and support at all times so that you feel as comfortable and supported as possible as you begin your journey to a life without heroin. To ease your symptoms, we may decide to give you prescribed medications for issues such as pain and an inability to sleep.
Our therapy sessions with patients are to the highest standard, with experienced psychotherapists and psychologists to guide them through the process. We also offer group speech therapy with other patients. When your treatment is completed, you will have a personal relapse prevention plan put in place to help you stay drug-free when you leave. We also encourage all inpatients to attend Narcotics Anonymous, and you will receive 12 months of free aftercare with us.
Why You Shouldn’t Detox on Your Own
It can be incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal if you suddenly stop taking heroin. Your body will crave heroin far more strongly if you go into a ‘cold turkey’ state, and you will be more likely to overdose as your body requires more and more heroin to get the desired hit. You should also consider dangerous side effects from simply cutting out heroin, such as dehydration and loss of consciousness. It is always safer to follow a professional and controlled detox programme such as that offered by Cassiobury Court, as this will enable you to wean your body off of the substance in a safe and more healthy manner. As part of your treatment, we may decide that medications such as buprenorphine or methadone are necessary to help you deal with the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. We will always ensure that you taking amounts that are healthy and necessary in your aim to successfully quit heroin.
How Long Does a Heroin Detox Take?
The answer to this question varies from person to person, but determination and a will to succeed will play a part. After your last shot of heroin, the drug will leave your system pretty quickly. You will then have to cope with withdrawal symptoms, which is the biggest challenge. These symptoms typically occur around six hours from your last heroin dose. They include the shakes, sweats, watery nose and eyes (like a cold), dry mouth, lethargy, insomnia, muscular cramps, headaches, feeling pain throughout the body and feeling very lightheaded. The urge for you to use heroin again will be very strong, but our team will help you through this difficult time with support and reassurance.
In addition, you may experience raised blood pressure, anger and irritability, loss of appetite and hallucinations. Again, this varies from person to person and will depend on how reliant you were on heroin previously and how much of the drug you would typically take in a day. During your time in rehab with us, these withdrawal symptoms will gradually ease – stay determined and you will successfully quit heroin.
About Cassiobury Court
If you are considering rehab treatment for yourself or a loved one as a result of a heroin addiction, we can help at Cassiobury Court. Time spent recovering in rehab should be a rewarding and calming experience. During your time with us, we will work together on a variety of treatments to successfully quit your heroin addiction, using our 12-step process to prevent relapse. Our luxurious property features tranquil gardens and a communal and dining area. The larger green space of Cassiobury Park is just a short walk away. During your treatment, you can take daily walks around the park accompanied by a friendly member of our team, and have friends and family visit, too.
At Cassiobury Court we have helped more than 3,000 people overcome drug and alcohol addictions, and can offer bespoke treatments to suit all budgets, with round-the-clock friends and family support. Call us today for more information on how you or someone you love can successfully quit heroin use with us.