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Heroin Addiction Rehab Treatment

Written By Brian Davis
Reviewed By Tiffany Green
Medically Reviewed By Dr David Barker
Updated January 12, 2023

Heroin addiction treatment is a formidable challenge, and breaking free from herion addiction is often a hard-won victory. It’s well known for both its addictive and destructive properties and is widely considered to be a very serious addiction. Despite a decrease in its usage in the UK since its peak in the 1990s and early 2000s, heroin remains one of the world’s most addictive substances, entrapping many in its grip. Make no mistake; without treatment, continued heroin abuse can be catastrophic to one’s health and happiness.

Gladstones Clinic offers specialised heroin addiction rehab treatments in a safe and comfortable residential setting away from the temptations and stresses of daily life. Our approach to heroin addiction rehab incorporates holistic, integrative, and non-12-step treatments that are time-tested and evidence-based to break both the physical and psychological addiction to heroin. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with heroin addiction, read on to find out how our clinic can help you break free from heroin dependency. By choosing Gladstones as your heroin addiction treatment partner, you’re not just breaking free from addiction but taking a step towards reclaiming your happiness and passion for life. 

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Why do people abuse heroin?

Heroin abuse, much like the abuse of other hard drugs, is often driven by a combination of psychological and physiological factors. Initially, individuals might experiment with heroin out of curiosity or peer pressure, only to discover that it induces euphoric effects of warmth, relaxation, and detachment from physical and emotional discomfort, unlike anything they’ve tried before. 

However, due to heroin’s incredibly powerful addictive properties, the user might develop a physical dependency faster than expected. This means that they’re likely to experience painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms after only one or two uses, leading to further abuse, not only as a way to experience euphoria but also as a means to stave off the withdrawal symptoms. 

Studies have shown that those suffering from a history of trauma, chronic pain, psychological disorders, living in a social environment where drug abuse is common, and progression from prescription opioid misuse all contribute to higher rates of heroin abuse. 

When to seek help for heroin abuse

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid that is strongly associated with a wide range of negative health effects, poor and diminishing mental health, and a score of co-morbidities. Early recognition of heroin abuse, or even the potential for abuse, and seeking immediate help is critical. Heroin addiction treatment has a greater chance of long-term success when entered into early. 

If any of these statements apply to you, seeking help from a substance addiction specialist could very likely prove to be lifesaving.

What happens in heroin addiction therapy?

Gladstones Clinic’s heroin addiction treatment employs well-established and time-proven methods that focus on overcoming the body’s physical dependency on heroin while also tackling the deeper roots of addiction. This strategy has been instrumental in assisting countless individuals in permanently overcoming heroin addiction, significantly enhancing their quality of life.

1. Addiction Assessment & Consultation

Gladstones Clinic believes in individualised treatment and therapy tailored to each patient. To facilitate this, we conduct an in-depth assessment of your addiction, overall health, and psychological well-being. We also aim to identify and diagnose any co-existing mental health problems that might contribute to your struggles with addiction. Understanding your usage patterns is critical to planning a safe and as comfortable as possible detox, especially with opioids like heroin which typically from strong physical dependencies.

2. Detoxification (Detox)

Removing all traces of heroin and its metabolites from your system is the first therapeutic step in breaking free from heroin addiction. Unfortunately, detoxifying from substances that form intense physical dependencies is notoriously difficult and uncomfortable. Symptoms can vary widely in intensity and duration, typically lasting 8 to 14 days, though this varies from person to person. During detox, your physical and emotional health will be closely monitored by our addiction team, who may prescribe medications to ease the pain and discomfort of heroin detox if needed.

3. Primary Care

Primary care in heroin addiction treatment involves a number of holistic and integrated therapies designed to help you both understand the root causes and driving forces of addiction and develop strategies for dealing with triggers and cravings after returning home. Primary care at Gladstones is not standardised; it is personalised to each patient’s individual needs and requirements. While it typically includes a combination of recognised psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT, and group therapy, your treatment schedule with us will also feature holistic therapies designed to promote whole healing and family therapy to restore broken familial bonds if necessary.

4. Secondary Care, Tertiary Care, and Aftercare

A complete and long-term recovery from heroin or other opioid addiction typically takes months, sometimes years. When you choose Gladstones, you’re choosing a recovery partner that will be with you every step of the way, no matter how long it takes. We offer a range of secondary, tertiary, and aftercare programmes to help our patients reintegrate into a community with confidence and purpose. 

Get professional help in dealing with heroin addiction

Heroin addiction can very quickly spiral out of control and lead to devastating long-term effects.

Contact Gladstones Clinic for an obligation-free discussion of our clinic, treatments, and options available to you.

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