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Heroin Rehab & Detox: Treatment, Therapy & Aftercare

If you are addicted to heroin or other opiates, by far the most effective way of getting clean is to attend a heroin rehab clinic. Here, you will receive a variety of treatments allowing you to detox and fully rehabilitate. At Rehab Recovery, we recommend heroin rehab clinics across the United Kingdom.

The vast majority of these heroin rehab clinics are residential. However, we also recommend treatment which mixes both residential and outpatient treatment for maximum effectiveness.

At the beginning of your heroin rehab programme, you will undertake a heroin detox. You will be given partial opiate agonists such as Subutex or dihydrocodeine. These drugs allow you to manage heroin withdrawal symptoms to a safe and comfortable level. You will also be given a number of other drugs such as lofexidine which are also known for easing the heroin withdrawal process.

The initial heroin detox is about helping you recover from your heroin addiction from a physical standpoint. However, heroin rehab clinics we recommend also provide emotional support and therapy. Your friends and family members will also be given an opportunity to assist in your recovery in the form of family therapy sessions.

Locating the most suitable heroin rehab clinic in the UK could never be this simple

Abstaining from heroin use is undoubtedly a challenging and even scary prospect for most heroin users. Using heroin has likely become part of your existence, and we are sure you have heard many horror stories about the detox process. In our experience, many of these stories are exaggerated. Furthermore, due to modern anti-withdrawal medications, coming off heroin at a heroin rehab clinic has never been so simple.

Inpatient or residential heroin rehab treatment

When you enquire about heroin rehab, you will quickly discover the difference between inpatient and outpatient heroin rehab treatment. At Rehab Recovery, we do not recommend you to undertake rehab on an outpatient basis. The best form of heroin rehab takes place in a residential rehab clinic. Why? Because residential rehab allows you to move away from your heroin using environment whilst you undergo essential rehab and detox treatment.

Outpatient heroin treatment does not include residential care. This means you will return to your home following the completion of daily sessions. Furthermore, the vast majority of outpatient treatment providers will advocate a harm reduction strategy, rather than abstinence. This means you could be offered a drug such as methadone to act as a heroin substitute. Methadone is itself highly addictive, and it is not unknown for individuals to end up mixing both methadone and heroin at the same time. For these reasons, we do not recommend harm reduction programmes.

Both residential and outpatient treatment will nevertheless hold many similarities. For instance, both will offer workshops, therapy and counselling sessions. Therapy sessions typically include group and individual therapy. Both forms of treatment will usually include access to psychiatric care and mental health services.

Many of our partner clinics offering heroin detox services will combine both outpatient and residential treatment. Initially, you will spend around four to six weeks in a residential treatment facility. You will then return home following the completion of your detox programme and your residential rehabilitation programme. Once you have returned home, you will return to the rehab clinic for weekly aftercare sessions. Aftercare is essentially outpatient in nature. This approach ensures you attain the benefits of residential rehab whilst also receiving all of the benefits offered by outpatient treatment.

Surprisingly, there are relatively few disadvantages when it comes to residential rehab for heroin addiction. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the amount of time you must commit in order to complete a residential heroin rehab programme. However, this time is considered well-spent, since residential treatment is most likely to result in long term abstinence.

Assessing whether heroin rehab is necessary

Below, we list a number of questions that should help you determine whether attending a heroin rehab clinic in necessary:

  • Are you simply unable to stop using heroin even though you wish to?
  • Is your heroin addiction significantly impacting your education, career or home life?
  • Are you running into financial trouble due to your heroin addiction?
  • Do you steal objects or money in order to bankroll your heroin addiction?
  • Do you feel progressively more isolated from friends and loved ones due to your heroin addiction?

If you answered yes to only two of the above questions, this may indicate that you will significantly benefit from attending a heroin rehab clinic. If you take no action, you can only guarantee your situation will continuously worsen. Going to a heroin rehab clinic is perhaps the most effective way of extinguishing your heroin addiction for good.

Is your tolerance for heroin building up?

Another sign you may require a heroin rehab is that you are requiring ever greater doses of heroin in order to experience the desired level of ‘high’. When your brain is exposed to heroin, it will be build up a tolerance to heroin. This means you require more and more heroin in order to meet your needs. Building up a tolerance to heroin is a positive sign that you are becoming physically dependant on heroin. In time, you may find that you are taking heroin merely to stop the onset of withdrawal symptoms.

How long does residential rehab last?

Whilst you may complete a heroin detox in as little as 14 days, we generally recommend you commit to at least 28 days. Why? Because undergoing a heroin detox without a period of structured rehabilitation is rarely enough to allow long term recovery to take place. If you merely spend two weeks within a rehab clinic without undergoing a period of rehabilitation, you are more likely to relapse when you return home.

Whilst 28 days is highly recommended, some people will opt to spend an even greater period of time within a heroin rehab clinic. For instance, some will elect to spend 60 or even 90 days within a heroin rehab clinic. To determine the appropriateness of an extended rehab programme, contact our advisors today on 0800 088 66 86. We shall conduct a telephone assessment to determine the precise amount of time that’s recommended for your heroin detox and rehab programme.

What happens during my heroin rehab programme?

Heroin rehab treatment begins with a thorough assessment conducted by a physician. This physician is typically a psychiatrist. At this initial assessment, you will sign a treatment consent form, and the admissions coordinator will explain exactly what will happen during your treatment programme from initial detox through to therapy and aftercare. The physician will ask you questions about your addiction history. The physician will also discover your general state of physical and mental health.

What happens during my heroin detox programme?

Following the completion of the initial assessment, your heroin detox programme will begin. The aim of heroin detox is to assist you in overcoming and minimising a range of heroin withdrawal symptoms. You will be given medication to help achieve this aim. This medication is typically a partial opiate agonist such as Subutex. Due to this fact, heroin detox is completed under strict medical observation.

Alternatively, you may, with the clinic’s consent, undergo a ‘social detox’. This is also known as an abstinence-only detox. This is when you tackle a heroin detox without the use of medications. You will simply stop taking heroin without opiate replacement therapy.

What happens after my detox programme?

Following the completion of your heroin detox, you may elect to return home. This is highly inadvisable for reasons we discuss above. Instead, we recommend you continue with your treatment within the residential rehab facility for at least another two weeks following the completion of your heroin detox.

During this time, you will benefit from addiction therapies. There are many types of addiction therapies, but the vast majority of these therapies are conducted in either group or one-to-one sessions. You will also benefit from workshops. These workshops are themselves conducted in small groups, although sessions will be therapist-led.

Some heroin rehab clinics also offer family therapy sessions. These sessions are highly beneficial because they help repair the damage your heroin addiction has inflicted upon your loved ones. Family therapy sessions also strengthens your support base once you leave residential rehab.

What happens once I leave a heroin rehab clinic?

Once you are discharged from a heroin rehab clinic, you will begin to benefit from aftercare therapy sessions. Aftercare sessions offer you a stable support group and a shoulder to fall back on when you return home. Aftercare sessions will form part of a wider relapse prevention strategy. This strategy provides you with an actionable plan to ensure your recovery is actively managed once you have left the care of the heroin rehab clinic.

How to find out more?

If you are ready to enquire about attending a heroin rehab clinic, get in touch with Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86. Each year, we assist thousands of people looking to detox off heroin. If you would like to follow in these people’s footsteps, contact us today without delay.

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