At all our StreetScene drug rehab centres we can provide a medically assisted detox for heroin (HEROIN / SMACK / GEAR / SKAG / JUNK) users who have become addicted to the substance. If you have been using heroin daily for some time you may have become physically addicted to the drug and coming off it without a medical detox could be very uncomfortable.
A detox from the opiate drug heroin is given to limit the amount of discomfort the person feels during full withdrawals. A detox is not a substitute for the effects caused by heroin and is only prescribed over a short period time to enable the person to lose their physical addiction to the drug.
As part of a full addiction-treatment-programme StreetScene offers inpatient medically assisted detox for heroin users who need help with withdrawing from the substance. We only offer a heroin detox as part of our full residential or day rehab treatment program and after the person has been detoxed they would be expected to take part in all the drug rehab centre treatment to give them the best chance of staying of the drug when they leave. Learning how to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs is the main aim of StreetScene addiction treatment care plans.
By using a medically assisted detox from StreetScene you have a better chance at coming off heroin. Avoid the painful withdrawal symptoms that block so many users from cleaning up and starting a new clean life.
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A medically assisted heroin detox from StreetScene is one which is done using the professional help of a GP who has experience treating people who have become addicted to using opiates including heroin. The patient will be prescribed based on their personal addiction level and health history. Detox drugs used for people addicted to heroin depend on the individual; their health and their GP consultation. Main heroin detoxification drugs can include:
Methadone (Dolophine or Methadose)
(All Detox is subject to screening for suitability)
Withdrawal from the drug heroin, which can occur as early as a few hours after the last dosage, produces drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flushes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), kicking movements ("kicking the habit"), and other symptoms.
Initial Withdrawal Symptoms:- 24 - 48 Hours
Restlessness, Irritability, Shivers, Stomach Cramps, Lethargy
Major Withdrawal Symptoms:- 48 72 Hours
Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose and subside after about a week. The physical symptoms of withdrawal can be largely be avoided at StreetScene Rehab Centres where a carefully prepared heroin detoxification is planned for each patient. If a patient who is addicted to heroin does not have a medically assisted detox they may experience the full side effects of major symptoms such as:
Restlessness, Lethargy, Insomnia, Goosebumps, Tremors Irritability, Joint and muscle pain Abdominal cramps, Profuse sweating, Chills, Runny nose, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Urinary, incontinence, Shortness of breath Severe mood plummets, Involuntary muscle spasm, Chronic anxiety, Emotional / mental distress
Post Acute Heroin Withdrawals
After the main withdrawals from heroin the user may experience PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms). At all our StreetScene rehabs our experienced addiction therapists and staff monitor the persons withdrawal process and watch out for signs of PAWS and also any underlying secondary issues such as depression, bi-polar or anxiety that may present themselves once the person has detoxed. After the initial detox the person may experience some of the below symptoms for a longer period of time:
Fuzzy thinking (AKA brain fog), Inability to concentratem, Problems with memory, Inability to develop a normal sleep pattern, Repetitive thinking, Emotions that feel out of control, Difficulties managing stress, Problems with coordination, Feelings of depression, Feelings of anxiety, Cravings Feeling tired all the time, Difficulty experiencing pleasure, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Feelings of guilt
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COMING OFF HEROIN
It is extremely important to understand that a medical heroin detox is only the initial stage in treating heroin addiction. A detox helps stabilise any withdrawal symptoms allowing the user the chance to take part and get involved in the theraputic interventions that StreetScene treatment centres provide. Without the full treatment program offered by StreetScene there is little chance of sustained long-term recovery.
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