If you or a loved one need help with heroin addiction, Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer an assisted medical detox service and bespoke rehabilitation programme for those suffering. We fully understand that detoxing from Heroin can be very uncomfortable and a frightening prospect for most; we, therefore, take every measure possible to ensure that you receive the required levels of Counselling support and medication to help you through the process of becoming completely Heroin free.
If you are using Heroin, whether it is recreationally or you are suffering from an addiction, it is important to know the facts about the drug, its effects and the risks associated with it. There is a very high mortality rate amongst Heroin users, so it important to get help straight away if you are using or abusing the drug.
The majority of heroin-related deaths are attributed to users overdosing unintentionally. You may only think you are in control and know what you are doing, but what do you really know about the drug and the dangers it presents? For a start, Heroin is often mixed or “cut “with other substances that are cheaper, so that the dealer can make a bigger profit.
Some strains are contaminated and contain even more powerful drugs that keep the user hooked and going back for more. Some are cut with prescription benzodiazepines and poisons. For an individual that is addicted, this is the last thing on their mind; they just want to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal with the quickest way possible, which means taking another hit, regardless of the consequences.
Heroin produces intense feelings of euphoria, well-being, warmth and relaxation. When it works well, it completely blocks the user from feeling any negative emotions at all. The intensity of the feeling each individual experiences varies and will depend on the amount used, their tolerance to the drug, the purity of the drug and how it is administered.
Smoked in smaller doses, individuals may still be able to function and complete everyday tasks such as self-care and even hold down a job. In larger doses, however, it will cause the user to slump and be very drowsy, they will not be able to function on the most basic of levels and are likely to neglect others as well as their own personal needs; to the point where eating and personal hygiene become secondary to getting high.
On the other hand, an individual who has a developed a high tolerance or physical dependence to heroin will only be able to function once they have had their usual hit; their body and brain will have adapted to having the drug in its system. It may just be enough to stave off the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and allow them to go about their day. However, it is likely that they will be planning how to get their next hit of the drug; their whole life becomes focused on planning, plotting and getting heroin.
Heroin is powerfully addictive and once an individual crosses the line from recreational use to addictive use, they lose a grip on reality and lose everything of value, materialistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. They make great personal sacrifices, hurt their loved ones continually and break their own code of morals as they become more and more entrenched in the behaviours and lifestyle of an active heroin addict.
If you are worried a family member, partner, friend or work colleague is using Heroin, It can be very helpful to know the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction and the associated paraphernalia used to take the drug. Being armed with this information may give you the confidence needed to broach the subject with someone you care about who needs help:
Heroin smoker – The most common form of ingesting Heroin is by smoking it; it can be smoked off the foil or rolled with tobacco:
Used items will often have scorch marks, soot and a brown or yellow residue on them
It is common for a Heroin user to progress to injecting heroin for a greater and quicker effect once they have built a tolerance for smoking. Paraphernalia associated with injecting Heroin are:
Again, used items will often have scorch marks, soot and a brown/yellow residue on them
Someone who is using Heroin may display some or all of the following symptoms, depending on the amount that they have used and the effect it has on them as an individual.
As a class, A drug, personal possession of heroin can carry a sentence of up to 7 years imprisonment. Possession with the intent to supply carries a very hefty sentence and will depend on the amount of heroin the individual is caught with. As well as being illegal, there are very great and real health risks associated with using heroin. If you are a heroin user, you should be fully aware that each hit of heroin carries the risk of:
There is a very simple test to determine if you have developed physical dependence and tolerance to heroin. If you go without the drug, you will develop crippling withdrawal symptoms within hours. Only a further hit of Heroin will relieve these symptoms. Those who can no longer gain a high by the original amount or method of administration will also have developed a tolerance. heroin withdrawal symptoms include:
Getting the right help and support for a Heroin addiction straight away can make the difference between life and death. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn are experts in treating addiction and can provide you or your loved one with a full medical detox and rehabilitation programme, tailored specifically to your individual treatment needs
The majority of our staff have themselves been affected by addiction; they know first hand what you are going through and the difficulties you will face in staying clean. Combining their personal experience with years of training and qualifications places them in a unique position to inspire and help you get well and stay in recovery.
Our residential treatment programmes include a Heroin detox if required. We will provide around the clock support from our clinical team and support staff to ensure your safety and well being throughout. Alongside any medical heroin detox you undergo with us, we strongly recommend a full rehabilitation programme. Our rehabilitation programmes are delivered by our highly skilled and qualified members of staff, including Counsellors and therapists, they are individually designed to treat the root causes of personal addiction.