Heroin Addiction, Signs & Symptoms, Local Help and Treatment

Our heroin detox centre in Runcorn, Cheshire is an elite clinically-led medical detox unit with outstanding post-detox therapeutic care. We recently scored 100% in the annual Care Quality Commission report making us the leading heroin detox unit in the UK.

This endorsement by the CQC is a testament to the work of the facility’s team who strive for – not only scientific led approaches – but also holistic therapies proven to spiritually rehabilitate clients. Our success is not built on detox, any facility in the country can provide that… we scored 100% because we deliver lifelong healing for the addict and their family members.

We don’t simply “let you go” once you have completed your rehab stay, we support and provide guidance for the rest of your life through an award-winning aftercare lifestyle programme called UKAT Alumni. Call us today if you are looking for a heroin detox near you – we have several clinics across the UK

Signs & Symptoms You Need a Heroin Detox

Addiction to heroin is one of the most serious and life-threatening drug addictions a human being can develop. There is no such thing as casual heroin use, so if you or a loved are using heroin it is very likely he or she is addicted. Addicts will abuse it until they are nearing collapse, spiritually, mentally, physically and financially.

Below is a list of signs that you require urgent detoxification:

  • You are using heroin of any quantity 
  • Persistent flu-like symptoms
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Bruising or scabbing of the skin
  • Exhaustion and lethargy
  • Abscesses and track marks
  • Damage to the kidneys and liver
  • Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS
  • Itchiness and aching muscles
  • Significant unintentional weight loss
  • Sleep problems and drowsiness
  • Tuberculosis and Pneumonia

If you or a loved one are using heroin – please call us today!

Effects of Heroin

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.

Heroin Smoking v Injecting

Heroin smoker

  • Tin foil – in folded square or long pieces
  • Pipe: shaped like a tobacco pipe
  • Any hollowed out long object used to inhale: pens, bongs, rolled cardboard
  • Heroin can also be smoked with rolling tobacco, using tobacco papers and a roach (small rolled pieces of cardboard or thick paper used to make a filter at the top of the homemade cigarette)

Used items will often have scorch marks, soot and a brown or yellow residue on them

Heroin Injector

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:

  • Needles
  • Items for buying the heroin in, commonly include small plastic bags, tin foil, wrapped cardboard or paper
  • Bent spoons
  • Packets of Citric Acid (A form of acid is required to break down the heroin before it can be injected)
  • Packets of Vitamin C
  • Lemon, Ascorbic Acid
  • Cotton balls
  • Tourniquets (used to tighten the blood flow to the limb so that the veins come to the surface) examples are shoelaces, belts, long rubber bands

Again, used items will often have scorch marks, soot and a brown/yellow residue on them

What Is A Medical Heroin Detox?

A medical heroin detox facility is a treatment centre that is staffed with doctors and nurses specially trained to help patients cope with the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that occur early heroin abstinence.

Without medical care, these withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening. People enter a medical detox facility so that they can withdraw from heroin safely and in relative comfort.

Around-the-clock nursing care ensures safety and certain medications can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, as well as decrease the dangers of this initial period.

Risk Of Going Cold Turkey

Going “Cold Turkey” from heroin is incredibly dangerous and should never be encouraged. Not only is it life-threatening but it can psychologically scar you for years to come.

Below are signs and symptoms of heroin withdrawal

  • Agitation and nervousness
  • Aches and pains in the muscles and bones
  • Fever and hot and cold sweats
  • Muscles cramps and inability to keep still
  • Insomnia and lethargy
  • Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure & rapid heart rate

Heroin Recovery Programme

  • One-to-One Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Acupuncture
  • Fitness and Massage
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 12 Step Rehab
  • Holistic Programme
  • Music & Art Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention Technique

Alumni Lifelong Aftercare Programme

We understand that leaving rehab and having to face the reality of day-to-day life can be an extremely daunting thought. While you may be determined to continue living a clean and sober life, external triggers and temptations exist and dealing with these alone can leave you feeling isolated. To support you during this vital time, we have created a two-tier approach to long-term sobriety.

Short-term: we provide one year’s worth of free aftercare support sessions every week in the rehab you attended (or nearest clinic). Here you will engage with a group based therapeutic approach, with loved ones in attendance (if you so wish) but with the opportunity to speak with a counsellor one-to-one.

Long-term: we have built the UK’s first recovery network for all those who have attended a UKAT treatment facility. This lifelong recovery network is called Alumni – a gateway to lifelong sober companionship. Events include Christmas parties, dinners, adventure days out and, of course, summer BBQs.

This is the future of permanent recovery, and we are proud to be the first rehab family in the UK to offer it. Many people fear that putting down the drugs means losing their social life. At UKAT we say it’s only just begun! Please call to hear more about rehab, recovery and lifelong happiness.

If you have any questions regarding our heroin treatment clinics, rehab locations and cost – we can answer them!

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  • Oasis Runcorn
    38-40 Bridge St.
    Runcorn, Cheshire,
    WA7 1BY
    United Kingdom
  • Tel. 0203 131 5938
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