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All across the UK there are untold numbers of people addicted to heroin. What’s more, many of them do not even know there is a problem because their drug use has clouded their ability to think clearly. Yet even as they continue using, their lives continue spiralling further and further out of control.

You may be a heroin addict if your drug use dominates most areas of your life. So ask yourself just how serious your problem is:

  • Do you use heroin as soon as you get up in the morning?
  • Is getting high the last thing you remember before going to bed at night?
  • Do you find yourself planning your days around using?

If you answered any of these questions positively, you may already be addicted to heroin. The good news is that there is help available by way of rehab. Our mission is to assist you in finding and accessing that help. As a counselling and referral service, we work with clinics and other service providers throughout the UK that are capable of helping you recover from a heroin addiction.

Treatment through the NHS

It is probably no surprise that the vast majority of heroin addicts who decide to seek help do so through the NHS. NHS services are free, and most of them can be easily accessed pretty close to home. However, NHS heroin rehab is not always as successful as the programmes offered by private clinics.

The main difficulty with the NHS is the size and scope of its mission. Because they need to deal with every medical condition that walks through the door, they do not have the financial or personnel resources to adequately address heroin addiction. This results in waiting lists and the need for the addicts to seek outside help from community-based services.

When you access treatment through a private clinic, things are dramatically different. A private clinic is able to concentrate all of its energies on the recovery of each resident. This results in more effective treatments and higher overall success rates. For our money, private rehab is certainly the better way to go if you can afford it.

Heroin Detox

Whether you seek rehab through the NHS or a private clinic, the first step in getting well is detox. The detox process is necessary if your body is to cleanse itself from the drugs you have been putting into it. If you do not detox, you will never get well. What’s more, how you choose to detox will play a role in determining how effective your treatment is.

Detox through a private clinic is medically supervised at all times. In some cases, doctors will prescribe methadone to help make the detox process as gradual and safe as possible. Other medications might also be used to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms. However, there is a danger associated with using methadone: addiction transfer.

Unfortunately, NHS addiction recovery programmes utilise methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction. However, in too many cases no real recovery occurs. Rather, the individual’s addiction is simply transferred to methadone. It is not unheard of for patients to go years on methadone treatments without actually ever recovering.

If you want to be completely free of heroin once and for all, methadone is not the answer. The answer is medically supervised detox followed by comprehensive rehab therapies. That is exactly what you will get when you seek treatment through one of our clinics.

Rehab Therapies

Private heroin rehab clinics utilise a number of rehab therapies following detox. Why do they do this? Because heroin addiction is both physical and psychological. Detox only takes care of the physical part of the equation. You need rehab therapies in order to deal with the psychological issues. Without appropriate rehab, relapse is likely.

Therapists use a number of different treatments, including:

  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • individual and group counselling
  • mental and physical challenges
  • exercise and recreational programmes
  • 12-step work and support
  • art and music therapy
  • relaxation and introspection therapies
  • exercises to teach life skills.

The main thrust of psychotherapeutic treatment is to teach the recovering addict new ways to think about things. For example, it is not unusual for a heroin addict to come to rehab under the assumption that some external circumstance is responsible for his or her addiction. He or she might even blame family members and friends. Cognitive behavioural therapy turns that thinking around in order to bring the individual face-to-face with the fact that he or she alone is responsible for their actions.

Many of our clinics also utilise planned recreational activities that take place off-site. This is done to show recovering addicts that there is an entirely new life waiting for them once rehab is complete. You see, most heroin addicts do not believe life is worth living without drugs. That thinking needs to be changed in order for rehab to be successful.

Your Attitude Is Key

We sincerely hope the fact that you are reading this means you have reached a place in your life where you are ready to admit you have a heroin problem. If so, we want to congratulate you for taking the first and most difficult step. Nevertheless, what you do from this point forward will determine whether you ever get well. You must make the decision, on your own, to seek treatment. No one can force you to do it.

If you should decide to get help, and we hope you will, the attitude you adopt throughout your treatment is critical. As long as you are 100% committed to recovery, you should come out the other end in good shape. If you are not willing to give 100%, your complete recovery may not become reality. It is not an understatement to say that your attitude is the single most important factor in determining your success or failure.

If you are ready to get on that road to recovery, you can start by contacting us. Please call our addiction recovery helpline or send us an e-mail. One of our trained counsellors will immediately get to work assisting you in finding and accessing treatment for your heroin addiction.

Health Insurance

Our Rehabs accept most of the major private health insurers.

  • AVIVA Health Insurance
  • AXA Health Insurance
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • Standard Life Health Insurance
  • Vitality Health Insurance
  • Cigna Health Insurance
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