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Heroin Addiction

At PCP we help those who suffer from an addiction to Heroin; to detox and reinvent themselves, so that they can integrate back into society and live the life they never thought possible.

Heroin addiction is a very serious, life threatening disease of the brain; over time it only ever gets progressively worse without the correct treatment.

In 2016, in England and Wales alone, the Office For National Statistic (ONS) reported a devastating number of drug poisoning deaths, 3,744 in total. Of these deaths,1,209 were attributed to poseining from Heroin and/or Morphine. This is the highest number of deaths recorded since records first began.

We take Heroin addiction very seriously as it is killing people on a daily basis across the UK.

Call us today for immediate help and life saving treatment!

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an Class A depressant drug, processed from Morphine – a powerful natural analgesic substance extracted from certain varieties of poppy plants.

As a powerful opiate, heroin is highly addictive, extremely dangerous and unpredictable in its effects. Once ingested, the body breaks heroin down into Morphine so the effects are very similar but more potent and shorter lasting.

Heroin is cut from its pure form and and mixed with other substances and then sold by dealers on the streets.

Heroin is typically sold as a white of brownish powder, which can be snorted, smoked, swallowed or liquified and injected.

How Dangerous is Heroin?

Heroin is extremely dangerous. More recently, Heroin has been cut with small amounts of Fentanyl, an extremely powerful medical painkiller which is up to 50 times stronger than Morphine.

Heroin contaminated with Fentanyl has lead to an alarming number of overdoses and deaths; as stronger strains have become available, heroin is now more deadly than ever.

The root of administration that sends the majority of users “over” is injecting. Injecting provides the quickest and most potent hit. The drug reaches the brain within seconds through the veins.

Once injected, there is no going back or stopping a life threatening situation from developing. Only emergency medical treatment can save an individual from a heroin overdose.

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted To Heroin?

Addiction and physical dependence to heroin can happen frighteningly quickly. As with all strong opiates, addiction and dependence can occur within as little as 3 to 5 consecutive days of frequent use.

The Heroin Effect

Heroin, as an opiate, mimics the brain’s own painkilling chemicals. It attaches to the opiate receptors in the brain and body and is readily accepted by them. The brain is then flooded with feel good chemicals, mainly dopamine. This produces the effect of an intense euphoric high, where the user loses track of time and feels no pain or negative emotions.

Many heroin addicts tell us,

“I was addicted from the very first time I took Heroin; I fell in love with the drug.”

What Does Heroin Addiction Look Like?

In the majority of cases, heroin addiction destroy people’s lives to the point where they have lost everything and everyone; they are only living to use and using to live.

For others, they can be addicted but also hold down a job and live a double life. They take just enough to function normally and avoid withdrawals, then once their commitments are fulfilled, take more.

Heroin addiction presents in numerous forms, but the one thing sufferers all have in common, is that they have an incurable brain disease that compels them to take heroin, even when they really want to stop.

Addiction can be prevented and treated successfully, but never cured.

Street Names For Heroin

Common street names and slang terms for heroin include: Brown, Tar, Smack, Dope, H, Dragon and Skag.

What Causes Heroin Addiction?

Heroin addiction develops over a period of time and with repeated exposure to the drug.

Heroin quickly causes tolerance and dependence in a user, losing its effect. They will have to take more of the drug, change the administration route, or mix with other drugs in order to achieve the effect they crave.

Once a physical dependence has developed, taking any less will result in withdrawal symptoms.

“65% of Heroin users started with an addiction to opiate painkillers, before progressing on to Heroin”

Risk Factors Leading To Heroin Addiction

There is no single cause that leads to heroin addiction, but there are a number of increased risk factors. Genetics, mental health, circumstances and trauma can all contribute to addiction.

Research suggests, that addiction, whether it be to a substance, people, or activity, often develops from trauma or abandonment suffered during childhood and teenage development.

Trauma results in substantial changes to the brain, that will affect how the sufferer thinks and feels unless promptly treated.

At PCP we treat the root causes of addiction by unearthing and healing them, using evidence based therapies. We believe that this is where the solution to overcoming addiction starts.

Am I addicted to Heroin?

If you find that you suffer from withdrawal symptoms when heroin wears off,  and the symptoms are alleviated by taking more heroin, then it is likely you have a heroin dependence.

If you obsessively think about heroin, how to get it, where to use it, are willing to lie, cheat, beg, borrow or steal in order to get it, then it is likely you have an addiction to heroin.

Whether you have a heroin addiction, abuse or dependence problem, professional treatment is needed in order to recover.

Heroin dependence, abuse and addiction kills; please call us now for fast, effective and affordable treatment.

The Harmful Effects of Heroin

Heroin not only poses an immediate risk of overdose and death each timed you take it, but also causes numerous short term and long term harmful effects to your body and brain.

The majority of heroin users die between the age of 40 – 49. Using heroin long term is likely to drastically reduce the quality and length of your life.

Harmful effects of Heroin addiction include:

  • Transmission of bloodborne viruses such as HIV and Hep C
  • Permanent damage to veins and arteries
  • Respiratory depression
  • Overdose, leading to coma or death
  • Abscesses
  • Gangrene
  • Reduced blood supply to tissues and organs
  • Blood poisoning and cellulitis
  • Organ damage and failure
  • Miscarriage
  • Impotence
  • Mental health illnesses
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Intense itching leading to open sores and infections
  • Severe depression and suicidal ideation
  • Turning to crime and prostitution to fund the addiction

Spotting the Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction in Someone Else

If you are worried someone you care for has a heroin addiction, there are signs and symptoms to look out for. This powerful video from Let’s Face Heroin shows exactly the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction to look out for in someone else. It also depicts the savage progression of the illness

How To Help a Family Member or Loved One With Heroin Addiction

If you are worried that a family member or loved one possibly has a heroin addiction, you should not ignore the problem and hope that it will resolve itself. As a chronic relapsing brain disease this is very unlikely to happen. They will need professional help.

Don’t

  • Give them money
  • Lie or cover up for them
  • Buy them Heroin
  • Pay off dealers
  • Blame yourself

Do

  • Encourage them to seek help and support
  • Contact us for advice on treatment options
  • Urge them to attend rehab
  • Understand that they are very sick and need treatment to get well

You can also access support and advice by contacting Adfam

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are notoriously unpleasant and painful, both physically and psychologically. This is why so many fail to get clean in the community; the temptation to use just to make the symptoms go away is too great to resist.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Intense drug cravings
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Hot and cold chills
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Muscular aches, pains and cramps
  • Lethargy
  • Goosebumps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sneezing and tearing
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal ideation

Inpatient Heroin Detox

PCP specialise in treating heroin addiction; as with all addictions that involve a substance dependence, this must start with a detox. Our CQC registered heroin detox clinics provide inpatient medical detoxes that assist you in getting clean from heroin.

By admitting to one of our UK based addiction treatment centres, you will receive a full medical detox for any established heroin dependence that is established. You will also receive professional support 24/7 from our team of experienced addiction and medical professionals.

Inpatient medical detox is clinically proven to be the safest way of detoxing from a heroin.

In order to help safeguard against relapse, we strongly recommended that you also undergo a comprehensive heroin rehabilitation programme with us.

UK Rehab Help For Heroin Addiction

For many with a heroin addiction, rehab is a life saving treatment option. We have well established, successful rehabs, located within London, Bedfordshire, Midlands and Essex; all are accessible from most areas of the UK.

PCP Treatment Programme For Heroin Addiction

PCP offer a full medical detox and rehabilitation programme for anyone struggling with heroin abuse, addiction or dependence.

Within the safe and temptation free environment of our rehabs, you can be assured of the highest quality of addiction treatment at an affordable price.

As well as short term inpatient programmes, we also offer long term treatment programmes, including medical detox, full rehabilitation and sober living accomodation within our third stage Move On houses.

We understand that heroin addiction is a very destructive illness. Many who suffer need comprehensive rehabilitation in a loving and compassionate environment that is conducive  to long term recovery.

Our bespoke treatment programmes for heroin addiction are designed to bring about a complete change in your thinking and behaviours; that will enable you to rebuild your life, with our support, and stay free from heroin on a permanent basis.

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