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Heroin Rehabilitation

The Providence Projects are widely accepted as leaders in the field of heroin detox and rehabilitation. Our team of doctors at The Providence Surgery are highly skilled and experienced, and were given special commendation in their most recent CQC Report for their work.

The programme at our rehab centre in Bournemouth is designed to help individuals stop safely and comfortably, but also to help individuals address the underlying issues that lead to heroin addiction; by developing the skills and ability to maintain recovery long-term. This is key to a successful heroin addiction treatment programme.

Our treatment centre based in Bournemouth, Dorset, provides drug rehabilitation in the form of residential treatment. Through a combination of medical and therapeutic interventions, you or a loved one can recover safely from heroin addiction and maintain sobriety.

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Heroin is a highly addictive opiate that can be found in the form of powder, pills or injection. The effects of using heroin are very similar to those experienced with other opiates such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone. This includes feelings of euphoria, relaxation and sedation. However, users often experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking heroin.

Getting help for heroin addiction requires treatment options that address both physical and mental health issues. These include detoxification from the drug, counselling and therapy sessions to help manage cravings and anxiety, and medications to treat any underlying conditions. The goal of treatment is to help clients recover their lives by learning how to live without drugs.

Our residential programme takes the individual away from the environment, and allows them to heal in a safe & secure environment with support from medical professionals and trained addiction counsellors.

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When the time has come and you want help for heroin addiction, we understand that arranging a quick admission is essential. At The Providence Projects we pride ourselves on responding immediately to your individual situation. We can arrange immediate admission into the programme here to ensure that you get help when you need it.

On the day of admission, you will be assessed by Dr Niman. After this assessment, a detox regime will be agreed, and you are formally admitted into the programme by our experienced counselling team.

Heroin Detox

Your detox programme will require you to be monitored on a daily basis to ensure that you are comfortable. As well as the medication to ease withdrawals (usually Subutex), you will be offered medication to assist with sleep in the evening, as we understand that this is often a worry for many people.

Due to the strong physical dependency associated with heroin use, the user will always experience withdrawals if they try to stop heroin use without the help of a heroin rehab programme. The ‘cold turkey’ approach of trying to simply stop without the correct medication or support is incredibly difficult and usually results in relapse.

It is perfectly normal to feel nervous about your rehab admission. We can assure you that there is nothing to be nervous about. Our environment is kind, supportive and encouraging. In fact, many of our clients don’t want to leave!

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The rehab programme is designed in a way to ensure that it’s engaging, it’s fun and it’s effective. The range of therapies used during this programme include 1-1 counselling, self-esteem work, relapse prevention, group therapy, assignments, music therapy, exercise classes and alternative therapies including acupuncture.

There is specific work done on a range of issues during this programme including:

  • Addiction
  • Thinking errors
  • Self esteem
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Relationships
  • Families
  • Relapse prevention
  • 12 Steps
  • Boundaries
  • Assertiveness
  • Family therapy
  • Recovery skills

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Aftercare & Relapse Prevention

As you come towards the latter stages of your comprehensive heroin rehab programme at The Providence Projects, you will work out a plan with your counsellor and with your family if appropriate. It is essential that every aftercare plan is designed to suit the individual.

Whether you are returning for work or looking to start life again; whether you are returning home or looking to relocate; whether you are looking for on-going one-one counselling or prefer attendance at group meetings, our counsellors will help designed an aftercare plan that meets your needs.

Once all of these factors are considered, you will agree a plan with your focal therapist. It is also important to remember that The Providence Projects are here for as long as the client needs us. Believe it or not, we still get calls and visits 20 years after people have left! We really are a family and are always here for our clients, ex-clients and their families.

If you or a loved one needs help to quit drugs and are looking for effective heroin or opiate addiction treatment, speak to our friendly counsellors today. We will offer you our expert advice on the best way to start your recovery.

Support for Families Affected by Heroin Addiction

We know just how important it is for families affected by heroin addiction to receive support from us, so we provide them with everything they need to begin healing from the pain and hurt caused by addiction.

Our family workshops and events are designed to:

  • Bring family members closer together
  • Help them understand boundaries
  • Provide support and encouragement
  • Provide further education around addiction
  • Help rebuild damaged relationships

Our team will contact you regularly throughout your loved one’s rehabilitation at the Providence Projects, to keep you updated on their progress and answer any questions or concerns you might have.

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Why Choose The Providence Projects for Heroin Rehab?

The Providence Projects has been helping individuals overcome heroin addiction for over 25 years. Our team of addiction specialists will work with you and your loved ones to achieve sobriety, free from the cycle of heroin dependence.

Our affordable residential programme does not compromise on safety or effectiveness, we believe that quality treatment for heroin addiction should be available to all in the UK.

More reasons to choose us for Drug Rehab

  • We have a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • We have hundreds of positive Google reviews from real clients
  • We can collect you from your home and bring you to our drug treatment centre safely
  • You can recover from heroin addiction in a safe, secure environment by the sea
  • Personalised treatment plans built around you as an individual
  • Aftercare & family support
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment (To treat both addiction & mental health problems)
  • Optional extras including extended rehab and sober coaching services

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Heroin Rehab FAQ

What is the best heroin detox?

There are of course a range of options and medications when considering a heroin detox. Substitutes such as methadone or buprenorphine are generally popular while some people prefer to simply reduce slowly. Over the years, people have used Lofexidine, Dihydrocodeine, sedation, and a plethora of ranges and techniques to break the physical heroin addiction.

Research in recent years and clear guidelines published by NICE demonstrate that the most effective medication in detox is buprenorphine (subutex). This medication works slightly differently in that it also partially acts as a blocker whilst being very effective at minimising withdrawal symptoms.

Detox regimes will vary in length dependent on a range of factors. The majority of heroin detox programmes at The Providence Projects are between 10 and 14 days. As well as buprenorphine, there are other medications used during detox to assist with sleep and other potential withdrawal symptoms. Success rate for heroin detox at The Providence Projects is 95%.

Although the right medication is key in a successful detox programme, the wrap around support is equally important. At The Providence Projects all clients are provided with a range of comprehensive therapies including talking therapies, complementary therapies and physical therapies to ensure a holistic treatment. Recovery from addiction is not about medication but that medication is necessary as a bridge into recovery.

How long is a heroin detox?

As mentioned previously, there are a range of options for a heroin detox and depending on the route you choose will affect how long the detox is. NICE guidelines strongly advise against rapid detox for a range of reasons. This approach is generally unsuccessful and potentially dangerous. Some people prefer to go on to long term opioid maintenance prescriptions. Most commonly this will be a methadone script. Most local authority drug agencies will use this as their first line of treatment and whilst there are some benefits, there are also a range of pitfalls.

To detox from heroin and be drug free is the best goal. Getting into recovery is what most people want and really is the life that people deserve. The length of a heroin detox for this purpose will depend on the length of use, the quantities used and a range of personal health factors and history. The average length of heroin detox at The Providence Projects is 12 – 14 days. During this period, clients are monitored regularly to ensure comfortable withdrawal. The detox regime is flexible and can be reviewed or amended at any time depending on the process of the client.

Will I experience heroin withdrawal symptoms?

Each person will experience different symptoms when trying to cut down, reduce or stop their heroin use. It will depend on a variety of factors and is not as straight forward as how much one is using or how long one has been using for. Generally, those who are looking to detox from methadone will often experience longer withdrawals due to the nature of the drug.

Many of the withdrawals experienced are physical. These are also linked with psychological withdrawals which result in strong cravings. This is why trying to stop without professional help can be too difficult.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Runny Nose
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle cramps / spasms
  • Depression
  • Watery eyes
  • Intense craving
  • Insomnia
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Constipation / Diarrhoea

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