If you or a loved one needs help with a Heroin addiction, Bradford Oasis are able to facilitate a full, medially managed and monitored detox. Detoxing from Heroin produces very unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and can be very dangerous if carried out without the correct medical assistance. Our 24/7 personalised medical care and medical detox will ensure you are as comfortable as possible and very safe throughout the withdrawal process. We uniquely offer around the clock high levels of specialised nursing care and support for those detoxing from Heroin and any other substance.
Recently Heroin is frequently being cut/mixed with very dangerous and stronger substances. These substances are extremely addictive and far more powerful and dangerous than pure Heroin. This alarming epidemic has spread throughout the Midlands and North of England and is claiming many lives on a daily basis. Police have tested numerous batches of seized Heroin that have been shown to contain traces of Fentanyl and also Carfentanyl.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than Morphine (very similar in potency to Heroin); which means that by adding a little bit to Heroin, dealers make more money as less Heroin is required. Fentanyl is a controlled medical opioid drug, only used medically for extremely high levels of pain, such as in Cancer patients or those that are terminally ill.
Carfentanyl is a controlled veterinary drug that is 4,000 times more potent than Heroin and 1,000 times more potent than Fentanyl; it is used only to sedate elephants during medical operations.
These two very dangerous and potent drugs are responsible for a recent large number of opioid related deaths and overdoses in the UK. We at Bradford Oasis, are well aware of the dangers of how addictive Heroin is, and how especially dangerous it is now with these two substances being mixed with in with it. Withdrawal can be deadly, so must be very carefully medically monitored and managed at all times. We are able to safely detox patients who have become addicted to these substances. We have successfully carried out many medical detoxes of this kind, with our patients leaving us completely drug free!
Once a full medical detox has been completed from Heroin, it is vital that each patient then goes on to complete a full rehabilitation programme at one of our other exemplary rehab treatment centres. Detox is only the beginning of overcoming addiction. Relapse on Heroin frequently leads to instant overdose and death, as the individual’s tolerance to the drug will have diminished considerably due to a period of being clean. Thinking that they can administer the same amounts they used before detoxing, they miscalculate their tolerance levels; this is how most overdoses occur.
Rehabilitation is strongly recommended to help prevent relapse, this should follow immediately once detox has been completed. We can arrange for our patients to be immediately transferred on to one of our many specialist drug rehabilitation clinics situated throughout the UK. There they will benefit from a bespoke treatment programme, specifically designed to tackle the root causes of their addiction and heal them internally. In addition, they will receive evidence based addiction treatments that are proven to bring about a huge shift in their thinking and how they manage their emotions. The crux of addiction resides in the individual’s brain as a chronic relapsing brain disease; neglecting to treat this vital component of the illness of addiction, usually results in relapse. By continuing a full rehabilitation programme at one of our other centres, staffed by qualified Counsellors, Psychologists, Holistic therapists and highly trained and experienced recovery support workers, patients will benefit from the following powerful, cutting edge addiction treatments:
For optimum results we recommend a 12-week intensive Primary care treatment plan, followed by Secondary care and Tertiary care. Secondary care and Tertiary care assist the individual with gaining educational qualifications, training and reintegration back into society, clean from all substances and equipped with the tools to live life on a daily basis without the need or want for drugs, The whole time, they will still be able to access support and therapy from our accredited team of addiction treatment professionals. Bradford Oasis can arrange for rehabilitation to seamlessly follow on from a full medical detox with our specialist detox clinic. We will take care of all of the arrangements for you, so the transfer can be as stress free for the patient and their family as possible.
We offer a variety of rehabilitation programmes, each tailored to the individual’s clinical, physical, psychological, social, medical and emotional needs. Length in duration varies; depend on each patient’s individual treatment needs and the funds available. We take everything into account when devising each bespoke programme for our patients
If you are using Heroin, whether it is recreationally or you are suffering from a dependency or addiction, it is important to know the facts about the drug, its effects and the associated risks.
Heroin addiction carries a very high mortality rate, 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. The effects of overdose can sometimes be reversed, IF immediate emergency medical assistance is sought. The reality is that many Heroin users die alone. Even when using in the presence of other Heroin users, due to the legal complications associated with possession of this class A drug, an overdose will cause fear in others and the individual is often left alone to die. 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, as previously touched on, 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 in the quickest way possible; which means taking another hit. Little or no thought is given to their own safety or to the safety of those around them. Withdrawal causes acute and very uncomfortable symptoms and intense cravings for more. The user will go to more and more extreme lengths to get their hands on their next fix of the drug, regardless of the possible devastating or deadly consequences.
There has been a shocking increase in the number of Heroin and Morphine related deaths over the past two years, with an increase in the numbers by almost two-thirds. This heavily contributes to the mortality rate from drug poisoning; rising to the highest levels ever, since records began in 1983.
Last year’s statistics were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showing that there were 952 deaths that were Heroin and Morphine related, recorded in 2014. This has risen significantly since 2012, where 579 deaths were recorded as being attributed to poisoning from these drugs. We suspect that due to the drug now being cut with even more potent and deadly drugs that this number will continue to increase at an alarming rate.
The body breaks down Heroin and other strong opioids into morphine; this is why the drug is recorded under heroin and Morphine – accounting for 42% of the total mortality figure due to the misuse of drugs.
In particular, it has been identified that middle-aged males (aged 40 -55) are at the highest risk of mortality from a Heroin related death.
Intravenous users are at the biggest risk of overdose and contracting a blood borne virus such as HIV and Hepatitis.
Many users’ starts off smoking Heroin, which is generally less riskier, but as their tolerance grows, they progress on to intravenous injection of the drug which delivers a more powerful and faster high. Heroin is so addictive, that those who are dependent will do almost anything to avoid withdrawal; they may well resort to stealing from loved ones, fraud, burglary, shop theft, violence and prostitution. Addiction can result in as little as 7 days of medium to frequent use.
Those addicted, are prone to neglecting those that are dependent on them, such as children; elderly parents or sick loved ones. They then become prey to the vicious cycle of trying to block out the feelings of guilt and shame by using more and more. Bradford Oasis comprehends fully the nature of Heroin addiction and is very experienced in treating it, as are our rehab centres. We offer a completely non-judgemental and free from temptation environment; So that each individual can safely detox and recover both physically and mentally.
Bradford Oasis detox clinic only use approved substitute medications to assist with the withdrawal process; during the detox process each individual will receive high levels of support and close monitoring from our experienced and highly qualified medical and support staff at all times of the day and night. In addition, patients can also benefit from auricular acupuncture, massage and our spa bath: all proven to help relieve symptoms associated with Heroin detoxification. Our detox unit is very secure and safe and patients also benefit from therapeutic and key work support, process group, one to one’s, care plan reviews, workshops and fun activities to help distract from their discomfort and assist them in staying firmly focused on their recovery.
We are also able to fully detox individuals who are dependent on prescribed opioids, Heroin substitutes, a complex mixture of alcohol and opioids and high levels of strong opioids. Our clinic is purpose built and expertly staffed to ensure each individual’s safety is paramount at all times. As a complete abstinence based detox facility, our goal is to completely free the individual from their reliance to use any kind of drug in the future; this includes substitutions that are prescribed in the community. To secure their recovery, we strongly encourage them to complete a full rehabilitation programme at one of our outstanding CQC regulated rehab centres, situated across the UK
Why Is Heroin So Addictive?
Heroin produces very powerful and intense feelings of euphoria, wellbeing, 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, their reaction to the drug, the purity of the drug and how it is administered.
Smoked in smaller doses, many individuals may feel happy and elated and are still able to function, 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 their addiction. 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 fix; their body and brain will have chemically altered and adapted to having the drug in its system. This is known as tolerance and dependence. It may just be, that their usual fix is just 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 consumed with planning, plotting and getting Heroin. Not all Heroin users are of the variety of the stereotypical user. Some will be the opposite and may maintain order and productivity. They will use just enough of the drug to stop the onset of withdrawal symptoms from developing. These users are very hard to spot unless you know the signs, but they are still at high risk of developing complications and illnesses as a direct result.
Others will reach such desperate depths in their addiction that they lose everything that they hold dear to them. They will have absolutely no control over their using. Heroin becomes their master and their life; nothing else will matter to them as they become increasingly oblivious to the devastating effects to themselves, their family and their loved ones. They are literally living to use and using to live. 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 moral code repeatedly as they become more and more entrenched in the behaviours and lifestyle as an active Heroin addict.
If you are worried a family member, partner, friend or work colleague is using Heroin, It can is 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:
The most common form of ingesting Heroin is by smoking it; usually it is inhaled off heated foil or rolled with tobacco:
Used items, associated with Heroin, will often have scorch marks, soot marks and a brown or yellow residue on them
A Heroin smoker can progress onto to injecting for a greater and quicker effect once they have built tolerance to smoking. Typical paraphernalia associated with injecting Heroin are:
Again, used items, associated with Heroin use, 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 strong opiate 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 Heroin use. The more you use, the greater the risks become. 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 a physical dependence and tolerance to Heroin. If you go without the drug and you are physically dependent, you will develop crippling withdrawal symptoms within a matter of hours. Only more 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:
If you or a loved one are suffering from a dependence or addiction to Heroin, please call us now. We are open 24/7 with a highly skilled admissions team on standby to assist. We can arrange urgent admissions with very short notice. Don’t waste another day on addiction; we can help you today! With just one call you can begin the process of saving your own life or the life of someone you love who is affected by Heroin addiction.