Heroin is a well-known opioid that can cause severe dependency in its users. Abusing heroin is extremely dangerous and often proves deadly. If you need to get away from this drug, it might feel overwhelming at first. However, with expert help, a solution is right around the corner. By enrolling in a heroin rehab programme, you can regain control of your life and restore your physical and mental health. There are many heroin rehab centres in Western countries. But oftentimes, their programmes can be prohibitively expensive. A viable option for avoiding pricing constraints is to enrol in a rehab for heroin in Thailand.
Hesten Hill Rehab Thailand offers comprehensive and holistic treatment for heroin addiction from our luxury facilities on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. We provide world-class medical care and our accommodations rival those of a five-star resort. What’s more, even after considering travel expenses, our heroin rehab programme is highly affordable, costing a fraction of what comparable treatments cost in the West.
Heroin abuse and addiction
Heroin is a highly potent and addictive drug. As many as 27 million people worldwide are regular heroin users. Much like morphine, which is often used for legitimate medical purposes, heroin is extracted from the seed pod of various opium poppy plants. Heroin comes in white or brown powdered form, or as a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. The heroin that is illicitly sold is almost never pure, as street dealers often mix in other substances to increase their profits. These other substances often cause additional harm.
Heroin is highly addictive and is taken by sniffing, snorting, smoking, or injecting intravenously. The effects of heroin can provide a rushed feeling of ecstatic pleasure that relieves pain and slows the user’s heart rate and breathing.
Short and long term effects of heroin abuse
The side effects of heroin use can be classified into short or long term. Short term effects include light skin flushing, dry mouth, itching, nausea, vomiting, loss of motor control, and falling in and out of consciousness. Long term effects include insomnia, damaged veins and tissues, infections and abscesses, liver and kidney disease, lung complications, and mental instability.
Overdosing on heroin is common, as users often don’t know the potency of the heroin they use. Hypoxia, a condition where insufficient oxygen reaches the brain, can be caused by overdosing. If not treated immediately, this condition can be deadly.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms can take effect in heroin users between six to twelve hours after the drug was last used. The symptoms are more intense than regular prescribed opioids such as painkillers, since heroin exits the user’s system faster. Withdrawal usually involves flu-like symptoms such as insomnia, agitation, nausea, sweating, anxiety, and muscle aches.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can occur in former heavy heroin users. This condition includes lack of concentration and sleep, increased anxiety and panic attacks, depression, hypersensitivity, restlessness, and memory loss. PAWS can last up to two years.
Heroin treatment options
Recovering from heroin addiction is challenging, but it can indeed be done. Many heroin users turn to simple methods of treatment such as detoxification, intensive therapy, drug support groups, inpatient rehabilitation, or outpatient rehabilitation. However, enrolling in an inpatient programme provides the highest likelihood of successful and lasting recovery.
The advantages of inpatient heroin rehab centres
As opposed to outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment means that you reside at the rehab facility and receive full professional support 24 hours a day. At Hesten Hill Rehab, depending on the intensity of the client’s need, these programmes normally last at least 30 days, but can last longer. Full suites of specialised treatment include counselling, group sharing, behavioural therapy, trauma treatment, and a wide range of other integrated activities.
By joining an inpatient heroin rehab centre, you can escape the triggers of your day to day life and centre your attention on what matters most: your full recovery.
Professional heroin rehab programme
Our professionally-tailored heroin rehab programme involves the following elements:
Detox and medication
The first step of heroin treatment is detoxification. Our professional team will design a recovery plan and keep a close eye on your progress. Full support will be provided from our carefully-monitored detox clinic in Thailand, with access to psychiatric counselling, 24-hour nursing care, and regular visits from our doctor. To help alleviate your withdrawal symptoms, we will prescribe controlled medication as needed. Once the residual heroin exits your body, the full treatment can begin.
Comprehensive treatment modalities
There are many complex factors that lead people to abuse heroin. That’s why we take the time to get to know you and your history. Through our comprehensive treatment modalities, we look for the underlying causes of your addiction and treat any co-occurring symptoms such as trauma, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In cognitive behavioural therapy, you will be made aware of the negative thoughts that you create about yourself. These harmful thoughts often activate your instinct to use heroin. Once you can identify these negative patterns, you will learn to control and replace them with more positive ways of thinking. In conjunction with cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectal behaviour therapy enlightens you with effective methods that evoke positive stability in your behaviour patterns.
In our trauma treatment programme, you will address your emotions related to past distressing events. We use trauma release exercises and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) to achieve this. By diverting your emotions towards past trauma and realising a more positive approach in your behaviour patterns, you can overcome the need to use heroin and re-emerge from treatment with a positive and healthy mindset.
12-step Minnesota model
This model is related to Alcoholics Anonymous, however it can also be highly beneficial in heroin addiction treatment as well. We will teach you effective methods to abstain from heroin, make amends to those whom you might have caused harm, and prepare you for the road to complete recovery. A wide range of addiction studies support the efficacy of this model and it is endorsed by addictions experts worldwide including the prestigious Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in the United States.
With mindfulness meditation, you will learn to better recognise your emotions and thoughts. This will raise your awareness to negative thinking and support the strategies you learn in psychological therapy. Thailand has a strong history with Buddhism and our applied methods of meditation include walking cup meditation, singing bowl meditation, candlelit meditation and monk-led chanting meditation. Mindfulness involves acceptance, and by doing so, you will foster healthy patterns of thought and behaviour that will serve you well throughout the rest of your life.
Relapse prevention and aftercare
As part of our heroin rehab programme, you will be assisted in developing a relapse prevention plan. You will be taught effective methods to overcome your future heroin cravings and create an action plan if you happen to relapse. In addition, we offer extensive aftercare that includes group and online therapy sessions. The initial weeks and months that come after you have completed your rehab for heroin are vital, and we are dedicated to providing you with full support after you have left our facility.
Our rehab for heroin offers
- Maximum occupancy of 6 beds (small group therapy sessions)
- 4 times/week individual therapy (highest number of sessions among rehabs in Thailand)
- Full medical team including doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, and 24/7 onsite nursing
- Luxury accommodation with high-class facilities
- Full spa therapy with à la carte menu (not just a massage)
- On-site counsellor and your own personal recovery coach
- Monk-led mindfulness meditation
- Comprehensive relapse prevention plan and aftercare programme
Cost of heroin rehab in Thailand
Hesten Hill Rehab’s pricing package is both attractive and favourable. We offer the highest quality medical care and luxury accommodations at highly competitive prices. Please contact us directly for further information regarding pricing, insurance coverage, and payment plans.
Are you ready to start your wellness journey?
Heroin addiction rehab can indeed be very hard work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create wonderful memories at the same time. We at Hesten Hill Rehab are fully dedicated to helping you overcome your addiction, while enabling you to have a meaningful and memorable experience with us. Contact us today to speak with one of our addiction experts and see if heroin rehab in Thailand is right for you.