Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Find Effective Heroin Addiction Treatment At The Cabin Singapore

Despite Singapore’s strict drug policies, heroin is still causing problems throughout the country. According to Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), heroin was the second most commonly abused drug among those arrested for drug abuse between January and June of 2014. Heroin addiction can quickly become a serious problem, causing many alarming health effects.

What Is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is a type of opiate drug that is derived from the opium poppy. Other types of opiate drugs include morphine, opium and codeine. All opioids are incredibly addictive and are normally abused in an effort to achieve euphoric and calming effects which the drug produces, especially in large doses.

As with other substance addictions, once heroin is taken repeatedly, it can change the makeup of the brain’s reward system, making the brain desire heroin over literally anything else. This is the basis of addiction.

Long-Term Health Effects Of Heroin Abuse And Addiction

Approximately 50% of heroin addiction cases end in death when left untreated, most commonly due to overdose. Heroin users quickly develop a tolerance to the drug, requiring them to take more and more in order to achieve the same effects. Eventually, the user takes more than the human body can handle and overdose occurs.

Other serious health effects of heroin abuse are as follows:

  • Addiction/heroin dependency resulting in extreme withdrawals when ceasing use
  • HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases commonly contracted by sharing needles
  • Collapsed veins
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Infection of the heart lining and valves
  • Arthritis or other rheumatologic problems
  • Poisoning from contaminants added to heroin to cut/dilute heroin

Types Of Treatment Available For Heroin Addiction

Both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centres are viable options for treating heroin addiction, however, it depends on the individual’s case when it comes to deciding which rehab facility will be most effective.

Inpatient addiction centres, otherwise known as residential rehabs, are typically reserved for those heroin addicts who have hit ‘rock bottom’, or have basically lost it all. Residential rehab requires the client to reside at the treatment facility during treatment, far removed from triggers that could make it difficult to be successful in recovery.

Outpatient rehab facilities are better suited for those who must (and are able to) maintain familial and/or work obligations while undergoing treatment.

Benefits Of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Most clients and addiction counsellors alike would agree that the beneficial aspects of outpatient addiction treatment are as follows:

  1. Convenience and flexibility.
    outpatient addiction treatment centres are specifically designed with busy lifestyles in mind. For those who are unable to leave family and/or work behind, addiction counselling appointments are scheduled outside regular working hours at a location that is easy to get to. The Cabin Singapore is conveniently located in the Novena Medical Centre.
  1. Comprehensive and effective addiction treatment programme.
    both one-on-one and group counselling sessions are an integral part of any addiction treatment programme – both of which are offered at The Cabin Singapore.
  1. Cost-effective.
    outpatient centres cost less than residential rehabs due to the fact that the client still resides at home instead of on site. However, it is important to remember that cost should not be the main factor when seeking treatment. Getting the appropriate form of treatment by qualified counsellors is the most important thing.
  1. Confidential.
    All treatment at any of our locations is kept strictly confidential.
  1. Support from friends and family during treatment.
    unlike a residential rehab where the client is away from home during treatment, outpatient centres allow the client to stay at home, close to their support network of friends and family which many find beneficial when it comes to being successful in recovery.

Is A Medically Supervised Drug Detox Required?

The withdrawal symptoms that a heroin addict feels, often within hours of their last come down, can be quite severe and include the following:

  • Yawning
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats/chills
  • Severe muscle and bone aches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

However, while the withdrawal symptoms can be severely uncomfortable both physically and psychologically, they are not life-threatening. Thus, it is not necessary to have a medically supervised detox when it comes to heroin. But due to the extreme physical and psychological discomfort, it is recommended that a heroin addict is monitored by an experienced addiction counsellor or support worker as without such many heroin addicts will give up on recovery at this point due to the strong withdrawal symptoms that occur. Methadone may be administered during this time to ease the symptoms in severe cases.

An Addiction Treatment Programme That Works At The Cabin Singapore

The Cabin Singapore is part of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, widely recognised for being at the forefront of addiction treatment. Our Western-trained counsellors have decades of combined experience treating addiction of all types.

Our unique Recovery Zones treatment method combines cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and our own 3 circles, creating a proven and effective method of treatment.

What Happens During Outpatient Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Most of our programmes last approximately of 6 months, beginning with one personal and 2 to 3 group counselling sessions per week. Depending on how well each individual is responding to treatment, the amount of sessions per week may be decreased over time at the counsellor’s discretion.

Again, sessions can be scheduled outside of regular working hours ensuring that even the busiest of individuals can find time to get the treatment they require whiles still keeping up with their family and work responsibilities.

What Is The Cost Of Addiction Treatment?

Outpatient centres are one of the most cost-effective options for heroin addiction treatment. In some cases, treatment may be covered by your personal insurance plan. Be sure to speak to one of our administrative staff to find out if your particular plan will cover treatment.

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