What happens when detoxing from heroin?

While the early days of recovery certainly have their challenges, a detox programme can help you to make the most of your treatment experience. If it is determined during the admissions process that you could benefit from detox support as a Priory patient, you will have access to the following services and support:

  • A substance-free environment which virtually removes the possibility of relapse
  • Based on an initial consultation, you may be prescribed certain medications such as methadone or buprenorphine (Subutex) as well as lofexidine and benzodiazepines, to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal
  • Around-the-clock monitoring by nurses and medical staff
  • On-site medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
  • Seamless transition to the next steps in your treatment plan

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Benefits of heroin detox at Priory

One of the immediate benefits of choosing detox at Priory is that you will avoid the symptoms that often accompany heroin withdrawal, thus helping you to avoid relapse. Your safety and comfort will remain our number one priority during your time with us, and as you are able, we will guide you towards the next steps on your treatment journey.

After discharge we encourage attendance at weekly evening aftercare meetings; these are free for 12 months following addictions treatment. Where appropriate, we advise continued therapy with an experienced 1:1 therapist. We also encourage attendance at an appropriate fellowship meeting usually: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Cocaine Anonymous (CA). 

For patients who have particularly severe addictions we may ask them to consider further residential treatment in a 'secondary care' facility. This can be for between 3-6 months at a Priory facility in the UK or South Africa. 

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding heroin detox, please call  0800 840 3219 or click here for a free addiction assessment.