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Heroin / Opiates


If you are battling with Heroin misuse and finding it difficult to quit on your own, it’s ok don’t worry, that’s why we are here. At Ciconia Recovery, we understand the complexities in giving up one of the most highly misusable drugs in the world today. Remember tomorrow never comes when wanting to quit, don’t delay, pick up the phone today for an informal and confidential chat with one of our experienced staff for your first step on the road to recovery.

Herion/Opiates Addiction Treatment

Heroin is known by far to be one of the most addictive, dangerous and powerful opiate drugs in the world today. It is derived from the poppy plant and is usually sold as a white or brown powder. Heroin has been directly linked to the destruction and early deaths of countless lives.

The most common method of Heroin use is the intravenous injection, although some choose to snort, smoke, or inhale it, it has many street names such as smack, gear, brown, skag, maal and many more depending on an individual’s demographics and where they may live.

Heroin works by increasing endorphins and dopamine (known as happy chemicals) in the brain’s reward system, thus providing instant feelings of contentment, relaxed-euphoria and wellbeing that typically last a few hours. Heroin is highly misusable and can often after only a few short doses cause a strong physical and psychological dependency to its user.

A user over time will build a tolerance to the Heroin thus requiring higher amounts to achieve the same high. Misusers will eventually find themselves unable to function normally due to the extremely strong cravings and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

At Ciconia Recovery, we have effective ways of treating street Heroin misuse using a range of Opiate Substitute Prescribing(OSP) such as Methadone, Buprenorphine tablets or the new Buprenorphine monthly injections.

For clients who are drugs free, we can also prescribe Naltrexone which blocks the effect of any opiates.

Naltrexone is an FDA approved non-addictive medication that has been used for decades for the treatment of opioid and alcohol addiction. The medication can reduce the physical cravings for alcohol and opiates significantly. Naltrexone has many forms such as daily tablets, monthly injection and  3-6 monthly implants.

Studies have shown for a maximum chance of recovery and long term success in becoming drugs free; it is highly recommended to have psycho-social interventions as part of any recovery/care plan in conjunction with OSP. At Ciconia Recovery, both of these treatments are provided by our experienced prescribers, counsellors and keyworkers.

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What are the symptoms of Heroin misuse?

  • Limp muscles
  • Shallow breathing
  • Confusion & Disorientation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heart rate
  • Extreme drowsiness


Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required.

The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges.

Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


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