Horizon Rehab Center offers safe and effective inpatient treatment for Heroin and other Opioids such as Fentanyl and prescription painkillers.
Our proven Western model of addiction treatment is underpinned by our medical detox facilities at our onsite hospital, which is managed by Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) - the second-largest hospital group in Thailand. So, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting the best treatment available.
Opioid addiction recovery can be a challenging and delicate process. Outpatient rehabilitation programs, while often well-intentioned, may not be sufficient to fully support individuals in overcoming their addiction, as they do not remove the person from the social and environmental context that contributed to their addiction. In contrast, research indicates that inpatient treatment programs, such as those offered at Horizon Rehab Center , are the most effective approach for addressing heroin addiction.
We offer a structured, controlled environment where individuals can focus on their recovery and eliminate external distractions that may hinder their progress. At Horizon Rehab Center, our inpatient heroin rehab program provides round-the-clock care, medical support, and psychological counseling to help individuals achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. Our highly trained, Western-accredited team of addiction experts will closely monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed to maximize your chances of success in overcoming your addiction.
Opioids are a class of medications that are used to relieve physical pain. This class of drugs includes natural opiates, such as morphine, which is derived from the opium poppy, and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which is made in a laboratory. Opioids can be prescribed legally by healthcare providers, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and codeine, or they can be illegal, such as heroin. There are many different types of opioids available for pain relief, and they can be effective in managing moderate to severe pain. However, they can also have serious side effects and can be highly addictive
When looking at some statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 450,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in just the United States between 1999 and 2018. This in part is due to the rise of fentanyl, which is another opioid that has seen an increase in popularity in recent years.
Fentanyl is estimated to be around 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is often mixed with other drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and party drugs like ecstasy or MDMA without the user's knowledge. This increases the risk of overdose as people are generally not aware of the strength of the drug they are using or what else has been mixed in. In Vancouver, Canada the increase in fentanyl use has been linked to a large increase in overdose deaths in recent years.
According to some of the statistics released by the British Columbia Coroners Service, there were at least 1,527 overdose deaths in British Columbia just in 2017 alone. They found that fentanyl was detected in the vast majority of these overdose cases. Each year the number of overdose deaths caused by opiates has continued to grow despite harm reduction attempts put forth by the Canadian government. There were 1,716 overdose deaths in 2018 and 2,049 overdose deaths in 2019 and these numbers continue to rise as fentanyl use and inclusion in other drugs grows. The opioid epidemic has had a significant impact on public health, and college-age individuals are at risk of overdose due to their increased likelihood of experimentation with drugs and alcohol.
Despite these risks, many people continue to use opiates recreationally which can lead to dependence and developing an opioid use disorder. When opiates bind to specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, they can block the transmission of pain signals and produce a feeling of pain relief. Opiates also produce a feeling of pleasure by activating the brain's reward pathways. Long-term use of opiates can alter the way the brain functions, leading to changes in behavior and cognition. Opiate use can also disrupt the normal production of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that transmit messages between nerve cells in the brain. This can lead to changes in mood and behavior and can contribute to the development of physical dependence and addiction.
When looking at the history of opiates we see that the opium poppy plant has been cultivated for medicinal and recreational purposes for many thousands of years. It has a long history of use in many cultures including ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. In ancient times the juice from the poppy plant was used to treat many ailments and conditions such as pain, insomnia, and coughing. Opium is generally harvested from the poppy plant by making a series of small incisions in the pod which allows the sap to be collected. The sap can also be processed further to extract the alkaloids, which can be used to produce opiate medications and heroin.
While it was used primarily as a medication, opium has seen use as a recreational drug in ancient times as well and it was often associated with religious ceremonies. In the 19th century, opium smoking became popular in China, and it was also used as a recreational drug in the United States and Europe. This is where the idea of the opium den became popular in Hollywood movies.
In the early 20th century, as problems with opiate use began to be observed the cultivation and trade of opium became regulated by international treaties. The use of opium and its derivatives, such as morphine and heroin, became much more tightly controlled. Today, opium and its derivatives are used medically to relieve pain, but they can also be misused and have proven to be very addictive.
In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), opiate addiction is classified as a substance use disorder. To be diagnosed with an opioid use disorder a person must meet certain criteria related to their use of opiates.
Taking the drug in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than intended.
Having a persistent desire or an unsuccessful attempt to cut down or control drug use.
Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the effects of the drug.
Experiencing cravings or a strong desire to use the drug.
Continuing to use the drug despite experiencing negative consequences as a result of drug use.
Reducing or giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to drug use
Using the drug in situations where it is physically hazardous.
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not used.
If someone meets two or more of these criteria within a 12-month time period they may be diagnosed with an opioid use disorder.
Prolonged abuse of heroin can have serious and potentially life-threatening health consequences. These can include:
Dependence on the drug leads to severe withdrawal symptoms when stopping the use.
Increased risk of contracting HIV and other blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis C, due to risky injection practices.
Damage to veins caused by intravenous drug use.
Infections, including bacterial and fungal infections.
Overdose, which can be fatal.
Infection of the heart lining and valves.
Rheumatologic problems, such as arthritis.
Poisoning from contaminants may be added to cut or dilute the drug.
It is an unfortunate truth that around half of those who abuse opioids such as heroin and fentanyl will die as a result. Many overdose deaths are caused by users taking too much heroin as their tolerance to the drug increases and they need to consume more to achieve the same effects.
Despite developing tolerance, users may eventually take more than their bodies can handle, leading to an overdose. It is important for individuals struggling with heroin addiction to seek professional help and treatment to address their addiction and reduce the risk of these negative health consequences. Many individuals who have developed a tolerance to opioids will require a medical detox.
Medically supervised detox is a process in which individuals who are dependent on opioids receive treatment and support to safely stop using the drug. There are several benefits to undergoing a medically supervised detox for opioid addiction, including
Safety: Medically supervised detox allows individuals to safely withdraw from opioids under the care of trained medical professionals who can monitor their physical and mental health and provide support and treatment as needed.
Comfort: Medically supervised detox provides individuals with access to a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and therapists, who can provide emotional support and guidance throughout the detox process.
Increased likelihood of success: Undergoing a medically supervised detox may increase the likelihood of successful long-term recovery, as it can help individuals overcome the initial physical and psychological challenges of withdrawal and set the stage for further treatment and recovery efforts.
It is important to note that detox is just the first step in the recovery process and should be followed by a comprehensive treatment program, such as inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation, to address the underlying issues that contribute to opioid addiction.
At Horizon, we are proud to have a team of highly qualified addiction specialists who are fully trained in the Western model of addiction treatment. Many of our team members have personal experience with addiction recovery and are committed to helping others find a life, free from their addictions.
Our program combines a range of evidence-based treatment approaches to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to addiction recovery. This includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of therapy that helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their addiction. We also incorporate the 12-step methodology, a widely recognized approach to addiction recovery that involves working through a series of steps with the support of a community of peers in recovery.
In addition to these traditional therapies, we also offer a range of holistic therapies to help individuals address the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their recovery. These may include art therapy, which uses creative expression as a means of self-discovery and healing, as well as yoga and mindfulness meditation, which can help individuals develop greater self-awareness and relaxation. By combining these approaches, we aim to provide our clients with the tools and support they need to build a foundation for lasting recovery.
At our recovery center on the outskirts of Bangkok, we understand that the journey to recovery requires effort and dedication. However, if you are committed to overcoming your addiction and achieving a happier, healthier life, we can offer the support and guidance you need to succeed. Our team has extensive experience helping people overcome addiction and build sustainable lives in recovery. We will be with you every step of the way as you work to break free from the grip of Heroin, Fentanyl, and other Opioids.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. We are here to help you find the path to recovery and start building a better future.
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