The taboos surrounding heroin are not without reason – this potent opiate is a notoriously addictive and dangerous drug. Heroin depresses your respiratory system, making breathing so shallow that it can stop completely. This, combined with the unpredictability of dosage, increasing presence of fentanyl in street drugs and popularity of intravenous injection as a usage method, puts heroin users at very high risk for overdose.

While many on heroin desperately wish to quit, with withdrawal symptoms like intense cravings, extreme irritability, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, it’s no wonder many end up using again. If this sounds familiar to you, we want you to know that getting off of heroin once and for all is entirely possible – and we offer the support, tools and resources you need to do it.

Short- and Long-Term Effects of Heroin Abuse

When heroin is used, whether by smoking, snorting, or injecting, it produces the following effects:

  • A rush of euphoria
  • Warm flushing of the skin
  • Heaviness in the limbs
  • Itchiness
  • Nausea
  • Mental fogginess
  • Drowsiness, falling asleep or “nodding off”
  • Slowed breathing

The intensity and immediacy of these feelings depends on the ingestion method used. Often, users who begin by smoking heroin eventually graduate to injecting it to heighten its effects. Short-term risks of heroin use include:

  • Exposure to infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C
  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced motor skills
  • Confusion, problems concentrating
  • Decreased blood pressure and heart rate, irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Coma

Long-term risks of heroin use include:

  • Chronic constipation and intestinal issues
  • Menstrual and fertility problems
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Diminished cognitive abilities
  • Internal organ damage
  • Damaged nasal passages (from snorting)
  • Abscesses and damaged veins (from injecting)

Over time, these effects become more severe, and addiction takes hold as heroin affects your brain’s limbic system.

Why The Dawn is Your Best Choice for Heroin Rehab in Thailand

Group Therapy Session at The Dawn Heroin Rehab Thailand

At The Dawn, we don’t just treat your symptoms – we treat your underlying issues. We do this by looking deeper into who you are, taking into account your present issues, past experiences, relationships, family dynamics and environment. Because addiction is a chronic condition, without this process, symptoms are bound to recur. Your dedicated therapist will help you put a relapse prevention plan in place so you can confidently pursue a life in recovery.


Inpatient Heroin Rehab Facilities: The Most Effective Way to Recover

While the convenience and lower time commitment of outpatient treatment may seem appealing, the truth is that it could ultimately draw out your recovery process. While in outpatient treatment, you are far more likely to have access to drugs and alcohol. In inpatient treatment, on the other hand, you will receive 24-hour support from clinical staff and peers. You will also live in an environment completely curated for your recovery, so distractions will be minimised while you do the important work of getting well.

How Our Heroin Addiction Treatment Works

We understand how hard it is to stop using heroin. That is why we have designed a comprehensive treatment programme to help you safely detox, get to the root of your addiction and set yourself up for continued success in sobriety.

When you use heroin over an extended period of time, your nervous system becomes tolerant to it, and goes into shock if it’s suddenly removed. Detoxing from heroin can be dangerous, which is why it’s recommended that you always do so under professional supervision.

Prior to treatment, you’ll receive a full medical assessment to determine if detox is necessary. If it is, you will do so onsite in the comfort of our rehab facility, where you will be looked after 24 hours a day by our fully licensed, detox-specialised medical team.

Our unique Twin Pillars treatment model centres on evidence-based treatment methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) and a secular version of the 12 Steps. This powerful therapy combination is designed to help you recognise and change patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving you, build tools for lasting sobriety and cultivate valuable peer support.

In addition to conventional treatment methods, your programme will be supplemented by a well-rounded combination of holistic therapies to ease your body and mind into the recovery process. This both enhances your treatment experience by making you more receptive to your therapeutic work, and helps relieve the stress that addiction has placed on your body and mind.

If you’re physically dependent on heroin, your first step will likely be heroin detox. Not everyone requires this phase of treatment — this will be determined during an initial assessment prior to starting your treatment plan. We have a comprehensive medical detox facility onsite, so you can complete all stages of treatment in one location and easily transition from detox to therapy. Our centre is fully equipped with modern medical technology, and our medical staff are available at all hours.
After detox you’ll move on to addiction treatment, where you’ll stay in comfortable, private accommodation while working through an intensive daily programme. In this stage, we’ll focus on the underlying causes of your addiction using our own Twin Pillars approach. This unique approach to treatment combines evidence-based and innovative therapy and a complementary wellness regimen to ensure our clients have the best possible chance to maintain long-term recovery, sobriety and generally healthy living.

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Scenic Thailand

Northern Thailand is known for its relaxed atmosphere, natural beauty and vibrant traditional culture. Here at our facility just outside of Chiang Mai, you’ll find the tranquillity you need to reset your sleep patterns and settle into your mindfulness practice. The extended family feel of our community combined with the easy-going friendliness of Thai culture will make you feel safe, supported and at home.

Major Depression

We help you identify your triggers and determine which coping mechanisms work best for you and put them in a customised Relapse Prevention Plan.

Comfortable and private room in a beautiful riverside facility with resort-style amenities.

We incorporate a wide range of holistic approaches to help our clients develop mental strength and improve overall health.

A Day at The Dawn

We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn:

07:00:Group Exercise
09:30:Group Process
11:00:Group Therapy
13:00:Focus Group
14:30:Individual Counselling, Massage, Fitness Training, Mindfulness Meditation or TMS (optional)
19:00:Group Activity, Offsite NA / AA meeting
20:30:Rest & Relaxation