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.
When heroin is used, whether by smoking, snorting, or injecting, it produces the following effects:
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:
Long-term risks of heroin use include:
Over time, these effects become more severe, and addiction takes hold as heroin affects your brain’s limbic system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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: