Heroin Addiction


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Our friendly team offer 100% discretion in our rehabilitation centre in Bolton. Every person is treated as an individual and we will help you to identify the causes and emotional triggers behind the addiction and how to manage them. If you are suffering from heroin addiction and are ready to give up the substance and significantly improve your quality of life, contact us for your free consultation today.

For family members and friends, witnessing a loved one deteriorate due to heroin addiction can be devastating but you should not have to face it alone. Here at Acquiesce, we offer a safe environment and recovery programme to help people get their lives back on track. You can be as involved in the person’s recovery as you like too, our urban recovery model is designed to make transitioning from residential rehab back into society as smooth as possible, so we encourage support from family members and friends.


Signs of heroin addiction

Heroin addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to hide and often takes over a person’s life. There are many physical and psychological signs, including:
  • Wearing long sleeved clothing in warm weather (to hide track marks)
  • Significant weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Possession of syringes, needles and related paraphernalia
  • Regularly showing flu-like symptoms
  • Exhaustion
  • Thoughts of hopelessness and despair
  • Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Angry outbursts
  • Being arrested/imprisonment
  • Social isolation
  • Job loss
Trying to suddenly quit heroin can be dangerous and extremely distressing, with notoriously difficult withdrawal symptoms. We strongly encourage anyone wanting to give up the substance to seek professional help. Our friendly, non-judgemental team of experts can help you to safely remove heroin from your system (known as the detoxification process) and start to rebuild your life through our rehabilitation programme.

We use the latest methods and techniques in therapy to help you understand the source of the addiction and change your mindset and behaviour. We will also help you to integrate back into society, rebuilding your life and managing temptations and emotional triggers.



  • How does heroin cause addiction?
    When heroin is used an individual often experiences a euphoric rush or high and also the relief of pain. It is due to the increase in felt pleasure and decrease in pain that someone may continue to seek that leads to addiction. As the body builds a tolerance to heroin the individual will need to increase the amounts used in order to experience the same effects. Through frequent use heroin will change the structure and functioning of the brain leading to dependence. Once a physical dependence to heroin has developed the individual will need to continue to use heroin in order to prevent unpleasant and painful withdrawal symptoms. The psychological dependence that is formed by the individual is the mental cravings and the firm believe that they can not function or manage life without heroin.
  • What does heroin do to the body?
    As heroin is a depressant there is a risk that a user may overdose, heroin has a suppressive effect on the respiratory system which can be fatal. If you are injecting heroin you could be at risk of infections, damaging veins, blood clots, abscesses and contracting BBV's.
  • What does heroin do to the brain?
    Once heroin enters the brain, it is converted to morphine and binds rapidly to opioid receptors. People who use heroin typically report feeling a surge of pleasurable sensation—a "rush." The intensity of the rush is a function of how much drug is taken and how rapidly the drug enters the brain and binds to the opioid receptors. With heroin, the rush is usually accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and a heavy feeling in the extremities. Nausea, vomiting, and severe itching may also occur. After the initial effects, users usually will be drowsy for several hours; mental function is clouded; heart function slows; and breathing is also severely slowed, sometimes enough to be life-threatening. Slowed breathing can also lead to coma and permanent brain damage. (
  • What are the symptoms of heroin addiction?
    If you are addicted to heroin psychologically you may experience strong cravings to use, you may find that although you have promised yourself you will not use you still find yourself picking up. Physical addiction to heroin can be identified by symptoms of withdrawal such as vomiting, diarrhoea, aches and pains, sweating, runny nose and excessive yawning.
  • Can heroin addiction be treated?
    Yes. Treatment for heroin addiction at Acquiesce begins with a free confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service, this can be done either by phone call or by booking an appointment at the centre. Once the correct treatment pathway has been established all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation would be made and agreed. In most cases treatment for heroin addiction would begin with a detox in order to safely and comfortably remove the substance from the body. Acquiesce then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from heroin addiction. A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of cocaine addiction. The programme also utilities holistic therapies, social activities and regular fitness sessions and exercise. Individuals will learn to understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support and aftercare that is provided as standard.

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