Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Beautiful Phuket

People with heroin addiction need specialised treatment because it’s almost impossible to stop on their own.

If you or a loved one are struggling with heroin dependence, it’s important to get help. You can’t do this alone and it takes a great deal of help and support to stop using heroin.

If you feel fearful at the prospect of heroin addiction treatment, be assured – it’s normal. At our heroin addiction rehab in Thailand, you will get time out from all your problems and the stresses of life so you’ll be able to focus on getting well.

Heroin addiction treatment in our luxury rehab in Thailand is an excellent choice to start your journey to freedom from heroin addiction in a safe and confidential environment.

At Miracles Asia, our highly qualified addiction specialists are dedicated to providing you with personalised and comprehensive treatment.

Our addiction treatment center in Thailand will help you overcome your heroin addiction and get your life back on track so that you can begin living life again, drug free.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder that is “cut” with sugars, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. Other common names for heroin include H, horse, hell dust and smack.

Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste that predominantly originated in South America and, to a lesser extent, from Southeast Asia, and dominates U.S. markets.

Highly pure heroin can be snorted or smoked and may be more appealing to new users because it eliminates the stigma associated with injection drug use.

“Black tar” heroin is sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal and is predominantly produced in Mexico. The dark color associated with black tar heroin results from crude processing methods that leave behind impurities. Impure heroin is usually dissolved, diluted, and injected into veins, muscles, or under the skin.

Side Effects of Opioids & Signs of Addiction

Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.

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, or euphoria — 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.

Repeated heroin use changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, creating long-term imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems that are not easily reversed.

Studies have shown some deterioration of the brain’s white matter due to heroin use, which may affect decision-making abilities, the ability to regulate behavior, and responses to stressful situations.

Heroin also produces profound degrees of tolerance and physical dependence. Tolerance occurs when more and more of the drug is required to achieve the same effects. With physical dependence, the body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced abruptly.

However, there are other common effects, including:


Dry mouth


Warm flushing of the skin


Heavy feeling in the arms and legs


Nausea and vomiting


Severe itching


Clouded mental functioning


Being ‘on the nod’, a state of going from being conscious to semiconscious

Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Heroin is extremely addictive no matter how it is administered, although routes of administration that allow it to reach the brain the fastest (i.e., injection and smoking) increase the risk of developing heroin addiction. Once a person has heroin addiction, seeking and using the drug becomes their primary purpose in life.

Heroin users may be able to hide signs of their heroin use in the beginning. However, after a while, friends and family may notice signs of heroin consumption, which may be evident both during and after use:

  • Abrupt changes in behaviour or actions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Constricted pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Cycles of alertness followed by sudden drowsiness
  • Nodding off
  • Droopy appearance and heavy eyelids

These signs are not necessarily unique to heroin use. A more obvious warning sign of heroin use is the paraphernalia used to administer the drug, which may include the following:

  • Needles or syringes
  • Straws or tubes (used to inhale fumes)
  • Burned spoons, gum wrappers, or aluminum foil
  • Missing shoelaces (used as a tie for injection sites)
  • Small plastic bags containing white powdery residue

Signs of Heroin Behaviour:

  • Deceptive or secretive behaviour
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • An increase in time spent sleeping
  • Slurred, garbled or rambling speech
  • Sudden decline in performance at school or work
  • Lack of self-care and physical appearance
  • Lack of incentive and constant boredom
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and fun activities
  • Theft or repeated efforts to borrow money from family and friends
  • Aggressive behaviour toward loved ones
  • Wearing long pants or sleeves in warm weather to hide needle marks.

Signs of Heroin Addiction:

Regular users begin to build a tolerance to heroin or other opiates, which means they need to increase in the frequency and amount of the drug they use. As they are compelled to use more and more, we often see physical symptoms of heroin addiction begin to show:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Runny nose
  • Needle marks on arms, legs, and other areas of the body

How Serious is Heroin Use?

Heroin takes a serious toll on your brain and body. Long-term effects of heroin use include:

  • Death by accidental overdose
  • Respiratory depression, which can lead to hypoxia and resulting brain damage
  • Severe constipation and bloating
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Infections or open sores at injection sites

Cuts, bruises, and scabs from picking at skin.

Research shows that only about 10 per cent of those who are addicted to heroin end up seeking treatment. People in the field of addiction treatment are concerned about this low rate.

Heroin is extremely addictive and there is a high risk of overdose. Because of its potential for physical addiction and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, relapse is common for those who try to quit on their own.

However, the good news is that recovery from heroin addiction is possible – to quit and stay stopped. At Miracles Asia we will work closely with you to help you begin your life of recovery from heroin addiction and learn how to live a good life, free from the grip of the drug.

We have helped many people successfully recover from heroin addiction so that they can manage their lives with confidence without drugs.

What Are Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Like?

Physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal commence six to 12 hours after last use and last for approximately five days. Symptoms are very unpleasant, but are rarely life-threatening (providing adequate hydration and electrolyte balance is maintained) and include:

  • Intense need to use more of the drug (cravings)
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stomach pain in the extreme
  • Racing heart
  • Lacrimation (flowing tears), rhinorrhoea (runny nose) and sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Hot and cold flushes, heavy sweating and piloerection (hair standing on end)
  • Anxiety, restlessness and irritability
  • Gastrointestinal tract symptoms (for example anorexia, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea)
  • Muscle, bone and joint aches and pains, headache, muscle cramps
  • Tremors.

Heroin Addiction Detox Treatment

When someone enters treatment for heroin addiction treatment, it is vital to get expert help for the withdrawal experience. Withdrawal entails intense cravings or other physical symptoms and will most likely occur for several days. It is important to understand that withdrawal is a natural part of the treatment and the early recovery process, but it is not the same for everyone. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be aided with a scheduled detox.

Upon arrival at Miracles, all clients will receive a comprehensive assessment; Any hospitalisation that is needed for the detoxification process is undertaken at one of our partnering, internationally accredited private hospitals.

A compassionate team of caring professionals will help clients through the possible physical and mental discomfort of withdrawal.

Although behavioral and pharmacologic treatments can be extremely useful when used alone, research shows that for many people, integrating both types of treatments is the most effective approach.

The exact length of heroin addiction detox will range depending on the individual’s drug history and other health factors. After this initial period, the person may continue to experience some symptoms, but to a much lesser extent, and should be able to engage in our heroin treatment program in Thailand.

How Long Does Heroin Detox Take?

The length of time each person takes to become addicted to heroin is different. If you are heroin-dependent, your first step when entering rehab will be to start a detox, so you can safely rid your body of the presence of heroin before beginning heroin addiction treatment.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms can typically start within the first eight to 12 hours after the last use, and those symptoms will peak within one to three days and continue for up to seven days.

Signs of Heroin Overdose

Overdose might happen accidentally for a variety of reasons, such as taking a regular dose after tolerance has lowered, taking a stronger dose than the body is accustomed to, or combining substances of abuse. While some people do overdose intentionally, the majority of overdoses are unintended.

Overdose is a medical emergency, and prompt medical attention can help prevent lasting health consequences or death or lasting health consequences. Many states and countries have passed laws that legally protect the person who suffered the overdose, as well as those who report the emergency.

If you are worried that someone you know has used too much – and therefore overdosed – it is vital that you do not leave them on their own. If the person is conscious, make sure they stay awake. Walk them around and try not to let them lie down. Also, continually monitor their breathing rate and the quality of their breathing.

If they are unconscious and not responding to you, stay close to them and call emergency services immediately – preferably an ambulance. First responders know the signs of overdose well and have the equipment to revive a person who has overdosed.

People may not realize they are experiencing an overdose, especially if they are heavily under the influence of that drug. Some general symptoms associated with various overdose states include severe chest pain, seizures, severe headaches, difficulty breathing, delirium, extreme agitation, or anxiety.

In addition to these symptoms, other signs may include:

  • Deviations from normal body temperature (e.g., hyperthermia/hypothermia)
  • Passing out or an unresponsive loss of consciousness
  • Skin color changes (e.g., pallor or bluish tint to skin if a respiratory depressant was used; ruddy or flushed after cardiovascular overstimulation)
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Fast, slowed, or irregular pulse.


The following are signs of an heroin overdose:


  • Unresponsive to stimuli
  • Unable to talk
  • Vomiting
  • Arms and legs are limp
  • Their face is pale or sweaty
  • Pulse is slow, erratic, or absent
  • Breathing is heavy or stopped
  • Their lips and nails are blue
  • They are choking or making gurgling noises.

Opioid Addiction Rehab in Thailand

If any of the above information has been helpful to you and if you would like to get help for yourself or a loved one, Miracles Asia on the beautiful island of Phuket may just be the opioid addiction treatment in Thailand that you are looking for.

Having made the decision that you, or a loved one, needs help, all that’s needed is to call and make an appointment for a no-obligation, free assessment.

At Miracles Asia, we know how to help you. You deserve recovery. We understand recovery and how life can be so much better without the use of heroin.

We will give you the ‘tools’ to start you on that all important journey to living your best life without the need for any mood-altering substances.

Call for a no-obligation, free assessment with a trained specialist.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment for Heroin Addiction

We understand that early recovery from heroin addiction can be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after addiction rehab. You’re cocooned in the safety of the treatment center where your every need is catered for. So, returning back to life at home can seem daunting.

We know how it goes, and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously.

Your 90-day treatment program at Miracles Asia doesn’t stop after you leave heroin addiction rehab.

After your time in residential care, you’ll stay connected through our after-care online program for two further months – and longer if necessary.

The aftercare support program will keep you in regular contact with your counselor who will see you for one-to-one sessions by Zoom. These sessions are important so that we can check in to make sure you’re still on-track in your recovery and if you’re experiencing any issues we can problem solve together.

Not only will you have one-to-one counselling, but also our ongoing group counseling sessions will keep you connected to your peer group, some of whom you may form life-long attachments with.

The group sessions are kept deliberately small in number. A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counselor who you will probably know from your time in residential care.

The experienced group facilitator’s job is to check in with you all and spend time making sure you’re on track with your recovery. You may have questions and the facilitator will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.

We make sure you’re getting the best possible support as you ease back in to your community back home. Miracles’ group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress. It’s helpful to keep you on the right track to living the life you deserve, clean and sober a day at a time.

Our online group counseling is available at assigned times during the week to cater for you wherever you are in the world after you leave heroin treatment rehab.

Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.

Maybe you have questions about what to do, or how to go about life in general. For these reasons and more, our case-managers will stay in touch and help you manage your early few months in recovery.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment program, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counselors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery from heroin addiction.

We take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life.

We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our drug addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia. We know how important your recovery is and we will do our best to make sure that you get what you deserve – a good life, full of happiness and freedom from using.

Living an addiction-free life is absolutely possible and we at Miracles Asia are proof of that ourselves. We know what it’s like to recover.

Call our toll-free number today and leave your worries behind. Get your life back: you deserve it!