There are a number of different heroin detox treatments that are prescribed by doctors, normally after careful assessment and consideration of the patient’s requirements.

Withdrawal symptoms typically start about 12 hours after the last dose of heroin; the discomfort reaches its most intense after 2 –3 days and the worst of the cravings can take a week to overcome.

Medical Detox

The supervised administering of opiate substitutes, such as Methadone, alleviates the worst of the pain and anxiety associated with heroin detox.Heroin addicts receive 24-hour care and support during this period to ensure their comfort and well-being during the most difficult time.

Ultra Rapid Detox

When undergoing URD heroin, patients are anaesthetised to numb the effects of withdrawal and then, through medical administration, their system is rapidly flushed clean of opiates.After a couple of days, patients are completely clean and can return to their normal lives once more.There are major concerns regarding this procedure and observations indicate that despite being sedated, many patients still suffer considerable discomfort.There is also little secondary support therapy associated with this form of treatment and this can often lead to relapses.

Methadone or Buprenorphine

Despite the problems associated with Methadone and Buprenorphine treatment, they do have high success rates for weaning addicts off heroin.They reduce drug cravings and health and behavioural problems that are typical with heroin.It is a legally administered substitute and allows users to participate normally in society once more.


Naltrexone binds with opiate receptors in the brain and blocks them preventing any effects from taking heroin such as a heroin addiction. It does not, however, relieve any withdrawal symptoms from heroin.