Why Hong Kong Residents Find Effective and Affordable Treatment for Heroin Addiction at The Cabin Hong Kong
Recent reports regarding heroin use in Hong Kong show that the drug is used by a range of different age groups and income brackets. It is purported that heroin is the city’s most popular illegal drug for residents over 21 years of age, and it makes up for about 78% of all drug use in this category.
Most of the opium used to make the drug is imported from countries such as Laos and Myanmar, which make up the Golden Triangle, known for its high levels of drug production and trafficking. In the last year alone it is estimated that approximately 90% of all heroin was exported from the Golden Triangle into China to try and address the growing demand for the drug. Research and reports suggest that China consumes about 65 tonnes of heroin annually, and the demand for it is slowly starting to outgrow the supply.
Effects of Heroin Abuse and Addiction
Heroin is one of the most addictive and harmful drugs in the world. The use of heroin changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, which in turn makes users crave more of the drug, and promotes the deterioration of the brain’s white matter at the same time. This affects the user’s ability to make sound decisions, regulate behaviour and respond to stressful situations.
Other long-term health effects of heroin use include:
- Addiction/ heroin dependency resulting in extreme withdrawals when ceasing use
- Contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases
- Collapsed veins
- Contracting bacterial or fungal infections
- Kidney failure
- Infection of the heart lining and valves
- Rheumatologic problems such as arthritis
- Poisoning from contaminants added to dilute heroin
Tolerance to heroin develops quickly, causing the user to take more and more of the drug to reach the desired effects. Eventually, the user takes more of the drug than the body can handle which is considered an overdose. Overdose can frequently lead to death, which is why it is so important to seek treatment for heroin addiction as early as possible.
Types of Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment can work for heroin addicts, depending on the severity of their addiction. For those who are unable to keep up with regular work and family obligations, residential rehab is recommended. On the other hand, those who are still able to function in daily life relatively ‘normally’ would benefit from outpatient addiction treatment.
Effective Outpatient Addiction Treatment at The Cabin Hong Kong
The Cabin Hong Kong is well equipped to deal with heroin addiction in an outpatient setting. Our clients are able to choose and plan the times in which they would like to come into the centre for treatment. This means that they are able to fit their sessions around their work schedules and daily obligations while still receiving the best heroin addiction treatment available.
Our heroin addiction treatment plan revolves around our own unique Recovery Zones method. This treatment model includes the best parts of the famous 12 Steps programme used in treatment centres worldwide, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We offer our clients group support meetings, personal therapy, medical advice and treatment, and most importantly, a safe and discreet place to get clean.
The Cabin Hong Kong offers the highest standard in treatment. However, if a patient requests or requires full-time, residential heroin addiction treatment, we can easily transfer them to our sister facility in nearby Thailand: The Cabin Chiang Mai.
Is Drug Detox Required Before Heroin Addiction Treatment?
Although the withdrawal symptoms experienced when stopping the use of heroin are quite extreme and can be incredibly uncomfortable, they are not life threatening and do not necessarily require medically-assisted detox. That being said, however, due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms it may be suggested that clients are monitored by addiction counsellors or medical professionals which will be decided on a client-by-client basis.
What is the Cost of Treatment?
Outpatient rehab is a very cost-effective option when it comes to heroin addiction treatment. However, it is important to think not just of cost, but of the experience and expertise of the counsellors providing treatment and the success rate of the entire treatment centre.
Is Heroin Addiction Treatment Covered by Insurance?
The answer to this question depends entirely on your personal insurance plan. If you need more information regarding this matter, please be sure to speak to one of our admissions specialists.
How Soon Can I Begin Treatment?
Addiction is a progressive disease, meaning that it only gets worse over time without treatment. Heroin is an especially addictive drug and the severity of the addiction can increase rapidly. The sooner that you seek help for yourself or your loved one, the better the chances are of a successful, long-term recovery.
Residential Addiction Treatment at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Some clients require a more intensive level of care, in which case a counsellor will recommend inpatient treatment at our sister facility. The Cabin Chiang Mai is a full-time residential rehab facility located in the beautiful, subtropical mountains of Northern Thailand. Our facilities offer the highest levels of privacy and relaxation for addicts to begin their recovery. Our Western-accredited counselling team evaluates each client, creating a tailor-made treatment programme to suit your individual needs.
Our treatment methods are internationally recognised, and boast an above-average completion rate of 96%. Combined with our successful psychological therapies, we also offer holistic activities that assist with the spiritual and physical healing of our clients.