Introduction

Recovering heroin user

Is heroin dependence impacting on your life? The fact that you’re here is a great start.

You might be reading this because you want to make some changes in your life. You might be looking for information for someone you know or you might want some further information about your current treatment or other options available to you.

Drug treatment can be confusing but the more you understand about the options available to you, the better your choices and treatment experiences are likely to be. That’s why the Alliance is so pleased to support this website. We want to arm you with good information about the problems people have with drug dependence and your options for tackling it.
If you’re starting a treatment programme, or thinking about it, hopefully the information here will answer some of the recovery and treatment questions you have. But even more importantly, we hope it gives you the confidence to seek the answers to all of your recovery questions. In doing so, you will feel more comfortable about the choices you’re making and get the best possible result – for you.

The Alliance is a service-user-led organisation. We believe strongly that every drug user has the right to access accurate information to support their own recovery journey. This is exactly what we’re here to do – give you the information you need to make the best start on your recovery journey, and help you to stay healthy regardless of your situation

Opioid dependence can refer to many different drugs. Heroin, morphine, methadone, buprenorphine, opium, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol and dihydrocodeine are all opioid drugs and have similar effects on the mind and body. The use of any of them can lead to dependence. Heroin is the most commonly used illicit opioid in the UK and this is why throughout this website we refer to heroin. However, the information we give can be applied to the users of any other opioid drug.