In pictures: Beating heroin in Russia

Cold turkey

Izoplit's withdrawal programme was devised by former heroin addicts, not doctors, and they do not offer any heroin substitutes like methadone.

Addicts are asked to handcuff themselves to their bunks initially, to keep them restrained during the agony of lomki (cold turkey).

"For me, it's not a problem because it helps," says Valentin, after 23 days in quarantine.

"Some people who come here are aggressive or dizzy from drugs or medicines, so it's necessary."

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