Heroin / Opiates

Heroin Addiction & Treatment

Addiction to heroin or other opiates is a serious problem that affects all aspects of one’s life including family, relationships, work, and health. Here at Cornerstone Recovery Center, we customize our treatment plans for each individual to formulate the best combination of programs and services to achieve freedom from addiction and all of its negative side effects. Has heroin or opiate addiction become a problem for you or someone you care about? Learn about the signs of opiate addiction and the different treatment options that are available. The time to get help is now. All phone calls and emails with our staff are confidential. Please contact us online or call 1-888-711-0354 to speak with an admissions counselor today.

Signs of Heroin and Opiate Addiction

It is important to use clues to help determine if you or a loved one is exhibiting the signs of opiate drug addiction. Opioid addiction consists of both a physical and psychological dependency to one or more opiates: heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone. Heroin can be a brown or black powder or a black sticky substance. It can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Opiates are highly addictive and users experience an increased level of tolerance, meaning that more of the same drug is progressively needed to achieve the same feeling. Here are 10 questions to help you determine if opiate drug use has become a problem for you or a loved one.

  1. Does life revolve around drug usage? Are you spending most of your day figuring out how and where to get your next fix?
  2. Do you continue to use drugs even though you realize they are harmful? Heroin and opiates cause negative health effects, cause problems with relationships and your job, and cost a great deal of money. If you realize this is happening, but still can’t stop using, it is time to get help.
  3. Have you built up a tolerance? Do you find yourself taking increasing amounts of the same drug or mixing other drugs just to try to achieve the same “high” that a smaller dosage gave you?
  4. Do you take more drugs just to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms? Heroin and opiates cause a physical or psychological dependency that can develop even after one or a few uses.
  5. Do you feel physically ill all the time? Heroin and opiate usage can cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach problems, vomiting, chills, restlessness, and sleepiness; some of these are also signs of withdrawal, but can also be just side effects of usage.
  6. 6. Do you have symptoms of withdrawal? Early signs of withdrawal include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, and sweating. Late symptoms of withdrawal are more severe and can include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea, and vomiting.
  7. Are you having problems with your relationships? Using these types of drugs often causes problems with family, friends, and co-workers.
  8. Have you lost interest in hobbies and things you used to love? Drug dependency and addiction to heroin and opiates can often replace hobbies and other activities.
  9. Are you using drugs under dangerous conditions? Using heroin and opiates can often lead you to bad neighborhoods, driving while under the influence, or sharing dirty needles.
  10. Have you gotten into legal trouble related to using drugs? Legal problems from stealing, driving under the influence, or possession often follow people who are addicted to drugs.
  11. Are you spending all of your money on drugs? If you are neglecting your bills, cutting down on your spending on food, or refusing to spend money on other, legal forms of entertainment that you used to enjoy, you may be facing a serious drug addiction.
  12. Are you lying to your family and loved ones to cover up drug use? If you have to cover up your drug use by lying to friends and family by lying about where you’re going, who you’re with, or what you’re doing, you should seek help.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or are familiar with these signs of addiction to heroin or other opiate drugs, you are in the right place. We understand that dependency can make you feel like you are not in control, but addiction help is available.

The Effects of Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Heroin and opiate addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Abusing these types of drugs is life threatening. There are other serious health risks and side effects including bacterial infections, liver or kidney disease, and lung problems that happen to the body as a result of using heroin and other opiates, even if they are only used for a short time. In addition, there are health risks associated with sharing needles including hepatitis and HIV. Drug use also has a negative impact on a person’s emotional and psychological functions, which often also interferes with relationships. Loved ones often try to help fight off addiction rather than sit by and see an addict deteriorate at the hands of heroin abuse; but all too often relationships with family and friends are damaged during this process. Jobs are lost and income is cut off causing even more problems for an addict who then searches for alternative illegal and dangerous ways to pay for their drug habit. Cornerstone Recovery Center treats all aspects of and relating to heroin and opiate addiction, which includes mending family relationships and helping our clients get acclimated back to a normal lifestyle with a job and other responsibilities.

When is it Time to Seek Heroin Addiction Help?

If these signs of opiate abuse sound familiar, you are in the right place and help is available and there is hope. If you have tried to stop using heroin or other opiates and have not been able to stop, you should contact an addiction recovery center like Cornerstone Recovery Center to seek help. We provide a family approach to recovery and we focus on treating all aspects of addiction, including relationships with family and helping clients get acclimated back to everyday living once recovery is complete. Cornerstone’s family-centered and holistic approach to recovery has been very successful for clients looking to stop using heroin and opioid drugs.
At Cornerstone, we believe that everyone is different and there is no one formula for recovery. That’s why we customize plans for each individual to fit their unique needs and situation. Our staff including our medical director, nurses, behavioral coaches, and therapists all work together along with your family and loved ones to keep you moving towards your goals and be successful in recovery. Traditional 12-step and SMART Recovery® programs are available, and every client has access to experienced addiction therapists that provide help for mental health issues, such as co-occurring disorders and trauma counseling. Treatment usually begins with an inpatient stay at our newly renovated residential complex on the Intracoastal Waterway and just steps from the beach. Clients who arrive from New York or northern areas like Edison, Woodbridge Township, Lakewood Township, and Tom’s River will love the warm weather and tropical breezes.

Make the Call. . . Get Help for Heroin and Opiate Abuse

Heroin and opiate addiction can have negative effects on a person’s physical as well as mental health, and the effects of drug abuse can wreak havoc on your relationships, job and home life. Do you feel that using heroin or other opiates are controlling your life or ruining the life of your loved ones? There is hope! Cornerstone Recovery Center’s approach to recovery takes every aspect of your life into consideration to form a plan of treatment that is just for you. If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol or drug addiction, please contact our admissions counselor today by contacting us online or calling 1-888-711-0354. All communications with our staff are confidential.