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Recovering Heroin Addict.

Ben was 11 when it started. Marijuana. Then pills. Then a little more. He dropped out of high school. Started hanging with friends that liked to get high, too. Soon he had to use stronger drugs just to get that same feeling. Never Heroin. Never Heroin he said.

But he did. One time and his body was hooked.
His brain had changed to compensate for all the opiates that Ben was taking. Heroin was a part of him now.

Then one night Ben and his best friend Andrew got together. Typical. Got high on heroin. But the next morning Ben woke up and his best friend was dead. Dead from a heroin overdose.

Ben was forced to go to rehab to avoid prison, but he didn’t want to go. When he got out, he relapsed. First with alcohol, then pills and then back to heroin.

Eventually Ben realized if he continued the same behaviors, he would continue to get the same results. He was a heroin addict and the effects of heroin on him were taking their toll. He wanted a different life for himself. So he sought – and worked – treatment for his heroin addiction.

He learned the tools he needed to combat heroin addiction. And eventually he learned that he needed a support group to help him maintain his sobriety.

Today Ben works the twelve steps. He has a support group. He has a sponsor. He is a sponsor. It isn’t easy, but with each day he gains more confidence that he has the tools in place to keep him clean and on a path for a more hopeful life.

Five Steps to Recovery

There are several steps in the treatment of heroin addiction that can lead to recovery. They are broken down by Biological treatment, Psychological treatment, Social treatment and Spiritual treatment. Each stage must be addressed for best chances of addiction recovery.

  1. Identify the Problem. You must recognize the signs of heroin use before you can treat heroin addiction. Recognize that addiction is a disease and there is no shame in seeking to recover from it. Would you feel ashamed to recover from a disease like cancer?
  2. Detox. A physical detox to rid the body of heroin and combat heroin side effects. (Biological)
  3. Treatment and/or Counseling. Treatment programs will provide you with the tools and skills necessary to learn to cope with heroin addiction everyday. You must learn to identify and deal with the day­to­day realities of heroin addiction. (Psychological)
  4. Support. Whether you go to a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous or you find a support group of your own, you must surround yourself with a new peer group that both understands and supports your recovery. (Social)
  5. Find meaning in your new life. You must work to find meaning, hope and purpose in your drug­free life. Focus on reconnecting to the things and life that the addiction may have disconnected: family, friends, work and play. Reconnecting will build confidence and motivation to get you through the empty promise of addiction.


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ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
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The Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board provides information about treatment centers and other resources for in Cuyahoga County.
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Created by a former recovered addict to help those affected by addiction; particularly for people who harbor doubts about whether it’s really a disease or whether treatment works. The disease of addiction is explained in a logical easy to understand manner. This website will help ease the journey others have to travel in coming to terms with addiction, whether their own or a loved one’s. Stories of Addiction
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A collection of interviews with Heroin addicts in recovery and information about how Heroin has impacted Northeast Ohio.


Cleveland Treatment Center
11127 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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Call 216-861-4246 for state-of-the-art, scientifically based, cost effective opiod treatment, prevention, crisis intervention and rehabilitation.


Frontline Services
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The 24/7 Crisis Hotline is an anonymous, confidential service. Talk with a licensed staff person who will listen to your concerns without judgment, assess your needs and recommend options and resources to help you.
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Call 800-234-1001 24/7 if you or someone you love has a problem with drugs. Treatment based on belief that addicts can recover without use of mood-altering chemicals and without disgrace or humiliation.


Heroin Anonymous
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Call the hot line at 888-699-7556 for help and information. We are concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of heroin addicts who turn to us for help. We do not provide drug counseling, medical or psychiatric treatment, chemical dependency treatment, or therapy of any form. In our Fellowship you will see one heroin addict helping another, freely passing on their experience to the next person who is desperately searching for an answer to their own heroin addiction.


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Recovery Resources
3950 Chester Avenue
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Recovery Resources is a nonprofit organization in Northeast Ohio that specializes in treating people with substance abuse and reoccurring mental disorders. Approach recovery as a lifelong goal.


St. Vincent Charity Rosary Hall
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Rosary Hall is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center operated by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland.


Stella Maris
1320 Washington Ave.
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Stella Maris is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Cleveland that provides chemical dependency treatment and mental health services.


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