Cindy is a mother in our community. Her daughter is a heroin addict who has been struggling with addiction for more than seven years.
Nicole was an honor student, on the homecoming court and was a skilled photographer in high school. She earned a photography scholarship to a university in Washington, D.C. It was there that a friend introduced her to heroin.
Cindy brought Nicole back home after seeing the signs of heroin use and heroin addiction. Like many parents of heroin addicts, Cindy tried for years to help her daughter and prevent her from using heroin. She put a GPS on Nicole’s phone. She followed her to friends’ houses. She became aware of the signs of heroin use and systematically searched Nicole’s room, her clothes, old purses for heroin and drug paraphernalia. She confronted Nicole and got her into treatment programs.
But every time Nicole entered treatment, she came out and relapsed. It seemed that Heroin was too strong.
But recognizing that no one WANTS to be an addict and that addiction is a disease is vital to being able to fight on behalf of the people that you care about. They cannot do it alone.
Ultimately, Cindy says all parents can do is make it as hard as possible for their child to use. Don't give them money. Take away their expensive things like computers and cameras. And most importantly be there for them, expect the best out of them and love them.
Nicole had to decide for herself that being clean was better than the consequences of using Heroin.
Today, Nicole is in recovery. She struggles to make the right decisions everyday. But with a good support system and the tools to combat addiction, she is beating heroin one day at a time.
What are the signs of heroin use? If you suspect your child is using Heroin, search your home for signs of use. You can’t help your child if you don’t know what’s going on.. The signs are there, in plain sight, but without being aware they often go un-noticed until it is too late. Below are a few of these signs.
Small or pinpoint pupils
Dramatic weight changes
Frequent nose bleeds
Frequent colds or illness
Pale or ashen coloration
Sudden hair loss
Cotton balls or Q-tips
Cut cigarette filters
Pen parts, straws
White or beige powder
Burn marks on floors or carpet
Long sleeves in warm weather
Change in personality
Change in peer group
Change in routine
Altered sleep habits
Loss of appetite
Urgent need of money
Prescription Drug Drop Box
Since prescription drugs are often the gateway to opiate addiction, ask your doctor to prescribe only the amount needed. Keep your medications locked up and learn how to appropriately dispose of them through the links below.
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.
Big Elephant Recovery Services
7504 Briarcliff Parkway
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Gain access to mental health and substance abuse information, assistance and recovery and treatment for young people who would otherwise not have access to volunteers, donors and partners offering these services.
1744 Payne Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
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.
Text: 741741 then text "FLS" in dialogue box
1114 N. Court Street #123
Medina, Ohio 44256
Robby’s voice arms parents, students and communities with the information to identify the warning signs of substance abuse and get access to the resources needed to live a drug-free life.
The Addict’s Mom
This online community provides support to parents of addicts through its website, social media and grassroots community groups.
United Way 211
Call 211 (or 216-436-2000 in Cuyahoga County) to speak to an Information Specialist who will suggest agencies and other resources to assist you. This community service is provided by The United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Need Health Insurance?
Some treatment facilities require or encourage patients to have health insurance before checking into treatment. If you are without health insurance, you can visit Healthcare.gov to enroll in a plan.