drug addiction

Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

A drug addiction is considered by professionals as the repeated use of a substance that has led to a psychological and physical reliance, whether it is legal, such as a prescription painkiller, or illegal such as a crack cocaine or heroin. For example, a person may not see the point of living their life without using. Long-term drug use has the potential for severe long-term consequences, including limb amputation, blood diseases such as HIV, and death.

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Here at Cornerstone we know that when addiction progresses without intervention, it can be the catalyst for a wealth of significant issues that can damage careers, hobbies, relationships between friends, family and partners, health and wellbeing, even the capacity to carry out day-to-day tasks. Drug addiction has the potential to negatively impacts on a person’s outlook on life, and themselves, to devastating consequences.

Taking into consideration the scope of potential risks, it is easy to feel like you are alone in your addiction, but there is help available and addiction can be treated. However, the only way this is possible is to take the first step in seeking help from professionals that specialize in drug addiction, to engage with treatment and support systems. At Cornerstone you will find a team of highly qualified, motivated and dedicated practitioners that provide drug addiction treatment tailored to support each individual seeking help from our reputable treatment center.

Cornerstone’s Drug Treatment Assessment Process

At Cornerstone, we understand that the start of recovery is a daunting prospect, often hindered by the fear of the unknown, and what will happen after admitting the extent of the problems faced. For this reason, we provide a free drug addiction assessment with one of our practitioners to ensure a safe space to discuss any concerns, fears and hopes that will pave the way for the journey to recovery. Furthermore, we provide a secondary assessment with a consultant psychiatrist to identify any medical or psychiatric needs to inform the treatment you receive. If required, Cornerstone can provide a drug detox procedure, assisted by a medical professional.

Our Expert Drug Addiction Specialist Practitioners

The practitioners you will find at Cornerstone have extensive experience in a vast range of clinical treatments for drug addiction which ensures flexibility, accessibility and safety. Our specialists provide a non-judgemental space to support you through your treatment, to discuss challenges and motivations to recovery. We believe that there should be transparency between patient and practitioner, placing you at the center of the treatment plan with the ability to make decisions about the treatment you receive. We understand that addiction is unique from person to person, and so endeavor to deliver a treatment plan that takes into account all your needs in order to address and heal the underlying causes for your addiction to achieve lasting recovery from addiction to a positive future once you leave our treatment center.

It is worth noting that delaying, or avoiding professional support for drug addiction can lead to exacerbated symptoms, that might be difficult to acknowledge as they escalate over time. These worsened symptoms can mean using more, stronger or cheaper and more dangerous substances to achieve a satisfactory high. As your dedication to addiction increases, so can the strains and tensions on your personal, professional and romantic life, leading to isolation and the potential for further physical and psychological problems. There is also the risk of developing a secondary, or multiple addictions, such as alcoholism, behavioral and mental health issues which can hinder all aspects of a persons life and decrease the value of life.

However, recovery is possible at any stage of addiction; it is never too late. Cornerstone can provide the help you need to overcome your addiction and allow the promise of the possibility for a happy, rewarding life free from addiction, which everyone deserves.

Drug Rehabilitation at Cornerstone

At Cornerstone our addiction treatment program typically consists of an intensive 28 day program which takes place at our treatment center, where you will stay, following assessments from both our drug addiction specialists, and psychiatrist. 28 days is the recommended length of time to treat drug addiction. However, we do not set rigid time limits, the duration of your stay will depend entirely on your needs, condition and commitments.

Our treatment at Cornerstone is built upon the 12-step addiction treatment model; based on abstinence that the Alcoholics Anonymous organization (AA) first introduced. The treatment is based on empirical evidence and is customized to each person’s needs and circumstances. The philosophy behind the 12-step program is to focus motivation for recovery beside a set of guiding values and beliefs, challenging addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes that fuel addiction, underpinned by spiritual influences that teaches both humility and self-worth.

Cornerstone’s drug treatment program consists of:

  • A complimentary, optional drug addiction assessment to allow confidential and non-judgemental discussion of any concerns and to learn what treatments are available, and best suited for your needs, based on the information you share
  • An optional 7 to 10 day withdrawal detoxification with medical assistance, consisting of evaluation, stabilization and education; following detox anti-craving medications can be administered
  • 1 on 1 and structured group therapy programs
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Information to seek legal support
  • Licensed recovery homes for post-treatment
  • If you would prefer not to take part in a residential treatment program, we also provide high quality treatment programs for day treatment, or outpatient treatment, depending on your unique needs.

Cornerstone’s drug treatment options can be used either as a first admission point into treatment, or as you begin to reduce the quantity and intensity of treatment for those who have gone through an intensive residential program; this will largely depend on the severity and nature of your addiction and the style of support you feel is necessary.

What is Meant by the Term Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is regarded as a serious disorder by which a person uses either legal, or illegal drugs on a regular and extreme basis. Those suffering with addiction will use drugs to the point of being completely dependent on them in order to carry out normal daily tasks. Without drugs, an addicted person may experience severe psychological and physiological withdrawal symptoms, leaving the person often feeling helpless and stuck in their addiction.

Illegal drug addictions can begin with curiosity or peer pressure, perhaps a perception that it is glamorous or interesting. However, there are always risks attached, and what started as a choice may spiral into dependency.

People prescribed painkillers following an injury or operation can become dependent after long-term use and not feel able to discuss these issues with their doctor, leading to damaging addictions.

Drug addiction left without appropriate professional addiction treatment has the potential to nurture long-lasting, overwhelming behavioral, psychological and physical difficulties and disorders and can be fatal.

Types of drug addiction treated at Cornerstone

At Cornerstone, our team of experienced practitioners are qualified to deliver treatment for a comprehensive variety of drug addictions, such as:

  • Heroin
  • Powder and crack cocaine
  • Prescription drugs
  • MDMA/ecstasy
  • Club drugs
  • Cannabis
  • Legal highs
  • Amphetamine
  • Ketamine
  • Spice
  • Stimulant

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

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Indicators that point towards drug addiction can depend on the type of drug taken and method of administration; such as whether a person injects or smokes a substance and how often the drug is taken. Therefore drug addiction can look radically different from person to person and can be demonstrated in a wide variety of symptoms.

Some of the most common indicators that a person is suffering from addiction are;

  • The realization that you need to use more, and more often to achieve the high you crave as a result of building a tolerance to the drug
  • Becoming increasingly preoccupied with buying and using the drug, as interests in other aspects of life decrease
  • Feeling the need to lie, minimize or hide the amount of drugs you are using, and how often
  • Spending money that should be dedicated to other aspects of your life on drugs, or borrowing money that you are unable to pay back in order to buy drugs
  • Experiencing cravings for the drug that alter your mood or ability to focus
  • Using drugs as a way of self-medicating mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or depression to cope
  • Being aware of the negative impact, but maintaining and persisting drug use, despite knowing the detrimental effect it is having on relationships
  • Undergoing withdrawal symptoms when you are unable to get the drug, or attempting to cut down or give up

What Causes Drug Addiction?

At Cornerstone we understand that addictions cultivate through a psychological process called “Positive Reinforcement”; which means a person is driven to continue patterns of behavior due to a positive outcome as a result; if what we do feels good, we will continue to do it, on the whole.

Taking drugs offers positive reinforcement in the form of the “high”; a person can feel relaxed, confident, euphoric, focused or able to go without food or sleep, thereby feeling more able, likeable and proactive. If the person taking drugs achieves the altered state they were seeking, it is probable they will continue to take it if they don’t feel able to achieve that state naturally, and eventually rely on the drug for that feeling. This pattern of behavior is what differentiates an addiction from occasional or one-time use.

In addition to positive reinforcement, research studies signifies a number of other factors which can make a person more prone to addiction, such as;

  • If you have a member of your immediate family that struggles with addiction, research has shown that this increases the risk of developing a drug addiction due to hereditary factors that are aligned with addiction.
  • Environmental factors; including living with someone with an addiction or being subjected to witnessing drug addiction or addictive behaviors from a young age can teach a person that this is normal behavior, and not recognize dangerous risks associated with drug use
  • If you suffer from a mental health condition or dual diagnosis you may be more susceptible to addiction as a result of self-medicating to alleviate symptoms or to control emotional regulation which over long-term use can exacerbate the condition leading to increased drug use
  • Experiencing traumatic or highly stressful life events such as bereavement, divorce or relationship breakdown, unemployment or financial problems, or experiencing a violent or sexual assault can all cause a person to feel the need to use drugs to reduce the symptoms of their trauma or deal with the stress of the situation, which can lead to dependency and addiction

Self-Care Advice for Entering the Initial Stage of Recovery

It can be difficult to know where to begin when seeking recovery; below are some useful suggestions to support the early stages of drug addiction;
  • Be open and honest with people you love about the amount of drugs you take, and how often
  • Accept that your drug use has become problematic and you are no longer in control of how much or how often you take drugs
  • Make initial changes in your life to avoid negative influences and people that have historically enabled or triggered drug use
  • Begin to prepare to make significant changes in order to engage in treatment and maintain recovery from addiction
  • Accept that the process of change is challenging and requires motivation and dedication

Crisis Care

Cornerstone’s team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, delivering excellent, prompt support to those in crisis.

Our drug addiction specialists are there to support those in urgent need of stabilization, providing immediate assistance and providing access to withdrawal detoxification, assisted by a medical professional when necessary.


Our former clients say it best...

Dr. Stone, I am so grateful to your program and also your generosity. I was a hopeless addict who believed there was no way of getting clean. Thanks to my sister and Cornerstone staff, I recently took my 90 day chip in N.A. Thanks, my life has been changed.

~ Isaac C.

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~ Jim V.

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