heroin Rehab



You can recover from heroin addiction and we can provide you with the tools to do so. If you’re overwhelmed with the sense that it’s time to get help, listen to your intuition and reach out today.

Cornerstone Healing Center is a rehab in Scottsdale, AZ that can help you. Cornerstone can be your ground zero to begin the process of healing in mind, body, and spirit. We are evidence-based, trauma-informed, and led by a clinical team who is concerned with your long-term success in recovery. 

We have the following levels of care for our heroin addiction treatment programs: 

Each of our programs are evidence-based and we rely on what works to treat addiction. Our treatment center is focused on healing the mind, body, and spirit from addiction. 
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Deciding to get sober is hard. Getting help shouldn’t be.

Our team is here to help you navigate the process so you can focus on what really matters- your recovery.

About our Approach

At Cornerstone Healing Center, we take a comprehensive approach to treating heroin addiction that includes medical, psychological and social interventions. 

We offer counseling and group therapy to help individuals identify and address underlying issues that may be contributing to their addiction. 

Our goal is to not only help individuals overcome their addiction, but to also help them build a healthy and fulfilling life. 

We also provide aftercare planning to help individuals stay on track with their recovery and avoid relapse.

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Learn About Cornerstone's Levels of Care

At Cornerstone Healing Center, we offer a variety of  programs designed to help individuals heal from the traumas of their past and build healthier lives. 

Our programs are based on the idea that healing from emotional and psychological trauma takes time and effort, and we are committed to providing our clients with the care and support they need to reach their goals. One of our most popular programs is our traumafocused therapy program. 

This program is designed to help individuals understand and work through their experiences of trauma and develop healthy coping strategies. It includes an individualized treatment plan that includes evidencebased therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and exposure therapy. 

Group therapy and workshops help clients connect with others who have experienced similar trauma and help them build new skills and strategies for managing their emotions. Cornerstone’s specialized programs are for those dealing with specific issues such as substance abuse and addiction. 

Our treatment curriculum is tailored to meet each client’s individual needs and includes a comprehensive evaluation and assessment, individual and group therapy, and relapse prevention.

We also offer education and support to family members struggling to support their loved ones with addiction. 

At Cornerstone Healing Center, we understand that each persons trauma and healing journey is unique and that there is no onesizefitsall solution to recovery. We provide specialized, evidencebased programs to help individuals heal and move forward.

Cornerstone is committed to providing the best care and support possible to help our clients find their path to healing.

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Meet our passionate, caring, and compassionate staff at our
Scottsdale residential program.

Karen Williams, LPC

Clinical Director

Lionel Estrada

Primary Therapist


Understanding Heroin Addiction & Heroin Treatment

Heroin (diacetylmorphine and diamorphine) is an opioid used for medical and recreational purposes. It belongs to a class of drugs found naturally in the opium poppy plant and boasts pain-relieving properties.

Heroin is typically injected into a vein. However, heroin can also be inhaled, smoked, or snorted.

The onset of its effects is usually fast and depends on the route of administration. While smoking is the fastest route of heroin administration, intravenous injection causes a quicker rise in blood concentration.


When a person takes heroin, they experience a rush of happiness immediately. The person may feel like the world has slowed down for several hours. Some users of heroin describe the feeling as being in a dream.

These effects emerge because the drug slows certain functions of your brain. It blocks your body from receiving pain messages and slows your breathing and heart rate. Overdose of heroin may stop breathing completely and cause death.

Heroin addiction or opioid use disorder is characterized by abnormal brain changes and behaviors resulting from heroin misuse. Intravenous administration of heroin is the most dangerous, as a person can catch a disease from a dirty needle.

Regardless of the route of administration, heroin makes its way to the brain quickly. The neurochemical changes produced by heroin intake can render individuals unable to stop themselves from using it again.

Heroin binds to receptors in the brain and releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. While the release of dopamine is temporary, as with most drugs, it produces a feeling of pleasure that makes the individual want more of it.

If an individual takes heroin repeatedly over time, the brain stops producing dopamine naturally as it once did. This causes the person to take higher and more frequent doses of heroin in order to achieve the same level of euphoria.

It may be hard to identify heroin addiction at first. However, the symptoms of heroin addiction become more pronounced as they take over the user’s life. Here are the short-term  effects of heroin addiction:

Users experience an acute transcendent state of euphoria shortly after taking heroin. The intense dopamine rush happens as heroin or diamorphine metabolizes into 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) and morphine in the brain.

Some users believe that the effects of heroin are stronger than other opioids. This can be explained by the rapid onset of heroin effects or the presence of 6-monoacetylmorphine, a metabolite unique to heroin.

Other opioids used for recreational purposes only produce morphine, while heroin produces both morphine and a psychoactive metabolite. This perception, however, is not supported by ample clinical evidence.

According to studies comparing the subjective and physiological effects of injected heroin and morphine in individuals previously addicted to opioids, subjects exhibited no preference for heroin over other opioids or vice versa.

As users experience a rush of pleasurable feelings after heroin ingestion, their skin flushes, and their mouth becomes dry accompanied by a heavy feeling in the extremities. Users may also experience severe itching, nausea, and vomiting.

The initial effects are followed by a feeling of drowsiness, lower heart rate, and slow breathing, which may sometimes be life-threatening.

Long-term Effects

When abused for a prolonged period, heroin causes neurological (anatomical and physiological) and neurochemical changes in the brain. This creates long-term imbalances in the neuronal and hormonal system that cannot be easily undone.

According to clinical evidence, prolonged misuse of heroin can deteriorate the brain’s white matter to the extent that the user experiences impaired decision-making ability, the ability to regulate behavior, and responses to stressful situations.

These trouble effects highlight the need for suffering individuals to enroll in heroin rehab as soon as possible. 

Get Started At Our Treatment Facility Today

You can recover from heroin addiction and we can provide you with the tools to do so. If you’re overwhelmed with the sense that it’s time to get help, listen to your intuition and reach out today.

Cornerstone Healing Center is Scottsdale, AZ heroin rehab that can help you. Cornerstone can be your ground zero to begin the process of healing in mind, body, and spirit. We are evidence-based, trauma-informed, and led by a clinical team who is concerned with your long-term success in recovery. 

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