Substance abuse is a broad category that includes a wide range of behaviors related to the misuse of both legal and illegal substances. Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, using prescription medications in a manner other than directed, and injecting heroin are just a few of the many forms that substance abuse can take.
In terms of physical damage, family destruction, healthcare costs, and legal fees, it is virtually impossible to accurately capture or calculate the devastation that substance abuse has inflicted upon individuals, families, and communities throughout the nation and around the world. When substance abuse turns into addiction, the negative impact can be exponentially worse, and the effort to end this self-defeating behavior can be immensely more difficult.
At Wellness Resource Center, we know what it means to suffer from the disease of addiction, and we have considerable experience helping people overcome their dependence upon alcohol and other drugs. The day a person chooses to enter treatment at Wellness Resource Center is the day that the pain of substance abuse begins to transform into the promise of long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Substance abuse is a stunningly prevalent problem. But statistics cannot prepare you for the discovery that someone you care about has developed a substance use problem, and national trends cannot ease your mind or dispel the fears and frustrations related to realizing that your loved one is in crisis. Thankfully, you do not have to be a passive witness to the struggles of your friend or family member. Please consider the following:
- Educate yourself. The first step in solving any problem is understanding the nature of the challenge. Learn about the disease of addiction and the effects that your loved one’s substance of choice may be having on his or her mind and body.
- Research treatment options. There is no such thing as a perfect treatment program. Instead, what you should be looking for is the option that is best suited to meeting your loved one’s unique needs.
- Talk to experts about what your loved one is going through. Learn how best to bring up the subject of his or her substance abuse, your concerns, and possible solutions.
- Do not judge. Your loved one’s problems are not the result of bad behavior or poor character. Do not lose sight of the fact that he or she is dealing with a chronic, progressive, and potentially life-threatening disease.
- Prepare yourself. Addiction is an insidious and complex disease that is often accompanied by co-occurring mental health challenges. Overcoming an addiction is a long-term process that often requires extended professional assistance. Do not expect quick results, and do not be discouraged by the setbacks that will occur along the way.
Most importantly, remember that your loved one can benefit from both your moral support and your tangible actions. Making appointments, providing transportation, arranging for childcare, and cooking healthy meals can help your loved one focus on the hard work of getting healthy, and can make all the difference in the world.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
It is no exaggeration to note that an untreated substance use disorder can be lethal. Substance abuse has been associated with heart failure, brain damage, cardiovascular distress, organ failure, and a host of other acute and chronic negative health effects. People who struggle with substance abuse and addiction are at an increased risk for having problems in school or at work, for experiencing discord in their interpersonal relationships, and for engaging in behaviors that can result in injury and incarceration. Many people who engage in long-term substance abuse also struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Studies suggest that individuals who have a substance use disorder are six times more likely to attempt suicide than are people who have not struggled with chemical dependency.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
At Wellness Resource Center, we are committed to ensuring that each person who chooses to heal with us receives the type and level of care that will best prepare him or her to achieve long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and any co-occurring conditions. Our client-focused integrative approach to treatment places a premium on providing comprehensive care that is customized to meet the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each client.
Understanding that intensive, daylong treatment is just one step on the path of lifelong recovery, we work closely with each client to set short-term and long-term recovery goals, and then develop detailed plans that will help them to achieve these objectives.
Treatment at Wellness Resource Center is a personalized, holistic experience that features a range of treatment activities and therapeutic interventions, each of which is provided by experienced and compassionate treatment professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their dedication to treating each client with dignity and respect.
During Phase I treatment, which is also referred to as the partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients participate in treatment-related activities Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and benefit from round-the-clock supervision seven days a week. During this time, clients will reside in the housing provided on our campus, which is staff-supported 24/7. Depending upon each client’s goals, strengths, and needs, his or her treatment at Wellness Resource Center may include many of the following elements:
Medication management: Clients whose substance abuse or addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition or conditions may benefit from the inclusion of psychotropic medications within their treatment plans. The incorporation of medication into a client’s treatment regimen will be determined by a psychiatrist based upon a personal review of his or her case. Clients whose treatment includes medication management will meet with a psychiatrist at least once each week throughout his or her time in treatment. Also, the program nurse, the client’s primary therapist, and attending behavioral health technicians will all be available to assist with medication monitoring.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy and effective therapist-client relationships are essential components of care at Wellness Resource Center. All clients participate in individual therapy sessions with their primary therapist a minimum of one time each week, with additional sessions scheduled when clinically appropriate. These one-on-one sessions are ideal opportunities for clients to discuss their progress, process successes or setbacks, and address any concerns that they may have about any aspect of their treatment experience.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the fundamental element of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, with clients participating in multiple groups each day, Monday through Friday. Among the more common groups offered at Wellness Resource Center are psychoeducational groups, gender-specific groups, process groups, age-specific groups, and experiential groups. Some of the many topics that will be addressed during these sessions may include the following:
- Body image
- Relapse prevention
- Coping skills
Family therapy: At Wellness Resource Center, clients and their family members may schedule family therapy sessions with either the client’s primary therapist or with our clinical director on an as-needed basis. In addition to in-person family therapy sessions, additional options for keeping families connected during treatment and for helping family members access the support they need include phone calls, conference calls, and written communication.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapies are included into programming and are designed to provide clients with the opportunity to overcome challenges, express themselves artistically, interact with others, and otherwise engage in tangible experiences that emphasize holistic healing. The type and amount of experiential therapy that clients participate in at Wellness Resource Center varies depending upon their personalized treatment plans, and may include the following:
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
- Social activities
- Teamwork activities
Family Program: Because the devastation of substance abuse and addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual, we are proud to offer a Family Program every other month. This program features psychoeducation and process groups that are designed to help family members address their own needs as they prepare to support their loved one during the post-treatment phase of his or her recovery.
Clients who can benefit from step-down support after they have completed Phase I treatment for substance abuse and addiction at Wellness Resource Center may choose to enroll in Phase II care, which is an intensive outpatient program, or IOP. Phase II participants can attend part-time treatment and receive case management services while continuing to live in our client housing. After completing Phase II, clients who desire a transitional living environment with a semi-structured support system may choose to enroll in Phase III.
Among the many benefits of healing at Wellness Resource Center is that we provide a seamlessly integrated spectrum of extended care services, all of which are provided by the same highly qualified members of our treatment teams. With no maximum limit on length of stay, Wellness Resource Center makes it possible for each client to receive a consistent continuum of care that is designed and delivered with the sole purpose of preparing him or her to successfully pursue lifelong recovery.