Opioid abuse and addiction are prevalent problems in modern society. From the intentional misuse of prescription medications, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, to the recreational abuse of illegal drugs, such as heroin and opium, opioids continue to have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation and throughout the world. But it does not have to be that way.
At Wellness Resource Center, we understand the unique struggles and challenges that accompany opioid abuse and addiction. More importantly, we know how to help adults overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from ending their self-defeating behaviors and resuming their pursuit of healthier and more satisfying lives. With the help of our experienced and dedicated professionals, men and women who currently find themselves caught in the downward spiral of opioid addiction can end their dependence on these insidious substances and once again pursue the promising futures that they both desire and deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you care about is struggling with an addition to opioids, the pain of seeing your loved one in crisis may be exacerbated by the mistaken belief that you are powerless to make a difference. While it is true that you cannot cure your loved one’s addiction, there are a number of actions that you can take that may make a life-changing difference:
- Learn about the disease of addiction in general, as well as the specific ways that opioid dependence impacts a person’s mind and body. The more you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the better you will be able to provide meaningful assistance.
- Research treatment options and identify programs that may be best suited to meeting your loved one’s needs.
- Have an open and honest conversation with your loved one. Express your concerns, listen to his or her responses, and focus on reaching common ground and finding solutions.
- When your loved one is ready to get help, volunteer to make appointments, arrange for childcare, provide transportation, and take care of other logistics that can free your loved one up to focus on his or her health.
- Practice self-care. You have been impacted by your loved one’s opioid abuse, and you cannot be a consistent source of support if you neglect your own needs.
Finally, never lose sight of the fact that addiction is a complex disease, and that recovery is a long process. Be prepared to be a consistent, positive presence in your loved one’s life.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
It is difficult to overstate the potential damage that can result from untreated opioid addiction. Physically, the impact of long-term opioid abuse includes dangerously low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and depressed respiration. Cognitively and psychologically, opioid abuse may lead to memory deficiencies, irreversible brain damage, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. With their bodies and minds decimated by their addictions, opioid abusers may find it difficult or impossible to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, meet their responsibilities at work or in school, and otherwise participate in a productive life. People who are unable to overcome the compulsion to abuse opioids face the ever-increasing risk of experiencing a host of problems, including family discord, financial ruin, unemployment, incarceration, and homelessness.
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 opioid dependency 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 Mondays through Fridays 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 opioid dependence 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, Mondays through Fridays. Group therapy sessions provide a structured and supportive environment in which clients can share their insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice the skills that will be essential to their long-term recovery. 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 opioid addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual, we are proud to offer a Family Program once 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 opioid 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.