Heroin Addiction Treatment

Frequently called one of the most destructive and painful addictions that a person can suffer from, heroin is an illicit drug that rapidly takes over an individual’s life. Offering users a sense of relaxation and euphoria while simultaneously eliminating their ability to feel pain, the high elicited by heroin is one that many find appealing. However, the high that is brought on by the use of heroin is one that quickly fades, leaving users to suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Because of the distress that comes about as a result of these withdrawal symptoms, individuals frequently find themselves trapped in the cycle of addiction. And, once this type of addiction has developed, it can be exceptionally difficult to overcome without professional help.

Knowing how difficult it can be to defeat an addiction to heroin, the staff at Wellness Resource Center delivers comprehensive treatment and recovery services that address the specific and unique needs of each client as he or she fights the war against heroin addiction. With warmth and dedication, the staff at Wellness helps clients achieve sobriety and redevelop the confidence and skills they need to maintain it for the long-term.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

It is extremely difficult to learn that a family member or loved one is struggling with an addiction to heroin. You have likely been plagued by a number of different emotions as you have watched your loved one seemingly become a completely different person as a result of his or her heroin use. You know that your loved one needs help and are probably feeling extremely worried about what his or her future holds if that help is not received. Although you cannot force your loved one to put an end to his or her heroin use, there are some things that you can do during this challenging time:

  • Learn about the disease of addiction, including addiction to heroin. Also, learn about the signs of overdose so that you can be prepared in case an emergency arises.
  • Research treatment centers that offer care designed to help people who are addicted to heroin.
  • Confront your loved one with your concerns, but remain calm, empathic, and nonjudgmental when doing so. Having other loved ones present to express their concerns as well could also be beneficial.
  • Prepare to be met with resistance or denial from your loved one. Again, remain calm and be ready to offer specific examples of behaviors that have caused you to be concerned.
  • Present your loved one with the research you have compiled regarding potential treatment options. Encourage him or her to be open and honest with you in regards to how he or she feels about receiving treatment.
  • Once your loved one has made the decision to receive treatment, dedicate yourself to being an active part of his or her recovery process.
  • Remain an unconditional source of hope, encouragement, and support for your loved one, remembering that the road to recovery is not an easy one.

Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center

An addiction to heroin can destroy the lives of those who are trapped in its powerful grip. The physical ailments that can arise as a result of prolonged heroin abuse are vast and can include things like clogged blood vessels, strokes, seizures, heart attacks, and organ damage. Additionally, for those who use this drug intravenously, their risk for contracting infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS, is significant. Heroin addiction will inevitably consume other aspects of users’ lives as well, potentially resulting in relationship disturbances, occupational failure, interaction with law enforcement, and financial turmoil. Fortunately, when people make the brave choice to receive treatment, these devastating circumstances can be successfully avoided.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center

The staff at Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the adult men and women who are entrusted into our care as they recover from an addiction to heroin. We believe in an abstinent-based approach to treatment and have found that those who suffer from dual diagnosis psychiatric concerns and substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of heroin, respond best to treatment interventions that are offered in a holistic and simultaneous manner.

At Wellness Resource Center, we believe that everyone who comes to us for treatment is unique, bringing with them their own history, values, and worldview. For this reason, we offer clients highly individualized treatment that is customized to meet their physical, psychological, family, spiritual, and social needs. All clients take part in an array of assessments so that our staff is able to mutually develop appropriate short- and long-term plans of treatment and recovery as individuals take the first step towards overcoming their addiction to heroin.

The first step of the treatment process at Wellness Resource Center begins at Phase I, which includes full-time treatment with housing. This phase of treatment is also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and provides clients with a day-long schedule of treatment activities that meet five days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This program is staff-supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and promotes activities of daily living, while also integrating intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to overcome their addiction to heroin. The following may be included into a client’s overall programming during his or her stay at Wellness Resource Center:

Medication management: When clients are suffering from symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to heroin addiction, the use of psychotropic medications may be implemented into their treatment plan in order for them to experience true relief from their distress. The use of medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to manage and monitor any medication needs. Additionally, a client’s primary therapist, the program nurse, and the attending behavioral health technicians are all also available to help monitor medication throughout a client’s time spent in programming.

Individual therapy: Clients have the opportunity to meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy sessions once each week, but additional sessions may be added when needed or deemed clinically appropriate. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to meet privately with their therapist and discuss their progress in treatment, while also addressing any concerns that may have arisen. The relationships between clients and their therapists are built on trust and are central to helping clients successfully heal.

Group therapy: Group therapy is at the core of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, and clients engage in group therapy sessions 5 days per week, with between 3 and 4 different groups meeting each day. While individual assessment and treatment are highly valued, we have found that exploring the commonality among clients is a vital avenue for helping them gain insight and make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Clients can expect to partake in process groups, psychoeducational groups, experiential groups, gender-specific groups, and age-specific groups. The different topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma
  • Coping skills
  • Body image
  • Goal-setting

Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members on an as-needed basis throughout their time spent in treatment. These sessions are led by either the client’s primary therapist or by the clinical director. When families cannot be physically present, telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication will be used in order to keep them involved and informed of their loved one’s progress, and to help them find resources for dealing with their own emotional struggles.

Experiential therapy: In order to promote a holistic approach to treatment for heroin addiction, experiential therapies are available to clients while they engage in treatment at Wellness. The specific amount of time that a client will spend engaging in experiential therapy will vary, as all treatment is customized to meet each client’s unique needs. The types of experiential therapies that clients may participate in can include the following:

  • Adventure activities
  • Labyrinth
  • Teamwork activities
  • Social activities
  • Psychodrama
  • Communication-based activities
  • Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)

Family Program: Keeping in mind that an addiction to heroin does not only affect the individual, but that it will inevitably impact his or her family as well, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer our Family Program at no additional cost to clients. Offered every other month, the Family Program offers psychoeducation for family members and allows them to participate in process groups where they can come to understand how their communication may be a barrier to their loved one’s recovery from an addiction to heroin.

Once clients have completed treatment in Phase I of programming at Wellness Resource Center, they may step-down to treatment in Phase II. This extended care option is a form of part-time treatment through our intensive outpatient program (IOP) where clients can continue to reside in our client housing, attend part-time treatment, and receive case management while looking for employment. Phase III is recommended for some clients following the completion of Phase II, which offers clients a transitional style of living with semi-structured support.

Wellness Resource Center truly stands out in our seamless extended care continuum that does not limit clients with a maximum length of stay. Services throughout the continuum of care are provided by the same staff, so that clients receive consistent, continuous care from their time of admission until they leave us, and beyond.

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