Substance abuse is a significant and prevalent problem in modern society. The abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal drugs has had a devastating effect on individuals, families, and communities throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, with no socioeconomic or other demographic group escaping unscathed.
The abuse of alcohol and other drugs leads to tolerance (requiring increasingly greater amounts of the drug in order to experience the high that previously resulted from smaller doses) and dependence (physical reliance upon the drug in order to forestall the onset of withdrawal symptoms). Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s substance abuse problem, the effects can range from dangerous to deadly.
Substance abuse and addiction are associated with a host of negative physical outcomes, including damage to the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and brain, as well as injuries from slips, falls, car crashes, and other accidents. Individuals who are trapped by substance abuse and addiction also face a range of cognitive, emotional, and psychological problems, from temporary impairment to irreversible brain damage.
The impact of substance abuse is not limited to a person’s physical and mental health, as these behaviors are closely associated with damage to personal relationships, employment status, academic achievement, and financial well-being. Substance abuse is also a common contributing factor to a host of legal problems.
At Life Healing Center, we provide the rehab treatment needed to learn how to stop the destruction and put people back on the path to a healthier and much more promising future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with a substance use disorder can be an excruciating experience. In many cases, this difficulty can be compounded by the confusion that the disease of addiction and a lack of information about possible solutions. The good news is that there are several steps that loved ones can take that may make a real and lasting difference in the life of an addicted friend or family member:
- Educate yourself. The first step toward finding a solution is understanding the specific nature of the problem. In the case of substance abuse, it is important to learn about the disease model of addiction, and to understand how any co-occurring disorders may be complicating the situation.
- Research rehab options. Realizing that a loved one may need to get help is an important first step, but it is just one of many steps that will need to be taken. As you learn more about your loved one’s condition, make sure that you are also discovering the types and levels of treatment that may best meet his or her needs.
- Be supportive. Your loved one is in a state of distress and may not be able to respond in what appears to be a healthy or productive manner. Understand that his or her responses will not always reflect actual hopes or feelings, but instead may be the manifestation of the symptoms of the disorder he or she is struggling with.
- Be realistic. Overcoming a substance abuse problem is not a simple endeavor. Do not expect that you will be able to solve your loved one’s problems merely by meaning well and acting in a supportive manner. There will be obstacles and setbacks. Make sure that you have realistic expectations regarding your loved one’s progress.
- Get help. Do not try to be the sole source of support for your loved one. Enlist other trusted friends and family members to form a support network – both for your loved one and for each other. Self-care is an essential component of caring for an individual in crisis.
To summarize this advice: Be compassionate, be consistent, be informed, and be realistic. Substance use disorders are challenging for both sufferers and loved ones. By approaching this challenge with information, compassion, and a dedication to being a long-term positive presence, you can play an essential role in improving the quality of your loved one’s life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with substances of abuse in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to drugs or alcohol, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Substance use
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Mood disorders
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Emotion regulation
- Preparing for discharge
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
- Shamanic drumming
- Massage therapy
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Recreational therapists
- Equine therapists
- Reiki practitioners
- Native American Shamans
- EMDR practitioners
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Breathwork practitioners
- Art therapists
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.