Heroin, one of the most deadly drugs in existence, possesses the capability of causing upheaval in every facet of a person’s life. And while those who abuse this drug do not necessarily start with the intention of becoming addicted to it, the margin of time it takes to become physically and psychologically dependent on it can be short. Often injected with needles, heroin can render several costly detriments to an individual’s health and overall well-being. As abuse of this substance becomes more ongoing, the person abusing heroin will develop a tolerance and require higher or more potent doses in order to achieve the desired high. When this is the case, the risk for overdose increases exponentially.
Attempting to end an addiction to heroin on one’s own can be ripe with obstacles and, in many cases, abusers of this drug resume their abuse because of the painful and uncomfortable withdrawal that ensues. Because of these effects and the high risk for relapse, seeking treatment for an addiction to heroin provides those with this chemical dependency problem with the greatest advantage in recovering and achieving sobriety.
At Life Healing Center, we recognize the trials and tribulations that lie in front of individuals who are battling an addiction to heroin, and we understand how intimidating the journey to recovery can seem. For over 20 years, we have provided a safe, serene, and supportive environment for those who need help, encouragement, and guidance in overcoming their chemical dependency concerns, including concerns relating to an addiction to heroin. With specialized programming that is also catered to meet the needs of individuals who may be warring against additional struggles, such as healing from a traumatic past or struggling with an intimacy disorder or co-occurring psychiatric condition, Life Healing Center is proud to be a place of personal transformation wherein each individual is fully supported as he or she taps into the natural process of healing that we believe is inherent in everyone. Let the skilled, caring, and empathic staff at Life Healing Center help you start your life anew.
The Connection between Heroin Abuse and Trauma
There are many reasons as to why and how a person comes to abuse substances, such as heroin. Some initially experiment with this drug out of curiosity, some try it because peers pressure them to do so, and others resort to using heroin as a means of trying to mentally escape. More specifically, individuals who use and eventually abuse heroin as a means of escaping their thoughts and emotions may be grappling with painful feelings or memories or other turmoil that has resulted from experiencing some type of trauma.
Trauma and drug addiction have long been intertwined concerns that mental health professionals see in treatment settings. In many instances, people who seek treatment for an addiction to drugs, such as heroin, eventually disclose that they have survived a trauma of some kind. When a person experiences a trauma or a series of traumatic events, yet has not or does not properly address the residual turmoil that results, the abuse of drugs can offer trauma survivors a false sense of relief from their pain. Since it induces intense feelings of euphoria and emotional detachment, heroin is one such substance that is abused by those who have gone through a trauma because of the mental diversion it provides. If an addiction to heroin remains long-standing, the consequences can be great and trauma symptoms can become infinitely worse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As a concerned friend or family member with a loved one battling an addiction to heroin, you are likely wrought with many emotions. You may feel angry with your loved one and cannot understand why and how this type of problem has consumed his or her life. You may feel sad or worried for your loved one’s future and not know what to do to help him or her. However, there are some things you can do to help your loved one get the treatment he or she needs:
- Talk to your loved one about his or her abuse of heroin. Be open to hearing what he or she has to say and convey your own concerns with understanding and compassion.
- Research treatment options designed to meet his or her needs.
- Encourage your loved one to reach out to a treatment provider to learn more about the therapeutic process.
- Offer to go with your loved one to any scheduled assessments or orientations at treatment centers.
Once your loved one has engaged in treatment, it will be advantageous to remain in contact with your loved one and continue to offer your support for the duration of treatment.
Remember that the road to recovery can be bumpy. However, by remaining a beacon of support for your loved one, the greater the chances are for a successful treatment outcome.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premiere provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, intimacy disorders, and trauma-related distresses. We strive to offer patients a therapeutic environment wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect. With specific residential treatment programming options, designed for men and women, aged 18 and older, Life Healing Center is proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who is entrusted into our care.
The Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Program for trauma treatment, and our Hope Program for the treatment of substance abuse. When patients come to us battling an addiction to heroin, they 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, patients who are struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
Life Healing Center is dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. Patients who are dealing with multiple concerns will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which they present. Patients engaged in our Hope Program will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate intervention in dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming options at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: Individuals who arrive at our center with heroin or other types of substances in their systems will go through a medical detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The medical detoxification process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven evidence-based protocols that assist patients in remaining safe and comfortable as their bodies become rid of any toxic substances. Patients who are actively detoxing may not attend groups, depending on their physical and cognitive status. However, once they are deemed medically stable enough to do so, patients will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: All patients will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following their admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions in order to treat a patient’s distressing symptoms, he or she will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups in order to ensure that any medication that may have been prescribed is effectively helping him or her. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Each patient will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with him or her throughout the time spent in treatment. At a minimum, patients meet twice with their therapist for individual therapy sessions during their first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, patients may also meet with their therapist more frequently depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of successful recovery, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not family therapy sessions will be an appropriate part of each patient’s individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, permission of the patient to have his or her family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in the patient’s treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and a patient’s therapist will ensure that the patient’s well-being 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 patients engage in these sessions, they are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to their own, while also benefiting from psycho-educational opportunities that can help them learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in their recovery. 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
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Emotion regulation
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Preparing for discharge
Experiential therapy: In order to add a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we offer, Life Healing Center is proud to supply patients with the following options for experiential therapies:
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
Ancillary therapies: Selected with the patient on the basis of his or her presenting issues, men and women engaged in the Hope Program are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Somatic experiencing
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to a patient’s ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for a patient’s discharge as soon as they become engaged in treatment. Once it is deemed clinically appropriate, planning will be initiated with the patient as well. Discharge, transition, and continuing care is all completed by a patient’s primary therapist with the active involvement of the patient and other interested parties as appropriate and as agreed to by the patient. This 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 the patient’s progress in relation to his or her treatment plan.
There are a number of components included in a patient’s discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- The family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- The patient’s plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- The patient and/or family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all patients be referred to appropriate services capable of providing continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the patient 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 heroin, an intimacy disorder, or a mental health condition, 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.