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 at a rehab center 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 difficulties that lie in front of individuals who are battling an addiction to heroin, and we understand how intimidating rehab 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 rehab center that provides treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, 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.
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 heroin, 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 heroin and/or other types of substances 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 heroin, 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 substances like heroin, 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:
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Substance use
- 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:
- Healing shame
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Emotion regulation
- 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:
- Movement therapy
- Group equine 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
- Shamanic drumming
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- 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:
- EMDR practitioners
- Reiki practitioners
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Recreational therapists
- Art therapists
- Breathwork practitioners
- Native American Shamans
- Equine 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 plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your 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 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 heroin, 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.