Heroin is a highly addictive, dangerous narcotic, which is most often injected, snorted, or smoked. A heroin addiction is considered one of the worst drug addictions that a person can struggle with and can quickly lead to complete destruction of a person’s life. Long-term heroin abuse can elicit a number of negative physical, psychological, and social consequences that will greatly effect an individual’s overall well-being. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the symptoms that can arise when an individual is addicted to heroin, Cross Creek Hospital has developed specialized programming that is tailored to meet the unique needs of patients who are faced with the challenges that accompany this life-destroying illness. By receiving the care offered at Cross Creek, individuals may begin their path to recovery and start living a happy, healthy and drug-free life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to heroin, you are most likely facing an emotional rollercoaster as you try to figure out what you can do to help. The decision to seek treatment for your loved one is never easy, especially if you are met with anger and hostility. Fortunately, by providing your loved one with unconditional support during this trying time, the chance that he or she will successfully gain control over his or her addiction greatly increases. Below are some guidelines that you can follow to ensure that you are providing your loved one with the best support and help available:
- Establish trust with your loved one
- Avoid nagging, yelling, criticizing, and lecturing
- Communicate honestly and openly with your loved one
- Help your loved one find a treatment program that will specifically address his or her individual needs
- Continue to be supportive throughout the recovery process
- Recognize that there may be setbacks along the way and that recovery is a long process
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
If an individual continues to use heroin without getting the treatment he or she needs, the long-term consequences that may result can be devastating. Over time, prolonged heroin abuse may come to effect an individual physically, emotionally, and socially. Heroin addicts tend to develop a number of different physical problems, including collapsed veins, infections, skin abscesses, liver disease, and pulmonary problems. Additionally, because heroin is a respiratory depressant, an individual will often develop lung and breathing problems. While physical effects are usually the most noticeable, an individual may also suffer from psychological effects, of which may include emotional instability and the development of depression. As heroin abuse continues, addicts will most likely become more withdrawn from their friends and family as they spend most of their time abusing heroin.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of a heroin addiction with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize, achieve sobriety from chronic heroin use, and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and personal growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing from heroin addiction. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who is engaged in services to address a heroin addiction at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: In instances where an individual is suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to a heroin addiction, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to fully alleviate his or her distressing symptoms. A patient’s need for medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are nurses on staff who assist in monitoring each patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions may be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment team, including their assigned individual therapists, provide these consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, work on enhancing the tools needed for maintaining recovery, to track treatment goals and assist patients in identifying community supports to ensure continuity of care upon discharge.
Family therapy: Family involvement is extremely important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with a dependency on heroin, this can be a time for them to learn about the disease of addiction, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can best be of support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in while participating in treatment for a meth addiction can include:
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on stabilizing their recovery.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups explore the wide range of self-destructive behaviors that sometimes accompany substance abuse, such as self-mutilation, disordered eating and unhealthy relationships, while also exploring the varied recovery paths and supports available to individuals seeking to maintain recovery.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, completing homework assignments, keeping a diary, and other writing tasks.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing healthy interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge, prevent the occurrence of a relapse into heroin abuse, and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for patients struggling with chemical dependency concerns using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery and sobriety after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help you or a loved end the vicious cycle of addiction to heroin and achieve a sober and successful lifestyle.