If you’ve become addicted to heroin, you’re probably aware of the damage the drug is doing to your life. Your addiction may have begun when you experimented with heroin – maybe you snorted it a few times and enjoyed the blissful high it gave you. As the drug slowly changed the structure and functioning of your brain, you began to crave the drug, neglecting your other responsibilities at home, work, or school. You may find that the high you get from snorting heroin isn’t good enough, so you switch to using needles. This produces a better high, but it comes with a number of severe side effects. You realize that heroin has taken over your life— you’re now a slave to your addiction. There is hope. Addiction is a treatable, yet chronic condition. It’s time to put down the drugs and put your life back together.
Cedar Crest Hospital has helped countless men, women, children, teens, and older adults find the strength within them to get treatment for chemical dependency and mental illness. Our proven history of success can help you overcome your addiction to heroin and create the life you’ve dreamed of.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If you’ve been watching your friend or loved one slowly succumb to an addiction to heroin, you’re probably terrified of what the future holds for him or her. You know your loved one needs a treatment program centered around the 12-step model, but you don’t have the slightest idea how to get them the help they so need. Here are some tips for gently guiding your loved one into treatment for heroin addiction:
Self-care: Addiction is a frightening concept and you’re probably battling your own feelings about it. You need to be able to process your emotions and work through them before you’ll be any help to your loved one. Find a therapist who specializes in addiction to help you process your emotions, and be sure to attend an Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meeting for support.
Understand addiction: Addiction is a complex disorder of the brain. Repeated use of psychoactive substances actually changes the structure and functioning of the brain. While initially your loved one voluntarily got into using heroin, the repeated use has actually changed their way the brain works. Attend an A.A. or N.A. meeting to see what living with addiction is truly like.
Talk it out: When it is time for your loved one to seek treatment, approach the topic gently but firmly. Have some options for treatment centers for heroin addiction ready, and offer to be there for your loved one no matter what. Your support and love can make all the difference in the world.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Cedar Crest Hospital
If you’ve become addicted to heroin, you know deep down inside that the drug is causing more harm than good. You may be dealing with chronic diseases caused by IV drug use as you may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV/AIDS or may be suffering from blown veins. You’ve likely burned many bridges with friends and loved ones and you may realize that your whole world revolves around heroin. You’re suffering and alone, you need to get clean but you don’t know how. It’s time to ditch the H and build the life you’ve always wanted.
Research shows that an inpatient center that specializes in treatment of heroin addiction and mental disorders is one of the best ways to get clean and stay clean. An inpatient addiction program centered around the 12-step model for addiction allows you to escape the triggers and stress of daily life and work through the reasons behind your addiction in a safe, supportive environment.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Cedar Crest Hospital has been helping people successfully recover from chemical dependency and mental illness for over 25 years. Our caring and compassionate staff has the experience and knowledge to help all who come to us for help – children, teens, adults, and older adults. Our serene campus nestled into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the ideal place to begin the journey to recovery and learn to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital
When you come to us for help getting sober, you’ll first undergo a variety of evaluations so that we can determine the best types of treatment for you. The medical examination will allow us to evaluate and treat any medical complications caused by chronic heroin abuse. Our psychiatric evaluation will help us determine the severity of your addiction as well as assess for co-occurring disorders. We’ll take the results of your evaluation and sit down with you to create a treatment plan that meets all of your needs.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help relieve some of the symptoms of heroin withdrawal and tapered down once the withdrawal has subsided. Other people may need long-term medical management in order to treat any co-occurring disorders. Medication will be strictly monitored and adjusted as needed by your treatment team.
Individual therapy can help you unearth the reasons behind your addiction and start to see the ways in which negative thoughts create negative behaviors. This will allow you to make healthier, more positive changes and behaviors in the future. We’ll also work through dealing with triggers and relapse prevention.
Group therapy is a cornerstone of addiction treatment as it allows you to work with others who are struggling with addiction. This will let you all work together to learn, grow, and heal. Topics may include anger management, importance of adherence to your treatment plan, and coping with triggers.
Family therapy can help you and your loved ones begin to mend any bonds that were strained by your addiction. We’ll work together to educate your loved ones about addiction, recovery, and ways that they can support you through this process. We’ll also allow your loved ones the opportunity to share the ways in which your addiction has affected their life.
In addition to standard therapies we use to treat heroin addiction, we’re proud to offer a variety of experiential methods designed to complement our other therapeutic interventions. Experiential methods may include:
- Ropes course
- Weekly A.A. and N.A. meetings on campus
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
- Numerous walking trails
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’re proud to offer a variety of levels of care for those who come to us for help. As the time for discharge approaches, you and your loved ones will work with your treatment team to create a plan of care that meets your continuing needs. You may opt to step down to a residential or sober living treatment program, which allows you to continue your recovery in a less restrictive environment. Other people may opt to step down into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP and IOP both allow you to focus on your recovery during the day and slowly reintegrate into your community at night. Still others may choose to discharge to home with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic.