The most commonly used illicit drug is marijuana, a dried, shredded mixture of crumbled leaves, seeds, and flowers from the Cannabis sativa plant. Most people who use marijuana do so by rolling the dried mixture of the drug in rolling papers and smoking it as a joint. Others may use a glass or plastic water bong to smoke the herb. Growing in popularity is the practice of making “edibles,” or cooking the drug into food. Chronic marijuana usage can cause problems with memory, behavior, and impact a person’s ability to learn. While some states have approved medical marijuana as a way to ease symptoms such as nausea for those with cancer, marijuana is not approved by the FDA. Researchers are currently studying marijuana and THC, the active ingredient in this psychoactive drug.
Cedar Crest Hospital is located on 33-acres of wooded hills nestled into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Texas. For over 25 years, we have helped many children, teens, adults, and older adults overcome chemical dependency and mental health disorders. We can help you or someone you love overcome their drug abuse and learn healthy, adaptive ways of coping with stress.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If you or your loved one has become dependent upon drugs to get through the day, it may be time to seek care from addiction specialists who can help you or your loved one get sober. It can be very hard to cope with the knowledge that your loved one has become addicted to drugs and you may even wonder if the drug abuse is your fault. You know your loved one needs to seek help, but you may not know how to approach the topic. You may be afraid that confronting your loved one will make things worse. Here are some tips for gently guiding your loved one into treatment:
Build a support system: It can be impossible to overcome addiction without a proper support system. Enlist friends and family to help you through this tough time and reassure your loved one that he or she is very loved. Support is vital during addiction recovery.
Research options: Make an appointment with local addiction centers to see what the available options for addiction treatment are. Understand that addiction is a complex disease; the treatment approaches for one person may not work for another. Your loved one may need to try several approaches before he or she finds what works best.
Commit to a treatment plan: Addiction to drugs is not an easy or quick process; there is no “magic bullet” to fix this disease. However, by following a treatment plan and scheduling regular check-ins with a therapist, it can be managed.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Cedar Crest Hospital
If you’re struggling with addiction, you may realize that your life has come to revolve around seeking out and buying, using, and recovering from drug abuse. You may realize that you’ve lost relationships with friends and family members as your addiction grew. You may have flunked out of school or been fired from work for poor performance. You may have become socially isolated and alone as addiction has taken over your life. You know it’s time to get help, but you may not know how.
An inpatient treatment center that specializes in addiction recovery using the 12-step model of recovery is one of the best ways to successfully overcome addiction. In an inpatient addiction or chemical dependency program, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others who are similarly struggling in order to heal. A supportive, healing environment is an ideal way to face your demons and emerge on the other side victorious.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Located on 33-acres of heavily wooded rolling hills in Central Texas, Cedar Crest Hospital and Residential Treatment Center provides a calming, serene environment for those who are struggling with mental illness or chemical dependency. For over 25 years, we have proudly served thousands of people and their families with a proven history of success. We have continued to grow; we provide a range of services for children and adolescents, adults, and older adults who are struggling or in crisis. When you come to Cedar Crest, you’ll know you’ve come home.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital
When you come to us for help, you’ll undergo a variety of evaluations that will help us best determine a plan of care for your stay with us. Your medical examination will help determine if you’re struggling with any health-related problems due to your drug abuse. Our psychiatric evaluation will help us to determine the severity of your addiction as well as diagnose any co-occurring mental health disorders. We’ll take the results of these evaluations and work with you to create an individualized plan of care that meets all of your needs – mind, body, and spirit.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help alleviate any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and ease your anxiety. Medication may be tapered down slowly as you learn more adaptive coping skills. Other people may require long-term medication management in order to treat co-occurring disorders. Usage and monitoring of medication is a constant part of our treatment approach.
Individual therapy can be very helpful to people who are chemically dependent upon drugs or alcohol. You’ll learn new adaptive coping strategies, how to manage triggers, and how to prevent relapses. Our therapists will work with you individually to help you identify negative thoughts and replace them with more positive ways of viewing the world. This, in turn, will help you make better choices in the future.
Group therapy is the cornerstone of addiction treatment programs. You’ll attend a variety of groups which will allow you to connect with other people who are struggling with addiction so that you can all learn, grow, and heal. Some of our groups are designed to teach you more about addiction and recovery while others will help you process your emotions surrounding addiction.
Family therapy and support is vital to addiction recovery. We hold family sessions to teach your loved ones more about addiction and recovery as well as help to heal any broken bonds caused by addiction. We’ll allow your loved ones to talk about the ways in which your addiction has impacted their lives and provide referrals to outpatient therapy as needed.
In addition to standard therapies we use to treat addiction, we also offer a variety of experiential methods designed to complement our traditional approaches. These 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
As your time with us draws to a close, we’ll work with you to help create a discharge plan that includes aftercare options. We’ll work alongside you to help you decide what the next step in your recovery will be. Some of our clients opt to discharge to a residential treatment or sober living program that allows for less intensive care, but much social support. Others may decide they’ve made enough progress to step down into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which allow for continued care during the day while slowly reintegrating you into your community. Still others may opt to discharge to a stable home environment with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy program.