Substance abuse is an umbrella term that describes addictions to many different substances, and substance abuse can be either a result of abuse of an illegal substance or misuse of a legal substance. There is a broad range of substances that individuals can abuse, from household chemicals such as glue, shoe polish, and aerosols to prescription medications such as opioid painkillers or stimulants, sedatives, hypnotics, and antianxiety medications. Many other substances are considered to be more “traditional” substances of abuse, such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other legal and illegal substances. Regardless of what substance a person is abusing, substance abuse has the potential to wreak havoc in an individual’s life.
Fortunately, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, our team of caring professionals understands the struggle that can accompany substance abuse, and we have decades of combined experience helping people break addictions to many different substances. With the help of our compassionate treatment team, you or your loved one can live life to its fullest potential.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with substance abuse can be a profoundly difficult experience, but it is important to remember that you are not helpless. Consider the following ways to aid your loved one:
- Learn all that you can about your loved one’s substance of abuse, and develop a familiarity with the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose.
- Research treatments that have been effective for other individuals who struggled with your loved one’s substance of abuse.
- Make a short list of treatment centers that offer these types of treatment.
- Talk with your loved one. Share your observations and listen to his or her responses. Remain as open and nonjudgmental as possible, and try to ensure that these conversations do not turn into arguments.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help him or her with any logistical issues that may arise, such as scheduling appointments, managing transportation, and handling insurance issues.
- During your loved one’s time in treatment, remain an active source of support. Speak with your loved one regularly and take advantage of any family sessions or psychoeducation that your loved one’s treatment center offers.
- Take care of yourself as well. Eat healthy, get exercise, and get enough sleep each night. Rally the support of close friends and family.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Substance abuse can have serious negative consequences for an individual’s life if it is not addressed with prompt, effective treatment. Individuals who abuse substances may find it difficult or impossible to maintain their performance at work, and as a result, they may experience job loss, long-term unemployment, and resulting financial devastation. Substance abuse often affects an individual’s relationships, causing friendships to atrophy and romantic relationships to wither, leading to social isolation and loss of any meaningful social support. Substance abuse also affects an individual’s own body, causing organ damage, cognitive impairment, and potentially leading to seizures, stroke, or even a potentially fatal overdose. Despite these negative consequences, however, seeking treatment can allow individuals were struggling with substance abuse to minimize or avoid many of these negative effects.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Overlooking a quiet cove in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide mental and behavioral health care and addiction treatment services for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults over the age of 18. Surrounded by trees, fields, and seasonal flora and fauna, Crestwyn’s setting offers an ideal, tranquil environment where true healing can occur. With safe, comfortable, and bright patient-care rooms for respite, courtyard areas for relaxation, and a large gymnasium for exercise and recreation, Crestwyn prides itself on being a place where patients can regain hope in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
In order to be revered as a world-class hospital, Crestwyn Behavioral Health implements an integrated application of the most current practices of psychotherapy, psychodynamic clinical care, and psychoeducation. In doing so, patients can benefit from receiving the most well-rounded approach to treatment available.
All patients will be provided with individualized treatment plans that will guide them throughout their stay at Crestwyn. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and activity therapists round out the exemplary staff that delivers care at this hospital. In addition to various levels of licensure and certification, many of the staff members have specialized training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR). As such, patients who choose to receive treatment at Crestwyn can rest assured that they will be supplied with a comprehensive approach to care.
The following interventions may be included as part of each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Detoxification: When individuals are battling an addiction to substances, they may benefit from participation in the detox services that are offered. As part of detox, individuals will have any substances of abuse physiologically removed from their systems in a monitored environment where their comfort and safety are ensured.
Medication management: If an individual is suffering from the symptoms of a mental health disorder in addition to an addiction to substances, certain psychotropic medications may be included in his or her plan of care. Psychiatrists work with patients to determine whether or not medications would benefit them, and nurses and nurse practitioners oversee the administration of any medications that are prescribed. Medication management services, including meetings with a psychiatrist, occur on a daily basis.
Individual therapy: Provided on a daily or as-needed basis, individual therapy sessions offer patients a time to meet one-on-one with their primary counselor in a safe and confidential setting. During these sessions, patients have the opportunity to openly discuss any concerns that they have and to process through their experiences in treatment. Individual therapy can also be an ideal setting for patients to work through how their substance addictions have impacted their lives, and learn ways that they can prevent future relapse.
Group therapy: Counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians lead the various group therapy sessions that patients can participate in during their time at Crestwyn. Group therapy provides individuals who are battling an addiction to substances with an opportunity to come together with others who may be experiencing similar struggles and challenges. In this forum, they can give and receive support to and from their peers, which offers an additional benefit of helping patients come to realize that they are not alone. Group therapy sessions are held daily and can include community groups, psychoeducation groups, and 12-Step recovery groups. The topics covered during the different sessions will vary, but may include the following:
- Anger management
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Healthy relationships
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions can be an optimal setting for patients to process through their addictions to substances with those closest to them. In this setting, family members can discuss how their loved one’s addiction has impacted their lives, which can be the beginning step towards healing within patients’ most important relationships. Additionally, family therapy sessions can provide patients’ loved ones with an opportunity to learn both about addiction and about the ways in which they can support and encourage their loved one during and after treatment. When indicated, family therapy is incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan based on his or her needs and/or the proximity of his or her family members.
With a recognition that inpatient treatment is often only the beginning step towards ongoing recovery from an addiction to substances, the staff at Crestwyn Behavioral Health work with patients to form thorough discharge plans so that appropriate continuity of care can be assured as patients’ time at Crestwyn comes to an end. Assessment counselors, treatment teams, and patients’ individual therapists will all work in collaboration with each patient to determine which aftercare options are most appropriate for him or her.
If you or an important person in your life is struggling with an addiction to substances, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out the knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced professionals at Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Your or your loved one’s suffering does not have to continue; healing is only a phone call away.