Despite the known dangers associated with heroin use, many individuals still find themselves trapped in the grips of an addiction to this powerful substance. Falling within the category of opioid substances, heroin is an illicit type of opioid, synthesized from the powerful pain medication morphine. When consumed, heroin induces an almost immediate rush of euphoria and contentment, along with extreme relaxation and a serene state of drowsiness. These pleasurable feelings are what frequently draw users continuously back into the cycle of abusing this dangerous substance. The physical tolerance and dependency that subsequently develops as the result of heroin use keeps individuals ensnared in a powerful addiction because, if these people should attempt to cease their use of this substance, they will likely experience immensely uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. As such, a heroin addiction can be exceeding difficult to overcome without professional help.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we can supply that help. We are aware of the extreme detriments that a heroin addiction can elicit, and we are also aware of the immense strife that accompanies attempts to put an end to the abuse of this drug. For these reasons and more, we have devised specialized programming that is tailored to meet the needs of individuals who wish to overcome their addictions to heroin. By engaging in the clinically excellent care that we provide here at Crestwyn, a heroin abuse problem can be overcome and individuals can embark on a path of sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a family member or loved one is abusing heroin can be devastating. The emotions that you experience as a result can be all-consuming, and you may be plagued by fear as to what will happen if your loved one continues on this dangerous path. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help him or her. Consider the following:
- Become educated on the signs, symptoms, and effects of heroin abuse.
- Research the signs of overdose so that you can recognize the symptoms and make appropriate interventions should such a situation occur.
- Research treatment options that have proven to be successful in helping others overcome addictions to heroin.
- Talk to your loved one. While this can be an intimidating thing to do, it is important to recognize that such a confrontation can mean the difference between life and death. If appropriate, enlist the help of other important people in your loved one’s life.
- Anticipate denial, anger, and defensiveness from your loved one at the start of such a conversation. It is normal for individuals who are addicted to heroin to be defensive about their actions, but do not let this deter you. Remain calm and patiently persistent.
- Go over the options for treatment that you have discovered. Encourage your loved one to choose a treatment program, and ensure that he or she knows that you will help him or her every step of the way.
- Once your loved has made the decision to receive treatment, make every effort to be a constant source of love, support, and encouragement throughout the entire therapeutic process.
- Talk to your loved one’s treatment providers to learn about ways that you can help encourage your loved one’s ongoing recovery once his or her time in treatment has come to an end.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Should an addiction to heroin be allowed to persist, the detriments that can arise in the user’s life can be far-reaching and long-lasting. The use of heroin can destroy an individual’s physical and mental health, potentially resulting in cardiovascular damage, clogged blood vessels, organ damage, irreversible cognitive impairment, psychosis, paranoia, and much more. Those who inject heroin intravenously are also at risk for contracting viruses like hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, the consumption of heroin places users at an ever-present risk for experiencing an overdose, which can be lethal. By choosing to engage in treatment in order to overcome this devastating addiction, however, such ramifications can be successfully prevented.
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 heroin, 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 a heroin addiction, 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 heroin 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 heroin 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:
- Treatment options
- Medication support
- Anger management
- Suicide prevention
- Healthy relationships
- Recovery skills
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions can be an optimal setting for patients to process through their addictions to heroin 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 heroin, 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 heroin, 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.