Opioids are extremely powerful and highly addictive substances, many of which have valuable medical uses and others that are abused solely for recreational purposes. Regardless of whether a person is using a prescription opioid such as OxyContin or a dangerous recreational opioid such as heroin, he or she is at risk for several negative outcomes, including addiction. Of course, using a prescription opioid as directed under the supervision of a qualified professional exposes a person to significantly less danger than does the recreational abuse of these or other opioids, but in no case is opioid use ever harmless or risk-free.
When used for legitimate medical situations, opioids are most commonly prescribed to alleviate pain. Vicodin, OxyContin, morphine, and fentanyl are among the opioid-based medications that have enabled countless individuals to experience alleviation from mild to severe discomfort that may have resulted from injury, illness, or surgical procedures. However, in addition to their analgesic properties, opioids also elicit sensations of relaxation, euphoria, and improved mood. These pleasurable effects can cause a person who is using a prescription opioid for a legitimate use to abuse and become dependent upon the drug, and can also prompt others to abuse opioids solely for recreational purposes.
When a person becomes dependent upon an opioid, which is known clinically as developing an opioid use disorder, his or her body will adapt to the presence of the substance, and will crave it when the person does not consume the drug frequently enough. Thus, In addition to the pleasure that can result from opioid use, the cravings and other painful symptoms that can set in when an addicted individual does not ingest the drugs can make it very difficult to overcome opioid use disorder.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we understand both the devastating impact of opioid use disorder and the many challenges of overcoming this problem. As a result, we have specialized programming that, when provided by our talented and dedicated treatment professionals, can help individuals to end their dependence upon opioids and develop the skills and strategies that will support long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have discovered that a friend or family member has been abusing or has become addicted to an opioid, the following steps can help you to make a positive difference in his or her life:
First, learn the signs, symptoms, and effects of opioid abuse, and educate yourself about the disease of addiction. If possible, identify the specific type or types of opioid that your loved one has been abusing. The more you understand about what you loved one is dealing with, the more empowered you will be to provide valuable support and meaningful assistance.
Next, you should research treatment options and identify programs that appear to provide the type and level of care that your friend or family member needs. Your newfound knowledge about opioid addiction and your existing understanding of your loved one will help you to locate programs that match your loved one’s strengths and needs. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect treatment program. Your goal is to find the program that appears to be the perfect fit for your loved one.
Talk to your loved one. Express your fears and concerns, reiterate your support, and bring up the topic of treatment. This may be difficult to do, but it is essential. Prepare yourself for denials, deception, and even anger. Remember that your loved one is in crisis; do not be drawn into an argument, and do not allow the conversation to devolve into conflict.
When your loved one agrees that he or she needs help, plan to remain an active and positive presence during and after he or she is in treatment. Participate in family-oriented activities at the treatment center, if you can, and make it known that you intend to be part of your loved one’s post-treatment support network. Treatment is just one part of the long process of recovery from opioid dependence. Your continued assistance and support will be extremely valuable to your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Ongoing untreated opioid abuse and addiction can inflict grievous harm upon an individual’s physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. Among the many negative physical ramifications of chronic opioid abuse are injuries that result from impaired coordination and/or judgment, vision problems, heart damage, oxygen deprivation, and increased risk for contracting hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and other blood-borne diseases. People who fail to get effective care for an opioid use disorder may also experience diminished cognition, anxiety, paranoia, memory problems, inability to focus or concentrate, hallucinations, and delusions. When a person’s body and mind has been damaged by continued opioid abuse, he or she may also be likely to have problems with substandard academic and/or occupational performance, job loss and unemployment, strained or ruined relationships, family discord, financial distress, arrest and incarceration, and a variety of additional problems. However, with effective care, a person who has been abusing or has become addicted to opioids can avoid future damage, begin to heal from past harm, and develop the capability to pursue a much healthier and more productive future, free from the constraints and limitations of opioid abuse.
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 opioids, 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 opioids, 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 opioid 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 opioids 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 the ways that their opioid addiction has impacted those who are closest to them. In this setting, family members can discuss how their loved one’s addiction has affected their lives, which can be an important step in the process of family healing. 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 opioids, 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 opioids, 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.