Adults engage in substance abuse for a number of reasons. They may want to relax, to feel good, to have a good time, or simply do it because their peers are doing it. Regardless of the reason, however, when people engage in substance abuse, the cost to their health and emotional wellbeing is significantly altered.
Substance abuse is defined as excessive consumption or misuse of drugs or alcohol for nontherapeutic purposes. People who abuse substances will continue to use their chosen drug despite the negative consequences that it begins to have on their lives. Many people who abuse substances for prolonged periods of time may develop an addiction to the drug, meaning that they become physically and psychologically dependent on the substance. If this substance abuse then ceases, these people will commonly develop the extremely unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Yet, it is important to understand that life does not have to be controlled by drugs or alcohol. With proper treatment and support, individuals who abuse substances, or who have become dependent on substances, can find sobriety and go on to live happy, healthy, recovered lives.
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize how difficult it can be to not only acknowledge that one has a problem with substance abuse, but also to take the first step in seeking treatment. For this reason, we make it our goal to provide all of our clients with individualized treatment plans that are designed to help them overcome the specific obstacles that they are facing in a safe and confidential setting, allowing them to successfully move forward on the road to recovery. Our hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for individuals who are struggling with a number of different disorders and concerns, including that of substance abuse. Our facility has undergone a complete renovation, including the addition of brand new furnishings in all of our units. This remodel allows us to proudly offer compassionate care in a clean, modern atmosphere that is conducive to meeting the needs of our clients in the least restrictive environment possible. At Greenleaf, we give one hundred percent of ourselves each and every day.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your loved one is addicted to drugs, you may be facing a host of unpleasant emotions, ranging from anger to sadness to guilt. You may blame yourself for your loved one’s addiction and may not know how to handle it when he or she is actively high or going through periods of withdrawal. You may be terrified each time the phone rings that it will be the police, or worse, the hospital, giving you devastating news regarding your loved one. You know that your loved one needs help, but you may not know how to provide it. Here are some steps to follow in order to help your loved one recognize that he or she needs treatment, while easing your mind about the role you can play in helping him or her get well:
Say something: Too often, families of people addicted to drugs or alcohol remain quiet about the addiction. Tell your loved one of your concerns and offer your help and support without judgment. Addiction is a disease that needs treatment, not scorn.
Ensure that he or she will have your support: Remain a constant presence in your loved one’s life as he or she goes through this difficult time. Offer to research treatment centers and then accompany your loved one as he or she goes for evaluations in order to assist him or her in making the decision that will best meet his or her needs.
Take care of yourself: It can be very easy to get caught up in your loved one’s problems so much so that you begin to neglect yourself. It is important to remember that, without practicing proper self-care, you will not be able to be fully help your loved one.
Avoid blaming yourself: While you can support your loved one and assist in getting him or her into treatment, you cannot force someone else to change, nor can you control his or her decisions. He or she will have to accept responsibility for his or her actions, and you will have to remind yourself that you are doing all that you can and that nothing is your fault.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
When men and women are struggling with a substance abuse problem, they may not realize how deeply the addiction has impacted their lives. They may have lost their job due to repeated absences or a constant neglect of responsibilities. They may be dealing with legal problems related to their drug abuse. At worst, an individual may have already developed health-related complications from his or her substance abuse and feel powerless to stop using. It is time for an intervention. Life does not have to be this way.
An inpatient treatment center is often the most beneficial place for people who are struggling with addiction to begin their journeys toward recovery. In an inpatient center, individuals are able to go through medical detox while also beginning the other therapeutic interventions that are necessary to develop coping skills and to prevent a relapse. Through a safe, monitored inpatient environment, people struggling with addiction can learn the skills they need to lead a sober, fulfilled life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand that there has been a long path and many life events that have led clients to our doors to seek help for their chemical dependency and/or behavioral health problems. We accept responsibility for being the destination of that journey and will work with each client and his or her family to develop a plan of care that meets all of his or her needs. The staff at Greenleaf is dedicated to offering one hundred percent of ourselves in both our effort and training to remain leading experts in the field of chemical dependency and mental health care. At Greenleaf, we offer exceptional treatment and therapeutic modalities in a safe, secure environment.
Treatment Options Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
When you first come to us for help, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation in order for our staff to gain all of the information necessary to make an appropriate level of care recommendation. Once this evaluation is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists so that admission can be confirmed. We approach treatment using a client-centered method, meaning that all of our programs have been designed to meet the individual needs of our clients. Our team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals provide the following therapeutic interventions:
Detox: Generally lasting between five and seven days, adults in our substance abuse treatment center will be safely and effectively detoxed from all substances of abuse in a closely monitored setting. Some clients may require medication management throughout the detox process to control any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. After detox is complete, addiction rehab, a 28-day program, will begin.
Medication management: Some clients require medication to help control withdrawal symptoms as they slowly taper off of the substances they were using. Other individuals may require more long-term medication management to help control symptoms of other types of co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder. All medication decisions will be based upon the findings of the client’s psychiatrist and treatment team and will be closely monitored for effectiveness, with changes being made as necessary.
Individual therapy: Clients who are struggling with drug addiction are facing far more than the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol, which is why additional therapeutic interventions must be implemented. Through a combination of therapeutic treatment modalities, including individual therapy sessions with a therapist, you will learn more about addiction, relapse prevention, and begin working the 12-step addiction recovery model.
Group therapy: Through group therapy, you will be able to work with other people who are struggling with addiction and work together to develop life skills and relapse prevention strategies. Group topics will focus upon education about addiction, the 12-step program, and ways to manage triggers for use.
Family therapy: At Greenleaf, we recognize the importance of family involvement in order for recovery to be successful. We will work with you and your family to discuss the different aspects of addiction, the recovery process, and the ways that your family members can help you during your rehabilitation process. In addition, we provide family educational sessions for the family members of all of the clients being treated at our hospital.
Recreational therapy: Recreational therapy is held once a day for adults. This time provides clients with the opportunity to use our gym and pool facilities, as well as play sports like tennis and basketball.
In addition to the aforementioned therapeutic interventions, at Greenleaf, we are pleased to offer the following:
- N.A. meetings once per week
- A.A. meetings twice per week
- Case management
- Meetings with your outside therapist
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
As the time for your discharge from our addiction rehab program draws closer, you will work closely with your loved ones and treatment team to develop appropriate aftercare options. Some clients still feel that they would benefit from the structured environment offered in a residential treatment center or sober living house. Or adult clients may also choose to join our partial hospitalization program (PHP), which meets four hours per day. Engaging in PHP allows clients to work on their recovery during the day while returning to their communities in the evenings. Other clients are able to return home with referrals to community resources and traditional outpatient therapy. We also offer a weekly aftercare meetings for our clients to meet and discuss any challenges they are facing in their home life and with their recovery.