Heroin, a highly addictive and illegal drug synthesized from morphine and derived from the poppy plant, prevents users from feeling pain and causes surges of euphoria. Known to be one of the most difficult substances to recover from after prolonged usage, heroin has the capability to cause insurmountable destruction to a person’s life. In addition to the emotional and interpersonal turmoil that heroin addiction can bring, the health risks associated with this illicit substance can be life ending. With overdose from heroin being one of the health risks, some other hazards to an individual’s well-being can include possible exposure to infectious diseases, damage to and failure of vital organs, and even death. Recognizing that treatment for heroin addiction can often not be done without additional care, the staff at Sonora Behavioral Health want to be that pillar of support and assist those addicted to heroin in reclaiming their lives.
Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, a 72-bed acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in Tucson, is a premier provider of behavioral health and chemical dependency rehab for children, adolescents, and adults. We acknowledge the unique needs of patients who are struggling with chemical dependency concerns and diligently work with patients and their families in working towards a life of sobriety. With rehab that is designed to address every aspect of heroin addiction, we at our treatment center implement treatment modalities and techniques geared towards successful recovery from the perils of heroin addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a person becomes addicted to heroin, the drug consumes his or her life. For a friend or loved one watching a person battle the demons of heroin addiction, it can bring about feelings of concern and fear for the user’s safety and well-being. A friend or loved one may want to offer help, but cannot figure out how when it seems as though the addiction is a vicious cycle that cannot be broken. It is important to know that even when a person is wrestling with addiction, he or she needs ongoing support in order to achieve sobriety. Even when the addict tests the patience of friends and loved ones, encouragement and care from those closest to the person is integral in assuring lasting recovery.
When offering support and conveying the desire for a person to seek treatment for heroin addiction, it is necessary to do the following in order to increase the chances of a heroin addict seriously considering treatment:
- Become informed about addiction – Forming a greater understanding of what an addict is going through not only gives insight into this condition, but can also foster empathy for the user and the struggles he or she is facing.
- Build your own support system – Being a friend or loved one of a heroin addict can sometimes be overwhelming. Reaching out to others who are in the same position may offer additional advice or resources for providing assistance.
- Do some research on rehab options in Tucson – Generating ideas for treatment can sometimes provide hope for someone who is battling addiction and bring some semblance of optimism for those in the addict’s life.
- Do not try to get rid of drugs that you find – This can anger the addict and lead to an individual feverishly seeking out more drugs.
- Remain an ongoing source of assistance and reassurance – Overcoming heroin addiction can feel like an endless mountain that just cannot be conquered. It is a hard road, but knowing family and friends can be relied on can sometimes give an addict the push he or she needs to continue the recovery process.
Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
Because heroin addiction can be a brutal cycle of repeated use due to the fact that withdrawal can seem worse than the damaging effects of heroin use itself, addicts frequently have a hard time abstaining from the drug without outside assistance. And since the withdrawal from heroin involves painful symptoms that can be life threatening, suddenly ceasing heroin use can be dangerous. Lastly, part of heroin’s hold is that a life free from heroin can often be scarier than continuing to abuse the drug.
A treatment option that has produced a number of success stories in helping people overcome this debilitating addiction is inpatient rehab at a treatment center. In this setting, those struggling with an addiction to heroin are under the constant supervision of medical staff in order to help reduce the risks associated with heroin withdrawal. Free from life’s stressors and triggers to use heroin, inpatient treatment allows a person to immerse him or herself in the therapeutic process and work towards healing. At our treatment center, mental health and other professionals are on hand to provide ongoing support, education, and resources that can aid a person in building the skills necessary to live a sober life. With the inpatient treatment we offer at our center, there is an increase in the possibility that an individual can leave treatment focused on continued sobriety and lasting recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
As the leading heroin treatment center in Tucson, we make it our mission to provide rehab services that are a cut above the rest. We employ proven and evidence-based treatment modalities and techniques that teach effective coping skills that will serve patients well long after they are discharged. Our experienced and qualified staff diligently work to provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and treatment. By treating acute illness in a sensitive and caring manner, our treatment center’s staff is able to assist patients in regaining and maintaining their highest level of functioning.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arrival at our treatment center, each patient will complete an initial assessment that will include a physical examination, collection of medical history, psychiatric evaluation, and psychological assessment. During this time, we will also identify social skills, cultural and family issues, and determine any other needs that each patient may have. We use a multidisciplinary approach with each patient and our psychiatric clinical team is composed of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, therapists, internists, and expressive art therapists who are all trained and experienced in treating individuals in Tucson with emotional health and substance abuse issues. All rehab plans are individualized and include the following methods:
Medication management: People suffering from an addiction to heroin often have co-occurring mental health conditions that require pharmaceutical intervention to help alleviate symptoms associated with mental illnesses. When this treatment is appropriate for a patient, it is done under the supervision of medical staff and trained psychiatrists so as to ensure that medication needs are met. Patients are afforded information and education on medication options and are included on the development of a treatment plan involving medication so as to address all concerns and questions.
Group therapy: At our treatment center, our main form of rehab is daily group therapy sessions. We do not use process groups, but instead use solution-focused groups that teach patients a variety of skills needed to recover from a heroin addiction. Some of our group topics include sleep, hygiene, coping skills, stress management, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-help skills training.
Family meetings: Family members are involved in all aspects of the treatment process and receive education about their loved one’s condition. In addition, family members are in constant communication with case managers throughout their loved one’s stay.
Additional treatment methods may include the following:
- Recreation therapy
- Daily meetings with a social worker
- Expressive therapy, including art therapy
- Weekly dietary groups
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The discharge planning process begins as soon as a patient is admitted to our hospital. Within 48 hours of admission, a social worker will evaluate each patient for available resources including placement, transportation, and aftercare treatment. When it is time for the patient to leave inpatient treatment, the social worker will coordinate placement with the patient, family members, outside agencies, or private insurance. They will also coordinate transportation from the hospital on the day of discharge to the patient’s next placement as well as aftercare treatment appointments based each individual’s needs.
For adult patients that no longer require the intense level of psychiatric care provided by inpatient rehab, our heroin addiction treatment center offers outpatient treatment that consist of nine to twelve hours of group therapy each week. These groups allow participants to process real-life scenarios as they happen and get the support they need, as well as practice the new techniques that they are learning. These eight to twelve weeks of intensive treatment give participants the chance to use groups to work through emotional and psychological issues that keep them locked in a state of distress. Through our outpatient programs, patients learn techniques that they will continue to use for the rest of their lives to stay healthy and happy.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP) allow patients to live at home and attend school or go back to work while still receiving the treatment that they need. PHP is held 5 days a week for 6 hours a day, while IOP is held 3 days a week for 3 hours a day. Both programs have a mental health and chemical dependency track. In addition to PHP and IOP, we have an aftercare program for alumni that is held once a month for as long as patients need.
All of the services at our heroin addiction treatment center encourage patient success as individuals navigate the recovery process. For those suffering from heroin addiction, Sonora can be the beginning of a life free from the grips of addiction and the jumping off point to a happy and healthy life.
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