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Heroin Abuse & Addiction Treatment Center
An addiction to heroin is one of the most difficult of all chemical dependency concerns to overcome. Men and women struggling to overcome a substance abuse problem of this kind often fall victim to the cycle of addiction as the withdrawal associated with this substance can be quite uncomfortable and painful when an individual ceases his or her use. Those in the throes of a heroin addiction often resort to drastic measures to sustain their addiction, which often comes at the cost of their physical and mental health. Unfortunately, overdose is common among abusers of this substance and the risk for this type of consequence remains present if a person continues to abuse heroin. However, there is help available that can assist these people in achieving a healthy and sober life. At Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, we offer the life-saving treatment that is needed to successfully combat an addiction to heroin. Our state-of-the-art and innovative programming for addiction is centered on recovery from drugs like heroin and includes effective care for any additional mental health concerns that could be plaguing a person at the same time.
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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Those closest to a person battling an addiction to heroin may feel powerless against the drug that seems to be consuming the life of someone they love. Even if there have been prior attempts to help a friend or loved one get treatment for an addition of this kind, there are some things that can still be done to help a person turn his or her life around. Consider the following:
Learn what you can about heroin and what makes this substance so addictive and life-threatening. While you may bear witness to the harm this drug can cause, it is important to learn as much as one can about this substance.
Consult with a mental health professional if you are unsure if a friend or family member is battling an addiction to heroin. These types of professionals can convey warning signs that this substance is being abused.
Research treatment options that can meet your loved one’s needs. It is also a good idea to consider treatment providers that offer mental health treatment as well, as those addicted to heroin are often suffering from mental health concerns at the same time.
Talk with your loved one about his or her addiction and convey the need for treatment. During this conversation you can present your findings regarding treatment.
Try not to enable your loved one’s drug-seeking behavior. Offering him or her money or supplying transportation to and from individuals providing the drug can only worsen your loved one’s current prognosis.
Communicate your willingness and desire to support him or her in getting treatment and offer to be part of the recovery process.
Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that the road to a recovered and sober life can be an arduous one. There may be setbacks and relapse in the process of recovery. You, as a concerned loved one, must remain patient, supportive, and understanding during this time. An addiction to heroin does not occur overnight and becoming sober is not an instant occurrence either. By being patient, supportive, and understanding, your loved one will be keener to adhere to treatment recommendations and strive for a life of lasting sobriety.
Why Consider Treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
There is a reason why heroin is considered one of the most dangerous drugs in existence today. Addicts of this substance are at an ever-present risk for overdose and the withdrawal associated with heroin is able to keep a person in a cycle of ongoing substance abuse despite the adverse effects that could occur. Poor health is common among these individuals, as regular heroin use can render a person susceptible to infection, disease, and other concerns that could prove life-threatening. Additionally, relationships with other people could become strained and deteriorate over time, as heroin tends to be the user’s only focus. Acquiring and maintaining employment is also difficult for abusers of heroin and financial problems because of this type of instability are likely to occur. With regards to a person’s overall mental health, if there are any existing mental health concerns, they are likely to worsen. If an individual does not possess a mental illness, symptoms of a disorder could emerge and make overcoming this form of substance abuse even more ripe with obstacles. Luckily, there are treatment options available that help a person addicted to heroin learn the skills and tools needed to beat his or her heroin addiction and come to know a life that is happy and well.
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Types of Treatment Offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential care. When patients present to Kansas Drug Rehabilitation with heroin in their systems, the first step in their treatment will be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower Hospital so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of programming at our hospital, patients will then engage in comprehensive treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of heroin, is delivered through Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all patients. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehabilitation treatment center stems from our clinical excellence and the compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each patient’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as patients gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, patients engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder program can partake in the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to heroin, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that patients are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same program. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
Working through grief and loss
Identifying feelings of shame in order to move to a place of resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their addiction to heroin, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to heroin and any co-occurring conditions, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, patients engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat an addiction to heroin and co-occurring concerns at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Relations affiliated with Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. The life you have envisioned can begin here.
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