Opioids are powerful substances. Some members of the opioid family are legal, but others are illicit. Legal opioids are used for their painkilling properties and are prescribed by physicians for people with intense pain, often after surgeries or injury. These include drugs like Norco, Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, Codeine, Opana, morphine, Demerol, and Dilaudid. Other opioids, such as heroin, are illegal. People can develop an opioid use disorder for a number of reasons. Some people develop an addiction after long-term use of opioids due to suffering from an injury or chronic pain. Still other people seek out illegal drugs like heroin in order to get high.
We at Twelve Oaks Recover Center understand how opioids can powerfully affect those who abuse them. With the help of our caring and knowledgeable staff, you or your loved one can begin to find freedom from a tragic and life-threatening opioid use disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
You have likely had to watch as your loved one spiraled down into opioid addiction, and in the process you have no doubt tried everything you can think of to help him or her. While you may feel as though you have been only met with frustration and defeat or feel powerless in trying to help your loved one, there are steps you can take to help. These steps include the following:
- Take care of yourself. While you have invested a great deal of energy in taking care of your loved one, it is important to also remember to take care of yourself. You will be of little use to your loved one if you drain yourself, so make sure to pay attention to your own life. Nurture hobbies and invest in your other relationships. Consider joining support groups for people with loved ones who are struggling with opioid abuse.
- Talk openly with your loved one. Let your loved one know that you are aware of his or her struggle with opioid abuse and openly and nonjudgmentally offer to talk to him or her.
- Do your homework. Research the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and learn about your loved one’s drug(s) of choice. Research treatment centers and consider which centers might be a good fit for your loved one.
- Offer to help with logistics. If your loved one expresses a desire to begin treatment, offer to set up appointments and go with him or her to the appointments.
- Be patient. Your loved on is on a journey to recovery with many twists and turns, and he or she must take the journey at his or her own pace.
- Above all, support your loved one to the best of your ability. You are his or her strongest ally in the fight against opioid abuse.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Opioid abuse can have dramatic and drastic negative effects on a person’s life. People who abuse opioids may be driven to deception or theft to secure their next hit. Opioid use can cause slowed reflexes and poor motor coordination as well as scabs, wounds, or sores at drug injection sites. People who use opioids experience cognitive problems, like poor memory and impaired judgment, and can have wildly fluctuating moods and irregular angry outbursts. The instability associated with opioid use can put strain on relationships, cause poor job performance or job loss, physiological problems, infection from shared needles, legal trouble, homelessness, financial trouble, and even death from accidental overdose or suicide attempts. Although the consequences of opioid abuse are severe, they can be minimized or avoided with proper treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to opioids. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their opioid abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns. For example, if a patient comes to us battling an addiction to opioids, such as prescription painkillers, and suffers from a chronic pain condition, that patient may be recommended to our Resilience track.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances such as heroin or prescription painkillers in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to opioids, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their opioid addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to opioids, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Working the 12-Step program
- Stages of change
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Addiction as a brain disease
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from opioid addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to opioids, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.