Heroin is a powerful drug that is classified as an opioid. The high from heroin consists of intense feelings of pleasure with an initial “rush” and then alternating states of drowsiness and being wide awake. One of the reasons heroin is so powerful is that it acts on natural opioid receptors in the brain, thus flooding the brain with many times more than its normal amount of opioid chemicals. Heroin is an insidious and deadly drug, and it can take over the lives of those who use it. Thankfully, those who struggle with heroin abuse need not be at its mercy forever.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we believe in the inherent ability for people to change and grow, so we have developed unique programs designed to help our patients take their first steps towards freedom from heroin addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you are looking at this website, chances are that you have a loved one who is struggling with a heroin abuse problem. You have no doubt been on a long and difficult road as you have watched your loved one succumb to his or her heroin use habit. While your situation may feel hopeless and you may feel as though there is nothing you can do, there are actually some steps you can take to help your loved one on his or her journey to recovery. Consider doing the following:
- Research heroin and its effects on those who use it. Be aware of the signs of intoxication and overdose, and work with your loved to come up with a plan should he or she overdose.
- As difficult as it may be, try to keep an open line of dialogue with your loved one. Let him or her know your love and support, and listen to your loved one openly and nonjudgmentally.
- Research treatment centers and consider which ones might be a good fit for your loved one. If your loved one decides to enter treatment, offer to help set up appointments and accompany your loved one to the appointments.
- Take care of yourself. Although your loved one’s struggle with heroin might feel overwhelming, it is important to take time to step away. Make sure to continue your own hobbies and social life, and look into support groups for people whose loved ones are struggling with heroin abuse.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Heroin is a powerful drug with potentially deadly consequences when it is abused. Heroin use can result in strained or irreparably damaged relationships, divorce, loss of child custody, poor work performance, loss of job, financial troubles, and homelessness. People who use heroin may have significant interaction with the legal system, including convictions and prison time. Heroin also wreaks havoc on a person’s body, causing liver and kidney damage, brain damage, cognitive decline, weakened immune system, breathing problems, sexual dysfunction, and even infections, such as HIV and hepatitis, from shared needles. Of course, there is also the ever-present threat of an unintentional overdose and possible death. The consequences of heroin use are serious and life-threatening, but with proper treatment, they can be minimized or even avoided completely.
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 heroin. 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 heroin 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.
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 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 heroin, 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 heroin 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 heroin, 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:
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
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 heroin 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 heroin, 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.