Substance abuse takes many forms, from the person who regularly has too many drinks with dinner to the person who engages in multi-day cocaine binges. Because the range of substance abuse is so broad, the symptoms of abuse for each individual type of substance vary. What they all have in common, however, is the complete devastation that they can cause in the lives of those who abuse them.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand how pervasive and powerful substance abuse can be. As such, we have developed comprehensive, individualized programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning, free from the grips of an addiction to substances.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved struggle with substance abuse can be unbearable, and you may feel completely unable to help. While you cannot break your loved one’s addiction to substances, there are steps you can take to help, including:
- Know your substances. Investigate your loved one’s drug(s) of choice. Learn about the signs of intoxication and overdose so you can be more prepared in case of a crisis. Talk with addiction specialists.
- Be open with your loved one. Tell him or her that you know about his or her struggle with substances, and do so with an open and vulnerable honesty. Listen to your loved one’s story and work with him or her to find common ground. While it is normal to feel a range of emotions, from sadness to anger to frustration to betrayal, try your best to be nonjudgmental and receptive.
- Help your loved one with logistics. Offer to schedule appointments with treatment centers, and consider accompanying your loved one to the appointments. If your loved one decides to begin treatment, make arrangements for transportation, child care, and other logistical concerns so your loved one can focus on getting better.
- Take care of yourself. You will not be much help to your loved one if you are burned out and exhausted. Give yourself permission to step away from taking care of your loved one from time to time, and make time for yourself.
- Set healthy boundaries. You are not responsible for curing your loved one’s addiction, and his or her journey to recovery may be different from what you hoped for. Be flexible with him or her and understand that any steps towards treatment require great strength and courage.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is try your best to support your loved one. Research on recovery suggests close relationships are a powerful buffer against stress. As such, your relationship is actually a critical part of your loved one’s recovery process. To whatever extent you are able, engage with and care for your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
Substance abuse in any of its forms is, at best, harmful and, at worst, fatal. The effects of substance abuse depend on which substance a person is abusing as well as the length and extent of abuse. However, all forms of substance abuse can cause significant problems. These can include physical effects like organ damage, illness, or infections, such as HIV, from sharing drug paraphernalia or engaging in risky sexual behaviors while high, as well as cognitive decline, memory problems, and distorted thought processes. Job loss, expulsion from school, legal trouble, financial trouble, homelessness, and chronic employment are also possible. The ripples of substance abuse extend past the individual. Substance abuse can cause divorce, loss of custody, and destruction of relationships. The threat of a potentially fatal overdose is also an ever-looming danger. Despite the severe consequences of substance abuse and the feelings of hopelessness among those who struggle with it, treatments are available that can help substance abuse sufferers find freedom from addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our inpatient program is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. Our residential treatment programs are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dietitians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored substance abuse detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with co-occurring mental illness may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five groups per day for adolescents. Group topics for adults may include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Topics Group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Relaxation Groups
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Gambling Group
Groups that are offered to adolescents include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Topics Group
- Spirituality Group
- Community Group
- Exercise Group
- Relaxation Group
- Recovery Skills Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Skills Training Groups
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy options to choose from, including:
- Arts and crafts
- Cultural activities
- Recreational therapy
- Ropes course
- Social training
- Pastoral care
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided with the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to the above treatment methods, we work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives, free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.