Opioids are a powerful class of drug that have mood-enhancing and painkilling effects. Physicians sometimes prescribe opioid medications, such as Vicodin, to treat chronic or severe pain. Illicit opioids, such as heroin, are many times more powerful and dangerous than prescription opioids drugs. Both prescription and illegal opioids carry a risk of abuse, as they are highly addictive substances. Although an opioid addiction can have drastic and devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities, there is help available for those who wish to break the cycle of addiction.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand how pervasive and powerful opioid use can be. As such, we have developed comprehensive, individualized programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with opioid abuse can be unbearable, and it may seem like there is little you can do to help. While it is true that you cannot break your loved one’s addiction to opioids, there are steps you can take to help, including:
- Do research. Know the different types of opioids and investigate your loved one’s drug(s) of choice. Learn about the signs of opioid intoxication and overdose so you can be more prepared in case of a crisis.
- Be open with your loved one. Tell him or her that you know about his or her struggle with opioids. Have an honest conversation and listen to your loved one’s story. Try your best to be nonjudgmental and receptive despite the fact that you are undoubtedly feeling a host of different emotions.
- Help your loved one with logistics. Offer to schedule appointments with treatment centers and offer to accompany your loved one to the appointments. Arrange for transportation, child care, or other needs if your loved one decides to begin treatment.
- Take care of yourself. Make time for yourself and give yourself permission to step away from taking care of your loved one from time to time. Understand that many different feelings, from sadness to anger to betrayal to frustration, are normal.
Most importantly, try your best to support your loved one. Close relationships are a powerful buffer against stress, so 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
Opioid use is dangerous and potentially fatal. Prolonged abuse of opioids can result in changes in physical appearance, poor motor coordination, slowed reflexes, and gastrointestinal problems. Other effects include difficulty concentrating, learning, making decisions and poor judgment, along with sudden angry outbursts, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and wildly fluctuating mood. Withdrawal from one’s responsibilities can cause poor performance in school or at work and possible expulsion or job loss, financial instability, homelessness, relational strife, infection, and possibly even death from overdose. While the effects of opioid abuse are severe, help and hope are available with appropriate treatment.
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 opioids, other drugs, or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored opioid 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:
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- Young Adult Topic Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Gambling Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Relaxation Groups
- Topics Group
Groups that are offered to adolescents include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Relaxation Group
- Spirituality Group
- Skills Training Groups
- Recovery Skills Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Community Group
- Exercise Group
- Topics Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Recreational therapy
- Ropes course
- Pastoral care
- Arts and crafts
- Social training
- Cultural activities
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided 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 to opioids, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.