An addiction to alcohol can be extremely difficult to recover from without the help of experienced professionals. MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle, Deleware is proud to offer invaluable care that includes such professionals who are trained to help those overcome the obstacles that are commonly faced when an addiction to alcohol is a factor in an individual’s life. Additionally, we are able to treat any existing mental health condition or conditions that may have contributed to or worsened because of a person’s alcohol abuse. By not receiving treatment for an alcohol abuse problem, a person is likely to experience a number of detrimental physical and mental effects. At MeadowWood’s treatment center, we treat the physiological concerns that ensue due to alcohol abuse and supply mental health treatment that is designed to strengthen a person from within so that sobriety can be achieved and maintained long after leaving our center. If you are caught in the grips of an alcohol addiction, we are here to help you succeed in regaining control over your life.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized treatment options that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each population that we serve, we are proud of the compassionate care that we are able to afford to everyone who enters our doors. Our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern that we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for the patients we treat and we take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. We believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family; everyone helps everyone. And from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is plagued by the devastation caused by alcohol abuse and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Some individuals who abuse alcohol attempt to conceal their usage from friends and family members. When this is the case, it may be hard for loved ones to know if someone they care for is battling an addition to alcohol. Below are some signs and symptoms that suggest an individual has a problem with alcohol:
- Poor coordination
- Missing school or work
- Smelling of alcohol
- Frequent intoxication
- Continued use of alcohol despite negative consequences that occur as a result of drinking
- Slurred speech
- Drastic shifts in mood or emotional outbursts
- Changes in weight
- Interaction with the legal system (e.g. arrests for public intoxication, driving under the influence, etc.)
- Physical symptoms, such a shakiness, when not drinking alcohol
If you notice your loved one is displaying these symptoms, it may be time to discuss the need for treatment. Express your concern for your loved one and research treatment options that can help lead him or her towards recovery and sobriety. Additionally, it is a good idea to convey that you will support him or her as he or she works towards healing. Once engaged in treatment, your loved one will be able to learn valuable skills for managing cravings and sustaining sobriety so that he or she can live a life free from the constraints of an alcohol addiction.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
In the event a person discontinues his or her use of alcohol after abusing it for a long period of time, it is likely that he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous to an individual’s physical health. Additionally, because withdrawal symptoms are often unpleasant, those who abuse alcohol have an increased risk for relapse and often have a great deal of difficulty abstaining from alcohol when not under the care of qualified professionals. Treatment for an addiction to alcohol is available and accessible for those who wish to overcome this life-threatening form of substance abuse. By seeking such care, the risks associated with alcohol abuse decrease and addicts are able to learn how to live productive and sober lives.
When a person wishes to recover from an alcohol addiction, inpatient care is often the first and most beneficial step towards healing that one can make. Inpatient care, of which is intensive in nature, affords a number of advantages for those addicted to alcohol. Firstly, inpatient care can facilitate detoxification services, of which aim to rid the body of toxins within an individual’s body. These services are supervised by medical professionals who can ensure safe and comfortable withdrawal from alcohol. Additionally, inpatient treatment allows people who abuse alcohol to engage in mental health services that enable them to understand the root causes of their addiction. Mental health services are administered by qualified professionals, such as psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and addiction specialists, who can offer ongoing support and teach new skills for managing cravings. Both of these unique services are what makes inpatient care the best type of treatment for embarking on the path towards sobriety.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s addiction treatment clinic, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood
At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are being afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood’s addiction center include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, of which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to battling an addiction to alcohol or other substance, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if drugs or alcohol are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: In most instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with the presence of a mental health condition. However, all medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to treatment at MeadowWood is heavily group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps out patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues that he or she wishes to keep confidential and to track one’s progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand their loved one’s illness, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent services incorporate schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Positive coping skills education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them stabilize so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admittedg, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood, we offer partial hospitalization for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This treatment option provides structured scheduling between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this option works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.