Unfortunately, drug addiction is a condition that is impacting millions of people throughout the world. As an addiction starts to develop, the quality of a user’s life can begin to wear, causing him or her to begin experiencing negative consequences. When an individual is addicted to benzodiazepines, or benzos, these consequences can occur.
When used as directed by a medical professional, benzos such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin can be hugely beneficial for those who struggle with anxiety, seizures, or migraines. However, when these medications are abused outside of recommended guidelines, or are abused recreationally, addiction can develop, leading to complications in one’s life. Therefore, receiving treatment for a benzo addiction at a center or a clinic can be greatly effective in helping a user end his or her addiction once and for all.
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital in Wilmington, DE, we know just how challenging it can be to overcome an addiction to benzos. Therefore, we work with you to help you establish the skills you need to overcome your addiction and continue on with a happy, healthy life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Finding out that a loved one or a family member is grappling with a benzo addiction can be completely earth-shattering. It is likely that you are concerned about how your loved one’s addiction will impact his or her mental health and physical wellbeing, as well as how he or she will continue to function. However, know that you can play a vital role in your loved one obtaining treatment. Consider doing the following:
- Learn as much as you can about the disease of addiction, as well as the signs, symptoms, and effects that are specific to benzo addiction. This can not only help you empathize with what your loved one is experiencing, but also keep you informed.
- Spend time researching treatment centers that supply comprehensive care for those who are struggling with substance abuse. A center or a clinic can offer you additional insight and guidance on how to approach this situation with your loved one.
- Sit down and talk with your loved one about your concerns, and make sure to do so in a manner that is non-threatening and kind so that you do not cause him or her to feel ambushed or attacked. Remind him or her that you will offer as much support as he or she needs.
- If your loved one accepts treatment, be willing to cooperate with his or her treatment team when it comes to engaging in therapy sessions and learning how to be supportive at this time. Understand that the path to recovery can be filled with many roadblocks, so it’s best to be ready to offer your encouragement.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital
The many different effects that the abuse of benzos can have within your life can be devastating. You can begin to suffer a loss of cognitive functioning, changes to your emotional wellbeing, and a worsening of mental illness symptoms. Also, the abuse of benzos can cause some individuals to begin experimenting with other substances, which can cause further disturbances to occur. It is not uncommon for family conflict to occur when the abuse of benzos is put above all else in one’s life, and the continued abuse of these substances can alter one’s work performance and lead to job loss. By participating in treatment that is proven effective, you can prevent your benzo addiction from spiraling out of control.
MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital in New Castle, DE provides short-term inpatient care for those who are grappling with addictions to substances like benzos. The benefits of receiving care at our center include obtaining a supervised detox, developing skills that will keep you sober for a lifetime, and preventing any further damage to your physical and psychological wellbeing. If you are ready to make the transformation into a life of recovery, do not hesitate. Call us right now.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, 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 Behavioral Health Hospital
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, 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 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 inpatient programming option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted into one of our inpatient programs, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to MeadowWood battling an addiction to benzodiazepines, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if substances like benzos 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 our patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face when struggling with an addiction to benzos. 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 in recovering from a benzodiazepine addiction.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood, 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 addiction to benzos, 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 programming incorporates 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:
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Expressive therapy
- Medication education
- Process groups
- Psychoeducation on mental illness
- Recreational therapy
- Pet therapy
- Positive coping skills education
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them recover from the abuse of benzos 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 admitted into programming, 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 programming 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 program provides structured services between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in this program, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this program 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 who do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization programming, 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 Hospital will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing after having grappled with a benzodiazepine addiction.