As an illegal and highly addictive opioid, heroin abuse can lead to a number of serious complications, including major health problems, social difficulties, and run-ins with the law. Not only can it lead to serious ramifications, but this drug has also been considered to be the most damaging and deadliest drug around. At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we have seen firsthand what a heroin addiction can do to a person’s life, which is why we are dedicated to helping those who are trapped in the vicious cycle of heroin addiction crush this deadly habit. Heroin addiction is a disease and, more often than not, addicts are not able to stop using on their own. The services offered at MeadowWood is designed to help an addict safely withdraw from this toxic substance and learn the tools needed to continue to lead a sober lifestyle.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle, Deleware is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. In addition to offering specialized treatment options that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each population we serve, our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for each patient we treat and take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. Furthermore, we believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family and from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is struggling with the devastating symptoms of a heroin addiction, MeadowWood’s treatment clinic is here to help you get your life back.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
One of the most difficult situations that an individual may have to face is helping a close friend or family member who has developed a heroin addiction. Learning this type of information about someone you love is not only scary, but also extremely upsetting as you think about all of the horrible things that a heroin addiction can do to your loved one. While it may seem intimidating, the first thing that you need to do is approach your loved one about his or her drug use so that you are able to get him or her the help he or she needs. Below are some things to keep in mind if you find yourself facing this horrible situation:
- Understand what heroin is and the effects of this dangerous drug
- When you learn of your loved one’s problem, do not be judgmental, threatening, or too harsh with him or her
- Acknowledge that your loved one’s heroin use is a problem
- Tell your loved one that professional treatment for his or her addiction needs to be sought immediately
- Be supportive of your loved one and recognize that the recovery process is hard
- Remember that not many heroin addicts are able to complete detox or remain clean on their first attempt at recovery
- Recognize that what your loved one is going through is not easy
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
Heroin is an extremely dangerous drug which, when abused, carries a wide range of negative side effects that can eventually take over all aspects of a person’s life. After a period of heroin use, a person’s body will begin to crave the drug, leading to continued abuse, tolerance, and then withdrawal when they are not able to get the drug and therefore unable to feed their addiction. In addition to the vast amount of physical damage that heroin causes, psychological effects can also create significant problems. Heroin use slowly begins to take over a person’s life until the only thing that he or she cares about is obtaining and using this drug. This drastic shift in the way individuals prioritize their lives can lead them to quit their job, lose their home, and/or engage in illegal activity in order to obtain more drugs. The bottom line is that when you abuse heroin, it will ultimately end in one of three outcomes: incarceration, admission to a mental health hospital, or death. For these reasons, it is important for anyone who is struggling with heroin use and/or abuse to seek professional help as soon as possible in order to prevent the development of such detrimental effects.
An individual who has become addicted to heroin is very unlikely to kick such a dangerous habit on his or her own. There are a number of different treatment options available when it comes to treating heroin abuse, but when a person has become chemically dependent on this substance, a treatment center is often needed in order to provide medically supervised detox before the therapeutic process can fully begin. In addition to providing a patient with 24 hour monitored detoxification, which is designed to cleanse the body of harmful toxic substances, an inpatient program will help to further stabilize the patient by placing him or her in a safe, structured environment, which will help jumpstart the recovery process. After the detox process is complete, the patient will continue to receive around-the-clock care and support from a highly qualified team of medical professionals. Through a number of therapeutic methods offered to those in an inpatient recovery program, heroin addicts can gain the skills needed to improve their overall health and enhance their well-being.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, our entire staff is 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. Additionally, we incorporate all of the little things into the treatment process, 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 addiction treatment clinic, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we make sure to treat 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 patients’ presenting issues. By doing so, we are able to create individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. Each individualized treatment plan draws upon the vast skill set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals, which includes 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 services offered here at MeadowWood’s treatment center include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Before being admitted to one of our programs, all potential patients will complete a free, confidential mental health assessment, which is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of our assessments are completed by a trained and highly qualified clinician, who will obtain all information needed to make a referral for the most appropriate level of care for the patient. For those patients who are admitted, the following treatment modalities may be included in their personal treatment plans, which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to us dependent on substances such as heroin, medical detoxification will be the first step of the recovery process. This entire process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will be able to fully engage in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: All medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis, and all patients at our treatment center 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 main approach to treatment at MeadowWood is group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge 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. Furthermore, engaging in groups 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, 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 facilitate 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:
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Pet therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, it is our overall goal for each one of our patient to reach stabilization so that they are able to move on to a lower and less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted, 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’s treatment clinic in New Castle near Wilmington, 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 program provides structured programming 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, 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.