Overcoming an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can be an uphill battle. Individuals who lack support from professionals who are trained to assist those in the recovery process frequently have a hard time achieving and maintaining sobriety as the grips of addiction can be overpowering and lord over a person’s life. At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we are pleased to offer that support, in addition to a number of treatment options, for those who wish to find true healing and recovery from a chemical dependency problem. An addiction to synthetic marijuana, more specifically, is one such chemical dependency concern that MeadowWood is equipped to treat in a very effective and medically safe way. When an individual abuses this substance, it is likely that he or she will experience a number of physiological and mental health effects that require care so as to minimize the permanency of such effects. Additionally, individuals who are grappling with this type of substance abuse problem are afforded the opportunity to receive beneficial mental health care that aims to identify and alleviate symptoms of any mental health condition that could be present.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized services 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 abuse of or addiction to synthetic marijuana and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood’s addiction treatment clinic. 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
Synthetic marijuana, an extremely dangerous drug that is also commonly referred to as K2 or Spice, is known to cause a number of harmful effects even after one use. As a family member or concerned friend, you may wonder what you can do to help your loved one overcome his or her abuse of this substance so as to reduce the likelihood of a grave outcome. Below are some things that can ultimately help the person you care for get the help he or she needs:
- Learn all you can about synthetic marijuana, including the signs for knowing when a person is under the influence of this drug, the symptoms of overdose, and the risks to a person’s health that this substance can cause. Doing this will help you identify when your loved one is using and help you to know when it is appropriate to seek emergency medical attention in the event your loved one begins to experience overdose due to his or her synthetic marijuana use.
- If you notice your loved one experiencing sudden adverse health effects following synthetic marijuana use, do not hesitate to seek emergency medical attention.
- Research treatment options for your loved one.
- Honestly discuss your concerns with your loved one and convey the need for treatment.
- Listen to your loved one about his or her own concerns and fears pertaining to his or her substance abuse problem and need for treatment.
- Expect initial resistance but try to remain calm and patient with your loved one.
- Convey that you will be a beacon of support and that you will be part of your loved one’s treatment. Doing this will increase your love one’s chance of experiencing successful treatment outcomes.
Lastly, it is important to recognize and know that overcoming an addiction to drugs is not an easy feat. Your love one needs your support during this difficult time and by helping him or her get the treatment he or she needs, you are helping the person you care for take the first steps towards true healing and lasting recovery.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
Several areas of an individual’s life are known to be negatively affected when a problem with synthetic marijuana is a factor in a person’s life. Those that use this substance could experience episodes of psychosis and a number of physical health risks that have the potential of causing death if this problem remains without therapeutic intervention. Additionally, those that abuse synthetic marijuana have a greater likelihood of failing academically, performing poorly at work, or being unable to fulfill roles or responsibilities. Moreover, an addiction of this kind can trigger the onset of or exacerbate symptoms of a mental health condition or conditions. A key thing to know, however, is that there are viable options for care available that can considerably reduce the likelihood of these effects occurring and help a person recover from a synthetic marijuana abuse problem.
When a person is caught in the vicious cycle of synthetic marijuana abuse, intensive treatment is often required as part of the first step towards achieving sobriety and healing. Inpatient care is an example of such care that can help stabilize a person who is battling a chemical dependency problem of this kind. One of the most beneficial aspects of this type of treatment is that it is offered under the 24-hour supervision of both medical and mental health professionals. Any existing physical health concerns and mental health issues present can be effectively identified and treated under the watchful supervision of these professionals. Additionally, the therapeutic interventions offered in inpatient treatment can foster a sense of support as the therapeutic process is navigated. Those in inpatient care are also able to explore the reasons behind their use of synthetic marijuana and learn the skills and tools necessary for managing cravings once treatment is complete.
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
At MeadowWood’s addiction 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 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 us dependent on substances, 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 many 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’s addiction clinic 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, 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:
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Process groups
- Pet therapy
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 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 addiction treatment center, 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 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, partial hospitlization 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 in New Castle near Wilmington will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.