Developing an addiction to substances can rapidly begin to wreak havoc on an individual’s life. Characterized by behavioral patterns that consist of chronically and excessively using substances in order to elicit mood-altering and/or mind-altering results, substance use disorders cause those suffering from them to continue to participate in these behavioral patterns, despite the negative consequences that occur as a direct result. And even as these negative consequences continue to rise in severity, once an addiction has developed, it can be extremely difficult for these individuals to cease their use without professional help. Knowing how challenging it can be to confront a substance abuse problem or addiction, Harbor Oaks Hospital has developed specialized programming that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each person entrusted into our care and help them succeed in overcoming their addictions and finding true healing and lasting sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have discovered that a family member or loved one is abusing substances, it is important that you confront him or her with your concerns so that appropriate treatment can be received. Taking part in such a confrontation can be intimidating, but keeping the following tips in mind may make the process seem less threatening:
- Refrain from being accusatory and try not to take on a lecturing tone. Acting in such a way will likely only elicit a defensive response from your loved one, causing the entire interaction to be counterproductive.
- Listen and try to be sympathetic. Remember that, whether he or she admits it or not, your loved one is already aware of the dangers of substance use and he or she needs help, not judgment.
- Do not throw away any drugs and/or alcohol that you may find are in your loved one’s possession. While this may seem like the easiest solution to putting an immediate end to the problem, it will only cause your loved one to become angry and to seek out more of the substance.
- Ask for support from other people in your loved one’s life.
- Research treatment options and go through the options with your loved one, doing all that you can to make him or her feel comfortable with the prospect of getting treatment.
Offer your unconditional support and reassurance. Remember that recovery does not happen overnight and your involvement in the treatment process will heighten your loved one’s chance at having a successful outcome.
Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital
The presence of an addiction to substances can lead to great disruption in many, if not all, areas of an individual’s life. As the addiction grows in intensity, the more of a priority it will become in a person’s life, until it ultimately consumes his or her every thought. Children and adolescents may end up being suspended or expelled from school as the result of ongoing truancy, behavioral problems, or from bringing substances with them to school. Adults may lose their jobs as the result of frequent absences, poor work ethic, or lack of performing adequately. Relationships can become disturbed, financial problems can arise, and interaction with the legal system can result. Fortunately, by taking part in appropriate treatment interventions, such as those provided in an inpatient setting, such detriments can be successfully avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital
Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change, and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. Additionally, for those who have found themselves trapped in the grips of an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, our treatment programs have been designed to help these individuals, regardless of their age, develop the tools needed to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide individualized treatment that cares for the whole person, rather than simply focusing on the presence of a substance abuse problem. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates the 12-step model for care and recovery, didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience of treating chemical dependency concerns. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care so that true healing, recovery, and sobriety can be discovered.
At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, of which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our hospital to receive treatment for substance abuse:
Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence any type of substance, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and being the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.
Medication management: In instances where an individual is struggling with the presence of an additional mental health condition on top of chemical dependency concerns, certain psychotropic medications may be implemented as one aspect of a patient’s overall treatment plan in order to assist in alleviating their distressing symptoms. The need and implementation of such medications, however, is determined on a case-by-case basis. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming have the opportunity to meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.
Individual therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, patients can process their emotions regarding their progress in overcoming their addiction, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.
Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered for substance abuse concerns and co-occurring disorders at Harbor Oaks Hospital. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and afford patients the opportunity to find additional support from others who are facing similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:
- Substance abuse education
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- DBT-informed skills
- Medication education
- Mental illness education
- The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for achieving lasting healing and recovery from an addiction to substances and succeed in maintaining sobriety. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders and chemical dependency issues.
Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks may engage in a variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:
- Pet therapy with dogs
An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as all treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process for the treatment substance abuse and addiction. These plans can include referrals for continuing services, as well as safety plans, so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.
At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.
If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people plagued by the demon of addiction overcome their substance abuse problem, achieve sobriety, and live happy, healthy lives, look no further than Harbor Oaks Hospital. We will do everything in our power to help you jumpstart on the path to true healing and lasting recovery.