You probably didn’t set out to become a drug addict – maybe you were experimenting with your friends and found that you really liked coke, meth, heroin, prescription drugs, or other substances. Perhaps you began using more and more of the drugs as time went on; maybe it eased your emotional pain, maybe it helped you concentrate and get more done, maybe it helped you relax. Whatever the cause of your substance abuse, with repeated use, your brain changed and you developed a physical tolerance to the drugs. Once that occurred, you became an addict, powerless over your addiction and unsure what to do next. Perhaps you tried to cut down on your drug use only to find that you experienced unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The drugs completely took over your life – your time was spent obtaining, using, and recovering from the drugs at the expense of your relationships, your work, and your responsibilities. You may feel trapped and alone. It’s time to get treatment for your drug abuse.
Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas has been helping children, teens, adults, and older adults who come to us with mental illness, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis for over 30 years. Our compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment approaches have helped countless people just like you successfully overcome drug abuse and addiction while beginning down the path to sobriety.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If you’ve been watching your loved one slowly spiral downward into a destructive cycle of addiction, you’re probably feeling helpless and alone. You’re struggling with a number of emotions – anger, sadness, frustration, and guilt, and don’t know what to do. You may be afraid to broach the topic for fear of exacerbating the situation, making things even worse. As you watch your loved one become a slave to drugs, you know that something must be done. Here are some tips for helping your loved one into treatment for drug abuse and addiction:
Set solid boundaries: It’s important that you set inflexible boundaries for your loved one. Don’t succumb to pressure, and make sure that your loved one understands that he or she needs treatment and you will no longer support them outside your boundaries.
Stop enabling: It can be very easy to give your loved one what he or she wants whenever he or she asks. Don’t make excuses for him or her in order to allow your loved one the chance to take responsibility for his or her behaviors. Remember: you are not responsible for his or her actions.
Don’t become codependent: Being codependent often means that you take care of your loved one in a manner that is not healthy for either of you. You need a life outside of your loved one or you may quickly spiral downward as your loved one’s addiction becomes the central part of your life.
Treatment: Gently, but persistently, bring up the idea of inpatient treatment for drug abuse. Your loved one may resist at first, but it is important that you keep offering. Make appointments with treatment centers to find out their philosophy and bring your loved one along so he or she can understand better what inpatient detox treatment entails.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Vantage Point
By the time you realize how all-encompassing your drug addiction has become, your world may have changed so dramatically that you can barely recognize it. Loved ones may have deserted you, unable to watch you self-destruct. You may begin to experience the health effects of drug abuse and addiction and not know what to do. Unable to secure employment, you’re living off friends and family, or, if you’ve been left entirely alone, you may become homeless. It’s time to get your life back together – inpatient treatment can help you rebuild your life.
An inpatient treatment program designed for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol provides a safe, secure environment in which you are able to effectively detox from the drugs in your system and learn the tools needed to build a sober, happy life. One of the major benefits of inpatient treatment is that you’ll be able to escape the triggers and pressure of your home life and focus solely upon what matters most – recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas has helped countless individuals struggling with drug addiction, mental health disorders, and dual diagnosis for over 30 years with a proven history of success. We believe that in order to successfully help our clients, we must build upon the strengths they already have and allow the client to take a central role in his or her recovery. Vantage Point offers our clients a safe, secure environment in which they are able to successfully relax and work through their challenges in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. Our staff works hard to get to know our clients so that we’re able to successfully create a plan of care that meets all of his or her needs and treats the whole person – mind, body, and soul.
Treatment Options Offered at Vantage Point
When you come to us struggling with chemical dependency, you’ll first undergo a variety of tests to allow us to create an appropriate plan of care for your stay with us. The medical examination will determine if you’re facing any medical complications of your drug use as well as determine the types of drugs in your system. Your psychological evaluation will determine if you’re struggling with undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues. We’ll take the results of these evaluations and sit down with you to create an appropriate plan of care for your stay with us.
Detox: If you’re physically dependent upon drugs, detox may be the first step in your treatment plan. Vantage Point offers a medically-monitored detox program that ensures your safety and comfort as we carefully remove all of the drugs in your system. You’ll be monitored 24 hours a day to manage withdrawal symptoms and ensure your safety.
Medication management: Medication may be used during the detox process to manage any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and will be slowly tapered down as you learn more adaptive coping skills. Other people may require more long-term medication treatment to address any co-occurring mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder or depression. Medication will be closely monitored by your treatment team and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy can be tremendously helpful for addicts in recovery as it allows you private time to work with a therapist to address some of the problems addiction has caused in your life. Often, our therapists will use a form of therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that targets negative patterns of thought and how they have impacted your behavior. We’ll teach you ways to identify these thoughts and changes them into more adaptive ways of viewing the world.
Group therapy is often considered the cornerstone of addiction treatment as through group, you’ll connect with other people who are struggling with similar addictions. You’ll be able to bond with others, work together to solve problems, and learn many ways to cope with a life of sobriety.
Family therapy sessions can help a recovering addict gain the much-needed support you will need for your continued sobriety and recovery. Through family sessions, we’ll educate your loved ones about addiction and the recovery process, discuss issues within the family dynamic, and develop strategies they can use to help you during your recovery.
As we treat the whole person, Vantage Point is proud to offer some experiential treatments designed to complement traditional therapeutic approaches. These may include:
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational activities
- School-based programming (for children and adolescents)
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge draws closer, you’ll sit down with your family, our discharge planner, and your treatment team to determine what the next step in your sobriety journey will be. Some of our clients feel they’d like to continue to work on their sobriety in a structured environment and may join a residential treatment program or sober living facility. Others may be able to discharge to a lower level of care such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or a partial hospitalization program (PHP), which allow you to focus upon your recovery during the day and return to your home in the evenings and on weekends. Still, others may be able to discharge to home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and available community resources.