Opiate (or opioid) addiction is one of the most prominent forms of drug abuse worldwide, and it has been estimated that, in the United States alone, three million people are affected by opiate abuse. Opiates refer to any type of narcotic opioid that is derived from opium poppy plants. Opiates work to depress the nervous system and are commonly used to reduce pain or to aid in helping people fall asleep. They can also be used to quiet feelings of uneasiness and to help one rest and relax. Some of the most common opiates include heroin, morphine, vicodin, codeine, oxycontin, and percocet.
Regardless of what type of opiate abuse you struggle with, there is help available to you. At Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas, we strive to meet the individual needs of every individual who walks through our doors. For over 30 years, we have successfully provided services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors who find themselves struggling with mental illness drug addiction. Our caring professionals make it their goal to ensure that every person who receives treatment at Vantage Point is provided with services that are truly tailored to meet each and every one of his or her specific needs.
Addiction does not have to rule your life. You can get the help that you need – the help that you deserve – at Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
More than likely, your loved one’s addiction to a specific type of opiate started out small. Opiates such as vicodin, morphine, and various other forms of codeine are legally dispensed by pharmacists when provided with a legitimate prescription from one’s doctor. However, these types of medications are supposed to be used on a temporary basis. When a person gets to a point where they have emptied their prescription much earlier than the prescribed refill date because of excessive overuse, it is a sign that a deeper problem may exist. If you become suspicious that your loved one may be participating in this type of behavior, or if you notice that he or she has begun to display unusual negative mood swings or hostility once his or her prescription has run out, it may be time to consider seeking out treatment options.
When your loved one is suffering from any type of addiction, including an addiction to opiates, it can be difficult to just stand by and watch the effects that the addiction is having on that person’s life play out. You may feel a sense of helplessness or a sense of need to intervene in some way, but it can be difficult to step forward and make the initial approach of mentioning to your loved one that you believe that he or she needs help. This has the possibility of causing the person to respond with a sense of defensiveness. If you are prepared for this type of resistance however, you are more likely to be able to maintain a calm demeanor and use encouraging words instead of becoming as equally defensive. In doing so, you are lessening the possibility of the conversation becoming a confrontational argument. Explain why you are concerned and offer your support without seeming judgmental. Approach your loved one with a sense of empathy and then aid them in the process of researching the various forms of treatment options that may be available to them. Then devote yourself to the long-term process of offering continuing support throughout the entire treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas
If you have been abusing opiates for any extended period of time, you have probably started to notice some of the consequences that your use has had on your mind and body. Risky behaviors that may not have seemed so risky at the time, due to the fact that you were high, may now have you stuck in a position where you have to deal with the negative consequences of those behaviors. Your opiate use may have led you down the dangerous path to abusing other opiates, such as heroin. You may start seeing the negative physical aspects of your use, as well as the negative psychological and emotional disturbances that have occurred as a result. If this is the case, it’s time to get the treatment that you need and deserve.
One of the best ways to manage and overcome an addiction to opiates is through an inpatient treatment program. The withdrawal symptoms that you will experience once you have ceased using the drugs can be uncomfortable, but by entering an inpatient treatment program you will have access to a caring and knowledgeable staff who can help ease that discomfort while going through the detoxification process. You will be medically monitored throughout the entire duration of the process to ensure that your safety is never at risk. There are also certain medications that can alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms that one experiences when coming off of opiates and you have the possibility of working with a doctor who make those medications available to you. Being treated on an inpatient basis also offers you the comfort of knowing that the only thing that you have to worry about is your recovery. You are able to remove yourself from the stresses of your everyday life and focus on yourself, first and foremost.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas, we know that addictions do not present themselves in the same way for everyone; we know that your experiences may greatly differ from another person suffering from the same type of addiction. Because of that, we strive to gain an understanding of what you as an individual are experiencing and we will help you find the meaningful ways to express what you are feeling.
At Vantage Point, we offer a full continuum of care that ranges from acute inpatient treatment to a variety of outpatient treatments. We are diligent in finding ways to meet the specific needs of every patient so that when they leave us, they feel as though they have received the best treatment possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vantage Point
When you first arrive at Vantage Point, you will meet with a qualified assessment specialist who will conduct a thorough psychosocial assessment in order to make sure that we understand the depth of each and every one of your specific needs. In doing so, we are then able to customize a treatment plan to meet those needs. Once the assessment is complete, an appropriate level of care will be recommended, and an individualized treatment plan will be devised under the guidance of a psychiatrist, a case manager, and a qualified therapist. Your input will greatly impact the success of that treatment plan.
At Vantage Point, you will be offered a variety of different forms of treatment modalities, tailored to meet your specific needs. The different aspects of treatment we provide through our inpatient program include:
Medication management: Part of successfully treating and managing depression can come in the form of psychotropic medication. You will work closely with your psychiatrist in order to find a medication that best suits your chemistry and that medication will be consistently monitored throughout your stay with us. If changes in medication are required, the psychiatrist with whom you work will walk you through that process.
Individual therapy: All of our patients will participate in individual (one-on-one) therapy with a qualified therapist at least once per week. However, additional session can occur at any time, following the request of the patient or at the discretion of the therapist. During these sessions, patients will have the opportunity to explore and process the various emotions that they may be experiencing, while working with the therapist to identify the negative thought patterns that have led to the different symptoms of depression. Individual therapy is also a time where patients can learn appropriate coping skills that they can apply in order to deal with the stresses that they face on a daily basis.
Group therapy: Group therapy is held on an ongoing basis, meeting multiple times per day. These group sessions will cover topics such as developing positive coping skills, exploring emotional disturbances and the causes for them, maintaining mood control, and developing healthy interpersonal relationships. Group therapy sessions are also an ideal time for patients to come together to support one another on their journey of recovery.
Family involvement: At Vantage Point, we understand the importance of family involvement in the success of a person’s treatment. Family therapy sessions are held once a week, but extra sessions can be requested and held at the discretion of the individual’s therapist. Patients are also able to have weekly visitation with family members.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Planning for discharge begins at the time of a patient’s admission into a program. We know how important it is for our patients to get the help that they need and be able to return to their normal daily lives as soon as possible. By having a discharge plan that is started at the time of admission, it allows case managers and care coordinators time to organize future treatment options that can be provided to patients following their discharge. Patients will be discharged having the comfort of knowing that the next stage of their treatment is already in place. On the day of discharge, patients will have a final meeting with their treatment team in order to go over the next steps for treatment. Patients will leave our program with the comfort of knowing that they will still have the ongoing support that they need.