Even though the abuse of heroin is widely known to be destructive and dangerous, many people still find themselves abusing this substance, and in-turn, addicted to it. When heroin is taken, a sudden rush of contentment, pleasure, and euphoria flood over the user, and a state of relaxation and drowsiness set in. These effects are what causes individuals to keep abusing this substance. The physical dependency and tolerance that occurs within someone who abuses heroin can keep him or her trapped within addiction because if he or she attempts to stop using on his or her own, painful and upsetting withdrawal symptoms will occur. In most cases, heroin addiction can be ceased through the help of trained professionals.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we can offer that help. We know just how destructive heroin addiction can be, and we know that there is an exceptional amount of pain that comes along with attempting to cease this form of substance abuse. We have developed programming that is customized for each and every patient who walks through our doors so they can finally put an end to the nightmare that is heroin addiction. By partaking in the clinically proven, science-backed care offered here at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, an individual who is addicted to heroin can finally achieve the recovery he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Realizing that a family member or a loved one is trapped within a deadly cycle of heroin abuse is earth-shattering. The feelings that might emerge can take up all of your time and energy, and the fear you might feel can magnify your concerns. However, despite these emotions, there are things that you can do to help your loved one overcome his or her battle with heroin addiction, including:
- Gathering as much information as possible, including learning the signs, symptoms, and effects of heroin abuse.
- Always be prepared for the possibility of overdose. Not only should you be aware of the many signs and symptoms of a heroin overdose, but you should also have a plan of action prepared in the event that an overdose does occur.
- Look into options for treatment that can be effective in helping treat your loved one’s heroin addiction.
- Speak with your loved one about the concerns you are having. It is imperative to carefully and thoughtfully voice your concerns, because failing to do so can be the difference between life and death. It can be a good idea to enlist the help of others who care for your loved one.
- Adjust your expectations of your loved one when it comes to confronting him or her. Prepare for him or her to be in denial, angry, and even defensive when you speak with him or her. Do not let his or her behaviors throw you off course – stay calm and keep your message clear.
- Inform your loved one of the treatment options you have uncovered. Encourage him or her to accept treatment, and continually remind him or her that you will be along for the ride.
- When your loved one accepts treatment, continually offer up your love and support, and keep encouraging him or her during the entire process. His or her acceptance is just the tip of the iceberg for a long journey of recovery.
- Speak with the treatment provider who is helping your loved one so you can obtain as much information as possible regarding how to help him or her during his or her recovery. Gain insight on how to proceed after his or her treatment concludes.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
If a loved one’s addiction continues, the effects that his or her use can have on his or her life (and yours) can be devastating and continue for the long-term. Abusing heroin can ravage through an individual’s physical and psychological health, leading to a series of negative health events such as permanent cognitive damage, paranoia, psychosis, organ damage, clogged blood vessels, and cardiovascular damage, to name a few. When an individual is abusing heroin via intravenous use, he or she places himself or herself at risk for contracting hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Abusing heroin also places users at risk for overdosing, which is a risk that lasts for as long as he or she abuses this substance for. An overdose can be deadly, however opting to obtain treatment to defeat a heroin addiction can help prevent each and every one of these painful effects.
Types of Treatment Offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Located in Henryville, Pennsylvania, Pocono Mountain Recovery Center is a world-class provider of treatment for men and women aged 18 and older who have been struggling with substance abuse, addiction, chemical dependency, and co-occurring mental illness. Surrounded by majestic mountains, our picturesque healing environment is the perfect place to being the journey to a healthier tomorrow.
Each member of our clinical staff is committed to helping all patients thrive while they are in our care, and is dedicated to putting forth every effort to ensure that our patients’ treatment goals are not just met, but exceeded. While benefitting from ongoing staff support, patients gain a great deal from time-tested interventions that are proven effective in helping people to break free from substance abuse and related concerns. With a foundation rooted in the 12-Step philosophy for treating addiction, the programming at our residential treatment center has been able to positively transform the lives of individuals of all ages.
Once a patient completes our admission process, he or she will play an active role in his or her treatment planning. Based on the needs and feedback of the individual who is receiving care, the following treatment methods may or may not be included within his or her fully customized treatment plan:
Detoxification: Because harmful substances of abuse, such as heroin, can cause an individual to become chemically dependent, detoxification, or detox, may be necessary at the start of an individual’s treatment. At Pocono Mountain Recovery, the need for detox is assessed during the admissions process, and can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan as the first phase of the individual’s recovery. Medical personnel supervise this process and tirelessly work to safeguard each patient’s safety and comfort during detoxification.
Medication management: Available for patients who require pharmaceutical intervention when grappling with an addiction to heroin and a co-occurring mental health concern, medication management services allow individuals to benefit from weekly meetings with a psychiatrist if needed. Should a patient at Pocono Mountain Recovery participate in this treatment option, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will be on-hand to support, supervise, and monitor the effectiveness of any medication regimens put in place.
Individual therapy: Offered when needed by the patient, individual therapy sessions enable the men and women who heal at Pocono Mountain Recovery to receive one-on-one support from their assigned primary counselor. These sessions can serve as an excellent time in which patients can discuss their experiences while battling an addiction to heroin, their successes while in treatment, and their goals for the present and future.
Group therapy: Provided at least five times each treatment day, group therapy sessions are cornerstones of the care that is offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery. Led by our clinical director, family coordinator, and other clinical staff members, groups provide a safe environment in which patients can discuss the progress they are making while recovering from an addiction to heroin, and learn about the following addiction- and recovery-related topics:
- Relapse trigger identification
- Relapse prevention
- Life skills
- Disease education
- Coping skills development
Experiential therapy: For five to seven hours each week, patients at Pocono Mountain Recovery are able to partake in a variety of experiential therapy sessions. These sessions, which help men and women heal and recover both mentally and physically, can enhance an individual’s experience at this center so that there is a greater likelihood for a heroin-free tomorrow. The following are among the experiential therapies that can become part of a patient’s care:
- Role playing
- Recreational therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Family therapy: In order to help those closest to the individuals who seek care at Pocono Mountain Recovery, family therapy sessions are available on an as-needed basis. When requested or deemed clinically necessary, a patient’s primary counselor and Pocono Mountain Recovery’s family coordinator can schedule a family session so that patients and those they care about can come together as a united front against heroin addiction.
Family Program: In addition to family therapy sessions, Pocono Mountain Recovery is proud to offer a Saturday family program for the friends and family members of the individuals who seek care at this center. Psychoeducational groups are held in the morning and in the afternoon following lunch. While partaking in these groups, patients’ loved ones can come to understand what the person they care about has been going through, and receive the education and resources needed to effectively help their loved one defeat an addiction to heroin.
The inclusion or exclusion of any of the above treatment methods within a patient’s treatment plan will be based solely on the individual’s needs and treatment requirements. If during the course of treatment the patient’s needs change, Pocono Mountain Recovery staff can revise the plan so that the individual is able to reap every advantage of receiving treatment at this center.
As a means of truly helping people break free from the grips of an addiction to heroin, we ensure that each person who receives care at our center leaves us with a detailed discharge plan to support his or her efforts at maintaining recovery success. In some cases, a discharge plan may include a recommendation to this center’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or other less intensive treatment option. In other cases, patients’ discharge plans will identify other resources that will help them to make continued strides toward their recovery goals.
If you feel that you or your loved one would benefit from the all-encompassing care that is available at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, feel free to contact us at your convenience. Out staff welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about our treatment, and can begin the admissions process over the phone.