Opioids are a category of drugs that can be beneficial when used appropriately, and extremely dangerous (and possibly deadly) when abused. The category of opioids includes both legal and illicit substances. However, even legal opioids can devastate an individual’s life if they are abused. The most commonly abused opioids include heroin, morphine, codeine, fentanyl, Vicodin, and OxyContin.
It is not uncommon for individuals to view legal opioids such as these as “safe”, while viewing heroin as deadly. The truth is, however, that both legal and illicit opioids can be highly dangerous to users, leading to extreme destruction to their lives. The ability of these substances to elicit a sense of relaxation and euphoria, as well preventing an individual from experiencing pain, makes them highly appealing to many. Sadly, when the abuse of these substances begins, it can be extremely difficult to defeat.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we realize that individuals who are addicted to opioids face a number of challenges that prevent them from recovering, which is why we have developed comprehensive programming that will help them obtain the skills required to effectively defeat their addictions to opioids. Our team at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center supplies clinical care and support, as well as the determination needed to help each one of our patients defeat their compulsion to abuse opioids.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you realize that a loved one is battling opioid addiction, it can drum up a number of different emotions within you. For example, you are likely feeling fearful over your loved one’s wellbeing, as well as anxious, frustrated, and sad. Despite your loved one continuing on in his or her abuse, and you feeling like there is nothing you can do to help, there are a handful of things that you can be doing to encourage treatment, including:
- Educate yourself about opioids. There are numerous resources available to help you learn about the signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction, as well as addiction as a disease.
- Look into treatment centers that can offer help to your loved one. Search specifically for treatment programs that supply opioid addiction treatment.
- Speak your concerns to your loved one. Do so in a calm manner with examples that help support your concerns. Allow him or her to express himself or herself, and be prepared to listen just as much as you speak.
- Tell your loved one about the treatment options that you have found. Offer to help him or her become enrolled in a program, and let him or her know that you are there to support him or her throughout the process.
- As soon as your loved one obtains treatment, do everything in your power to remain a part of his or her recovery. Go to family therapy sessions, speak with your loved one during his or her stay (if residential), and ask how you can continue to support him or her while he or she is at home.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
When those who are addicted to opioids do not obtain treatment, they place themselves at risk for suffering a series of negative consequences. From a physical aspect, those who abuse opioids can suffer from oxygen deficiency, constipation, impaired visual acuity, and chronic dry nose and mouth. When opioids are being injected, users face effects that include track marks and the increased risk of developing HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C. Those who battle with opioid addiction can find that they are no longer able to perform at work, school, or at home, and that their lives in these areas begin to suffer. If opioid addiction continues, users can become unemployed, struggle with financial distress, and find themselves homeless in severe cases. When an individual’s addiction becomes the most important aspect of his or her life, they can begin to see their relationships with friends, family, and loved ones suffer. However, if an opioid user decides to obtain treatment to defeat his or her addiction, then these effects can be successfully avoided.
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 opioids, 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 opioids 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 opioids, 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 opioids, 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 of achieving an opioid-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 opioid 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 opioids.
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 revised the plan so that the individual is able to reap every advantage to receiving treatment at this center.
As a means of truly helping people break free from the grips of an addiction to opioids, 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, today.