Opioid abuse and addiction is only treated in our dual diagnosis program.
Opiates are a class of drugs that are derived, either naturally or synthetically, from the opium plant. When prescribed by a licensed physician, opiates can effectively treat pain and in some instances, coughs. Some of the most commonly known natural opiates include morphine and codeine, while man-made versions include Demerol, Vicodin, and Dilaudid. Finally, heroin is an illegal opioid manufactured from morphine and has no medical purposes; it is specifically used to provide the user with a feeling of euphoria. When used under direct supervision, opiates can be extremely helpful, but when abused over a long period of time, they can lead to dependence.
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we are aware of how much destruction can be left behind from an addiction to opiates. An opiate addiction can destroy an individual’s life, leaving them feeling alone with no hope for the future. We understand that substance abuse presents people with a number of challenges that they have to face on a daily basis. Our hospital provides a caring and compassionate treatment program designed to meet the needs of men and women who find themselves struggling to overcome addiction. If you are stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction, we want you to know that there is hope. Together, we can work toward providing you with a future free from opiates.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one suffer from an addiction to opiates can be a heart-wrenching experience. Having an addict in the family can turn the family dynamic upside down as the individual is no longer able to function normally because they have been consumed by their addiction. While it is painful and frustrating at times, there are some things that you can do to not only help your loved one, but ease some of the burden on yourself.
- Understand your loved one’s addiction – make an effort to understand what your loved one is going through and learn all you can about an opiate addiction. This way you will be informed to advise your loved one and to take informed actions should they be needed.
- Be stabilizing without enabling – let your loved one know that you are going to be there to support them and help them through this difficult time. However, it is important to set limits on what you will do for them. Refrain from doing things such as:
- Loaning money
- Lying or making excuses for them
- Procuring drugs for them
- Involve yourself and others in the recovery – be open and honest with your loved one about how their addiction makes you feel. If they deny there is a problem, be persistent, but try not to be too forceful.
- Know treatment options – those who are addicted to opiates are going to need physical and mental treatment for their recovery. Take the time to research treatment programs and options so that you can provide your loved one with the information.
Why Consider Inpatient Treatment at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry?
The number of effects that can occur as a result of opiate abuse depends upon the method in which the opiates are used. However, after using for a prolonged period of time the user no longer gets the same effect from the amount of drug used and will need more of the substance, eventually leading to an addiction. If left untreated, long-term effects can cause a significant amount of negative health problems, such as frequent infections and liver problems. Additionally, opiates can cause respiratory depression and increase the risk of pulmonary and respiratory problems; not to mention problems at work, at home, and in social relationships. Without treatment, the consequences will only get worse.
If you are struggling with an addiction to opiates, an inpatient treatment program may be the most beneficial type of treatment for your needs. Inpatient treatment programs can address the reasons why you started abusing opiates in the first place, as well as any other behavioral or mental health concerns that may be present. By receiving treatment in an inpatient program, you are able to receive help in the safest environment possible. Entering an inpatient program provides you with the opportunity to step out of the stressors of your everyday life so that you can focus solely on your recovery. Through a combination of various therapies and medication management, this type of program can help you win the battle against your addiction and start living the life you deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, our philosophy is based on an understanding of the fact that all of our patients have a history of life experiences that have played a role in molding them into the people that they are. We know that the problems they are currently struggling with are only a very small part of who they are and who they will become. Our goal for everyone who seeks treatment with us is to find hope and a renewed sense of contentment and well-being in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, our treatment programs focus on implementing an active interdisciplinary approach. When you first arrive at our treatment center, you will participate in a comprehensive evaluation, which will enable us to determine the most appropriate level of care for your needs. Our highly-trained and qualified staff take responsibility for providing thorough and compassionate treatment while focusing on the individual needs of each patient. Some of the treatment methods that are incorporated into the care for opiate addiction include:
Medication management: Medications can be a beneficial part of treating people who are addicted to substance like opiates and are also suffering from a co-occurring mental disorder. If medication is part of your treatment plan, our primary care physicians will closely monitor the therapeutic effects of the medication while making any changes that may be needed.
Individual therapy is designed specifically for patients to meet privately with their therapist, allowing them the time needed to discuss specific aspects of their treatment. They can also work to identify the underlying causes for the development of their addiction.
Group therapy is held on a daily basis and sessions are designed to bring patients together so that they can share their experiences with each other and gain much needed support. Group therapy is a time to explore different ways of coping with the struggles that individuals are facing, identify triggers, and learn how to prevent relapse.
Family therapy is a time designed to help patients and their loved ones learn to communicate in a positive manner while working towards repairing any relationships that may have been damaged due to the addiction. This is also a time for family members to become educated about addiction and how they can best support their loved one.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, when discharge approaches we will do everything we can to make the transition to the next level of care as smooth as possible. Your treatment team will work closely with you to help you make the decision for your next step of recovery. Some patients will step down into a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP) in which they are able to remain in a therapeutic environment for most of the day while slowly integrating back into their community in the evenings. Other patients may feel as though they are ready to return home. In those situations, our case management team will work with you in finding appropriate support groups and other available resources that will help keep you on the right path for recovery.