Substance abuse can describe a rather broad spectrum of behaviors, from the occasional misuse of alcohol or other drugs to the ongoing abuse of these substances. Those who abuse alcohol or other drugs run the risk of developing an addiction that can ravage their lives. In many cases, a person may experiment with a drug, find that he or she enjoys the high that results, and then begin to abuse his or her substance of choice with greater frequency or in more powerful amounts. Should this type of pattern occur, it can become quite difficult to free oneself from the cycle of addiction without professional intervention.
Wilmington Treatment Center, a premier provider of addiction treatment for men and women, offers the life-saving care needed to combat the viciousness of substance abuse and addiction. We understand the devastation that this type of self-destructive behavior can cause in an individual’s life, and we are prepared to supply you with the solutions that can make sobriety a very achievable goal. At Wilmington, you can have a second chance and reclaim your life from substance abuse once and for all.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As a concerned friend, spouse, partner, or other loved one, you are likely aware of what substance abuse has done to your loved one’s life, and may even feel at a loss for what you can do to help him or her. Perhaps you have made previous efforts to help your loved one get the care he or she needs, but feel as though those attempts proved futile. There remains, however, some steps that you may have no considered before that can help your friend or family member get treatment. Consider the following:
- Learn about your loved one’s addiction, and come to understand what it means to have an addiction. You can consult with other professionals, talk with your loved one, or read about the many facets of addiction and chemical dependency.
- Have a conversation with the person you care about, and convey your concerns in an empathic manner. During this conversation, it is important to avoid conflict, and stress to him or her the need for treatment so that he or she can better his or her life.
- Research treatment centers that provide care for your loved one’s addiction, and share your findings with the person you care about. Also, encourage him or her to decide on a center, and suggest that he or she contact that center to learn more about its programming.
Once your loved one has agreed to go to treatment, it is imperative to do the following:
- Remain an ongoing source of support.
- Stay in contact with him or her.
- Attend any scheduled family sessions.
- Make an effort to attend any additional family programming that the center offers.
- Try to be part of your loved one’s discharge plan, and work with him or her and his or her treatment providers to understand how you can best support your loved one once he or she returns home.
Lastly, remember that the road to recovery can include setbacks, and the person you care about may not recover within a time frame that is ideal for you. It is best to remind your loved one that he or she can also get back on the road to recovery and continue whatever progress was made while in treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Depending on the type and longevity of a person’s substance abuse, the severity of an individual’s addiction can vary. Some substances of abuse can be more difficult to abstain from, and, for some individuals, it can be difficult to learn how to function without drugs and/or alcohol when one has become psychically or emotionally dependent on such substances. However, regardless of these factors, the abuse of substances can render several negative consequences in a person’s life. Over time, relationships can become estranged, which can lead to the demise of meaningful friendships or a marriage. Interaction with the legal system can become frequent and result in incarceration, and occupational strife can render financial difficulties if the abuse of substances remains ongoing. Furthermore, those who abuse drugs and/or alcohol are at an increased risk for psychological and physical health concerns that can certainly infringe upon a person’s quality of life. Mental health symptoms can worsen, and, as a result of abusing substances, the threat of overdose can be constant. However, these detriments along with the many others that can result from substance abuse can be successfully prevented by seeking treatment to end a substance abuse problem.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital, and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from a substance abuse problem, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve your each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experienced had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we are make available to our patients:
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of an addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you, and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.