Opioids are a category of powerful, dangerous, and highly addictive drugs. This category includes natural and semisynthetic substances that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Examples of common opioids include heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and opium. Some opioids are used for legitimate medical purposes, primarily in treating moderate to severe pain, while others are most commonly employed by individuals who are seeking a recreational high. Regardless of the reason why a person ingests an opioid, continued use can put the individual at risk for becoming addicted to the substance, which is clinically referred to as developing opioid use disorder.
In addition to risking addiction, individuals who abuse opioids are also at an increased likelihood of experiencing myriad physical, psychological, and cognitive challenges. Opioid abuse is associated with a wide range of immediate and long-term effects, including the development or exacerbation of co-occurring mental health disorders. When a person has become addicted to opioids, he or she will experience painful withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using or when unable to acquire the drug. These withdrawal symptoms and the powerful cravings that also occur in the absence of opioids can make it virtually impossible for a person to overcome opioid use disorder without effective professional help.
At Wilmington Treatment Center, we have decades of experience working with men and women whose lives have been impacted by addictions to heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, and other opioids. Throughout our 30-plus years of providing life-changing addiction treatment services, we have developed focused programming that has proved to be effective in the effort to help men and women end their dependence upon opioids. At Wilmington Treatment Center, women and men who have been struggling with opioid addiction can receive comprehensive care for their chemical dependency as well as for many of the co-occurring disorders that often accompany opioid use disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have discovered that a loved one has been abusing or become addicted to an opioid, you are right to be worried and concerned. Opioid abuse is a dangerous behavior, and untreated opioid use disorder can put a person’s life at risk. Please know, though, that you are not helpless. You can play an essential role in helping your loved one end his or her addiction to opioids.
First, it is important to understand that addiction to opioids can be overcome with effective professional treatment. Depending upon the nature and severity of your loved one’s addiction, it may appear that he or she is trapped in a hopeless situation. Visit reputable websites or consult with experts in your area to get a greater understanding of opioid addiction and to learn about the types of treatment that have helped others who were struggling with similar problems.
Once you have a firm grasp on the nature of the problem, start to research specific programs that provide the type and level of care that your loved one needs. Many people who abuse or become addicted to opioids also struggle with co-occurring mental health problems. To ensure that your loved one is put in the best possible position to achieve long-term recovery, make sure that the programs you are looking into offer comprehensive services that will treat all of the issues and disorders that may have led to or been impacted by your loved one’s opioid abuse.
Before you present your findings to your loved one, learn how to have this important, sensitive, and potentially contentious conversation. Reputable websites may be your best source for getting insights into how, when, and where to have this conversation, and for help in determining who should be involved. Though your loved one may react with denial or even anger, this does not have to be a confrontation. The time you spend preparing for the talk may make the difference between getting your loved one into treatment and pushing him or her away.
It is important that you, your loved one, and other friends and family members understand that treatment is just one step on the lifelong path of addiction recovery. Depending upon your loved one’s unique needs, treatment may last from a few weeks to many months, and may involve various levels of care as he or she begins to confront and overcome the issues that have kept him or her mired in the depths of addiction. Plan to be a source of ongoing love and support before, during, and long after your loved one’s time in treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Without effective professional intervention, a person who has been abusing opioids risks continued damage to his or her physical, cognitive, emotional, and socioeconomic wellbeing. Depending upon the specific opioid or opioids that an individual has been abusing, and the length and severity of that abuse, he or she may experience brain, heart, lung, kidney, and liver damage. He or she may also contract HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. Memory problems, impaired judgment, diminished cognitive abilities, and the development or worsening of anxiety, paranoia, and depression can all occur when a person fails to get help for an opioid use disorder. From a social and economic perspective, continued opioid abuse is likely to have a profoundly detrimental impact on a person’s ability to succeed in school, get and keep a job, meet his or her financial responsibilities, avoid legal problems, and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. However, with effective professional help, an individual can begin to heal from the damage caused by prior opioid abuse, can stop his or her descent into further despair, and can learn how to live a healthy drug-free life.
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. When you choose our center to recover from an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids, the following types of treatment can empower you to reach your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as opioids, 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 to opioids 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 experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to opioids 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 examples of what may be offered during a patient’s time at Wilmington Treatment Center:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 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
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of an opioid use disorder, 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 opioids or other destructive 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 physical, 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
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
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 to opioids 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 to opioids. 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:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- 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)
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 that 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 to opioids 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.