An addiction to heroin is often referred to as being one of the most destructive and painful addictions one can suffer from. Derived from morphine, which is a potent prescription pain medication, heroin is a highly addictive substance that works by depressing the central nervous system, inhibiting one’s ability to feel pain while simultaneously eliciting feelings of euphoria. The high that one receives from using heroin comes on rapidly, making it extremely appealing to users. However, when that high subsides, the withdrawal period can be a painful one, leading users to feel as though they immediately need more of the substance. Once an addiction develops, it can feel nearly impossible for a person to stop on their own. Fortunately, there is help available.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care rehab clinic designed to treat the psychological and chemical dependency needs for adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment clinic is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills Hospital has been a leader in providing behavioral healthcare since 1988, which means that we have years of experience working with all types of patients who are facing a vast array of challenges. Regardless of whether you are struggling with a mental health disorder and/or a substance abuse problem, the compassionate team at Rolling Hills’ rehab clinic can help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is battling an addiction to heroin, you are likely to be feeling at a loss as to what you can do to help him or her. While you know that your loved one desperately needs professional help, you might feel unsure as to how to go about ensuring that he or she gets the treatment he or she needs. You may feel apprehensive about approaching your loved one, fearing that he or she will become defensive, hostile, and even begin to resent you. But it is imperative to remember that, despite whatever negative reaction you may receive, getting your loved one help is of the utmost importance. Here are some things to keep in mind as you confront your loved one:
- Educate yourself on the disease of addiction. The more knowledge that you have, the greater the understanding you will be able to develop as to what your loved one is going through and why he or she is unable to stop using.
- Refrain from lecturing your loved one. Whether or not he or she is willing to admit it, your loved one is already aware of the dangers that his or her drug use is inflicting onto his or her life. Lecturing your loved one will likely only elicit feelings of anger and defensiveness.
- Do not throw away any drugs that you might find in your loved one’s possession. While this may seem like an easy solution, it will not force your loved one to stop using. Instead, he or she will simply go to whatever lengths are required in order to obtain more of the drug.
- Research treatment options and explore your findings with your loved one. If he or she continues to refuse treatment, seek out help from other individuals in your loved one’s life so that you are not facing this challenge alone.
- Remain unconditionally supportive and recognize that, even once treatment has started, the road to recovery can be a long and bumpy one.
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
The cycle of heroin use is a turbulent one, often leaving addicts feeling as though they have lost all control of their lives. Without receiving treatment, individuals who are addicted to heroin will suffer from devastating consequences, such as relationship discord, academic or occupational failure, and significant health complications, among many others.
A rehab clinic can be the most optimal choice for helping heroin addicts start on the path to recovery. Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that one can experience when they stop using heroin, participating in a medical detoxification process like those offered in a treatment clinic can not only make the withdrawal process more comfortable, but it can be potentially life-saving. Surrounded by medical and mental health professionals, individuals will be consistently monitored and supported as their bodies become rid of this toxic substance. By entering into a rehab clinic, individuals are also free from the temptation to use because they no longer have access to the drug. Sheltered from outside stressors and triggers, while also being provided with the support they need to fight against their desires to use in addition to developing the coping skills necessary to fight against future relapse. With inpatient care, individuals are able to take the first step towards a life free from the grips of heroin.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family members. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue in order to increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also includes psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills Hospital, we maintain a treatment team of professionals who are dedicated to providing high-quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and are stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our programs use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various programs also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your specific concerns will determine which program you will be placed in and what types of therapies will be implemented. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be included your treatment plan:
Medical detoxification: For those patients that come to us chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol, they will begin the treatment process by completing detox. Detoxification is the process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins within the body. Throughout this process, the body is able to heal itself and return to normal functioning. At Rolling Hills, our detox program focuses on the safe withdrawal from alcohol and other substances while encompassing structured clinical services.
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. In many instances, medication is used in the detox process in order to help control some of the unpleasant symptoms that may arise, while also helping to alleviate the negative symptoms of any underlying mental health disorders that may be present.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, at least two hours a week for adolescents and at least once hour per week for patients on all of our other units. During individual therapy, patients can take the time to delve deeper into the root cause for why they started abusing substances, while also addressing maladaptive thought patterns and setting their own goals for treatment.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups on a weekly basis. Topics will vary some depending upon the unit that a person is in. However, some of the topics covered may include coping skills, anger management, life skills, and managing mental illness. Those in our chemical dependency program will also discuss topics related to substance abuse and addiction.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each one of our patients. For the adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, the parents and caregivers of our adolescent patients are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and are able to call and check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that one may participate in during his or her stay with us. Such additional services may include, but are not limited to:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Daily school
- Emotions anonymous
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, OK, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the rehab clinics where patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Additionally, we are able to provide you with necessary referrals to step-down options and outpatient services that will be of most help for meeting your continued needs.