We all come into this world the same way, but along the way most of us run into different trials and tribulations. We aren’t all the same and neither are our problems. Some of these problems might include difficulty finding the right career, saving money, dealing with loss or battling an addiction.
For addiction, there’s always a solution—and what works for one might not work for another. Here are The Bluffs we understand the diversity of addiction and the other issues with mental health, we can help you find your road to recovery.
Types Of Addictions
Addiction is categorized as a disease of obsession and compulsion, therefore it must be treated as such, by both professionals and patients. Very broadly, pretty much anything that makes you feel good can cause an addiction; this happens because a substance triggers the dopamine in the brain and causes euphoria. Most of the people that we treat at The Bluffs suffer from a substance use or mental health disorder; or in general, an addiction.
Some of the types of substance addictions we treat include:
- Opioids (Heroin, Oxycontin, Morphine, etc)
- Cocaine and Crack
- Prescription Drugs
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
Understanding Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment is “intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use” according to National Institute on Drug Abuse. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. Addiction can take place in a lot of situations; but some of the most common contributing factors are environmental or genetic.
Dual Diagnosis And Co-Occurring Disorders
Though substance use disorders and addiction are the primary reason that people seek treatment, many people also suffer from a mental disorder along with it; this is known as a co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis). A dual diagnosis doesn’t mean that a person is doomed to suffer with an addiction, it just means that their treatment needs to be more thorough.
“In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated. This may occur because both mental and substance use disorders can have biological, psychological, and social components” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
The addiction specialists at The Bluffs are trained to understand addiction and how it works. For instance, a person might go into treatment for an alcohol use disorder or alcoholism and find out that they are also suffering from a bipolar disorder or depression. There are a lot of different combinations of co-occurring disorders, and therefore the treatment modalities used can differ as well.
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Treatment Starts With Detoxification
At The Bluffs, a medically-supervised detoxification is the first step in treatment for individuals struggling with opioids, alcohol, or benzodiazepines. During this time, patients will need to drink a lot of water, eat a healthy diet, take vitamins and get plenty of rest. Our staff will help ensure that our clients are as comfortable as possible during their detoxification and prepare them for residential treatment.
Professional Substance Abuse Evaluation And Individualized Treatment Plan
In the beginning of treatment, a patient will go through a professional evaluation to go over any issues they may be having during drug addiction. An evaluation can give treatment professionals an opportunity to get to know their patients and vice versa.
At The Bluffs, we realize that people are different and because of that their treatment might be different as well. A person suffering from an opioid addiction may not benefit from the same treatment methods as a person with an addiction to cocaine or alcohol. A person’s treatment depends on how much and what kind of drug addiction they’re suffering. Co-occurring disorders can also play a role in how a person’s treatment will be laid out.
“Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values to guide healthcare decisions” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). With most things in life, including addiction treatment, there will be trial and error. Luckily, addiction treatment has come a long way and successful treatment methods are in place to help you, or your loved one, free your mind from the restraints of an addiction.
The Bluffs use evidence-based therapy models to minimize trial and error and ensure that each person will receive the right treatment for them. Some of the types of evidence-based treatment are inpatient programs, medication-assisted therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
During the initial stages of recovery, a person can have to deal with the painful, emotional, mental and physical symptoms of withdrawals. Oftentimes the withdrawals can be intense and lead a person to relapse and right back into the throes of an addiction. For some addictions, a medication-assisted treatment can be helpful to deal with these symptoms.
Buprenorphine, or a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (such as Suboxone and Zubsolv), may be used for individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids.
According to SAMHSA, “Motivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health and substance use disorders and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and asthma make positive behavioral changes to support better health”. This type of approach can be very effective for treatment of co-occurring disorders.
People suffering from addictions don’t always have a very high self-esteem and might not believe that they are worth recovery, this treatment modality can help them believe that not only can they get well, but that they are totally worth it.
“Essentially, motivational interviewing activates the capability for beneficial change that everyone possesses” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The professionals at The Bluffs are trained to help each person see their own potential. Motivational Interviewing is based on the assumptions that:
- Ambivalence about substance use (and change) is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle in recovery.
- Ambivalence can be resolved by working with your client’s intrinsic motivations and values.
- The alliance between you and your client is a collaborative partnership to which you each bring important expertise.
- An empathic, supportive, yet directive, counseling style provides conditions under which change can occur.
(U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Family And Peer Support
When a person is suffering from a substance use disorder or addiction, they can be verbally or physically abusive which can be traumatic for the people closest to them. Sometimes it can be hard just to understand why your loved one continues using drugs. “Doesn’t he understand what he’s doing to himself and his family?”.
It can be difficult for family and friends to try to handle with a loved one’s addiction—which is why we’re here to help them through it.
“Research has demonstrated that peer support helps improve the mental health of veterans, makes people reduce hospital visits for those with co-occurring disorders, and increases coping skills of families with a family member who has a mental illness” (SAMHSA).
Sometimes it can be hard to see, first hand, that addiction is a problem and your loved one might not realize what their doing. This is because what they’re suffering from is the disease and a mental obsession. At The Bluffs, we understand that addiction affects the whole family and our professionals are trained to help them deal with the emotional trials of substance abuse.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Originally used for treatment of borderline personality disorder and suicidal patients, dialectical behavior therapy is an important stepping stone for treatment companies and at The Bluffs, is considered to be the cornerstone of treatment modalities. This method of treatment can be essential for treatment of co-occurring disorders such as anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorder or eating disorder and cocaine use disorder and so on.
Studies have shown that all behaviors are learned and whether it’s a coping strategy or simply because the person with an addiction likes his or herself more when their high or using. Dialectical behavior therapy at The Bluffs helps to teach a person to deal with their emotions in a healthy way by teaching them healthy coping strategies and helping them to love them self for who they are.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
When a person is suffering from a co-occurring disorder such as depression disorder and opioid addiction, they can have an extremely negative outlook on life and circumstances. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that because every behavior is learned, it can be unlearned. “The goal is to reveal and change false and distressing beliefs, because it is often not only the things and situations themselves that cause problems, but the importance that we attach to them too” (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
When a person sees the negative sides of everything and similarly, difficult for them to see the good in any object, situation or person—it can just as easily be hard to want to be around them The professionals at The Bluffs will use cognitive behavioral therapy methods to help a patient replace their negative thoughts with more realistic ones. Addiction can make life seem awful but with the right treatment, we can help you to see the brighter side of things.
Mindfulness And Stress Management
It’s common for someone who’s dealing with substance use disorder (or mental disorder) to use drugs, alcohol or food to deal with stress. The mindfulness and stress management techniques at The Bluffs will help you to better manage your stress and also teach you to remain calm in situations when your stress levels would normally be out of control.
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Studies have shown that “mindfulness-based stress reduction is able to reduce stress levels in healthy people” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Mindfulness and stress management alone might not be enough to keep a person sober, but when paired with other treatment modalities, practices like focused breathing, yoga and physical exercise can help a person achieve a long-term, healthy recovery.
Outdoor And Recreational Therapy
At The Bluffs, patients will have access multiple modes of outdoor activities. Outdoor and recreational therapy can be vital to help a person with an addiction realize that life isn’t so bad—and there’s a lot more to it than drinking and drugging. A person suffering from addiction and dual diagnosis is very likely to need more than outdoor therapy to get well, but it can help them take their mind off of substances or negative feelings. Outdoor therapy can help an addiction patient to have a little fun and can be a big step towards getting their life back.
Relapse Prevention And Aftercare Support
Going back to the life you once knew without drugs or alcohol can be very difficult and leaving treatment can be one of the hardest things for a person to do. It becomes a safe haven. A lot of people who relapse or fall back into their old ways of living are most likely going to do so in the first weeks to months of returning home from treatment. Let’s face it, not everybody can just pick up and move out of their old neighborhood. Avoidance doesn’t have to be moving cities or states, it also includes staying away from the old hangouts and crowds that triggered a drunk or a high in your past life. We will educate you about relapse, triggers and how to avoid them.
Aftercare support is another benefit of our treatment programs and the addiction specialists here will check-up on you after treatment and make sure that you’re doing okay. Recovery isn’t over when you leave treatment; ideally it will last forever. When someone is in recovery, like a cancer patient on chemo, their disease is essentially in remission. It can be important to find a 12-step or support group while keep in touch with the people you meet in treatment. So in addiction treatment and recovery, we’re all in this together.
Finding The Right Recovery Program For You At The Bluffs
With all the different options and modalities, finding the best treatment for you can be pretty daunting—we get that. That’s why here at The Bluffs, we have trained addiction specialists waiting by the phone to support you and help guide you into the best treatment tailored just for you. If you or a loved one is suffering from a co-occurring disorder, mental disorder, addiction or substance use disorder, contact us today to speak to someone who cares about the next step. At The Bluffs, we want to see you succeed!