What Are The Levels Of Care For Treating Addiction?
Harmony Ridge Recovery Center is a nationally recognized drug and alcohol rehab facility located in the scenic mountains of Walker, West Virginia. We strive to provide a comfortable transition from addiction to sobriety in a caring and nurturing environment. Our team of dedicated medical professionals has helped countless individuals achieve and maintain a fulfilling life, free from substance abuse.
Here at Harmony Ridge, our goal is to inform potential patients about all the levels of care we will offer when it comes to their treatment. Before they enroll in our facility, we believe it is best for patients considering our facility to learn about the different types of treatments and therapies we offer. This will give them a better understanding of what to expect when they stay at our center.
What to Expect in Addiction Treatment
It’s not unusual to be anxious or fearful before entering drug or alcohol addiction treatment. However, shortly after you walk into Harmony Ridge Recovery Center, you’ll realize there is nothing to be nervous about. Our kind and compassionate team of medical professionals make sure every patient feels comfortable and welcome during their stay.
Our state-of-the-art facility provides our staff with the tools they need to help our patients recover quickly from their addictions, as well as give them a comfortable stay while they’re here. We also offer countless amenities and activities to enjoy during their time in treatment.
Some of these different recreational outlets for our residents include things like:
- Fishing and kayaking in the nearby lake
- Swimming in our heated indoor pool
- Arcade and gaming room
- Stunning hiking trails
- Basketball courts
- Recreational hall
Although each patient has a chance to enjoy these amenities we offer, all of them receive 24-hour nursing supervision for their safety during this delicate time. At Harmony Ridge, we want to ensure family and friends that their loved ones will be taken care of properly while they stay with us.
Medical Detox Care
Once a patient is admitted into our facility, the first thing that our licensed staff will do is a physical and mental evaluation. This is to determine the current state of the patient’s addiction and whether or not medical detox will need to be performed. The more severe the current addiction is, the more likely a longer, more intense detox will be needed.
Detox is the process of removing all drugs, alcohol, and toxins from the body. There is no specific time frame to complete detox, as each patient is different, and too many variables come into play. Should a patient experience any withdrawal symptoms, our nursing staff will safely manage their symptoms and alleviate any temporary pain or discomfort.
Nursing continuously monitors medication levels by means of urinalysis testing. Medication dosage is decreased as the patient progresses through the detoxification process. As a patient’s medication dosage decreases throughout their stay, the patient’s dependence on the substance decreases as well. Eventually, the patient will no longer experience any physical withdrawal symptoms.
Patients will start to feel accomplished after detoxing. However, it’s important to remember that this is only the first step in the recovery process. This is where residential treatment comes in. This is the next level of care following medical detox and a time when patients can focus 100 percent on themselves and their treatment. Our nursing and medical team will develop an individualized treatment plan specifically designed to address factors that fueled each patient’s addiction.
Using evidence-based treatment methods, we address each patient’s mental, physical, and emotional state. Our goal is to help patients reclaim their lives that have been derailed due to the disease of addiction. In addition to 24-hour care, patients have access to daily group therapy, individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), music and art therapy, recreational therapy, and outdoor therapy.
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)
Patients completing residential treatment often continue to the next level of care, known as partial hospitalization programs (PHP). These can be described as a middle ground between residential and outpatient treatment. PHPs are ideal programs for those wishing to begin the transition to living independently without sacrificing the intensity of their addiction treatment.
This program is designed to help patients overcome hurdles and triggers that have fed their addiction. Patients continue attending their structured programs, like in residential treatment, yet go to a home-like environment in the evening. This gives them an idea of what to expect when they are fully released from treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) vs. General Outpatient Programs
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) is the level of care before general outpatient that offers a more intense form of treatment. This level of treatment allows the patient to keep a somewhat “normal” schedule. Residential patients live at our facility at Harmony Ridge, but our outpatient clients are allowed to live at home while still attending their treatment program.
Intensive outpatient treatment is needed for those who aren’t able to take significant time off work but still require more serious levels of treatment. We’re able to work around their time constraints to ensure that they receive the level of care they need. It just may have to be over a longer period of time.
General outpatient treatment is for those who are not at medical risk. Most of the time, these treatments are scheduled three to four times a week. The patient will come to see us at the facility while also still going to school or work. This level of care can also include 12-step meetings and other therapies where the patient will learn new ways of thinking and how to lead a sober lifestyle.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves using other medications to help ease a patient's stress and symptoms in rehab. Mental illness and addiction often go hand-in-hand and prevent a patient from progressing in treatment. Doctors might prescribe patients medication to help them cope with having two co-occurring disorders.
MAT may also be used in partnership with the detoxification process. Certain medication decreases the effects of withdrawal symptoms. These allow the recovering addict to be more comfortable while weaning off their substance of choice.
Lastly, medication assistance will be used for our patients who experience comorbidity. Comorbidity is when a patient has developed another disease or severe medical issue because of their addiction disorder. These can include conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and liver failure, which are extremely painful and dangerous. We will prescribe medication to help our patients with their existing conditions while in treatment.
Types of Therapies
Our therapists at Harmony Ridge are certified and well-trained to handle almost all types of substance disorders. Whether you're addicted to heroin, meth, alcohol, or anything in between, our staff will do their best to provide quality therapy.
This step in the treatment process is essential to discovering what may have caused the addiction disorder in the first place. Our therapists will evaluate each client’s mental, emotional, and psychological state and ask about possible past trauma they have endured. Some of the different therapies our professionals will have our patients participate in include:
- Family: Family therapy involves close relatives and friends of the recovering addict in sessions. Both parties are able to discuss how the addiction disorder has affected their relationship and what they can do to improve it. Patients should participate in family therapy because it gives them a stable support system to go back to after rehab is over.
- Individual: Individual sessions are one-on-one with the therapist, whom the patient can confide in about personal information. Our therapists will use this time to help the individual grow and develop new ways of looking at situations. They will most likely use a type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on reversing negative behaviors and thought patterns.
- Group: Group therapy allows patients recovering from addiction to share stories with each other and bond over similar experiences. This is done through 12-step meetings, recreational therapies and physical activities that they participate in together. It is possible that they come out of therapy with lifelong friends through this level of care.
Once therapy is complete, we understand there is still a possibility that our past patients can relapse. Relapse happens when a recovering addict begins abusing a substance once again. Relapse can often be deadly to recovering patients since they think they can use the same amount they once did. If this happens, there’s a high possibility of a fatal overdose. This is why aftercare is one of the most important levels of care.
Because of this, we offer aftercare to any of our past patients when they’re struggling with possible relapse. They’re able to visit our facilities or call any former doctors or therapists for recommendations on what to do. We want to give them every outlet to avoid a possible relapse.
Find Quality Addiction Therapy at Harmony Ridge
If you or someone you know has developed a substance addiction and you want to learn more about levels of care, contact us today. Our staff at Harmony Ridge would be more than willing to answer any questions you may have. We are available 24/7 to provide assistance to anyone that needs it. Feel free to contact us at any time and start the process of recovering from your addiction disorder today!