Compassionate Heroin Addiction Treatment Based on Medical Excellence
Timberline Knolls psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, nurses and therapists are not only experts in heroin abuse and addiction treatment.
We also understand the fear and anxiety that come with confronting the emotions, perceptions and life experiences at the root of heroin use. We support each woman who seeks our help with relentless compassion and an unconditional, joyful spirit that inspires hope in her ability to reclaim her life from heroin addiction.
In addition to understanding symptoms of heroin dependence, our treatment team assesses each woman’s entire history of substance abuse. They may also look for other co-occurring addictions, such as abuse of opiate painkillers or other prescription drugs that may have been a precursor to heroin abuse. We also consider efforts the user may take to cope with the side effects of long-term dependence on heroin.
Our substance abuse treatment team also digs deeper than many drug rehab centers into the underlying causes and conditions of the entire addictive disease process. As a result, they often identify co-occurring psychiatric conditions or eating disorders, or uncover other addictive behavior patterns deeply intertwined with long-term dependence on opiates. If unaddressed or under-addressed, co-occurring disorders commonly trigger repeated relapses.
Each woman or girl who seeks help at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center will receive a heroin abuse treatment program that focuses on her strengths. This individualized, medically-based approach to treatment and recovery succeeds where other drug rehab programs may have failed. It helps women and their families reclaim their lives from heroin and look forward to the future.
What Makes Our Heroin Dependence Treatment Plans Successful?
The most effective approaches to substance abuse treatment and recovery consider all available information about a resident, and leverage the experience of a diverse treatment staff to customize each woman’s treatment program. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of heroin abuse and addiction treatment at a leading rehab center like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It’s also one of the reasons why so many leading outpatient drug abuse and addiction specialists refer to us their patients who need more intensive treatment, or who have struggled to sustain heroin recovery in an outpatient setting.
Assessment of a woman’s treatment needs begins early on in our admissions review process. We ask both the woman and her family to provide information about her drug abuse symptoms, roadblocks to success in work or school, and challenges with loved ones. We also request her consent to speak with previous addiction treatment providers to gather additional information about medical history, psychiatric history, past substance abuse treatment progress, and stumbling blocks to achieving or maintaining recovery from dependence on heroin.
Thorough Intake Assessment
Once she is admitted, each woman undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. She is then assigned a substance abuse treatment team with several members whom she will meet individually after she settles in on campus:
- Primary therapist
- Family therapist
- Psychiatrist (MD)
- Internal medicine physician (MD)
- Addiction specialist
- Registered dietician (RD)
Each treatment team member provides an assessment within the woman’s first days at Timberline Knolls. The findings are integrated and reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about successful opiate addiction treatment is integrated into each woman’s treatment plan.
Taking Ownership of Treatment
We believe it is critical for each woman to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the outset.
Once her addiction treatment plan is formulated, our team’s recommendations are shared with the woman in her first care conference, which will include her primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. This cooperative approach gives her input into the goals for her treatment and allows her to choose several elective elements of her program. She will be asked to sign off on her treatment objectives and the progression of her treatment plan for heroin abuse or addiction, and any other co-occurring disorders. This conference also sets stage for ongoing collaboration between the woman and her treatment team throughout her stay in residential treatment.
Looking Forward to Recovery
Following the initial care conference, the treatment team will meet weekly throughout the resident’s stay, and consult each other informally to monitor her progress and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. If new symptoms appear, a woman may also undergo additional psychological testing or medical evaluation to ensure her heroin addiction treatment considers all relevant aspects of her health.
Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from prescription opiate dependence, anorexia, or bulimia may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, cardiologist, gynecologist, dentist, or gastroenterologist.
What Will You Experience At Our Treatment Center?
Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment and Recovery
There is no miracle cure for heroin addiction.
Every woman recovering from heroin abuse must develop tools she can trust to help manage both physical and emotional pain that compels her to seek out heroin. We work with our residents help them learn to recognize emotional changes and identify the conscious choices they are making throughout their day. Our caring staff provides consistent support as women learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously abused heroin or other opiates. As they gain confidence in their ability to make positive, healthy choices, women experience improved self-esteem and body acceptance, reduced stress and anxiety, healing of trauma, and increased self-awareness.
Comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment plans use approaches proven to help women learn to manage their emotions and develop the tools to recover from heroin dependency. Specific examples include:
- One-on-one therapy sessions
- Expressive and experiential therapy
- Education about disease processes and recovery
- Meal support and regular consultation with dietary staff
- Group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
- Family therapy (including family participation)
- Twelve-step facilitation
- Onsite and offsite twelve-step meetings
- Weekly psychiatric consultation
- Trauma awareness and recovery
- Educational services for school-age women
Expressive Therapy Provides A Productive Outlet for Complex Emotions
Expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote healing and recovery, in addition to providing a needed creative outlet for women during their treatment and beyond. Our expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests:
- art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other media
- equine assisted psychotherapy
- dance/movement therapy
- empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
- movement therapy and self-defense in our on-site fitness facility
- outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus
What is Our Approach to Detoxification and Withdrawal from Heroin Addiction?
Successful heroin dependence treatment must consider more than just the causes of the addictive behavior. Treatment must also address the medical challenges a woman will face as she attempts to curtail long-term abuse of prescription drugs. Her safety is our first priority. Depending on the medications she’s abusing, her patterns of use, and the state of her health, she may require medically managed detoxification.
Though many in the recovery community express philosophical objections to the use of prescription opiates, we believe this deprives many heroin addicts of the best available treatment and chance of recovery. In certain cases, we may prescribe temporarily a medication known as suboxone for women struggling to overcome long-term heroin addiction. This helps them weather the otherwise debilitating withdrawal symptoms and take ownership of their treatment and recovery process with some degree of comfort and dignity.
Our internal medicine staff and psychiatrists have extensive experience helping women through heroin withdrawal symptoms. One of the unique features of a leading residential treatment center is that we provide 24-hour nursing care. A woman facing withdrawal, as well as her loved ones, can be confident that her safety will be monitored continuously and that staff will be attentive not only to her comfort, but also to complications from other health conditions. More importantly, our entire staff provides her with consistent emotional support that recognizes the important step she’s taken by committing to treatment and recovery.
Heroin abuse and addiction are serious medical conditions that require care from experienced chemical dependency specialists. Curtailing heroin use can involve serious medical complications, including death. Detoxification from heroin should not be attempted at home or without direction and supervision from a licensed medical doctor experienced in treating heroin addiction and withdrawal. If you or your loved one are concerned you may be experiencing heroin withdrawal symptoms, call 911 for emergency assistance.
How Do We Treat Co-Occurring Disorders With Heroin Abuse?
When treating women and girls for heroin dependency, our specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes they are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, long-term abuse of heroin progresses from attempts by a woman to:
- Manage pain or other symptoms from acute injuries or chronic medical conditions, particularly if she loses access to other opiate painkillers
- Reduce feelings of anxiety or depression worsened by underlying psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders
- Soothe intense emotions related to unresolved, traumatic experiences in her past
Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where heroin addiction exists along with at least one other psychiatric illness that is active and affects the user’s patterns of substance abuse. Co-occurring disorders are a widely recognized factor among heroin abusers. However, many medical and behavioral health professionals, who are primarily concerned with addressing the heroin dependency, do not always treat these complex conditions appropriately. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those who have an addiction to opiates also have at least one other mental illness and/or personality disorder. Women with co-occurring disorders tend to have more severe symptoms of each illness and higher potential for relapse.
Examples of conditions that can co-exist with heroin addiction are:
- bipolar disorder
- panic and anxiety disorders
- eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, body dysmorphic disorder)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- personality disorders
- various phobias and compulsions
In a situation where co-occurring disorders exist, an attempt to address only the heroin addiction in isolation is at best incomplete. In some cases, it can even worsen her long-term prognosis for recovery. Life-long recovery requires an in-depth understanding of each disease and the complex challenges their interactions create.
To learn more about heroin abuse and addiction treatment and recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We accept adolescent and adult women for admission seven days a week.