Treating Inhalant Abuse With Dignity and Compassion
Each woman who seeks treatment for inhalant abuse or addiction requires much more than education about her disease and instruction about the process of recovery.
- She requires careful, ongoing attention to her health and to any complications from inhalant abuse.
- She needs emotional support as she develops awareness of how her disease has impacted her life and her loved ones.
- She requires compassion and reinforcement from staff that recognize the crucial step she has taken by seeking to overcome addiction to inhalants at a residential treatment center.
At Timberline Knolls, our integrated team of psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, nurses and therapists are not only experts in inhalant abuse and addiction treatment, but they also possess a comprehensive understanding of other psychiatric, psychological and medical conditions that contribute to dependence on inhalants and other drugs. They assess each woman’s entire history of substance abuse, as well as symptoms of eating disorders, anxiety and depression. They may uncover related addictions, such as prescription drug dependence, that may originate from her efforts to conceal inhalant abuse or manage side effects of addiction to inhalants.
Our addiction and substance abuse treatment team also dives 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, eating disorders or other addictions. If unaddressed or under-addressed, co-occurring disorders frequently lead to repeated relapses.
Each woman or girl who seeks recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center will take ownership of her individualized inhalant abuse treatment program. Our rigorous, medically-based approach to treatment and recovery succeeds where other inhalant rehab programs may have failed. It helps women and their families embrace a hopeful future and become successful members of the recovery community.
What Makes Our Substance Abuse Treatment Plans Successful?
The most successful approaches to substance abuse treatment and recovery consider all available information about a resident, and leverage the experience of our entire staff to customize each woman’s treatment program. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of inhalant 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 alcohol and drug abuse and addiction specialists refer to us their patients who need more intensive treatment, or who have struggled to sustain 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 inhalant abuse symptoms, challenges in work or school, and issues with friends or family. We also request her permission to communicate 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 addiction to inhalants.
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 inhalant treatment and recovery is integrated into each woman’s treatment program.
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 substance abuse 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 inhalant 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. Members also consult each other informally as often as needed 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 insure her inhalant abuse treatment considers all relevant aspects of her health.
Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from inhalant abuse or addiction may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a neurologist, dentist, cardiologist, or gastroenterologist.
What Will You Experience At Our Inhalants Treatment Center?
A woman’s experience at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center may differ dramatically from other drug and alcohol rehab facilities or substance abuse treatment programs she has attended in the past. That is our intention.
Comprehensive, Integrated Addiction Treatment and Recovery
There is no cure for addiction to inhalants.
Every woman recovering from substance abuse must develop tools she can trust to help her remain in recovery when she experiences feelings that may trigger a desire to return to inhalant abuse. 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 constant support as women learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously abused inhalants. 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 inhalant abuse and addiction treatment plans use approaches proven to help women learn to experience their emotions and develop the tools to gain life-long recovery from substance abuse. 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 inhalant addiction treatment and after they return to their home environment. 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
- dance/movement therapy
- empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
- movement therapy in our on-site fitness facility
- outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus
When treating women and girls for inhalant addiction, our specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes they are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, long-term abuse of inhalants and other drugs progresses from attempts by a woman:
- Reduce feelings of anxiety or depression worsened by underlying psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders
- Manage pain or other symptoms from acute injuries or chronic medical conditions
- Soothe intense emotions related to unresolved, traumatic experiences in her past
Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where inhalant abuse or drug 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 inhalant addicts. However, many medical and behavioral health professionals, who are primarily concerned with addressing the chemical dependency, do not always treat these complex conditions appropriately. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those who have an addiction to inhalants 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 inhalant abuse and addiction are:
- bipolar disorder
- panic and anxiety disorders
- eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, binge eating disorder, or compulsive overeating
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- personality disorders
- various phobias and compulsions
For a woman with co-occurring disorders, an attempt to address only the inhalant abuse in isolation is at best incomplete. In some cases, it can worsen her long-term prognosis for recovery. To facilitate life-long recovery for complex disorders, treatment providers need to possess an in depth understanding of each disease and the complex interactions between them.