Heroin is an illicit opioid drug that destroys the lives of those who abuse it. Yet it remains a popular drug of choice around the world. Heroin produces tolerance, meaning that the longer that a person continues to consume it, the more that person will need in order to get the desired reaction. Tolerance leads to physical dependency, where the body almost seems to need the drug in order to function at all. If heroin is not consumed from this point forward, a nasty withdrawal will be experienced. This withdrawal process can be so uncomfortable and painful that many take heroin regularly just to avoid it.
The treatment staff at Serenity Knolls knows what heroin addiction means for a person and his or her family and friends. We also know what a struggle it can be to give it up. However, we also realize that the torture experienced in the addiction cycle does not have to continue. We do not criticize or judge those who come to us in need of help. We simply promise to help guide the way to a healthy and happy life after addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Heroin addiction impacts everyone around the individual who abuses it. That is no news to you if you have a close friend or family member who suffers from such an addiction. You may feel extremely concerned, maybe even a little desperate, or at a loss regarding what to do. But there are ways to help. Consider the following:
- Learn what signs and symptoms heroin use can elicit. Learn especially about overdose and what to do in the event that one occurs.
- At first, you might not understand why your loved one will not simply stop taking heroin. Understandably, this could make you feel angry or irritated. Some education is needed, though; you must learn about the disease of addiction and the physical dependence that opioid drugs cause. That will shed some light on why your loved one continues to act in a certain way.
- If you find heroin among your loved one’s belongings, do not throw it away. It seems like a good idea now, but it will break trust, and it will not solve the underlying problem. It will probably just cause hostility and make him or her go to greater lengths to find more.
- Research proven methods of treatment for heroin addiction. Learn about them. Make a list of treatment centers near to your loved one.
- Open some honest lines of communication. Do not judge, but show good concern and listen to feedback. When it seems like a good time, share what you found about treatment, and let your loved one know that you are open to pursuing it together.
- Offer to help in any way possible as your loved one seeks out treatment. Help to alleviate situations that may present challenges.
- As the treatment begins, progresses, and ends, be a constant source of loving support. Never give up. Provide encouragement and positive expectations.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Unstopped heroin use can cause horrible damage. Families, careers, health, and more can deteriorate and become destroyed. Organ damage, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and many other health problems arise and further complicate life. HIV/AIDS or hepatitis are often contracted through sharing needles when this is the method that one chooses to ingest heroin. Overdose of heroin can be deadly. The invaluable treatment available to individuals who are suffering from an addiction to heroin can reverse the negative effects or prevent them before they begin.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to heroin and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals who have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with certified alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to heroin.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to heroin. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to heroin and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- Process groups
- 12-Step groups
- Women’s groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as they work towards overcoming an addiction to heroin.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to heroin. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to heroin and would like to partake in top-notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Out staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.
Call us today and let a sober tomorrow commence.