The misuse of opioids such fentanyl, heroin, and morphine, as well as prescription painkillers such as Percocet, Demerol, and OxyContin is a world-wide epidemic. Whether individuals begin taking these drugs due to a legitimate health need or as for recreational purposes, the abuse of opioids can have the same devastating effects. These drugs can cause both immediate, negative effects and long-term damage. Opioids are extremely addictive drugs, and once an individual becomes dependent on these substances, he or she will be virtually incapable of getting through the day without the drugs in his or her system. This condition, clinically known as opioid use disorder, is a complex, but treatable condition.
At Serenity Knolls, we offer dedicated care that is provided by experienced, clinical professionals. We have over 25 years of experience treating individuals with various substance addictions and related emotional health conditions. Opioid addiction can take a strong toll on families and individuals, but treatment can offer a more productive and happier future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone close to you has been using or has become dependent on heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, or other opioids, you may feel anxious, confused, or even angry. It is easy to begin to feel hopeless, but there are a few things you can do to help your loved one. Consider the following:
- Learn as much as possible about the symptoms and signs of opioid use and the disease of addiction. Opioids impact the brain and the body in specific ways. By understanding more about what your loved one is experiencing, you will be in a better position to help.
- Identify a few treatment programs that will fit the needs of the person you care about. Consider calling these treatment programs to ask any questions you might have, or to understand more about their treatment methods, so that you may share your information with your loved one.
- Talk with the person you are concerned about. Share your concerns and observations without judgment or accusations. Talk about your research, and be prepared to encounter some resistance or defensiveness. Listen carefully to your loved one’s concerns and point of view as his or her feedback may give you much needed insight into what he or she has been experiencing.
- If your loved one is willing to accept treatment, consider assisting in making appointments, offering transportation to and from treatment, or helping with household duties such as pet-sitting or child care while she or he completes treatment.
- Take good care of yourself. Recovery is a process, not a one-time event. Your loved one will experience ups and downs, and he or she may experience a relapse at some point. Be prepared by attending family counseling sessions or becoming a part of the family program at your loved one’s treatment program.
Remember that setbacks are a part of recovery. Relapses do happen, but they can be overcome. You can remain a source of love, encouragement, and support by taking good care of yourself and remaining steady for your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Opioid use disorder can have a considerable effect on an individual’s life. Physical effects of opioid use can include irregular heart rate, fluctuations in blood pressure, and difficulty breathing. Emotional and psychological effects can include hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, and depression. Damage to the brain and death by overdose are serious complications of opioid use. In personal life, opioid abuse can lead to academic or career setbacks, ruin interpersonal relationships, and stop the individual from reaching his or her goals. Opioid addiction is a very expensive problem and can also result in job loss and homelessness.
Fortunately, treatment for opioid use disorder has come a long way in recent years. It is important to seek a treatment program that offers comprehensive, individualized care. The dedicated staff at Serenity Knolls works with each person to create a personalized plan for wellness. A brighter future is possible with treatment.
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 opioids 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, many of whom 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 knowledgeable and experienced 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 opioids.
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 an opioid. 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 opioids 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:
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
- 12-Step groups
- Process groups
- Women’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 the work towards overcoming an addiction to opioids.
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 an opioid. 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 opioids 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. Our 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.