A good treatment program is multi-disciplined in nature, embodying a holistic mindset that employs various treatments and modalities that work synergistically off of the other to create a solid foundation for you to build your recovery upon.
Detoxing From A Holistic Perspective
Sobriety doesn’t occur only due to a singular event or intervention, rather it is a culmination of steps that works a person towards a healthier, drug-free life. Seeking treatment is the first step, however, once you’re enrolled in our care, detoxing from your substance of abuse is where our program begins.
Contrary to what some people may think, detox does not simply address the physical ramifications of an addiction, though this is certainly the predominant focus. Rather, detox occurs on all the levels that damage occurred—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In order for treatment to have a lasting effect, we need to not only cleanse your body but to remove the lingering negative effects that the drugs or alcohol had on your psyche.
To begin the process, we will address the physical implications of the drug use by providing you, or your loved one, with a medically-supervised detox.
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Understanding The Importance Of A Medically-Supervised Detox
When a person uses drugs or alcohol on a regular basis, the excessive amounts of the substance exert a toxic burden on a person’s delicate system, creating numerous physiological and chemical changes within a person’s body and brain. After prolonged and excessive substance abuse, such is the hallmark of an addiction, your brain’s actual chemistry changes. This is because your brain becomes reliant on the presence of these chemicals, and in their absence, it reacts in what is otherwise known as withdrawal.
Withdrawal encompasses a set of very uncomfortable symptoms that vary depending on the substance. In the most serious of cases, such as with severe alcohol withdrawal, withdrawal could even be fatal. Due to these things, and the fact that withdrawal, if untreated, can be highly unbearable, we strongly recommend that you never attempt to undergo it on your own.
Instead, we invite you or your family member to Turning Point, to experience both exceptional care and support through this tumultuous time. Our medically-supervised detox will allow you to be as safe and comfortable during this transition as is possible. We employ only the finest in the field—our physician-led, multi-specialty staff is comprised of caring Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and licensed or certified Masters level therapists, among others who will take an active role within your around-the-clock care.
Helping You To Stay On Track In A Caring And Compassionate Way
One of the greatest risks of unsupervised withdrawal is the danger of returning to the drugs or alcohol as a means to put an end to the intolerable feelings you’re experiencing. This is just a stopgap measure, one that does nothing in the long term to address the underlying issues. It only serves to further perpetuate the damage that occurs at the hand of drugs or alcohol and does nothing to help heal your body or get you closer to a drug-free life.
During withdrawal, a person is apt to experience potentially intense and prolonged cravings. This is one of the predominant reasons why Turning Point enlists the aid of certain medications that are designed to help you during this time.
Understanding The Role Of Medications Within Treatment
Quitting drugs or alcohol, suddenly, without weaning yourself, can be very dangerous. This is why Turning Point’s trained clinicians will gradually taper you off of your substance of abuse, in the goal of allowing your body and mind to gradually acclimate while experiencing the smallest measure of discomfort as possible.
Certain drugs of abuse exert a larger toll on a person’s neurochemistry and may require the support of medications. The most typical cases include instances of opioid and alcohol abuse.
When opioids are cause for concern, we turn to a medication that upholds a standard of care backed by countless scientific studies. Within our opioid detox, we utilize Suboxone, a blend of buprenorphine and naloxone that effectively tempers withdrawal and reduces your cravings. In the situation of alcohol abuse, we may also utilize medications as deemed fit by your supervising care team. Beyond this, we may use a variety of non-addictive medications to treat other concerns, such as any accompanying agitation or anxiety that is present during withdrawal.
During withdrawal, you might begin to feel agitated, out of sorts, or experience intense bouts of anxiety. Though medications may help with this, good treatment goes beyond a medicinal approach—at times within the withdrawal process, you might need the comfort that only another person can offer.
Our compassionate staff is standing by to offer you an attentive ear or a distraction—whether it be from a conversation or an activity that you can undergo while you’re engaging in treatment. Either way, we will do everything in our power to make sure your every need is met throughout the duration of your care with our team here at Turning Point.
Debunking The Dangerous Myth Surrounding Medications Within Treatment
Even today, with the plethora of advances and breakthroughs we are constantly witnessing within the growing awareness and commitment to addiction treatment, there are still some that mistakenly, and quite harmfully think that using medications is representative of weakness or continuation of the problem (by using one medication in place of another). Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Utilizing these medications within treatment not only increases retention rates, but it grants a person a greater opportunity to access the remainder of their treatment sooner, with a clearer mind. This allows them increased measures of time and focuses devoted to bolstering the coping and life skills that are necessary within the continued demands of recovery.
Please, take time to consider this—you are not weak for allowing us to help you with medications, but infinitely strong and brave for choosing the path that grants you the greatest repertoire of treatment and skills that foster a drug-free life.
Experiencing The Full Spectrum Of Care
Research shows that individuals who do not experience treatment after detox have a greater tendency to revert back to the harmful drug-seeking patterns and behaviors of substance abuse. In order to circumvent this, we have created an entire spectrum of care that follows our detox protocol.
After we ensure that your body is cleansed from drugs or alcohol, we will commit ourselves towards ensuring that the remainder of your treatment is as fulfilling and in-depth as possible. As we’ve noted before, we will adapt and modify our treatment to the unique demands of your life.
At Turning Point, our treatment encompasses a variety of powerful treatment modalities, including our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program, individual and group therapy, treatment for co-occurring disorders, family support therapy and even art and animal therapy.
Our staff takes every measure to ensure that you leave our facility confident, grounded and experiencing a higher state of health and mindfulness.
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Overcoming an addiction isn’t easy. In fact, it can at times be incredibly hard. That’s why we’re here. At Turning Point, every one of our staff members intimately understands the intensity of your time here, and the importance of your final goal—sobriety. So please—reach out, take the time to contact us and learn more about how our individualized and attentive program can put you on a better path towards wellness.