There are countless substances that individuals throughout Virginia and the world use and abuse as a means of achieving a recreational high. Inhalants are one such substance that can impose countless detriments on the lives of those who fall victim to the desire to abuse them. These inhalant substances contain various chemicals and solvents that cause irreparable damage to a user’s body. Such detriments can occur at any moment, whether it be the first time a person is using or the person has been using for a prolonged period of time. Because of the high that is associated with the abuse of inhalants, however, many people find it difficult to put an end to their use without professional help from a reputable addiction rehab center.
At Life Center of Galax, we recognize the obstacles that are faced by those who are trying to overcome the compulsion to abuse inhalants and have therefore developed specialized programming that strives to help these individuals regain control of their lives. Our highly-skilled and compassionate staff desires to help people realize their capacity to make positive, life-altering changes and come to understand that a life free from an addiction to this dangerous type of substance can be realized.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is abusing inhalants, you are likely experiencing a number of different emotions as you try to come to terms with the peril that your loved one is inflicting on his or her body. You know that your loved one’s use of this substance may be imposing irreversible damage and you want him or her to get help in order to put an end to the behaviors, but you are unsure as to what role you should play in making such a confrontation. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on the various types of inhalants that are available, the signs of their use, and the potential effects that can arise as a result inhalant use. Arming yourself with this knowledge will help better prepare you to present your concerns to your loved one.
- Sit down with your loved one and express your concerns about his or her inhalant use problem in an empathic manner, refraining from lecturing or taking on a judgmental tone. Provide your loved one with ample time to explain the feelings he or she has regarding his or her use and fears of putting an end to that use.
- Research rehab centers that are able to treat inhalant use disorder and explore the various options that may best meet your loved one needs.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in treatment at a licensed addiction rehab center, be an active part of the therapeutic process.
- Adhere to any suggestions or recommendations that are offered by your loved one’s care provider for ways that you can continue to promote your loved one’s recovery once he or she has completed treatment.
- Be an ongoing source of support and encouragement, consistently ensuring your loved one that you are there for him or her no matter what.
Why Consider Treatment at Life Center of Galax, in Virginia
The long-term use of inhalants can render individuals susceptible to experiencing any number of life-altering consequences. Part of these consequences can include detrimental physical health effects. Chronic use of inhalants has been known to result in liver damage, kidney damage, and brain damage as a result of chemical poisoning from the inhalants themselves. Anemia, choking sensations, limb spasms, hindered breathing capabilities, temporary blindness, and bone marrow damage have also been known to result from the abuse of inhalants. Additionally, many people develop sores or spots in or around their mouths as a result of prolonged inhalant use. Memory disturbances, heart failure, increased anxiety, heightened depression, and symptoms of psychosis have also been known to plague inhalants. Furthermore, overdose is a constant risk for people who abuse inhalants as severe physical effects have been cited as occurring following one single use of this dangerous substance. Fortunately, by receiving appropriate treatment interventions, these detriments can be successfully avoided and a happy, sober life can be realized.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Center at Galax
For over 40 years, the compassionate team of professionals at Life Center of Galax has provided rehab for chemical dependency issues, including the abuse of inhalants, and mental health concerns for men and women in Virginia and across the United States. Known nationwide as a premier addiction rehab center, Life Center of Galax strives to provide an environment of respect, support, and warm-hearted hospitality that is fully conducive to true and lasting healing. Our specialized programming has been developed to meet the unique, individualized needs of our patients and their families, and we take great pride in the comprehensive rehab that we are able to offer to everyone who is entrusted into our care.
Knowing that no two people are exactly alike, the knowledgeable staff at our addiction rehab center has created a strong tradition of delivering personalized care that attends to the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. When people come to us struggling with inhalant use disorder, our highly-trained and qualified staff members will embrace the philosophy of client-directed, outcome-informed clinical work, which is founded on the belief that patients’ successes are based more on the relationships that they form with their treatment teams than on the type of therapeutic approaches that are used during the course of treatment itself. This is one of the theoretical foundations for the way that patients are treated at Life Center of Galax, and all employees are trained in this philosophy in order to ensure that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed, important, and truly cared about.
The adult addiction treatment residential program at Life Center of Galax is designed to help males over the age of 24 and females, aged 18 and older, who are battling substance abuse concerns as well as possible co-occurring mental health conditions. The following are among the various treatment methods included in this comprehensive program:
Medical detoxification: Our addiction rehab center offers sub-acute medical detoxification services for patients who are in need of a safe and effective way to withdraw from any toxic substances that may be present in their bodies. This medical detox occurs under the supervision of an ASAM-certified medical director and registered nurses are on staff and available for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Medication management: Patients who are referred by our medical director or therapist for psychiatric assessment and rehab may also receive medication management services when deemed clinically appropriate. Medication is managed by nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants, under the direction and supervision of our psychiatrist. Those receiving medication management services will also likely receive additional support through our counselor-led dual diagnosis groups each week.
Individual therapy: All Life Center patients participate in individual therapy sessions on a regular basis. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting and give patients the opportunity to discuss their progress in rehab, reflect on setbacks that may have arisen, address any concerns they have about the therapeutic process, and address any issues or emotions that have come about during the course of their time spent in treatment for an inhalant use disorder.
Group therapy: Group therapy is cornerstone to the therapeutic process at our addiction rehab center. The adult addiction residential treatment program features a variety of group therapy opportunities, which provide structured and supervised environments in which patients can interact with, learn from, and share personal experiences with others who are dealing with similar struggles. The types of groups offered may include the following:
- Community Group
- Start Up Group
- Daily Reflections
- Dual Group
- Home Group
- Relapse Group
- Thunder Alley
- Men’s and Women’s Recovery Groups
- Men’s and Women’s Flex Groups
- Lectures (didactic presentations on various aspects of addiction)
Recreation therapy: Under the direction of a certified recreational therapist, the Ridge & Valley Recreational Program provides Life Center patients with the opportunity to hike on Virginia’s New River and Appalachian trails, as well as participate in activities such as painting, therapeutic horseback riding, cooking classes on a regional farm, and ropes courses.
Experiential therapy: Life Center incorporates various experiential therapies that are designed to increase each patient’s awareness of his or her true self, as well as form a connection between the mind and body. The following experiential therapies are featured within this exceptional program:
- Self-esteem exercises
- Wall exercise
- Therapeutic recreation
- Personal mask sculptures
- God boxes
These therapies are day-long tracks that are offered once per week and feature topics such as relapse, King Baby, family and triggers, cravings, and anger.
Family workshops: Family members can be integral parts of successful long-term recovery from the abuse of inhalants. To support family members as they both work through their own issues and prepare to support their loved one, Life Center holds family workshops every weekend. These workshops include a variety of educational and therapeutic opportunities related to the impact of substance abuse on the entire family, including group sessions, educational lectures, and individual counseling.
Additionally, Life Center of Galax, in Virginia, offers the following innovative services that can be incorporated into a patient’s programming during the time he or she spends in treatment for an inhalant abuse problem. Each individual’s participation in these services is based on his or her unique, individualized needs and are designed to be a beneficial component to the holistic care we offer. These services include the following:
Comprehensive opiate recovery: Individuals who are dealing with opioid abuse, addiction, and dependence, in addition to their inhalant abuse problem, may benefit from participating in our opiate addiction recovery service, which can take them from detox to abstinence and then into a medication-managed recovery program using methadone, buprenorphine, or Vivitrol.
Spirituality-based treatment: To meet the needs of patients who desire a strong spiritual component in their recovery from an addiction to inhalants, our addiction rehab center offers both the Prodigal Program and the Mind-Body-Spirit Group. The Prodigal Program is a Christian-focused experience that incorporates Biblical principles into treatment. The Mind-Body-Spirit group is a non-denominational experience that focuses on spiritual elements within the 12-step recovery model.
Dual diagnosis service: This service was created to provide specialized assistance to individuals who are simultaneously battling substance abuse concerns, such as inhalant use disorder, and co-existing psychiatric problems. When a patient’s mental health has been identified as negatively interfering with his or her ability to be successful in recovery, this service will provide him or her with additional counseling, specialized group sessions, educational opportunities, and workbook activities that are designed to enhance his or her ability to cope with the presence of a dual diagnosis.
DUI/DWI service: Individuals, in Virginia, who are facing legal charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug may benefit from our DUI/DWI service, which features comprehensive medical and psychological assessments; education on the disease of addiction, counseling (both individual and group), and an introduction to the 12-step recovery model. Also, with the patient’s permission, we can provide documentation of program completion to counselors, attorneys, and the court system, as deemed appropriate or if requested.
Chronic relapse prevention service: When a patient has engaged in one or more prior treatment experience, he or she may be referred to this intensive programming option, which incorporates educational lectures, journaling exercises, additional group sessions, and workbook activities. These interventions are designed to help prevent future relapse.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Life Center of Galax, we know that residential rehab is just the first step on the path of lifelong recovery from inhalant abuse and addiction. In order to ensure that all patients are prepared to build upon their progress when they complete treatment at our center, we place a strong emphasis on continuing care.
Discharge planning begins with the meeting that a patient has with his or her primary counselor and is then finalized at least three days prior to his or her discharge.
For patients who have completed residential programming and are ready to return home, yet would benefit from the intensive structure of a day-long therapeutic program, Life Center of Galax offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The services and groups that patients engage in during PHP are determined on an as-needed basis and are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Patients taking part in PHP have the option of returning home at night or of residing in the onsite housing provided by Life Center.
From the moment a patient walks through our doors in need of help to overcome a compulsion to use inhalants, the goal of our addiction rehab center is to be a source of lasting and positive change and to provide the comprehensive care and compassionate support that will allow struggling individuals to overcome the obstacles that have prevented them from achieving long-term recovery and living happier and healthier lives.