Substance abuse and addiction is something that plagues countless individuals throughout the world today. Opioids are one type of substance that have been known to illicit chaos and destruction in the lives of those who become ensnared in its grip. Also known as opiates, this classification of drug includes heroin, morphine, and other types of opioid narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and codeine. Highly addictive in nature, opiate use is something that many individuals struggle to cease, and the longer that this addiction is allowed to control a person’s life, the more devastating the consequences are likely to become.
At Life Center of Galax in Virginia, we recognize the obstacles that are faced by those who are trying to battle an addiction to opiates and have therefore developed specialized programming that strives to help these individuals regain control of their lives. Our highly-trained, 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 deadly substance can be realized.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that your family member, friend, or loved one has developed an addiction to opiates can leave you feeling sad, frustrated, and scared about what his or her future holds if an intervention does not ensue. But while you know your loved one needs help, it can be difficult to know what your role should be. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on opiates so that you can better recognize the signs and symptoms of use.
- Confront your loved one about his or her opioid abuse and convey your concerns in an empathic manner, refraining from lecturing or becoming angry with your loved one.
- Work with your loved one by researching various opioid treatment centers and opiate rehab options with him or her. Offer to assist your loved one in any way that you can.
- If an appointment for an evaluation or for the touring of an opioid addiction treatment center is scheduled, offer to accompany your loved one so that he or she does not have to begin the process alone.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in an opiate addiction rehab, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. Your involvement will greatly increase your loved one’s likelihood for achieving successful treatment outcomes.
- Be a constant source of support and encouragement, keeping in mind that the road to recovery can be a long and arduous one.
Why Consider Treatment at Life Center of Galax in Virginia
When individuals are struggling with an addiction to opiates and fail to, or are denied the ability to, receive appropriate rehab, there can be a great number of repercussions that become imposed upon them. An opioid addiction frequently causes people to lose track of their priorities. Their attendance at work tends to drop, and their ability to perform to the level that they are expected to occupationally typically starts to decline as well. As a result, individuals who are addicted to opiates are susceptible to losing their jobs and suffering from ongoing unemployment, leading to financial distress. Additionally, as these individuals start to make their drug of choice their top priority, their relationships with friends and family can become unraveled and their ability to adhere to daily tasks and responsibilities may fall to the wayside. Furthermore, opiate abusers are chronically putting their health and overall physical and mental wellbeing at risk as they continue to partake in this dangerous habit. By entering into opioid rehab, however, these detriments can be successfully overcome or avoided completely.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Center of Galax
For over 40 years, the compassionate team of professionals at Life Center of Galax has provided treatment for chemical dependency issues and mental health concerns for men and women in Virginia. Known nationwide as a leading opioid addiction 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 treatment 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 opioid addiction treatment center has created a strong tradition of delivering personalized care that attends to the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. When patients come to us struggling with an addiction to opiates, 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 opioid addiction rehab 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: Life Center of Galax offers sub-acute medical detoxification services for patients who are in need of a safe and effective way to withdraw from opiates or any other 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 treatment 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 treatment, 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 addiction to opiates.
Group therapy: Group therapy is cornerstone to the therapeutic process at our opioid addiction treatment 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:
- Start Up Group
- Daily Reflections
- Home Group
- Community Group
- Dual Group
- Lectures (didactic presentations on various aspects of addiction)
- Relapse Group
- Men’s and Women’s Recovery Groups
- Men’s and Women’s Flex Groups
- Thunder Alley
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:
- Personal mask sculptures
- God boxes
- Wall exercise
- Therapeutic recreation
- Self-esteem exercises
These therapies are day-long tracks that are offered once per week and feature topics such as King Baby, relapse, family and triggers, cravings, and anger.
Family workshops: Family members can be integral parts of successful long-term recovery from an opioid addiction. 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 educational lectures, group sessions, and individual counseling.
Additionally, Life Center of Galax offers the following innovative services that can be incorporated into a patient’s programming during the time he or she spends in rehab for an addiction to opiates. 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 will participate 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 opiates, our opioid addiction treatment 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 nondenominational 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 an addiction to opiates, 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 experiences, 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 for an opioid addiction is just the first step on the path of lifelong recovery. 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 an addiction to opiates, the goal of Life Center of Galax 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.