A powerful substance belonging to the opioid family of drugs, heroin is a potent psychoactive drug that produces powerful feelings of euphoria when it is ingested. In fact, this high is so strong that a person can quickly become addicted to it, resulting in the individual neglecting nearly every area of his or her life in order to maintain his or her addiction. Continued abuse of this drug may lead to a heroin use disorder, which is a dangerous and sometimes fatal condition that requires professional help to overcome.
At Mirror Lake, we understand the pain that heroin use disorder can cause, and we have extensive experience providing rehab to help people overcome an addiction to this insidious drug. Wanting to give you a chance to live life to the fullest, our caring and compassionate staff is eager to assist you in living a life free from the influence of heroin.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
One of the most painful truths about heroin abuse is that it does not just affect the individuals who abuse it, but entire families and social circles around them. As someone whose loved one is struggling with heroin abuse, you likely know the pain and damage that this drug can cause, but what you might not know is that you are able to take steps to help your loved one. Consider the following:
- Research this type of addiction. Learn about heroin and the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose. In addition, create a safety plan with your loved one for what to do in case of an overdose.
- Learn about rehab centers. There are many options for treatment available, so take time to investigate and make a list of a few treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Keep open lines of communication with your loved one. As difficult as it may be, try to remain patient with your loved one and share your concerns with him or her openly and nonjudgmentally. Your loved one may have a hard time hearing what you have to say, so continue reaffirming your love for him or her and make sure the conversation does not become an argument.
- Once your loved one has agreed to enter rehab, do your best to ease his or her transition. Some ways you can help include setting up appointments with rehab center staff, offering to accompany your loved one to those appointments, and arranging transportation to and from the treatment center.
- During this whole process, it is important to continue to take care of yourself. Helping a loved one with a heroin use disorder can be draining, so it is important to practice good self-care. Stay in contact with your friends and family and seek out their support. In addition, continue exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and keeping up with your hobbies and leisure activities.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
There are few areas of a person’s life that a heroin use disorder will not affect if the disorder is left untreated. Heroin abuse can affect relationships and stress them to the breaking point. Separation, divorce, and social isolation are all possible. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to keep up one’s performance at work while abusing heroin, so career derailment, demotion, job loss, and financial strain may result from continued abuse. Of course, heroin use also affects one’s body. It can cause organ damage, cognitive impairment, skin lesions, track marks, and can increase one’s risk of contracting an infection like HIV through the use of shared needles. Finally, just like with all substances of abuse, the risk of a potentially fatal overdose is always present. While these negative consequences may seem severe, one can minimize or avoid them altogether by seeking prompt and effective treatment at a comprehensive rehab center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake has been providing transformative rehab that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest treatment centers in the state, and has become known as a leading rehab center for high quality heroin addiction treatment.
The tranquil setting in which rehab occurs is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective methods of care to treat our clients. The foundation of our treatment is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of a heroin addiction. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to heal at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complex medical histories. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase treatment program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized treatment plan while participating in rehab at Mirror Lake:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to heroin, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that cause their addictions. Our rehab center employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While in detox, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each patient on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and assist them in establishing short-term goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as heroin. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions take place on our campus here in Tennessee, and are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our treatment for battling heroin abuse, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program. This program, which allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the rehab we offer for an addiction to heroin. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in rehab at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method for treating individuals who are battling an addiction to heroin. Part of our holistic approach includes the use of experiential therapies in our programming. The following types of experiential therapy may be incorporated in a client’s personalized rehab plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their treatment. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows participants to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most and help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time in rehab at Mirror Lake, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to heroin. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their treatment goals, and we are dedicated to ensuring that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving Mirror Lake.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how our rehab center can help you or someone you care about, call us today.