The term substance abuse refers to a broad category of behaviors involving the misuse of alcohol or other drugs. Substance abuse can be a one-time occurrence, such as drinking alcohol to the point of impairment, or it can describe a chronic behavior pattern that continues for months, years, or even decades. While the dangers associated with substance abuse can be magnified depending upon the length, nature, and severity of the behavior, the misuse of alcohol or other drugs is never a risk-free experience.
Individuals engage in substance abuse for many reasons, including attempting to deal with stress, self-medicating physical or psychological pain, or searching for recreational escape. Regardless of the reasons why a person first engages in substance abuse, the problem can quickly spiral beyond his or her control and turn into an addiction. Both substance abuse and addiction can inflict significant harm both on the afflicted individual and those who care about him or her. Substance abuse and addiction are true scourges on individuals, families, and communities across Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
At the White Deer Run Treatment Network, we understand the devastation that substance abuse and addiction can inflict, and we know how difficult these challenges can be to overcome without effective professional assistance. Thankfully, the dedicated professionals who staff our addiction rehab centers have decades of combined experience helping individuals overcome the compulsion to engage in substance abuse, regain control over their thoughts and actions, and resume the pursuit of healthier, drug-free lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It is never easy to discover that someone you care about has developed a problem related to substance abuse. In addition to your concerns about his or her physical and psychological wellbeing, such a discovery can also prompt misgivings regarding trust and honesty. While these are all valid concerns, your first priority should be helping your loved one get the help that he or she needs to end this pattern of self-defeating behaviors. Please consider the following:
- First, educate yourself about the disease of addiction and the impact of the substance or substances that your loved one has been abusing.
- Understand that addiction is not a failure of self-discipline or evidence of a lack of character. If your loved one has become dependent upon alcohol or another drug, he or she is suffering from a chronic, progressive disease that demands professional treatment.
- Research the types of addiction rehab that have helped others whose struggles were similar to what your loved one is experiencing. Substance abuse and addiction can impact people in different ways depending upon such factors as age, gender, type of drug being abused, and the presence of co-occurring mental health disorders. The more you understand about what your loved one is experiencing, the better prepared you will be to research effective solutions.
- Identify rehab centers that provide the type and level of care that are best suited to meeting your loved one’s needs.
- Learn how to talk to a loved one about his or her addiction. Your conversation should be a productive discussion, not a judgmental argument.
- Express your concerns, share your findings, and emphasize your willingness to be a source of consistent support during and after your loved one’s rehab experience.
- When your loved one is receiving care, demonstrate this ongoing support by participating in family sessions if they are offered and by being a steady, positive presence in his or her life.
Finally, prepare yourself for a long-term effort. The path of recovery is neither short nor straightforward. Plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania
It is no exaggeration to note that substance abuse and addiction can have life-altering, and potentially life-ending, effects. Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s substance abuse, damage can range from temporary setbacks to permanent physical and cognitive impairments. Substance abuse is associated with a wide array of physical damage, including problems with the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs and systems. Abusing drugs can lead to memory problems, delayed cognitive development, irrational behavior patterns, and a host of additional issues. With their bodies and minds thus weakened, individuals who are incapable of escaping the downward spiral of substance abuse are likely to have difficulties meeting their personal, professional, and academic responsibilities. Destroyed relationships, academic failure, unemployment, financial problems, legal issues, and homelessness are among the many outcomes that can result from an untreated substance use disorder.[important position=”none” ] If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.[/important]
Types of Treatment Offered at the White Deer Run Treatment Network
The White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania is a renowned and respected network of residential and outpatient centers for adults and adolescents who are struggling with chemical dependency and certain co-occurring mental health conditions. With 16 locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania, the White Deer Run Treatment Network is uniquely prepared to offer a full continuum of care to help individuals achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
Rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network include detox, residential rehabilitation, outpatient programs (OP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and halfway houses.
The goal of treatment at any White Deer Run center is not merely to alleviate symptoms, but to provide actionable solutions that empower individuals to identify, address, and ultimately overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from living healthier, drug-free lives. When an adult enters treatment at a White Deer Run rehab center, he or she can expect to receive clinically superior care that has been customized to meet his or her specific needs and that is provided by teams of experienced professionals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Treatment at White Deer Run is a comprehensive experience in which participants are encouraged and empowered to play active roles in their own recovery. Depending upon an individual’s unique history, needs, strengths, and goals, the following are among the elements that may be incorporated into his or her rehab plan at programs within the White Deer Run Treatment Network:
Detoxification: Depending upon the particular substance that a person has become dependent upon, and the length and severity of that dependence, attempting to stop or significantly reduce use without professional assistance can trigger the onset of distressing and potentially dangerous symptoms. At several locations within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, the individuals in Pennsylvania who have been incapable of ridding their bodies of the substances that they have been abusing can complete medically monitored detox prior to starting a residential rehabilitation program. Detox at a White Deer Run center is a safe experience that features around-the-clock supervision by qualified medical personnel who can alleviate many of the painful symptoms of withdrawal. When the individual completes detox, which can last anywhere from three to seven days, he or she can seamlessly transition directly into residential rehab.
Individual therapy: Individuals who enroll in residential rehab, outpatient treatment, or a halfway house within the White Deer Run Treatment Network to be treated for a substance use disorder have the opportunity to participate in individual therapy sessions with a therapist or counselor. Depending upon the program, individual therapy sessions may be held according to a regular schedule or arranged on an as-needed basis. While the frequency and duration of individual therapy sessions may vary from program to program, the purpose and function will remain the same. In individual therapy sessions, an individual can work one-on-one with a qualified professional to process successes, setbacks, and other treatment experiences, while also having the opportunity to address issues that he or she may be hesitant or unable to discuss during group or family therapy.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a fundamental aspect of rehab at all levels within the White Deer Run Treatment Network. Group therapy sessions, which typically involve a small number of individuals in treatment along with one or two experienced professionals, offer a range of immediate and long-term benefits to participants who are recovering from a substance use disorder. During group therapy, individuals in treatment can learn from the insights and experiences of others who are working through similar problems and challenges. Group therapy also provides a forum for individuals in rehab to become more effective listeners, practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, and share their own knowledge and opinions. While the type and general topic of a group therapy session will have been established before the group begins, the specific content and direction of the group will be influenced by the contributions of participants, thus providing another means for individuals in treatment to play active roles in the course of their care.
Family therapy: Parents, spouses, siblings, and other family members can be significantly impacted by an individual’s substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders. They can also play an essential role in their loved one’s treatment and ongoing recovery. However, the transition from caring about a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to supporting a family member in his or her efforts to maintain long-term recovery may require significant changes both in general family dynamics and in the specific behaviors of the individual family members. In recognition of these realities, rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network conduct family therapy sessions on both scheduled and as-needed bases. Among the many benefits of family therapy, these sessions provide a structured and supervised forum for addressing divisions among family members, strengthening the family unit, improving healthy communication, and helping family members learn how to provide valuable ongoing support to their loved one.
At each level of care within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, participants work closely with therapists, counselors, and other professionals to prepare detailed discharge plans. The result of this intensive ongoing planning process is that when an individual has completed his or her time in rehab, he or she will have a thorough plan that identifies the professional referrals, community services, and other resources that will support his or her efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that was made in treatment.
Regardless of whether the next phase of an individual’s recovery will take place at home or in a follow-up or step-down treatment environment, the goal of the White Deer Run Treatment Network is to ensure that he or she is prepared to experience continued success along the path of long-term recovery.