Congratulations for helping your loved one take the necessary action to get help for their substance abuse problem!
The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs recognizes the fact that addiction affects the entire family unit. Alcohol and drug addiction is a family disease. Families suffer just as much, if not more than the addict or alcoholic. Our staff is here to help you in any way we can. We will help you understand how your relationship dynamics have an impact on the recovery process before, during and after their stay in treatment.
The Watershed staff has the passion and expertise to motivate, as well as to treat suffering individuals. We stabilize our patient’s medical condition and provide them with the necessary tools to increase their emotional awareness so they can better deal with life with out the dependence upon substances. This process takes time. Your loved one did not develop this problem overnight, so recovering from an addiction is a process that can take a while. We invite you to be an integrated part of your loved one’s recovery team. The Watershed will support you by giving you the tools you need to deal with your emotions and to properly cope in this stressful and trying time. The Watershed makes recovery from substance abuse a reality. We are dedicated to helping addicts take control of their addiction so that they can experience the joy of living.
The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs is Joint Commission accredited and licensed by the Department of Children and Family services. We offer effective services for individuals suffering from addiction and those who may also be dually diagnosed (bi-polar, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, childhood trauma, sex addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorders). We have a staff of family and internal medicine physicians, nurses, paramedics, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, nutritionists, social workers, and paraprofessionals. Our professionals passionately follow the evidence based treatment model with compassion and excellence. We teach patients the 12 step philosophy, as well as other support groups to best fit our patient’s cultural value systems and needs. The Watershed’s different levels of care include: detox, inpatient treatment, partial-hospitalization rehabilitation, and intensive outpatient program. Our programs provide individual, group-psychotherapy and psycho educational group meetings, as well as psychiatric and medical follow-up.
What should I expect while my loved one is in treatment?
When your loved one first comes in for treatment they will be medically evaluated by their attending physician. If their attending deems so, they will enter a detoxification level of care. We use ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) placement criteria and guidelines to determine an individual’s treatment plan. Many patients experience a number of emotions and symptoms as their body and brain are adjusting to the absence of their drug of choice. Our nursing, medical and clinical staff will be present to make sure they receive the proper medical and detoxification treatment, along with emotional stabilization and support. It is very common for individuals in the detoxification phase to phone home and ask to return home. They may even promise not to use again. The early stages of recovery are very difficult. Your loved one may be afraid and not sure how to deal with the emotions they are feeling. The Watershed’s structured and supportive environment is the best place for them to be. We can help them stay focused and teach them the necessary coping skills to deal with triggers, identify why they used, relapse prevention strategies and aid in their journey to recovery and wholeness of mind. They will begin changing their addictive actions and behaviors as they move along to a less intense level of care. Your loved one will learn self-sufficiency skills, and we will provide the same guidance for you through this process.
The detoxification period may last 7 days or more. Watershed staff will contact you within 24 hours of your loved one’s admission. It is imperative that you are honest with us. Please communicate any issues that you and your loved one are experiencing due to their addiction. The more honest you are with us, the more we can help them. We provide family therapy sessions both face to face and over the phone. These are highly recommended and require your participation and involvement. Please visit our Family Outreach Program to learn more about the family program at The Watershed. Your loved one may ask you to take them out of the treatment facility. If this happens, we need you to contact us at 1-866-891-5231. They will eventually be stabilized, and at this point they will be capable of dealing with their problems. We will help them gain a foundation for their journey to recovery and freedom from addiction.
During Phase Two of inpatient rehabilitation at The Watershed, your loved one will be prescribed a treatment plan, or modalities. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms start at this point. This phase of treatment usually lasts two to three weeks. Your loved one may be making progress, but remember, they do not even have a month sober.
The National Institute of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NIDA) states, “The longer one stays in treatment the higher their chances are of changing addictive behaviors and maintaining abstinence.” Therefore, we encourage all our patients to attend the Partial Hospitalization Level of Care.
During the Partial Hospitalization Level of Care your loved one will be in a structured environment that gives them a chance to practice the coping mechanisms they have learned in the inpatient phase. We will continue to help you change your attitudes and behaviors so that you can set healthy boundaries with your loved ones when you return home. This may seem like a long process, and you may want your loved one to come home for various enjoyable times like birthdays, holidays or anniversaries. You must be patient if you want your loved one’s recovery to last a lifetime. It could be beneficial for you to write down some of the chaotic situations and crises you lived through while your loved one was actively using. You and your loved one can get through this. You will be able to look back on this as a Watershed moment in your lives.
The next level of care is Intensive Outpatient. By this point, your loved one may be living a productive life with a bit more stability. They may be working or going to school, and they should have 40 or more days clean and sober. They usually visit the family home where you will have the opportunity to utilize the coping skills you learned. You have also learned how to set healthy relationship boundaries and know how to take better care of yourself emotionally and physically. The Watershed team will continue providing the support you and your loved ones need to transition the patient back to living in their home environment. The patient will receive a comprehensive after care plan upon discharge. You will be introduced to the Watershed Alumni Program that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
We want you to know that we are committed to excellence and it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of helping you and your loved one begin your journey to recovery. We look forward to meeting you or speaking with you soon.