Common Questions
How can Midlands Center for Addiction Treatment help me?
 
A number of benefits are available from engaging in treatment at our Center. We can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies to assist you in addressing problematic behaviors associated with the disease of addiction. Many people also find that treatment can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Our treatment approach can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from treatment depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from treatment include:
  
  • Minimize withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings associated with Opioid Dependence
  • Improving your level of effectiveness in your interpersonal relationships that have been impacted by your addiction (improving communication, establishing healthy boundaries, getting emotional needs met in a healthy manner)
  • Improving your ability to manage crisis situations that have led to relapse or continued use in the past
  • Improving your level of awareness into your thoughts, feelings and impulses (this connection can be critical in addressing destructive cycles of behavior)
  • Improving your ability to manage and regulate your emotions that have influenced your addiction in the past

Do I really need treatment (below is the DSM IV diagnostic criteria for Opioid Dependence; if you meet three or more of the following criteria you meet the criteria for Opiod Dependence)
 
  

(1) Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

(a) need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect

(b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance

(2) Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:

(a) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome

(b) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(3) The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended

(4) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use

(5) A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance or recover from its effects

(6) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use

(7) The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance

How do I become a patient of Midlands Center for Addiction Treatment?  What can I expect as a patient?

  • Go to our Contact Us (we can be reached via phone or email)
  • We will conduct a brief phone screening prior to scheduling an intake appointment to ensure our services are appropriate
  • Following our phone screening, an intake appointment will be scheduled
  • Our intake process consist of the following:  psychosocial assessment (collection of background data), collect urine sample, review of admission consents
  • Upon completion of the intake process, a physician appointment will be scheduled for final screening then treatment will begin
  • All prescriptions will be called in at the pharmacy of your choice on a monthly basis
  • All fees will be due in full when services are rendered
  • All clients are required to remain in compliance with therapy, physician appointments and drug screens on a monthly basis
  • Every six months, your assigned therapist will review your progress and status in treatment
  • After successful completion of treatment, you will be eligible for free aftercare treatment for up to 12 months
 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (you’re your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
 
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
 

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