Center of Hope Myrtle Beach LLC. Is an addiction treatment program in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, specializing in Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid-addicted individuals. Medication-Assisted Treatment combines the use of prescription medications like methadone or Suboxone with group therapy and individual counseling. This approach allows our patients to stabilize and begin to feel normal and strong enough to fully engage in the therapeutic process and heal in all areas of their lives.
To create an environment that fosters the highest level of healthcare and recovery outcomes, Center of Hope Myrtle Beach customizes every recovery plan to each patient’s unique needs. Since 2003, we have been dedicated to delivering excellence in professionalism and addiction treatment within a welcoming, accessible, and safe environment.
The integrated use of methadone or Suboxone with regular therapy sessions with our addiction specialist counselors provides patients with a holistic treatment approach that has been proven to be the most effective approach available in the field of opiate addiction treatment. Our customized treatment plans utilize substance abuse counseling, family counseling, group counseling, medication and community resources to support our patients’ change and growth throughout the recovery experience.
At Center of Hope Myrtle Beach, we offer warm and welcoming opiate addiction treatment services that are structured around a philosophy of individualized, comprehensive, patient-centered care. We firmly believe that addiction is a chronic, primary, progressive disorder that is vulnerable to relapse and affects the community as a whole. We therefore approach addiction as the medical disease it is, providing intensive and ongoing treatments and medications with the same professionalism and respect given to patients with other chronic medical illnesses, such as diabetes.
Our holistic treatment approach incorporates medication, individual counseling, family support and counseling, group counseling, and community-based resources. Unlike some treatment centers that focus on pharmacological treatment, we require patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment or Suboxone maintenance treatment to also participate in counseling, and behavioral therapies that are designed to guide them towards making the behavioral, emotional, and social changes that are necessary to foster long term recovery success.
Patients at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach also stay involved in their own treatment plan development throughout the recovery process. We want patients to play an active role in the experience. We also encourage family and friends to participate and provide support throughout their loved one’s recovery journey.
The staff at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach are dedicated to providing therapeutic interventions that are backed up by extensive field research and data outcomes from scientific research. We understand that a successful recovery and a drug free life requires a treatment program that addresses behavior modification, relapse potential, and opportunities for patients to improve their lifestyles vocationally and educationally. Our philosophy of care includes complete commitment to delivering the best quality addiction care services to all our patients, regardless of their religion, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, HIV status, socio-economic position or age.
Patients undergoing treatment with methadone are the largest segment of our patient population. Methadone has been proven effective in the treatment of opiate addiction for over fifty years. Potential patients enter treatment at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach via a thorough assessment which includes a physical assessment by a nurse and a mental health assessment by a qualified addiction and mental health counselor. Next, patients are admitted into the program by the program physician, who works with the patient and assessment information to determine the best treatment plan for the patient’s needs.
Patients who are determined to be good candidates for methadone treatment are immediately started on a conservative dose of methadone, which blocks withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings while also eliminating the euphoric high experienced with the patient’s drug of choice. This will stabilize the patient so that they can engage in the psychological and behavioral aspects of their recovery plan. Over the next 10 to 30 days, patient progress is closely monitored and the patient’s medication levels are adjusted until they are completely stable on the ideal dosage for them. The overall length of treatment varies from patient to patient.
Suboxone is one of the newer drugs approved for the treatment of opioid addiction under the DATA2000 act, although it has been proven effective in numerous scientific and clinical studies. The medication is prescribed by physicians with specialized training, and can be administered in the standard rehab facility setting or through a pharmacy. At present, Suboxone is more expensive than methadone, but for some patients it may be preferable, either due to their individual body chemistry, or because the ceiling effect of Suboxone makes it a stronger block of other opioid drugs. With Suboxone, patients typically will not need to come into the facility as often for medication dispensing.
While medications are treating the physical components of addiction, such as withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, patients need to address the psychological and emotional side of their addiction. Individual and group counseling helps the opiate addicted individual to address mental health issues, while developing behaviors and skills that will assist their recovery progress.
For decades, the combination of opioid replacement medications and counseling has been a lifesaver for opiate-addicted individuals across the country. Patients at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach are required to attend regular individual counseling sessions with therapists who are trained to assist them in setting and achieving goals, while maximizing their overall recovery experience. Group sessions are offered on-site and are highly recommended to all patients. During group therapy, patients learn from each other and from staff members. Some sessions focus on addiction recovery topics and other focus on teaching new coping techniques or life skills that will improve a patient’s educational and vocational success. Some counselors may require their patients to attend group counseling sessions as a part of their overall recovery plan.
Medication is another key component to recovery at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach. In the early phases of recovery treatment, patients are required to come into the facility every day from Monday to Saturday to receive medication, and will be required to have a lock box to store take home medications. Patients will begin with take home doses for Sundays only, but over time, earn the right to larger take home privileges, which will allow them to come into the facility less often.
All treatments and patient information is entirely confidential at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach. Not only does our staff and treatment philosophy prioritize confidentiality, but confidentiality is legally protected by State and Federal legislation. Center of Hope Myrtle Beach will never share any information about any of our patients without that patient’s expressed written consent. Patients in turn are obliged to never share any information about other patients that they may encounter during their time at the facility.
Center of Hope Myrtle Beach specializes in Medication-Assisted Treatment for opiate-addicted adults in South Carolina. Medication-Assisted Treatment is a recovery approach that integrates individual and group counseling with pharmacological interventions such as methadone and Suboxone.
Early in treatment, before the ideal, stabilizing dose of Suboxone or methadone is determined, patients may still experience a few withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, yawning, muscle or joint aches, nausea, diarrhea or cramping, trouble sleeping, or drug cravings. These unpleasant symptoms are no fun to experience, but they are not dangerous, and should pass during the first few days of treatment as the medication dosage is adjusted. All patients must communicate with staff at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach, alerting them to any symptoms or discomfort they are experiencing, so that the staff can respond by adjusting medication, if necessary.
Once the optimum dosage of Suboxone or methadone is achieved, patients’ brain chemistry will stabilize, relieving withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings without causing a “high” or a drugged feeling. Many people achieve their ideal dosage within days, but some patients will require a number of adjustments over a longer period of time.
In addition to physical symptoms, patients will also experience emotional changes when they stop using their drug of choice. Medication can help level patients out to some degree, but they will still encounter emotional ups and downs that will need to be addressed through counseling sessions and behavioral and social changes in the patient’s life.
Methadone and Suboxone are only effective for the treatment of opioid addiction, and patients should never share their medications with anyone else. Not only is doing so illegal, it could cause serious, potentially fatal medical complications in individuals taking these drugs without a prescription. Both of these opioid replacement medications are safe and effective when taken as prescribed, but can be very dangerous when used against prescribing instructions. Taking medications such as Xanax or Valium with methadone or Suboxone, for example, can easily result in unconsciousness or death. Drinking alcohol or taking any other “downer” with opioid replacement medications can have similar dangers.
The compassionate staff at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach work together with patients to achieve recovery success. Patients are encouraged to be open with staff from day one, when their customized treatment plan is created. The more honest a patient is with their counselor about goals, strengths and limitations, current problems, preferences, feelings, etc., the better equipped counselors and other staff members will be to provide that patient with the ideal treatment for their needs.
Patients should see their counselors often. Medication is a wonderful therapeutic tool, but to truly recover from opiate addiction, patients need to receive counseling from the educated and experienced staff at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach. These counselors can help patients uncover and address mental health issues, while also helping them to recognize and avoid potential problems that could interfere with recovery progress.
The Clinic Staff at Center of Hope Myrtle Beach is equipped to assess physical symptoms that may arise during treatment and adjust medication dosages accordingly, so patients should be sure to keep communication channels open and alert staff of any medication issues they may be experiencing. Finding and maintaining the appropriate dosage of the appropriate medication is key to recovery success.
The staff and patients of Center of Hope Myrtle Beach work together to create a community of healing and support that can help guide anyone to recovery from opiate addiction.
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