Omaha Valley Hope



7703 Serum Ave.
Omaha, NE
68127
Phone: (402) 991-8824
Fax: (402) 991-3486

About Addiction

Prelapse: Knowing the Signs of an Oncoming Relapse

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Addicted to Chaos: When Life in Sobriety Seems Boring 

People that enter drug treatment do so with a tremendous amount of baggage. Drug and alcohol addiction has thrown their lives into total disarray, and through the treatment services and expert care provided at a drug rehab facility they can begin to piece their lives back together. When those new in recovery leave treatment and transition back home, they have the tools  they need to restore calm, structure and order in their lives. While newly recovering individuals feel a strong sense of empowerment and excitement in building a new life in recovery, danger can lurk beneath the surface. For those who are newly sober, they will encounter many obstacles in their recovery journey­­ and many of them are mental in nature. Perhaps the most common mental obstacle is the perception that recovery is boring . There is no doubt that recovery brings stability, but for some newly recovering addicts, they may not know how to handle the newfound peace that comes with stability. Despite all the good that is happening in their lives, they will seek out drama at every turn. In these cases, it can be said they have replaced an addiction to drugs and alcohol with an addiction to chaos. What Does It Mean To Be Addicted to Chaos? An addiction to substances is often seen as being the tip of the proverbial iceberg in regards to the deeper issues an addict has experienced in their life. For many, they come from a background where there is great dysfunction. Whether it is personal trauma, family issues and history with addiction, or mental illness, many who experience this type of environment can come to view it as a normal part of everyday life­­and they will resort to substance use in order to help “make sense of things”. When the addict undergoes drug treatment and starts to get sober, a couple of things can occur. First, the addict experiences anxiety in regards to the scope of the deeper underlying issues that lie at the root of their addiction. Secondly, they may gravitate towards any drama that may be occurring in their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with that anxiety. If underlying issues go unresolved during treatment and carry over into their recovery outside of rehab, those new in sobriety will continue to seek out chaos­­and in many ways can be addicted to chaos. The concept of chaos addiction  may be more difficult to grasp due to its abstract nature, but the addictive patterns it demonstrates in a person’s behavior can have similarities to more commonly­known addictive behavior. Because of these similarities, people who are in recovery can take steps to minimize the phenomenon of chaos in addiction. Tips to Managing An Addiction to Chaos Seek Professional Mental Health Help For those who may be showing the signs of chaos addiction in their recovery, the first thing that must be done is to seek the help of an experienced mental health provider. These professionals can perform comprehensive evaluations in order to identify any underlying disorders that may have gone undiagnosed. With a proper diagnosis, the appropriate mental health interventions can be implemented along with any complimentary substance abuse interventions. Engage in Mindful Meditation Practices Learning mindful meditation techniques  have long been a staple of life and coping skills education at many drug rehab centers. Easy to master, meditation allows people dealing with anxiety and stress to focus their thinking in the present moment. When someone engages in meditative practices, it invokes a parasympathetic response from the body which lowers heart rate, blood pressure and it decreases the production of stress hormones in the body. Learning to Identify Relationships, Environment and Circumstances That Promote Chaos People in recovery who find themselves becoming addicted to chaos need to have the same mindset they adopted during treatment, which is to avoid the people, places and things that cause chaos in their lives. There needs to be a clear identification of what causes dysfunction in one’s daily life. While it may not be possible to avoid these situations, those who are in recovery from substance abuse need to find healthy and proactive ways to deal with the stress and anxiety that accompany chaos. Learning to Set Boundaries A common thread for those who are addicted to chaos is the fact they were raised in a home environment in which personal boundaries were not respected. To minimize chaos in recovery, those who are newly recovering need to learn ways to set limits where others are not able to overstep their bounds. For example, if someone is speaking to a person who is highly negative of themselves or others, they must learn to redirect the conversation to a more positive place or leave that conversation altogether. Chaotic Behavior Needs to Be Seen as Relapse Behavior There are many in recovery­­especially early in recovery­­ who view a relapse has a sudden event. In reality, relapse is the result of a myriad of behaviors that occur for a significant period before the actual relapse event. For those in recovery who allow chaos to control their life, they need to immediately recognize that the anxiety and stress they are feeling are telltale signs that a return to active substance use may be near. With that recognition, they can take the necessary steps to get stable. Has Your Life Spiraled Out of Control Because of Drug and Alcohol Addiction? Call Valley Hope Association Today! Has your drug and alcohol use creating a cycle of dysfunction in your life that is too overwhelming to handle? Don’t wait another day to address your substance abuse issues; take back control of your life and call the addiction professionals at Valley Hope Association. For nearly 50 years, Valley Hope Association has provided addicts with the proven and effective treatment programming and expert care they need to break free from substance abuse for life Make your recovery a reality today by calling Valley Hope Association toll­free at 1-800-544-5101

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Valley Hope’s treatment facility in Omaha has been serving the area since 2006.  Omaha Valley Hope provides an array of comprehensive outpatient services including traditional Intensive Outpatient treatment, AC/ESS telehealth online services, individual, family, and group counseling, continuing care, education and assessment/evaluation services. Office hours are 1-10 pm Monday through Friday.

A traditional Intensive Outpatient program  is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-9 pm at Omaha Valley Hope. This includes education and group process sessions, individual counseling, family counseling, and chaplain services. AC/ESS teleheath IOP is a ten hour per week program with counselor facilitated process groups daily and individualized education with one on one feedback. The group rooms are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

One hour Continuing Care group sessions for those who have recently completed Residential or Intensive Outpatient treatment are held Monday Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at nine different times to fit a variety of schedules. Our AC/ESS telehealth option offers four online Continuing Care groups that allow for counselor facilitated groups Monday through Friday and rooms that are open 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

A referral for physician services is available to those enrolled in our treatment programs and is provided by certified addictionologists. Medication to assist in treatment is available, including Suboxone, which has been shown to be effective for those in treatment for an addiction to opiates, including heroin or prescription pain pills.

Omaha Valley Hope’s comfortable environment features group rooms and a lecture hall for patients and alumni. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to answer questions for you or your loved one during office hours. Our Alumni Group meets for various activities including a one-time per month meeting on the first Tuesday with sobriety birthday celebrations and a guest speaker.

We accept most forms of private insurance and self-pay options are also available. Click here for payment options.  Omaha Valley Hope is licensed by the Department of Health Service in Nebraska and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JC).


 

Shealan Jenkins HeadshotShealan Jenkins has been named Program Director, of Valley Hope Association, Omaha, NE outpatient facility. Although new to the Valley Hope Association, he has served 7-years in the substance abuse arena working directly with Armed Services personnel of the United States Military.

Shealan served as a manager, and leader, in the United States Air Force for 7-years prior to embarking on this new opportunity. There, he served as the Program Manager, and Program Director of outpatient services, and oversaw operations directly impacting over 900 men and women of the Uniformed Services profession.  He coordinated outreach, prevention, and directed outpatient treatment services.

Shealan has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and continues his education at the Master’s level in the same field.  He is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), as well as Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). He is married to his wife of 6 years and has four children, Gabriel 8 months, Landon 5 years, Cynthia 11, and Micheal 14.  They have all been both supportive and eager to see the changes with Shealan’s new transition.


 

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