Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Delta Specialty Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Preferred Heroin Addiction Treatment Center in Memphis, Tennessee

Delta Specialty Hospital helps individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Memphis, TN, Delta is the preferred provider of substance abuse recovery.

Learn More About Heroin Addiction Treatment

Learn more about heroin addiction treatment at Delta Specialty Hospital in Memphis, TN

Heroin is a powerful semi-synthetic opiate derived from the Asian poppy plant. Heroin is used recreationally to provide users with an intense rush that is more powerful than most opioid analgesics as it quickly crosses the blood-brain barrier. Many individuals use this “downer” with other downers like alcohol or benzodiazepines to provide a more intense high. Unfortunately, polydrug abuse can lead to risky health consequences such as respiratory depression and death. Others combine heroin with uppers like cocaine and methamphetamines in order to combat some of the unpleasant side effects of stimulant abuse. This combination of uppers and downers can lead to cardiovascular complications and ultimately death.

Heroin, known as “chiva,” “smack,” “dope,” or “junk,” can be abused in a number of manners. Many individuals smoke heroin, snort it, or inject it. Unfortunately, because heroin is a street drug, it is impossible to determine the level of purity of the drug. Many smack dealers cut their heroin with other substances such as baby powder or talcum to maximize profits. Often used on the streets, a “speedball” is a mixture of cocaine and heroin that can lead quickly to death. IV drug abuse can lead to sharing needles and increases the risk that an individual will develop a blood borne pathogen such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.

Chronic heroin users may note that tolerance to the drug is quickly established and they must use greater quantities of smack to get high. Once an individual develops physical tolerance to heroin, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms can appear, leading to a relapse back into heroin abuse. Psychological withdrawal symptoms can cause a user to believe erroneously that he or she is unable to properly function without the drug, which can lead to intense cravings and drug-seeking behavior if the drug is unavailable.

Proper rehab and treatment are necessary for individuals who are addicted to heroin to be able to address the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. At Delta Specialty Hospital, we understand addiction and we’re ready to help you dump the smack and get your life back on track.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for heroin addiction at Delta Specialty Hospital in Memphis, TN

Heroin addiction and abuse can lead to devastating personal consequences in nearly every aspect of a user’s life. Addiction leaves virtually no part of an addict unaffected. You may notice that you’ve lost the core group of individuals you once called friends. You may see that your family is out of their minds with worry about your drug use. You may have been fired from your job or kicked out of school for declining performance. You may learn that you are facing many major medical problems as a result of your addiction. You may feel alone, hopeless, and desperate. We are here to help.

At Delta, we offer state-of-the-art behavioral health treatments, including detox. This combination has proved beneficial for many men and women just like you who are struggling with substance addiction along with any medical problems. Our fully trained staff is well-equipped to help each person who comes to us struggling to beat addiction by administering comforting around-the-clock care. At Delta, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place to finally kick your heroin habit for good.

Our Philosophy

Delta Specialty Hospital philosophy and treatment benefits

At Delta, we strive to be a beacon of light in our community, offering the most effective and up-to-date treatments available in the comfort of our dual behavioral health center and medical hospital. We work hard to instill hope in those who may feel as though things are hopeless as we refocus their behaviors and teach proper coping skills. We pride ourselves on providing a full spectrum of mental health care for those who need it when they need it most. At Delta, you’re more than a collection of symptoms or a disorder to be treated, you’re a whole person who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect as you begin the recovery process.

Types of Treatment

Types of heroin addiction treatment offered at Delta Specialty Hospital in Memphis, TN

When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychiatric examination to help us to determine how dependent upon heroin your body has become. We’ll also identify any co-occurring disorders and medical conditions you may be struggling with. This information will help us to work alongside you to develop a treatment plan that works to address all of your needs.

If you are struggling with a physical dependency to heroin, it is likely that the first step at your rehab center will involve our medically managed detox treatment. As we know that detox can be quite a frightening prospect, we will do our best to explain everything we do before it happens so that there are no surprises. In detox, you’ll safely and effectively be detoxed from heroin and any other substances that you may have in your system. When you are medically stabilized, you will move into the next phase of your rehab.

Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to help control the effects of withdrawal or to manage symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. Many people find that once they develop more effective coping mechanisms, they will be able to taper down the amount of medication they use. Other people who are struggling with co-occurring disorders may need longer-term therapeutic management. The usage of medication will be decided by your treatment team.

Individual therapy will be used for the instances in which group therapy does not appropriately address your needs. You’ll work on problem-solving strategies for the challenges you are facing in your life in a more intimate environment.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that helps individuals with addiction problems effectively challenge their negative patterns of thinking and replace them with more positive ways of viewing the world. This can help those who feel helpless to see things as they really are.

Group therapy is the primary therapeutic approach at Delta as we’ve discovered that the best way of helping individuals recover from heroin addiction is to allow them to work together to work through difficult emotions and struggles. We offer both process-based and psycho-educational groups to help you process emotions surrounding your addiction and learn more about relapse prevention, coping skills, and triggers for using.

We understand that no person is an island. We aim to provide you and your loved ones the opportunity to work together to discover ways in which addiction has impacted each member of your family. We’ll hold family sessions to educate your loved ones about your illness, recovery, and how best to support you during your healing process. We’ll also provide connections to community resources such as A.A and N.A.

In addition to traditional therapeutic treatments, we also offer a number of experiential treatments to best allow us to help heal the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. These may include:

  • Nutritional counseling and wellness
  • Recreational activities
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Spiritual counseling
Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for heroin addiction

As your discharge nears, you’ll work together with your treatment team to determine the next steps in your recovery process. We understand that discharge from our inpatient rehab can be a scary time for you, which is why we’re proud to offer a number of options for your continued care.

If you feel as though you’re not ready to leave the structure of an inpatient setting, we can help find you a residential care option to continue your healing. We also offer two step-down options for you. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) have proved to be a beneficial step-down from our inpatient treatment center. If you feel you’re ready to discharge into a stable home environment, we can provide you with appropriate referrals to outpatient therapy services and community resources.

I am so grateful to have gone and recovered from my heroin addiction at Delta Specialty Hospital. I would not be where I am now without the incredibly supportive staff.

– Former Patient
Trusted Excellence
  • Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Professional Network on Aging
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation