Faces of Rosecrance: Angie Heuerman
September 20, 2017
Angie Heuerman is a nurse in the Detox Unit in the residential addiction treatment center for adults at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus. She is responsible for the care of the clients, administering medication and assessments.
“We try to keep a positive outlook with these clients, because sometimes we see them multiple times. It would be possible to fall into the pattern of, ‘Oh, they’re back again.’ That doesn’t help them, or you. We have to assess the current situation and have a fresh, positive attitude.”
Angie has worked for Rosecrance for almost ten years. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently working to obtain her doctorate degree to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
“The people here are awesome. If you have a bad day, you’re going to have a hard time finding someone that won’t open their door and talk with you. It’s a great team.
“Working in detox, we get the brunt of it when clients are angry or sad. So we work with them through that, but we also have to make an effort to check up on the clients as they move on to inpatient so that you can see them in recovery.”
Angie explained that, more than any other unit at the Harrison Campus, detox sees a lot of turnover. In one or two days after clients are finished detoxing, they either leave or move on to inpatient treatment.
“There was this client in detox who had long hair, dark circles under his eyes. Two weeks later, he came through and said hello to me, but I didn’t recognize him at first. He had gotten a haircut, put on 5 or 10 pounds, and was wearing nice clothes instead of scrubs.”
The physical change that recovery can have on a person is sometimes pretty dramatic. One client who came through the detox unit was at his lowest point, and remembered the impact that Angie’s words had in his recovery journey:
“I did have a client approach me at the grocery store,” Angie said. “He remembered me from when he was in treatment 7 years ago. He had been clean ever since he went through detox and inpatient services. He was someone whom I had seen three or four times in the detox unit, but now he is married, has two kids, went back to school and graduated. We’ve been able to become friends now, and he’s doing wonderfully.”