What to Expect From Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Persuading a loved one to consider treatment for prescription drug addiction can be a tough battle.
Our team at Midwest Recovery Centers have seen the troubles firsthand. Individuals may understand that they have a problem but our recommendations are often lost to the ether and haze of the addiction.
When we talk to them, they say things like:
- I’ve gone too far so what’s the point?
- I have control so quit bringing it up!
They don’t realize there is no cheerful end game with what they’re doing. Chronic addiction often leads to a criminal offense or death.
We hope that by the time you finish reading this article, you will have a better understanding of the treatment process, whether you’re in need or are trying to convince a loved one to seek treatment.
Here’s what you should expect and know about prescription drug addiction treatment:
What is Prescription Drug Addiction?
While many different prescription medications can become addictive, we most commonly see addiction occur with specific medications, including:
- Opioids, which are typically prescribed to manage severe pain from conditions like surgery, cancer, or other conditions. These are highly addictive substances that must be carefully managed in consultation with your doctor.
- Depressants, which are often used by doctors to manage conditions like anxiety, stress, and difficulty sleeping. Because they slow down the body and brain, misusing these drugs can lead to severe health complications.
- Stimulants, which are prescribed to manage conditions like attention-deficit challenges, asthma, and sleep conditions. They speed up the body and brain and can be highly addictive.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to any of these drugs, we encourage you to seek out help right away.
Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment: Going In
We understand that the idea of attending rehab can be a scary thought, especially since treatment exposes and confronts the addiction head-on. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to seek help as soon as possible.
You have options. Two of the most popular treatment options are:
- Inpatient care, or programs that provide 24-hour treatment at a hospital or hospital-like environment
- Outpatient care, or programs that require you to visit a facility on your schedule
Both provide the medical expertise of professionals to help throughout the treatment process. You’re in good hands.
From there, depending on your choice of the facility, you will find treatments based on behavioral (cognitive) treatment or medicine-assisted treatment. These are often combined to maximize the chance of a full and on-going recovery.
During your stay, you may experience:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps you understand why you abuse drugs and help redefine who you are as a person
- Holistic therapies such as yoga, massage therapy, spa treatments, and art therapy to ease your physical and mental well-being
- Peer support and group therapy with others who are also recovering from addiction
We recommend taking the time to understand your options. Research and find the treatment that you feel best suits your needs.
Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment: Coming Out
Adjusting to life after rehab is an ongoing battle that we see even among our own friends and family. Yet, those that sought out treatment are making progress. The few who went through the process made the right choice.
We have seen and experienced the challenges of post-treatment life, including:
- Difficulty returning to social circles
- The temptation and triggers found within your local community
- Negative perceptions by others and (especially) employers
Never fear – our team will be right there to support you as you complete treatment, even though it is up to you to walk the right path. Some individuals may relapse after treatment but at least they know recovery is a possibility and something obtainable.
If your loved one is seeking treatment, here are some positive ways to support them:
- Invite them to activities that are far removed from the “party” culture
- Work alongside them to eat better and exercise
- Attend support groups with them or at least take the time to listen
- Show them kind love. They’ve got a long journey ahead of them.
Finding Help on the Road to Recovery
Midwest Recovery Centers provide extended prescription drug addiction treatment to help you (or a loved one) succeed on your road to recovery and lifelong sobriety.
Our team assists each family and individual in a tailored way to provide a therapeutic model which includes personal therapy, education, personal growth, and 12-step support.
Give us a call, 844-597-1376, or use our contact form. Don’t wait—you’ll wish you had done this earlier, especially when you see so many great lives ruined due to prescription drug abuse.