While most individuals go to the doctor and receive prescription medication to treat various ailments, take the medications exactly as prescribed, and finish the prescription as directed, some people may come to abuse prescription drugs. Certain prescription medications contain mind-altering properties, which can lead to abuse in some individuals. While most people do not envision themselves becoming an addict the first time they pop a pain pill, this phenomenon is wildly growing in the United States.
Many individuals operate under the incorrect assumption that simply because the medication is prescribed by a physician and dispensed by a pharmacist, it is safe. This could not be farther from the truth. A physician must always evaluate an individual before prescribing a medication to reduce adverse effects. Individuals who abuse prescription drugs often combine them with additional drugs to augment the high they experience. Some will take a combination of uppers, such as speed, and combine them with downers, such as heroin or opioid narcotics. Others will combine downers, such as benzodiazepines and opioid narcotics, with alcohol to increase feelings of intoxication. Both the combination of uppers with downers and downers with other downers can cause serious adverse health consequences such as cardiovascular collapse, respiratory depression, and death from accidental overdose.
At The Refuge – a Healing Place, we understand that prescription drug abuse is the result of a number of factors working together. We’ll work to get to know the real you, away from the stresses of everyday life, so that we can help guide you on your road to recovery. Our warm and caring staff will be here to support you along your entire journey toward healing and help you learn to lead a happy, productive, and fulfilled life.
Why Consider Residential Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse at The Refuge
If you are left alone struggling with a prescription drug addiction, we know how trying this is for you and your entire family. After prolonged use, we know your addiction slowly begins to take over your entire life. Your friends and loved ones away may have abandoned you. You may have lost your job or you’ve been kicked out of school. You may have found yourself avoiding activities that once gave you great pleasure. You may feel helpless and scared for the future. At The Refuge, our residential treatment and serene environment has been designed as the perfect place for you to get away from the stresses of everyday life and allow you to focus upon healing.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
The Refuge is a holistic treatment center, which means we focus on the whole person, not just the symptoms of prescription drug addiction. We take the time to get to know you as the unique individual so that our multidisciplinary treatment team is able to work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. The Refuge understands that treatment for methamphetamine addiction is not a one-size-fits-all approach and we work hard to tailor your plan of care to your individual needs.
Treatment Options for Prescription Drugs Addiction at The Refuge
When you come to us for help to overcome your prescription drug addiction, we will first take the time to give you a comprehensive evaluation. We will complete a medical evaluation that will allow us to determine how severely your addiction has affected your physical health, as well as to determine if there are other medical complications being experienced. The psychological evaluation will help us determine the challenges you face, any co-occurring disorders you may have, and what therapies may suit you best. If it is determined by our medical team that you are physically dependent upon prescription medication, you will begin your stay with us in our detox unit. During this part of your rehab stay, we will help you effectively detox any substances in your body. You will be under 24-hour monitoring to ensure your safety.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay to help control any withdrawal symptoms or manage other symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. After a period of time, medication may be slowly tapered down as you learn more effective coping strategies. Individuals who have co-occurring disorders may need longer-term medication therapy to assist in the healing process. The decision to use medication will be based upon the recommendations of your treatment team.
Individual therapy may be used to allow you one-on-one time with your therapist to discuss issues that may concern you. You’ll spend time focusing on addiction, recovery, coping mechanisms, and ways to handle relapse triggers. You’ll also work with your therapist to determine underlying issues that may have led to your addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic technique we use at The Refuge to help you understand the ways in which your negative thinking impacts your behavior. You’ll work with a therapist to uncover negative thought patterns and correct them with more appropriate ways of viewing the world. This should, in turn, help you to best understand the ways in which your thoughts are influencing your behaviors.
Group therapy is an important process here at The Refuge. Through group therapy you will be able to work with individuals who are struggling with similar addictions. We offer process-based and psycho-educational groups.
Family therapy: Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, and we make sure that the whole family is involved in the entire treatment process. We offer family sessions to our patients and their loved ones to help mend broken bonds, reestablish relationships, and discuss the ways in which addiction has affected the family dynamic.
The Refuge offers a variety of experiential methods to compliment traditional therapies. These experiential methods may include the following:
- Breath work
- Adventure therapy
- Body work
- A.A. and N.A.
- Art therapy
- Equine therapy
- Somatic experiencing
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As the time for discharge draws near, you will work closely with your treatment team to develop a plan for discharge. If it’s determined that you need to slowly integrate back into your life, you may opt to join The Refuge’s partial hospitalization program (PHP). This program allows you the chance to continue your therapeutic progress during the day while returning to a stable home environment at night. If you have made enough progress at The Refuge and you feel ready to return to your community, we will provide referrals to outpatient therapy programs as well as connections to available community resources.