Although a struggle with any form of drug abuse is tragic, it is a bitter irony that those who are addicted to prescription drugs have fallen victim to something that was supposed to help them live fuller, richer lives. Prescription drug abuse comes in many varieties. Sometimes it takes the form of a person who takes more than his or her prescribed dose of an anxiety-reducing benzo, or a person who fakes being in pain to secure opioid painkillers, or even the individual who abuses Adderall to help him or her focus throughout the day. No matter the cause of an individual person’s abuse, prescription drug abuse is a serious and potentially life-threatening situation, and it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand that prescription drug abuse can take many forms, and we have developed specialized treatment programs to help people struggling with this form of substance abuse put it behind them and step into a life free of its influence.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
While prescription drug abuse causes immense pain for the person abusing the drug, it can be equally painful to watch a loved one become entrapped in drug use. You, as a concerned friend or family member, have no doubt tried your best to help where you could, but you likely also feel defeated and frustrated. You may wonder if anything you do can help. While each person’s journey to recovery is unique, there are some things you can do walk alongside your loved one, such as:
- Have an open conversation with him or her about his or her drug use. Let your loved one know you are aware of his or her struggle with prescription drugs and make yourself available should he or she choose to seek help. Reaffirm your commitment to your loved one and try your best to openly and nonjudgmentally listen to him or her.
- Learn about your loved one’s drug or drugs of choice. Research the differences between benzodiazepines, opiates, stimulants, and other classes of prescription drugs. Talk with experts and learn to recognize the signs of intoxication and overdose. Also, make a safety plan with your loved one regarding what will happen if he or she overdoses.
- Take care of yourself. Your loved one’s prescription drug abuse may seem like it dominates every facet of your life, but make sure to take time for yourself. Invest in your own hobbies and nurture relationships. Seek out support groups for loved ones of those who abuse substances.
- Research treatment options and consider which programs might be a good fit for your loved one.
- Offer to arrange appointments with treatment center staff and make yourself available to accompany your loved one to appointments, if he or she wishes.
- Once your loved one enters treatment, make yourself available to your loved one and to treatment center staff. Stay in contact with your loved one via phone, e-mail, and hand-written letters.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Prescription drug abuse is a progressive and possibly fatal form of substance abuse. Those who struggle with it are vulnerable to upset in nearly every area of their lives, including relationship strain, divorce, and loss of child custody. Prescription drug abuse also can affect one’s professional life, causing poor work performance and possible job loss. Financial trouble, chronic unemployment, and even homelessness are within the realm of possibility. Prescription drug abuse can also cause numerous physiological problems as well, including organ damage, cardiovascular damage, sexual dysfunction, cognitive decline, or death from suicide or overdose. Though the consequences of prescription drug abuse can be dire, many of them can be avoided altogether if one seeks proper treatment and is able to escape the grip of addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to prescription medication(s). We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their prescription drug abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances such as prescription drugs in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to prescription medications, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their prescription drug addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to prescription medication(s), Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
- Communication skills
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from prescription drug addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to prescription medications, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.