It’s unlikely that you went to the doctor for medication and envisioned becoming addicted to prescription pills. Addiction to prescription medication sneaks up on you suddenly, often occurring after a valid prescription has been written to treat a legitimate medical concern. While most people who are prescribed prescription narcotics, stimulants, or sedatives take their medication at the right time, for the right frequency, and discontinue these medications as directed, some do not. Some people may enjoy the rush they get from using narcotics, the bouts of increased energy associated with stimulants, and the tremendous relaxation attained by the sedatives. If you’re addicted to prescription drugs, you may find that your addiction is slowly dictating your life – what you do, who you do it with, how you can get your next fix, and how you can continue to hide your prescription drug abuse and addiction from your loved ones. It’s time to end this vicious cycle and learn to live life without prescription drugs – you’re worth it.
Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas has helped countless children, teens, adults, and older adults struggling with mental health disorders or chemical dependency successfully recover and regain their lives. Through the usage of empirically-validated treatments, we offer those addicted to prescription drugs a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere to begin to truly heal from prescription drug abuse and addiction.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If your loved one is struggling with an addiction to pills, you’re not alone. Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of the most widely known forms of drug abuse and can carry some incredibly heavy consequences. You know that you need to help your loved one as he or she spirals down into addiction and you may even have tried in vain to get through to him or her only to be rejected; it can be tremendously hard for an addict to admit that he or she has a problem. With loving guidance, care and concern, and gentle persistence, you can help your loved one seek inpatient treatment for prescription drug abuse. Here are some tips:
Don’t shy away from the topic: Approach your loved one in a nonjudgmental way and use “I” statements when speaking, such as “I notice you’re using medication you no longer need.” You’re stating the obvious and even if he or she bluffs out of it, something may register in his or her brain that the his or her prescription drug problem is becoming a greater struggle.
Resist the urge to make excuses: When we’re trying to be helpful, sometimes we’re actually being detrimental to our loved ones. Stop making excuses as to why your loved one isn’t at work, hasn’t gone to class, or is neglecting other responsibilities – doing so is enabling the drug abuse and is something you need to stop.
Remind your loved one of what he or she is missing: Abuse of prescription drugs can often make an addict feel as though life is complete. He or she may cease contact with friends, family, and even children as the drug use becomes more powerful. Remind him or her of the bonds shared between the addict and those who love him or her.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
If you’ve been abusing prescription drugs for a period of time, your body has probably become reliant upon the drug to function. This means that if you stop, your body will go through withdrawal, or unpleasant symptoms for a period of time. Withdrawal symptoms may force you to go back to abusing prescription drugs. You’ve probably lost a lot of important relationships in your life and you may not know how to begin to rebuild them. Working may have become an impossibility as you are often late, incoherent, or simply do not show up as scheduled. Your life may be falling apart around you and you may not know how to stop it. It’s time to make a change – for good.
An inpatient program that offers medically monitored detox, behavioral therapies, and other treatment approaches may be the ideal way for you to begin your journey toward sobriety. Don’t be terribly surprised when the journey towards sobriety becomes bumpy at times, just stick with it. Inpatient programs incorporate much healing, therapy, and care in a short period of time, allowing you to emerge from the center sober and on the road to healing. Most importantly, inpatient programs are safe, secure, and offer the ability to leave behind the stress and triggers of daily life in order to focus exclusively upon getting – and staying – sober.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas, we’re especially proud to offer our clients scientifically evaluated treatments that address all of the issues in a client’s life. We’ll work hard to get to know each of our clients on a personal level to help gain more insight about the struggles he or she faces and use this information in our plan of care. As we aim to be a beacon of light for our clients and their communities, we work hard to make sure treatment goals are met, exceeded, and all therapeutic interventions are appropriately followed. We understand that addiction treatment is different for everyone – what works for one person may not for another, and we’re not afraid to change up our plan of care as needed. Your care will be constantly growing, changing, and evolving as you grow, change, and evolve.
Treatment Options Offered at Vantage Point
When you first come to us for care, you’ll undergo a battery of assessments that will help us formulate an appropriate picture of the struggles you’re facing so that we can develop the most suitable plan of care. Your medical exam will determine if prescription drug abuse has caused any physical complications and help us learn what sorts of drugs may be in your system. The psychiatric evaluation will let us determine if you’re struggling from other, comorbid mental illnesses that need attention. We’ll then take the results of these assessments and sit down with you and your family to create an appropriate plan of care for your stay.
Detox may be the first part of your recovery journey if you come to us physically dependent upon prescription drugs. Detox symptoms can range from mildly annoying to life-threatening which is why we offer 24-hour supervision and medical management for detox. This ensures your safety and comfort as we effectively rid your body of all the drugs you may have in your system.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us in order to manage some of the more unpleasant symptoms of your detox experience and will be slowly tapered down as you learn more appropriate coping mechanisms. Other people may find they need more long-term medication management to treat underlying mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. The usage of medication will be determined by your treatment team and altered as necessary.
Individual therapy can help those in recovery from prescription drug abuse learn the ways in which their negative thoughts led to their drug abuse. By teaching you how to identify and challenge these faulty beliefs, you’ll learn strategies that will allow you to properly cope with your thoughts and feelings.
Group therapy is often considered one of the most important parts of drug abuse recovery as the support of your peers can make all the difference in changing your life from a current addict to being in recovery. You’ll work with others struggling with other types of addiction during your stay at Vantage Point who can teach you the skills needed to be successful in your recovery after you leave our doors.
Family therapy can be very important for recovering addicts as the support of loved ones can make a tremendous difference in the recovery outcomes. Family sessions will focus upon education about recovery, any family dynamics that need to be addressed, and teach your loved ones ways they can support you during this process.
As a holistic treatment center, you’ll be offered several types of experiential therapy designed to complement traditional therapeutic approaches. These include:
- Expressive therapy
- School-aged programming (for teens and children)
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time with us draws to a close, you’ll work very closely with your discharge planner, treatment team, and loved ones to come up with the best solution for your aftercare needs. Some clients find that they’re not quite ready to leave the structure of an inpatient program and may opt to join a residential program or a sober living center. Others may find they’re able to discharge to intense outpatient therapy such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or a partial hospitalization program (PHP). These programs allow clients to work on their sobriety and recovery during the day while returning home in the evenings and weekends. A few people may feel ready to return to their home life with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.