Prescription drug abuse, or using a prescription medication in a way other than prescribed, especially for nonmedical use is a growing epidemic in the United States. While most individuals will take their prescription drugs exactly as prescribed by the physician and discontinue usage when the medication regime is complete, some become addicted to their prescription medication. The most common types of prescription drugs that are abused include opioids, such as narcotic painkillers like OxyContin and heroin, stimulants such as Adderall, and sedative-hypnotics such as Ativan.
Many individuals who are prescribed these medications and become addicted to them begin to use these drugs in a manner that they were not intended. Opioids such as Vicodin cause powerful feelings of euphoria among users. Sedatives cause intense relaxation and an overall sense of well-being. Stimulants allow individuals to do more at a faster pace with a decreased need for sleep.
A large subset of the population suffers under the specious belief that simply because it is a medication is prescribed from a physician, it is safer than street drugs, and therefore okay to abuse. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. While street drugs have their own brand of lethality, prescription drugs are dangerous. Some individuals attempt to enhance the high they experience from opiates or benzodiazepines by using them together or adding alcohol into the mix. This can cause acute respiratory depression which can quickly progress to coma and brain death. Others mix stimulants with alcohol, opiates, or benzos in order to reduce the unpleasant effects of stimulant use, which can create circulatory system collapse.
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a growing problem that must be addressed while taking into consideration those who actually require these medications for legitimate medical purposes. Misuse and overuse of prescription drugs can lead to many devastating consequences in an individual’s life. They may become socially withdrawn, unable to keep up the demands at work or at home. They may lose their job and their homes. If engaging in other illegal behaviors, they may also face mounting jail time and incarceration.
Prescription drug addiction is no joke. If someone you love is struggling with abuse of prescription drugs, they need detox and rehab to manage the addiction. Many of these drugs can cause very serious withdrawal symptoms if not properly detoxed. It’s time to stop living in the chains of prescription drug abuse and start living a life out loud.
Why You Should Consider Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
At Mount Regis, we understand how complex a disease addiction is and we know how hard it can be to break through the shackles of such a beast. Many of us have overcome addiction ourselves and are ready to put what we know to help you on the path to sobriety.
When you come to our serene and intimate environment you’ll know you’ve made the right decision in choosing Mount Regis Center for your rehab from prescription drugs. Our small group setting will allow you the individualized attention you need to get sober and stay sober. You’ll always have a shoulder to lean on when you need us most.
When you come to us, we’ll spend a great deal of time getting to know you – your likes and dislikes, your needs and how we can best meet them. During this process we’ll perform a psychological and medical evaluation to determine the type of detox you’ll need (if any) as well as identify any co-occurring mental disorders you may be struggling with. From this information, we’ll be able to paint a picture of the whole person and treat you as such – your mind, body, and spirit.
You’ll work with your treatment team to determine the right approaches for your care with us. You’ll be able to work toward specific goals and we’ll help you evaluate these as you meet and exceed them. Our 12-step model for addiction recovery and abstinence will ensure that you will not come to us addicted to one substance only to replace it with a different drug. When you’re at Mount Regis Center, you’ll be able to see a bright and happy future sprawled out before you.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Located in a renovated historic estate in Salem, Virginia, our intimate approach to addiction treatment and rehab will allow you to feel comfortable and at home. We know addiction recovery can be uncomfortable and painful, and we’re here to assure you that we’ll be with you every step of the way.
We aim to treat the whole you – mind, body, and spirit through a variety of therapeutic approaches including our 12-step model for addiction recovery and abstinence. You’ll learn much from our well-trained staff and other residents who are struggling with similar disorders. When you leave us, you’ll hardly be able to believe you’re the same individual who walked in.
Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Abuse
We’ve learned through decades of research that the best way in which to manage prescription drug addiction is through a combination of detox, medication management, and a wide variety of therapeutic modalities. We seek to utilize all of these methods of treatment when you come to us.
If it has been determined that you need detox to rid your body of the prescription drugs and other substances, you will undergo detox under the trained watch of our top-of-the-line medical staff. Our detox program uses the medications necessary to help manage the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. When you are medically stabilized, we’ll work toward integrating you into our 12-step addiction program.
Medication management is offered to individuals who may require drugs to help them manage their withdrawal symptoms. Medication is only used in the short-term at Mount Regis and slowly tapered down as symptoms abate. We do not want you to come out of our rehab program addicted to another prescription drug.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to help you understand the ways that flawed thinking impacts your behaviors. We seek to correct false beliefs so that you are better equipped to see the world in a more positive manner.
Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) is a form of action-directed therapy that serves to help you resolve your emotional and behavioral difficulties thereby enabling you to live a more positive and fulfilled life.
Group therapy is a common form of therapy at Mount Regis Center as we firmly believe that the best way to work through some of your challenges is by engaging with others going through similar experiences. Groups will include topics such as addiction, relapse triggers, coping skills, and relapse prevention.
We know that you come from a larger system of family and loved ones and we work hard to include your loved ones in your rehabilitation journey. We offer family visits three times each week to allow you the chance to showcase your progress as well as an opportunity for your loved ones to learn more about addiction and recovery.
Individual therapy may be necessary at times so that you can discuss issues you’re not comfortable facing in group therapy.
In addition to traditional therapeutic methods, we also offer a number of experiential treatments. These include:
- Art programming
- Recreational programming
- A.A. and N.A.
- Nutrition and wellness counseling
- Spiritual counseling
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
After you and your treatment team have decided that it’s time to move from a traditional rehab center for your prescription drug addiction, you will work closely with your team to create a comprehensive aftercare plan. Many opt to join one of our outpatient programs such as Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Others may feel they’ve made enough progress to be discharged to home. In this case, we’ll work to help you locate local providers to continue your treatment and recovery on an outpatient basis.