While prescription painkillers can be highly beneficial and offer relief for many individuals worldwide, there are many people who fall victim to the dangerous pattern of abusing these types of medications. There are a handful of different prescription painkillers, including OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin that can be used for the treatment of pain that can be mild or severe. While effective when used appropriately and for the correct medical reasons, these medications still have the potential to be habit-forming. When abused, prescription painkillers can have signs and symptoms that are downright scary. As soon as the abuse of prescription painkillers has started, or an addiction has developed, it can be a problem that is extremely challenging to overcome.
At Life Healing Center, we realize the pain that accompanies prescription painkiller addiction, and we know just how difficult it can be to defeat these toxic behaviors. Therefore, we have established specialized programming that is offered within an atmosphere that is respectful, trustworthy, accountable, and honest so that all involved can defeat their battle against prescription painkiller addiction for good.
The Connection between Prescription Painkiller Abuse and Trauma
Significant bodily trauma can result in an individual obtaining a prescription for a strong painkiller to mitigate the effects of his or her injury or condition. Many men and women use these medications as directed, and cease their use when directed by their physician, never developing a dependence on the substance. But for some, a chemical dependence can occur when they find themselves craving the medication long after they have healed from whatever ailment prompted their doctor to write a prescription for painkillers.
Additionally, in times of significant hurt or loss, some individuals may seek out temporary relief in the relaxed, euphoric state that prescription painkillers can create when abused. But this relief is only temporary, and when a substance use order takes hold, a person will be faced with an even greater detriment to his or her health or wellbeing. In sum, addiction and trauma are closely related, and finding a treatment provider that can address both will be imperative for some individuals.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one or family member struggle with a prescription painkiller addiction can cause you to be filled with overwhelming feelings of worry and fear. You know that your loved one needs help, however you might be unaware of what you can do to be of assistance. Consider the following:
- Do everything you can to stop yourself from enabling your loved one. This can be challenging, however it is necessary in order for him or her to survive.
- Research treatment centers that supply services for those who are addicted to prescription painkillers.
- Gather as much information as possible about the effects of painkiller abuse, as well as the signs and symptoms of overdose so you are prepared to respond in an emergency.
- Realize that addiction is a disease, and that your loved one is no longer mentally or physically well enough to control his or her behaviors. Viewing addiction as a disease can allow you to let go of anger and adopt a sense of empathy instead.
- When treatment starts, ask your loved one or family member’s treatment provider how you can remain involved in his or her treatment. Learn about how you can continue to encourage your loved one during and after treatment.
- Talk with your loved one in a non-judgmental manner when attempting to hold a compassionate and honest conversation about your concerns with him or her. Allow your loved one to share his or her opinion and be prepared to encourage treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to prescription painkillers, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with painkillers and/or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to prescription pain medications, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like prescription painkillers, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Substance use
- Mood disorders
- Elemental Integration
- Creative Recovery
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Trauma resolution
- Living in balance
- Conflict resolution
- Healing shame
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Emotion regulation
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group equine therapy
- Group art therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Massage therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Shamanic drumming
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Reiki practitioners
- EMDR practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Breathwork practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Native American Shamans
- Art therapists
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.