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 premiere provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, intimacy disorders, and trauma-related distresses. We strive to offer patients a therapeutic environment wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect. With three specific residential treatment programming options, designed for men and women, aged 18 and older, Life Healing Center is proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who is entrusted into our care.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Men’s Sexual Integrity Program for the treatment of love, sex, and relationship addictions, our Empowerment Program for trauma treatment, and our Hope Program for the treatment of substance abuse. When patients come to us battling an addiction to prescription painkillers, they 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, patients who are struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
Life Healing Center is dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. Patients who are dealing with multiple concerns will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which they present. Patients engaged in our Hope Program will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate intervention on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming options at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: Individuals who arrive at our center with prescription painkillers or other types of substances in their systems will go through a medical detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The medical detoxification process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven evidence-based protocols that assist patients in remaining safe and comfortable as their bodies become rid of any toxic substances. Patients who are actively detoxing may not attend groups, depending on their physical and cognitive status. However, once they are deemed medically stable enough to do so, patients will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: All patients will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following their admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions in order to treat a patient’s distressing symptoms, he or she will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups in order to ensure that any medication that may have been prescribed is effectively helping him or her. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Each patient will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with him or her throughout his or her time spent in treatment. At a minimum, patients meet twice with their therapist for individual therapy sessions during their first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, patients may also meet with their therapist more frequently depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of successful recovery, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not family therapy sessions will be an appropriate part of each patient’s individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, permission of the patient to have his or her family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in the patient’s treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and a patient’s therapist will ensure that the patient’s 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 patients engage in these sessions, they are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to their own, while also benefiting from psychoeducational opportunities that can help them learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in their recovery. There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Emotion regulation
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we offer, Life Healing Center is proud to supply patients with the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Selected with the patient on the basis of his or her presenting issues, men and women engaged in the Hope Program are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
- Somatic experiencing
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to a patient’s ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for a patient’s discharge as soon as they become engaged in treatment. Once it is deemed clinically appropriate, planning will be initiated with the patient as well. Discharge, transition, and continuing care is all completed by a patient’s primary therapist with the active involvement of the patient and other interested parties as appropriate and as agreed to by the patient. This 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 the patient’s progress in relation to his or her treatment plan.
There are a number of components included in a patient’s discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- The patient’s plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- The patient and/or family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
- The family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all patients be referred to appropriate services capable of providing continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the patient 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, an intimacy disorder, or a mental health condition, 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.