Prescription drug abuse has, sadly, become a widespread problem throughout society today. While the use of the various types of prescription medications serve a very specific purpose in treating a variety of ailments that afflict people, they also possess highly addictive properties that rapidly ensnare many into a devastating cycle of abuse. When taken out of the guidelines of the prescribing physicians, these medications, of which can include stimulants, anti-anxiety agents, painkillers, and sedatives, can induce potent effects that provide users with feelings of euphoria, relaxation or, conversely, enhanced energy, as well as an overall sense of well-being, depending on the particular type of medication that is being consumed. The mood and mind-altering effects that can result from the abuse of these substance are seen as appealing to many individuals, ultimately resulting in ever-increasing quantities or dosages being consumed on an ongoing basis. The subsequent tolerance, dependence, and addiction that forms can be monumentally difficult for individuals to overcome without the help of qualified professionals.
At Life Healing Center, we recognize the trials and tribulations that lie in front of individuals who are battling an addiction to prescription medications, and we understand how intimidating the journey to recovery can seem. For over 20 years, we have provided a safe, serene, and supportive environment for those who need help, encouragement, and guidance in overcoming their chemical dependency concerns, including concerns relating to an addiction to prescription drugs. With specialized programming that is also catered to meet the needs of individuals who may be warring against additional struggles, such as healing from a traumatic past or struggling with an intimacy disorder or co-occurring psychiatric condition, Life Healing Center is proud to be a place of personal transformation wherein each individual is fully supported as he or she taps into the natural process of healing that we believe is inherent in everyone. Let the skilled, caring, and empathic staff at Life Healing Center help you start your life anew.
The Connection between Prescription Drug Abuse and Trauma
Not everyone who struggles with an addiction to prescription medication has endured through a traumatic past. Yet, tragically, there are many individuals who have. Unfortunately, the link between experiencing a trauma and developing an addiction to alcohol or drugs, such as an addiction to prescription medication, often remains ignored.
After experiencing a traumatic event, or a series of traumatic events, there are many individuals who turn to drugs or alcohol as an unconscious means of self-medicating the emotional turmoil that has arisen. It is not uncommon for people to do this without realizing it, as they are simply searching for a means of relief from the anguish that plagues them each day. When this is the case, it is imperative that the unresolved trauma be addressed and the distressing symptoms that have resulted from the experience be appropriately treated. When this does not occur, treatment for substance abuse alone is not likely to be as successful because the underlying reasons for why the addiction developed in the first place was never confronted and resolved.
When trauma and prescription drug abuse are left untreated, the subsequent effects can be devastating on an individual’s life. As the emotional upheaval that has derived from a traumatic experience taints an individual’s daily life, he or she is more likely to use drugs like prescription medications. The prolonged use of this drug can then, in turn, result in the onset of physical ailments and cognitive impairments. Furthermore, the longer that traumatic experiences remain unresolved and the more time that is allowed to pass without addressing a prescription drug abuse problem, the more susceptible individuals become to experiencing the onset of symptoms of other mental health conditions, and of struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help prevent these travesties from further devastating a person’s life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a family member or loved one is addicted to prescription medications can be life-altering. You are likely feeling an array of different emotions, including concern for your loved one’s future if he or she does not put an end to this detrimental habit. You may also be wondering what you can do to assist your loved one. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on the disease of addiction.
- Learn about the signs, symptoms, and effects of prescription drug abuse.
- Confront your loved one with your concerns, presenting him or her with the foundation for your concerns in the research that you have compiled.
- Seek out different treatment centers in your area that specialize in addressing chemical dependency concerns and present your findings to your loved one.
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments for evaluations or treatment center tours that are scheduled.
- Once your loved one has started participating in treatment, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process.
Above all else, be a constant source of support and encouragement throughout your loved one’s treatment process. The more involved, supportive, and encouraging that you are, the more successful your loved one’s treatment outcomes will likely be.
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 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 Core Programs at Life Healing Center include 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 drugs, 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 to 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 drugs 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 his or her 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 well-being 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 psycho-educational 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:
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Emotion regulation
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Preparing for discharge
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:
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
- Group equine 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, of which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art 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 family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- The patient and/or 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 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 drugs, 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.