One of the most alarming trends in recent years has been the growth of prescription drug abuse. Many are now turning to this form of medication misuse, as some are under the false impression that this is a safer alternative than using illicit drugs. Yet there can be numerous dangers associated with such substances, including the development of physical dependence. Additional health dangers such as overdose, especially when medications are combined with other substances, are also possible.
Much like with the abuse and addiction to illicit drugs it is often best that an individual who wishes to break free of their destructive habits seek recovery through a treatment program. Some may be hesitant or resistant to accept treatment. This can be understandable, as addiction could have progressed to the point that the person is fearful to undergo withdrawals. Yet the odds of success can be much greater if the person in enrolled in a professional treatment program. Many effective treatment programs will utilize a safe detox treatment, medication if necessary and different forms of therapy to provide their clients with a thorough and long lasting recovery.
Detox and withdrawal will always be the first step to recovery. This step may often be what keeps an individual from pursuing a life of sobriety as it can be uncomfortable for many as the substance leaves their body.
In some cases a person can bear down and get through their withdrawal at home but this is not suggested. It is often better to seek help with a detox program. Hospitals can provide detox services and some treatment providers have them available too. A detox program will keep an individual safe while they go through the withdrawal process, marking the state of their mental and physical well-being and helping to ease the process with medication when necessary.
Once a person has gone through detox they can truly focus on their recovery.
Ironic though it may seem, medication can be used to help someone recovering from prescription drug dependence. For example methadone can be utilized to help with pain resulting from withdrawal from opioid abuse. There is also Suboxone, a more recent option that also reduces drug cravings and does not allow for withdrawal.
In addition to the medication used to help aide in curbing cravings and other issues attached to prescription drug abuse, there may also be medication used to help deal with any co-occurring mental health problems. If the individual in recovery has a mental health disorder that they are dealing with alongside their abuse, both must be dealt with simultaneously in order for recovery to be effective. This can include the use of anti-depressants, antianxiety medication, anti-psychotics etc.
Due to the nature of circumstances of preventing further dependence, medical professionals will often use care and discretion in any additional medications used in recovery at this time. Additionally, it should be noted that medication, while helpful on its own, is more effective when combined with different forms of therapy.
Much like how there are multiple options available for medication that can help with recovery, there are also different types of therapy that can aid someone in their pursuit of sobriety. Individual and group therapies are available to help clients with their treatment. Some, such as Cognitive-behavioral therapy, will seek to help the client identify the connection between their thoughts and behaviors and allow them to change their thinking to support less destructive behaviors. Other therapies will help clients identify harmful patterns in their day-to-day living and guide them to change their lifestyle so that situations and social groups related to prescription abuse can be more easily avoided. Still other forms of therapy can help a person focus on building life skills, dealing with past trauma, coping with symptoms of a mental health disorder and so on. There are even therapies that focus on one’s physical health such as recreational therapy, yoga, diet and nutritional planning and so on. Ultimately, what therapies are suggested for a client will depend solely upon his or her individual circumstances.
The pursuit of an addiction-free life doesn’t end when one has finished a treatment program. Those who wish to remain sober should continue to seek positive influences and support in their daily life to help them remain diligent in the long run.
Support groups do just that. Seeking out and joining a support group can allow a person to gain a better understanding of how to adapt to a new lifestyle and avoid the damaging thoughts or behaviors of the past. It also provides them with the opportunity to learn from others experiences from what works and doesn’t work in maintaining sobriety.
Freedom from prescription drug abuse is within reach; all anyone has to do is decide to take the necessary steps to get started. For you it begins with a phone call. If you or your loved one is seeking help for recovery from prescription drug abuse, please reach out to the Arizona Prescription Drug Addiction Helpline today. We not only provide accurate information on the struggle of prescription drug abuse, we also can connect you to helpful and empathetic prescription abuse treatment providers in your area. Get started on your recovery today by giving us a call or talking to a member of our team online.