While prescription painkillers provide a strong sense of relief for many worldwide who struggle with pain, there are, sadly, many individuals who become trapped within the dangerous pattern of abusing these medications. There are various kinds of prescription painkillers, including Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet, that can be used for pain management for those who suffer from mild to severe pain. Although helpful when used correctly and for the right medical purposes, these medications possess the possibility to become habit-forming. When abused, prescription painkillers can elicit feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and detachment. When the abuse of prescription painkillers has started, it can become a problem that is very hard to defeat.
At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for prescription painkiller abuse treatment, we understand the strife that accompanies prescription painkiller addiction, and we know just how hard it can be to defeat this deadly behavior. Therefore, we have established treatment that is offered within an environment that is honest, accountable, trustworthy, and respectful, so that all individuals can effectively win the war against prescription painkiller addiction for good.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one or family member struggle with a prescription painkiller addiction can cause you to be extremely anxious and concerned. You know that your loved one needs help, however, you might not know how to help him or her. Consider the following:
- Realize that addiction is a disease, not a choice. Doing so can help you develop a healthy sense of empathy for your loved one. Additionally, spend time learning about the effects of painkiller abuse, including the signs of overdose, so you can be prepared to help if necessary.
- Research treatment centers that supply services to those addicted to opioids like prescription painkillers.
- Ensure that you are not enabling your loved one’s behaviors by setting appropriate boundaries.
- Encourage your loved one to obtain treatment by offering to assist him or her in being admitted and/or going to appointments with him or her.
- Speak to your loved one in a non-judgmental tone when addressing your concerns about him or her. Ensure that you allow your loved one to speak at this time, too.
- When treatment starts, ask your loved one’s treatment center how you can stay involved. Find out the many different ways that you can continually encourage your loved one when treatment is completed.
Why Consider Treatment at Our Rehab Center
When a prescription painkiller addiction is allowed to continue without the appropriate services, an individual’s life can be destroyed. The abuse of these medications can cause work problems, as well as issues at school and at home, that can trigger the onset of financial problems, marital/familial issues, and academic concerns. Once an individual puts his or her substance abuse as his or her main priority, all other responsibilities can take a back seat. In addition, a number of physical harms can be done because of the prescription painkiller abuse, such as weakening of one’s immune system, cognitive impairment, memory problems, and organ damage. Luckily, however, by seeking help at a comprehensive treatment center, these effects can be lessened and/or entirely prevented.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Rehab Center
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center is pleased to offer the best care for a wide range of concerns that are known to plague men and women. With evidence-based practices that are rooted within the integrative therapies that we offer, our rehab prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating chemical dependency concerns, such as an addiction to prescription painkillers, as well as co-occurring disorders. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at our treatment center, and the staff of qualified and experienced professionals administers care by utilizing a dynamic approach to treating patients. It is the ambition of our rehab to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will be able to transcend the challenges of the past and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Sierra Tucson, a premier prescription painkiller addiction treatment center, includes Desert Flower, a 15-bed behavioral health inpatient unit, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns, or those who are in need of medical detoxification services, can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in our rehab center’s residential care. When patients arrive at our treatment center with prescription painkillers in their systems, the first step in their treatment may be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of treatment at our inpatient unit, patients will then engage in comprehensive treatment at our rehab’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of prescription painkillers, is delivered through our treatment center’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this treatment plan are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all patients. Our reputation as a premier drug addiction treatment center stems from our clinical excellence and the compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each patient’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as patients gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, patients engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan can partake in the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in our rehab’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to prescription painkillers, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care at our treatment center. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists at our prescription painkiller addiction rehab offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that patients are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan at our rehab center, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same plan. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Didactic lectures
- Anger management
- Healing anxiety
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Identifying feelings of shame in order to move to a place of resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, our rehab center includes the Four Day Family treatment plan for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This type of treatment typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their prescription painkiller abuse problem, this treatment option offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Equine therapy
- Expressive art
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to prescription painkillers and any co-occurring conditions, our rehab is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Personal training
- Psychological testing
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, patients engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program at our rehab will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in our prescription painkiller abuse rehab center’s residential treatment, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing the best, all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat a prescription painkiller addiction and co-occurring concerns at our rehab, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our rehab center meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This treatment plan includes 12 month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this plan contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Services affiliated with our rehab. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than our treatment center. The life you have envisioned can begin here.