While prescription medications can be extremely beneficial for people across the country and the world, they can also be habit-forming, which makes them very dangerous to those who find themselves trapped within a deadly cycle of substance abuse. There are many different prescription drugs in existence. Pain medications can be effective for those who suffer from mild to severe pain. Antianxiety medications can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, and stimulants can increase one’s focus. Sedatives are capable of helping those who struggling with sleep problems get the rest they require. However, while prescription medications can be very helpful for those who suffer from medical or psychological issues such as these, they can also be abused. For example, someone who abuses painkillers, antianxiety medications, and sedatives can achieve a high that produces feelings of euphoria and wellbeing. Stimulants, in particular, can produce feelings of confidence and energy, as well as focus and weight loss by decreasing the user’s appetite. However, once the abuse of any of these substances has begun, or if an addiction has developed, it can be nearly impossible to overcome on one’s own.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we realize that the pain that is felt when an addiction to prescription medications is present. We also understand that it can be challenging to overcome alone. Therefore, our center offers specialized programming that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each and every patient looking to defeat a prescription medication addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have a loved one who is afflicted with an addiction to one or more prescription medications, you may become overwhelmed with concern. Knowing that your loved one needs help, you might feel like there is nothing that you can do to alleviate this problem. However, there are a handful of things that you can be doing, including the following:
- Do what you can to educate yourself on the effects of the type of prescription medication that your loved one is abusing. Having this information can help you better understand your loved ones addiction. Also, do what you can to learn about the signs and symptoms of overdose so that you can be ready if an overdose occurs.
- While it can be difficult, it is imperative to understand that addiction is a disease. When you accept this truth, it can be much easier to realize that you cannot control your loved one’s behaviors.
- Look into treatment centers that can provide help to your loved one. You will want to find a center that can offers specialized treatment for prescription medication addiction.
- Speak with your loved one regarding your concerns about his or her prescription medication abuse. Let him or her know what behaviors are worrisome to you, and be prepared to offer examples of those behaviors. Also, be willing to listen to him or her and hear what he or she has to say.
- Encourage your loved one to obtain treatment for his or her addiction. Let him or her know that you will be there to support him or her in any way possible.
- As soon as your loved one obtains treatment, ask your loved one’s treatment provider how you can say actively engaged within his or her treatment. Find out what ways are helpful in encouraging your loved one’s recovery once he or she returns home.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
When a prescription medication addiction is allowed to continue without the help of professional care, an individual’s life can be completely destroyed. Younger individuals who abuse prescription medications can struggle at school, while others can face trouble at work due to their abuse. Someone who is abusing prescription medications can experience problems within their relationships, including family conflict and divorce, when their prescription drug abuse takes priority over all else. Additionally, if a person abuses prescription medications, he or she can face a series of physical effects, including a weakened immune system, cognitive impairment, and organ damage. Thankfully, those who partake in treatment can avoid these consequences altogether.
Types of Treatment Offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Individuals who are looking for a new way of life that is free from the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can choose Pocono Mountain Recovery Center as the place to begin the incredible journey towards sobriety. This center, which is located in Henryville, Pennsylvania, is situated amidst picturesque mountains and is specifically designed to help men and women, aged 18 and older, recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health concerns.
With a staff of dedicated and expertly trained professionals that is fully committed to improving the lives of all who come to this center for care, it is no wonder that so many individuals have been able to break free from addiction and chemical dependency problems after having completed programming at Pocono Mountain Recovery. A large part of what makes this center so special is its utilization of the 12-Step philosophy and evidence-based therapeutic interventions that were chosen because of their ability to help individuals reach their treatment goals in a meaningful way.
Upon completion of the streamlined admissions process, each patient will receive a personalized treatment plan that will outline the methods of care that will be included. Briefly described in the following, the listed treatment methods and options for care are among those that may become part of a man or woman’s treatment experience in coming to Pocono Mountain Recovery Center:
Detoxification: Patients who come to Pocono Mountain Recovery addicted to prescription drugs are often chemically dependent on this substance and need it cleared from their bodies in order to effectively participate in programming. When this is the case, detoxification, or detox, will be incorporated into those individuals’ care. Detox at Pocono Mountain Recovery is supervised by medical staff to ensure the safety of patients during this process. These staff members can also intervene should an individual need to be made more comfortable as the prescription medication exits his or her system.
Medication management: Men and women who come to Pocono Mountain Recovery battling an addiction to prescription medications at the same time as a co-occurring mental illness have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist on a weekly basis so that their medication needs can be efficiently met. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants also work with patients to ensure that they are benefitting from the medications they are taking and can track each individual’s progress while he or she is engaged in treatment.
Individual therapy: Each patient at Pocono Mountain Recovery is assigned a primary counselor at the start of his or her care. This staff member is available to patients to meet for individual therapy sessions on an as-needed basis to discuss their experiences, feelings, successes, and setbacks while working to overcome an addiction to prescription drugs.
Group therapy: Led by Pocono Mountain Recovery’s clinical director, family coordinator, and other clinical staff, group therapy sessions are a big part of the recovery experience at this center. So that patients are able to give and receive support to and from one another as they work toward defeating an addiction to prescription medications or another harmful substance(s), these sessions are conducted five times per day and allow patients to learn about and discuss the following topics:
- Coping skills development
- Disease education
- Life skills
- Relapse prevention
- Relapse trigger identification
Experiential therapy: Those who are working to overcome a prescription medication use disorder can greatly benefit from participating in experiential therapies while at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center. These therapy opportunities help patients to heal and recover on a much deeper level, as they enable men and women to incorporate both their minds and bodies in the therapeutic process. Offered five to seven hours per week, the following experiential therapies are those that can be included in a patient’s personalized treatment plan:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Role playing
Family therapy: So as to provide support to the loved ones of those who seek treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery, family therapy sessions are offered on an as-needed basis. A patient’s primary counselor and Pocono Mountain Recovery’s family coordinator guide these sessions, which can be integral in helping friends and family members learn about and heal from the pain brought on by their loved one’s addiction to prescription drugs.
Family Program: Each Saturday, Pocono Mountain Recovery offers a family program for the friends and family members of patients. In the morning, participants benefit from an educational group that teaches about the disease of addiction and what it means to be addicted to prescription medications and other substances. In the afternoon following lunch, loved ones are welcome to participate in another psychoeducational group so that they are able to develop a deeper understanding of addiction and gain the skills needed to help themselves and their loved one going forward.
A blend of the above treatment methods will form a patient’s customized treatment plan when choosing Pocono Mountain Recovery as the place to defeat an addiction to prescription medications. Should the needs of the individual change during the course of care, treatment options can be added or removed from the person’s treatment plan so that the most favorable outcomes result.
Additionally, and as part of the all-encompassing treatment experience offered at this center, detailed discharge planning begins at the start of a person’s treatment and continues until he or she has a carefully devised plan of action that outlines the resources and services that will support lasting recovery. Whether the individual participates in this center’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or other step-down treatment option, this plan ensures that all who complete programming at Pocono Mountain Recovery will be able to live a healthier, prescription drug-free life.
If you or an important person in your life would like to learn more about how Pocono Mountain Recovery Center can effectively treat an addiction to prescription medication, do not hesitate to contact the dedicated intake team today.
You deserve a better, healthier life; a life without the abuse of prescription medications.