The abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a widespread problem in the United States. Fueled by factors including ease of access and the mistaken belief that these substances are safer than many illicit drugs, prescription drug abuse and addiction inflict significant damage on individuals, families, and communities throughout the nation.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs include stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and depressants, such as Valium and Xanax. All of these drugs have legitimate medical purposes, however, when misused either in an attempt to self-medicate or for recreational purposes, they can cause immense harm both immediately and as a result of long-term abuse.
At Wellness Resource Center, we understand the many ways that prescription drug abuse and addiction can impact a person’s attempt to live a healthy and productive life. Perhaps more importantly, we have been extremely successful in our efforts to help men and women overcome their dependence upon prescription drugs, regain control over their behaviors, and address any co-occurring conditions that may have contributed to or been exacerbated by their substance abuse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Knowing that someone you care about is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction can be a painful, confusing, and frustrating experience, but it should not leave you feeling either hopeless or helpless. There are a number of practical actions that you can take to increase the likelihood that your loved one will finally get the professional help that he or she so desperately needs.
- First, educate yourself about the disease of addiction in general and the specific challenges posed by the prescription drug that your loved one has been abusing. Understanding what your friend or family member is going through will significantly enhance your ability to provide meaningful support.
- Research the types of treatment that have proven to be effective with others who have had problems similar to what your loved one is experiencing, and look into specific programs that are prepared to provide the type and level of care that he or she needs.
- Learn how to talk about treatment with a person who has become dependent upon prescription drugs or other addictive substances. Unfortunately, television shows and films often portray these conversations as high-conflict confrontations. Look past these pop-culture creations and discover how to have an open, honest, and productive discussion.
- Whether you realize it or not, you have been impacted by your loved one’s substance abuse. Make sure you are attending to your own needs so that you can continue to be a consistent source of support.
Ultimately, never lose sight of the fact that recovery is a long-term process that will involve both successes and setbacks. Prepare yourself to be an active, positive presence in your loved one’s life before, during, and after he or she completes treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
The effects of prescription drug abuse and addiction can vary widely depending upon a number of factors. What all forms of this problem have in common, though, is that they pose a very real threat to a person’s continued physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. The physical impact of untreated prescription drug addiction can include heart failure, brain damage, and irreparable harm to other vital organs. On the cognitive and psychological levels, abusing prescription drugs can lead to memory problems, impaired executive functioning, drastic mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. With their bodies and minds weakened by chronic substance abuse, people who fail to get proper treatment for their prescription drug addiction are at increased risk for experiencing academic failure, job loss and unemployment, destroyed personal relationships, social isolation, legal problems, incarceration, and homelessness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
At Wellness Resource Center, we are committed to ensuring that each person who chooses to heal with us receives the type and level of care that will best prepare him or her to achieve long-term recovery from prescription drug dependency and any co-occurring conditions. Our client-focused integrative approach to treatment places a premium on providing comprehensive care that is customized to meet the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each client.
Understanding that intensive, daylong treatment is just one step on the path of lifelong recovery, we work closely with each client to set short-term and long-term recovery goals, and then develop detailed plans that will help them to achieve these objectives.
Treatment at Wellness Resource Center is a personalized, holistic experience that features a range of treatment activities and therapeutic interventions, each of which is provided by experienced and compassionate treatment professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their dedication to treating each client with dignity and respect.
During Phase I treatment, which is also referred to as the partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients participate in treatment-related activities Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and benefit from round-the-clock supervision seven days a week. During this time, clients will reside in the housing provided on our campus, which is staff-supported 24/7. Depending upon each client’s goals, strengths, and needs, his or her treatment at Wellness Resource Center may include many of the following elements:
Medication management: Clients whose prescription drug dependence is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition or conditions may benefit from the inclusion of psychotropic medications within their treatment plans. The incorporation of medication into a client’s treatment regimen will be determined by a psychiatrist based upon a personal review of his or her case. Clients whose treatment includes medication management will meet with a psychiatrist at least once each week throughout his or her time in treatment. Also, the program nurse, the client’s primary therapist, and attending behavioral health technicians will all be available to assist with medication monitoring.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy and effective therapist-client relationships are essential components of care at Wellness Resource Center. All clients participate in individual therapy sessions with their primary therapist a minimum of one time each week, with additional sessions scheduled when clinically appropriate. These one-on-one sessions are ideal opportunities for clients to discuss their progress, process successes or setbacks, and address any concerns that they may have about any aspect of their treatment experience.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the fundamental element of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, with clients participating in multiple groups each day, Mondays through Fridays. Among the more common groups offered at Wellness Resource Center are psychoeducational groups, gender-specific groups, process groups, age-specific groups, and experiential groups. Some of the many topics that will be addressed during these sessions may include the following:
- Body image
- Relapse prevention
- Coping skills
Family therapy: At Wellness Resource Center, clients and their family members may schedule family therapy sessions with either the client’s primary therapist or with our clinical director on an as-needed basis. In addition to in-person family therapy sessions, additional options for keeping families connected during treatment and for helping family members access the support they need include phone calls, conference calls, and written communication.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapies are included into programming and are designed to provide clients with the opportunity to overcome challenges, express themselves artistically, interact with others, and otherwise engage in tangible experiences that emphasize holistic healing. The type and amount of experiential therapy that clients participate in at Wellness Resource Center varies depending upon their personalized treatment plans, and may include the following:
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
- Social activities
- Teamwork activities
Family Program: Because the devastation of prescription drug addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual, we are proud to offer a Family Program once every other month. This program features psychoeducation and process groups that are designed to help family members address their own needs as they prepare to support their loved one during the post-treatment phase of his or her recovery.
Clients who can benefit from step-down support after they have completed Phase I treatment for prescription drug addiction at Wellness Resource Center may choose to enroll in Phase II care, which is an intensive outpatient program, or IOP. Phase II participants can attend part-time treatment and receive case management services while continuing to live in our client housing. After completing Phase II, clients who desire a transitional living environment with a semi-structured support system may choose to enroll in Phase III.
Among the many benefits of healing at Wellness Resource Center is that we provide a seamlessly integrated spectrum of extended care services, all of which are provided by the same highly qualified members of our treatment teams. With no maximum limit on length of stay, Wellness Resource Center makes it possible for each client to receive a consistent continuum of care that is designed and delivered with the sole purpose of preparing him or her to successfully pursue lifelong recovery.