Both in the US and worldwide, prescription drugs addiction is becoming increasingly common. Much like other addictions, it deprives the individual of a normal everyday life. It often weakens social bonds, and damages the body no less than the mind. If you’re in the process of seeking help, you may be wondering what an addiction treatment center in Florida might look like. You may wonder exactly how prescription drugs addiction treatment can benefit you, beyond plain promises of a better life. If so, we’re here to help you get this information and more.
The process of prescription drugs addiction treatment
First, let us explore the typical process of prescription drugs addiction treatment. As we do, we’ll also begin outlining the benefits you can expect to see from it.
Here we say “typical”, because not every journey to recovery is the same. Each person’s needs and circumstances differ, as does their addiction itself. Relapse is also rather common, unfortunately, but not ever-present – and not every relapse is handled the same way either. Finally, the treatment center’s location often plays a crucial role as well – as we’ll cover next.
#1 Admission and evaluation
The very first step comes with the admissions process, once an individual struggling with addiction decides to take that brave first step forward. This process will slightly vary across treatment centers, but typically includes:
- Information collection. First, you will be asked for medical and addiction-related information so that you can receive appropriate advice. You will also be able to get information on any issues or concerns you may have.
- Insurance review. Next, you will typically undergo an insurance assessment. This will allow you to know exactly how much of your treatment expenses your insurance will cover.
- Travel and arrival arrangements. Finally, unless you or the treatment providers have any further questions, you may make travel arrangements. Treatment centers will typically not pay for travel expenses, but will very often help coordinate travel arrangements.
Once you’ve reached their facilities, you will be evaluated by medical professionals. This evaluation will determine your exact needs, from which point on you may proceed to the appropriate detox step.
#2 Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
For prescription drugs addiction treatment, Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) often offers the best first step. As the name suggests, this process seeks to assist the individual with medication to help them deal with withdrawal symptoms.
For this step, a few crucial notes must be made:
- MAT is always challenging. As the initial stage, detox is hard for most individuals to deal with. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are often strong and very unpleasant.
- MAT strictly takes place in clinical environments. For this reason, MAT takes place in clinical facilities to ensure constant support and supervision by medical professionals. It will also typically include thorough counseling to help individuals psychologically cope with their withdrawal symptoms.
- It does not “cure” addiction. Modern medicine may offer immense benefits, but MAT by itself does not cure addiction or end the journey to recovery. It only seeks to help with the initial phase of detox, after which the proper prescription drugs addiction treatment can begin.
- It is a continuous process. MAT is also not necessarily a one-time process either. It will very often include continuous medical treatment, supervision, and counseling, which follow the treatment process according to each step’s needs.
- Not every addiction requires MAT. Finally, some addictions may not require MAT; they may be milder, or may have been diagnosed early enough. Some individuals may also see results through non-medical detox. These cases are rather rare, but are always a possibility to note.
In all cases, MAT will only use FDA-approved drugs to help you detox – if you need the assistance to deal with withdrawal symptoms.
#3 Inpatient programs
Next, still in clinical settings, an inpatient program will in most cases have to follow. Inpatient programs are typically offered for such treatments as:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Crack Cocaine addiction treatment
- Oxycodone addiction treatment
- Adderall addiction treatment
Usually post-MAT, such programs continue rehabilitation under strict medical supervision. They focus on physical and mental healing, offering both medication and counseling alongside other clinical offerings. They typically last for 30 to 45 days, but the exact duration will depend on such factors as:
- Addiction severity and length
- Type of substance addiction
- Co-occurring mental health conditions and other disorders
- Rehab history and potential relapse
During inpatient programs, individuals struggling with addiction will complete their initial therapy stage as they prepare for further prescription drugs addiction treatment. During this stage, individual recreational activities such as journaling and reading are highly encouraged.
#4 Outpatient programs
Following successful inpatient program completion, you may then progress to an outpatient program. This stage of treatment comes with a few different levels, the three most typical being:
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP); the most intensive type of outpatient program, IOPs offer closer supervision, more frequent counseling, and more support with medication management.
- Florida model Outpatient Program; a hybrid between inpatient and outpatient programs, the Florida model offers a transitional hybrid model for those who need it. It relocates the patient to residential facilities, like outpatient programs do, alongside Day/Night treatment options.
- Outpatient Program (OP); sometimes dubbed “General Outpatient Program”, this type offers a more lenient version of IOPs. It still entails counseling and other forms of support, but less frequently – as the individual is now progressing toward freedom from addiction.
Regardless of the type, outpatient programs typically offer a much-needed milestone toward rehabilitation. They prepare the individual for integration into everyday life, and will often focus on vocational services, nutrition education, and more. During this stage, individuals will have worked on risk management as well, helping prevent relapse.
The final stage of prescription drugs addiction treatment comes in some form of an aftercare program. Those will differ significantly across addiction treatment centers, but will typically include:
- Alumni programs; for this stage, an alumni program offers a significant measure against relapse through strong communication channels.
- 12 step based meetings; a therapeutic activity all in itself, group meetings offer tremendous emotional support and further ensure long-term sobriety.
- Relapse prevention; finally, continued communication, socializing activities like outings, and other means of aftercare solidify relapse prevention.
In all cases, aftercare seeks to strengthen the individual mentally, emotionally, and socially to help ensure a successful, long-lasting recovery.
Benefits of prescription drugs addiction treatment in Boynton Beach
With this process in mind, we may now discuss the specific benefits of Florida prescription drugs addiction treatment. If you do choose Bright Futures as your ally toward recovery, you can expect the following.
#1 A wealth of therapeutic activities
First, our unique location in Boynton Beach offers a wealth of therapeutic activities. Our addiction center is located less than 4 miles away from the beach, which opens up such options as:
- Walks on the beach
- Paddle boarding
In addition to these water-based activities, our programs also offer therapeutic activities like:
- Yoga and meditation
- Outings; ice skating, airboat rides, barbeques, and more
Such activities always have a place in our addiction treatment programs, as they help the mind heal alongside the body. They help our clients relax and find inner peace, socialize, and heal emotionally. As regards socialization in particular, these activities help our clients form long-lasting bonds with their peers, which tremendously enhances aftercare.
#2 Dual diagnosis
To substantiate this, we may continue with another benefit prescription drugs addiction treatment; dual diagnosis. Through it, we can identify and address co-occurring mental disorders that may otherwise hinder rehabilitation.
This approach has demonstrable merit, as BetterHealth explains:
“In many cases, it is hard to tell which problem came first; perhaps the mental illness led to the person misusing drugs, or else the drug problem started before the mental illness.Research suggests that people who experience dual diagnosis respond well to integrated programs that address both substance misuse and mental illness.”
This has indeed been a prevalent phenomenon throughout the nation’s bout with addiction, as NIMH also notes. Therefore, receiving a dual diagnosis offers a notable benefit and significantly increases the chances of successful, relapse-free rehabilitation.
#3 Holistic treatment
Addiction is often deep-rooted in the mind no less than in the body, as ample research shows. For this reason, we also fully embrace holistic therapy – individualizing each program to best suit our clients’ unique needs. In turn, our programs offer the following alongside traditional treatment:
- BioSound Healing Therapy
- Sound Frequency Healing
- Music Therapy
- Guided Imagery
- Nutritional plans and guidance
- Yoga classes
- Guided meditation groups
Of course, all such options are strictly complementary to prescription drugs addiction treatment. Our qualified staff will always ensure you get exactly the treatment you deserve and feel benefits you, always under guidance.
#4 Group therapy
A staple in most addiction treatment programs, group therapy sessions also offer tremendous benefits toward rehabilitation. Where individual therapy offers personalized assistance and support, group therapy injects a social dynamic that assists further. It allows the individual to vocalize their concerns and challenges to their peers, socialize, and receive emotional support in turn.
Toward this goal, our group therapy sessions are primarily aligned with the 12 steps of AA – namely:
- Admission of the substance abuse issues at hand
- Acceptance of a possible road to recovery
- Willingness to embark on a journey to recovery and self-improvement
- Fearless introspection
- Admission of the exact nature to others
- Readiness to rectify and overcome
- Willingness to rise above shortcomings
- Willingness to make amends to all who were harmed
- Direct amends to those harmed whenever possible
- Continued introspection and admission of wrongdoing
- Continued efforts toward self-improvement and self-actualization
- A conscious effort to share this road to recovery with others
Alongside them, group therapy also offers the option of family counseling, where both the individual and their loved ones can receive support and education as they learn how to overcome addiction together.
#5 Trauma therapy
Finally, trauma therapy is not an uncommon part of prescription drugs addiction treatment. Addiction of all kinds may often stem from past trauma, so we at Bright Futures never leave this possibility unexplored.
Trauma can take many forms, as Rehabspot identifies the following common traumatic experience types:
- Sexual abuse or assault
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse or assault
- Separation from a parent
- Mental abuse
- Loss of a loved one/grief
- Forced displacement
- System-induced trauma
- Political and historical trauma
- Serious accidents or injuries
Still, they assert that trauma therapy is a “critical part of clinical treatment for addiction”, and we’re inclined to agree. For this reason, our trauma-specific therapies also align with and draw elements from:
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- The Seeking Safety model
- Trauma Addictions Mental Health and Recovery (TAMAR)
In all cases, our clinicians, psychotherapists, and other staff remain deeply sensitive of trauma, and always guarantee a safe, welcoming environment where patients can heal from it.
Warning signs of prescription drugs addiction
Naturally, picking up on the signs it’s time to get help early can make prescription drugs addiction treatment much easier. We do know it’s often hard to do so, but the first step is always the most important one.
To be as specific as possible, NIDA identifies 3 distinct types of prescription drugs abuse:
- Misuse; “taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed”
- Appropriation; “taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain”
- Nonmedical or recreational use; “taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high)”
If you find yourself engaging in any of the above, you may very likely need to seek professional help. If you’re unsure if your actions should constitute abuse or not, you may also look for typical early symptoms like:
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Upset stomach, vomiting, or constipation
- Slurred speech
- Poor coordination
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiety
- Feeling high (euphoria)
- Increased dose required for pain relief
- Worsening or increased sensitivity to pain with higher doses (hyperalgesia)
Of course, if you’re seeking help for a loved one instead of yourself, you may also look for such symptoms.
Can you detox yourself?
Before concluding, we must touch on this crucial, frequently asked question. Many individuals struggling with addiction of any kind may hesitate to seek help, for a variety of reasons like:
- Fear of the treatment process
- Distrust in treatment providers and medication
- Economic hardships
- Social anxiety
- A limited view of their addiction’s scale
For these and other reasons, they may prefer to try to go through the detoxification process by themselves. This is, by all means, commendable, but we always advise against it as it can be extremely dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Anxiety, irritability, unease, and insomnia
- Sweating, high blood pressure, or racing or irregular heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shaking or tremors
Managing such symptoms alone can cause serious mental and physical harm, and in extreme cases even lead to death. As such, we strongly suggest avoiding such endeavors; they carry serious risks and very rarely succeed.
In closing, prescription drugs addiction treatment always has to account for the individual’s exact needs. It can take many forms, have different durations, and employ different methods, but it will always strive for the same goal; the freedom from addiction you deserve.
At Bright Futures Treatment, this has always been our mission, and we will settle for nothing less than exactly what you need to complete your journey to recovery.
If you’re ready to seek help, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our teams will be more than happy to provide all the information you need, set your mind at ease, and welcome you into the Bright Futures family.