Every single day, people go to the doctor and are prescribed medication. Most of these medications are taken exactly as directed, stopped at the appropriate juncture, and forgotten about. However, certain individuals may find the feelings that their prescription drugs provide are extremely pleasurable. These individuals may begin to take more and more of their prescriptions to achieve that same pleasurable feeling, often well past the time the prescription was to be discontinued.
Prescription drug abuse occurs when an individual uses prescription medication – a medication that is required by law to be prescribed by a physician and carefully monitored by the DEA – in a nonmedical manner. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States, which leads to problems for individuals with legitimate medical conditions as well as prescribers, who are under the watchful eye of the DEA.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs include opiate narcotics, such as OxyContin and Roxicodone, which can induce feelings of euphoric pleasure along with relief from acute and chronic pain. Benzodiazepines, such as Ativan and Xanax provide prescription drug abusers with feelings of relaxation and well-being. Stimulants like Adderall provide increased energy, mental alertness, and overall well-being.
Many individuals who abuse prescription drugs use these types of drugs in order to increase the effects of illicit drugs. Often, individuals who are using downers, such as alcohol will use opiates or benzos to increase the level of intoxication. Others will use stimulants such as Adderall as a means to feel more alert on heroin or other downers. Still, others will use benzos to reduce the unpleasant side effects of illegal stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern among members of the medical community and individuals who are affected by this type of drug abuse. In order to get help for prescription drug addiction, many individuals turn to the wonderful, caring staff at Acadiana for prescription drug rehab.
Why Seek Rehab for Prescription Drug Abuse at Acadiana Addiction Center
Prescription drug abuse is a chronic and progressive disorder that worsens the longer it’s untreated. Prescription drug abuse affects the ability of individuals to appropriately cope with life and causes dysfunction in all major areas of their lives. These dysfunctional behaviors can cause the deterioration of family and social support leaving the individual feeling helpless and alone.
Acadiana Addiction Center is a leading treatment provider that offers excellent chemical dependency rehab for those with addiction problems. Through education, individualized treatment plans, and proven skills of recovery, we can help our patients understand the recovery process. We take a client-centered approach to rehab using what works best for each patient, engaging patients in the treatment planning process. We believe that every individual, given the right tools, has the responsibility for their own recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our mission is to provide an excellent level of care to each patient that comes to us. We want to provide our clients with the skills needed to attain lasting recovery. At Acadiana, we firmly believe that you can overcome your addiction, you can stop living the life you have been living. We are here to help. Having a substance abuse problem does not mean that you are a bad or crazy person – you’re simply experiencing a difficult time in your life. Addiction does not have to define who you are or who you will become; you have the power to make your life what you want it to be.
Additionally, we provide services in an environment that support the restoration of dignity and respect. The programs within our prescription drug addiction rehab are designed to focus on every aspect of an individual. We take the time to treat the whole person, including family, personality, life experiences, and cultural differences. We offer recovery that heals the mind, body, and soul.
Acadiana Addiction Center offers a full range of services to meet the needs of individuals who need help recovering from addiction, including detoxification, residential, as well as outpatient therapy. Upon arriving at our treatment center, every potential client will receive a free assessment to determine their specific treatment needs.
Detoxification is the most intensive level of care offered at Acadiana and exists for individuals who have become physically dependent upon a substance. Through 24-hour medical monitoring, we ensure safe and comfortable management of prescription drug withdrawal symptoms. The detoxification process focuses on abstinence from substances and reinforcement of lifestyle changes. Once detox is completed, the treatment plan can begin.
Our residential treatment program is for patients who have undergone detox and are stable enough to begin the therapeutic process. Patients at this level of care will begin treatment in a medically-monitored environment and will be supervised on a 24-hour basis in order to ensure safety. We aim to help individuals become emotionally stabilized, knowledgeable about addiction, and develop the skills needed to take an active approach in their recovery.
Male and female extended residential treatment programs are available for patients who have completed primary care. The men in this program will receive care at the Acadiana Addiction Center, while women will move to Belle of the Oaks. Both programs continue the progress of primary treatment, allowing individuals the opportunity to continue to strengthen their recovery skills, thereby increasing their chances of living a sober life. This program lasts a minimum of three months, consisting of three different phases. Each phase addresses and reinforces specific skills needed for a successful recovery.
Each one of our programs at Acadiana Addiction Center provides a number of therapeutic approaches. Some of the techniques we employ include:
Individual therapy – Individual sessions are held at least once a week, but tend to average 2-3 times per week depending on needs. These sessions are designed to allow patient one-on-one time with a therapist to monitor ongoing progress and address any issues that may not have arisen during group.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy – This type of therapy is commonly used in addiction treatment helping patients to address skill deficits in emotion management, impulse control, and assertiveness. By identifying these issues, patients are able to make appropriate behavioral changes.
Rational-emotive Behavioral therapy – REBT focuses on the negative beliefs that individuals hold and teaches them how to change those beliefs into more positive ones.
Motivation interviewing – Motivational interviewing is a technique that is used to motivate an individual’s desire for change and to help set goals for where they want to be in the future.
Group Therapy – In group therapy, patients are encouraged to interact with one another and to build a healthy community where they can practice the tools necessary to maintain sobriety. In order to develop a cohesive group, each member of the group is asked to write autobiographies about themselves to share with the group so they are able to get to know one another. Group sessions are a combination of education and process-based groups, covering topics such as coping skills, problem-solving, anger management, relapse prevention, and relaxation techniques.
Family therapy – Family therapy is specifically focused on rehabilitation for the individual and help for family members affected by addiction. Family sessions are held on a weekly basis and gets previously repressed issues into the open.
Family workshop – The family workshop is a 3-day workshop held to educate family members, reopen lines of communication, and help to integrate the individual back into the family dynamic. This workshop also provides support for the families.
In addition to therapeutic techniques, we offer a wide variety of experiential programs that may be included in your treatment plan. Some of these programs include:
- Recreational therapy
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Vocational assistance
Continuing Care – What comes next?
When you have successfully reached the end of your residential treatment at Acadiana Addiction Center, our staff will work with to you create an aftercare plan based upon staff recommendations and your personal goals. The continuing care phase of treatment is designed to help you and your family build off treatment progress, and allow for continued recovery. We offer a variety of programs that many of our patients have found beneficial.
Our partial hospitalization with provided lodging is for patients who have chemical dependency problems but no longer need 24-hours of care. Through this program, individuals will receive comprehensive medical, psychological, and psychosocial care. Patients will be involved in group sessions, individual therapy, family therapy, as well as addiction support groups.
The intensive outpatient program is an evening program that provides patients with 10 hours of therapy a week including a combination of educational groups, process groups, individual therapy, and group therapy. Individuals in this program will be assigned an individual counselor with whom they will meet to regularly monitor progress and continue to work through issues identified in treatment.
Finally, outpatient therapy exists for individuals who need help processing various life issues. The staff at our treatment center will help to find the right therapist for you and your family to ensure continued success from prescription medication addiction.