Demerol, the brand name for a drug called meperidine, is the first opiate narcotic synthesized as a potential anti-spasmodic, but quickly the analgesic properties of the drug became apparent. Demerol is now used by physicians to treat pain-related conditions such as childbirth, myocardial infarctions, non-remitting cancer pain, and other pain-related conditions. Meperidine is used in the body by altering our perception of pain in the central nervous system and the brain and, due to its potency, is rarely used outside of the hospital. Most individuals who take Demerol for pain management do so under the direct supervision of a physician and suffer very few side effects. However, a growing number of individuals have begun to abuse Demerol for a nonmedical purpose.
If Demerol, known on the street as “Dust,” “Juice,” or “Smack,” is used recreationally to achieve feelings of intense pleasure, it can destroy the lives of the abuser. Demerol is available in oral formation, tablets, or via injection. Injecting Demerol produces the greatest high and can lead to the most serious complications. IV drug use carries with it a number of risk factors, including unclean needles, bloodborne pathogens, and infections at the injection site. As an opiate narcotic, the body can become quickly dependent upon Demerol, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same euphoric effects. With physical tolerance comes withdrawal symptoms that can be unpleasant enough that the user may return to Demerol abuse rather than continuing down the path of recovery.
Many individuals who use Demerol recreationally combine this potent narcotic with other substances in order to achieve an even better high or rush. Some opt to combine Demerol with other downers such as benzodiazepines like Xanax or alcohol. This can lead to severe problems, including overdose and death, as all downers can cause respiratory depression. Others opt to use Demerol as a means to control the unpleasant side effects of stimulant abuse, which can lead to cardiovascular collapse, stroke, heart attack, and death.
While addiction to Demerol may feel like a life sentence, help is simply a phone call away. At Acadiana Addiction Center, we’re ready to help you begin rehab and live a life of sobriety.
Why You Should Consider Acadiana Addiction Center for Demerol Addiction
At Acadiana Addiction Center, we have met and helped many individuals recover from addiction to narcotics such as meperidine. From the moment you come to us, you’ll know that our approach is like no other. We spend a great deal of time with you, learning what makes you special and how we can best help you recover.
Demerol addiction can lead to devastation in your personal life, leaving nothing untouched. You may find that your friends and loved ones have abandoned you. You may have been fired from your job and lost all financial security. You may realize that what started out as a pleasurable time has become a monkey on your back. We’re here to help you pick up the pieces and put them back together in our top-of-the-line rehab program.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Acadiana Addiction Center, we know that you hold within you the keys to unlock your sobriety. We strive to teach you the tools you’ll need to successfully overcome your addiction to Demerol. We’ll spend a great deal of time incorporating you into our family, working with your unique strengths and helping you to identify areas that we can help you work on.
At Acadiana, we see you as more than your addiction. We know that you’re a mother, father, child, daughter, aunt, uncle, and friend, and we’re ready to help put all those pieces back into your life. You’ll work alongside us every step of the way as we create a treatment plan for your stay with us. We’ll set goals, help you meet them, and teach you the skills necessary to get – and stay – sober.
Treatment for Demerol Addiction at Acadiana
When you arrive at Acadiana, you will undergo a complete assessment to identify your treatment needs and determine which one of our programs is best suited for you. Our staff will work closely with you to establish a rehab plan based on your personal goals and techniques that will allow you to be successful in recovery. Our addiction treatment program is centered around the 12-step abstinence recovery model and has helped many individuals overcome their Demerol addictions.
For individuals that come to Acadiana physically dependent on Demerol, the first step in recovery will be to remove all drugs from the body. Through our 24 hour medically-monitored detoxification process, clients will be gradually tapered off of all drugs as safely and quickly as possible.
Our residential treatment program is offered to patients who either do not need detox or have successfully completed the detoxification program. Individuals in this treatment program will be monitored for safety 24-hours a day. This rehab program focuses on building an initial foundation for recovery. Staff will work to help you become emotionally stabilized, educated about addiction, and teach you the skills needed to be an active member of your recovery.
We offer extended care residential programs for both male and female patients, which are available to anyone who has already completed primary rehab care. These programs begin where your initial treatment has left off, ensuring effective continuity of care. Lasting a minimum of three months, and occurring in three different phases, you will learn recovery tools, relapse prevention, and coping skills.
Each of our programs at Acadiana are made up of a number of treatment techniques. Specific types of therapy we use include:
Individual Therapy – Each client in our program receives at least one individual therapy session per week, however, typically one-on-one sessions are held 2-3 times per week. This allows you time to focus on your problems and track progress made in our program.
Group Therapy – We offer a combination of process-based and educational groups to learn more about addiction and related topics. During group sessions individuals will get to connect with others struggling with similar challenges. We ask that each member of the group write an autobiography and share it with the rest of the group in an effort to bond with one another.
Family Therapy – We offer family sessions to allow family members to better understand your addiction, treatments, and recovery plans. We’ll hold family sessions so that family members are openly able to discuss ways in which your addiction has affected their lives. Additionally, we hold a 3-day family workshop for your family and loved ones to learn more about addiction and process their own emotions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT helps you identify and alter maladaptive thought processes. This way, you can learn to respond to triggering situations in different ways.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy –REBT works to alter irrational thought patterns while balancing acceptance of past situations and learning to tolerate strong emotions.
Motivational Interviewing – Through interviewing, this therapeutic method emphasizes building trust and rapport with the counselor. The focus is placed on stimulating a desire for change and accomplishing set goals.
In addition to regular therapy we offer several non-traditional approaches to help you continue to make progress in your recovery. These options include:
- Nutritional counseling
- A.A. and N.A.
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Recreational programs
- Spiritual counseling
- Vocational planning
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Acadiana we are committed to helping each client work through treatment and successful recovery, so we are committed to establishing an aftercare plan to ensure that you continue to meet your therapeutic goals. You will closely work with your treatment team to determine the most appropriate aftercare option for your continued recovery.
If you feel you feel you are not quite ready to return home, we offer several step-down services. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides daily services using individual, group, and family therapy. We also encourage individuals to participate in a self-help groups. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a less rigorous outpatient alternative that meets in the evenings for a minimum of 10 hours throughout the week. Our IOP allows you to participate in a variety of process-based, skills, and psycho-educational groups, along with family and individual therapy. If you are transitioning back into your community, we will work with local providers to locate an appropriate therapist and connect you with available community resources.