Prescription opioid painkillers have been rising in popularity since the mid-1990s, both on the streets and through legitimate prescriptions. While they are necessary in certain cases, the rampant overprescription of this class of medication has resulted in thousands of people becoming addicted to these powerful narcotic medications. Finding competent treatment for an addiction to prescription opioids can not only reduce the discomfort of withdrawal and detox, it can also provide the best chance of achieving long-term recovery, and rebuilding one’s life.
How We Treat Prescription Opioid Addiction
At The Summit Wellness Group, we take an integrated approach to addiction treatment and recovery that includes medical, psychotherapeutic, and holistic treatment components. We employ trained clinicians, therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, and experts from a variety of other health-centered disciplines in an effort to provide the highest level of care possible. Our team of trained and experienced professionals will utilize the latest medications, psychiatric care, clinical therapies, and holistic wellness practices to aid in our client’s recovery.
These approaches to treatment may be effective when used independently, but when combined they can provide a comprehensive and well-rounded treatment regimen. This approach can help give our clients the best possible chances of overcoming their addiction and rebuilding a happy life free from prescription opioid use.
Customized Treatment Plans
Our treatment programs are tailored to the specific needs and requirements of each individual client. Depending on someone’s history and circumstances, they may require more or less care in a certain area. This treatment customization also takes costs into consideration, as everyone’s financial situation is unique. We will work with our clients to make sure they get the care they need while staying flexible enough to suit their schedules and responsibilities. Some of the factors that we use to determine an ideal treatment plan include:
- The specific painkillers someone used
- The length of time someone used prescription opioids
- The amounts of prescription opioids someone regularly used
- Co-occurring drug use, if any
- Pre-existing physical or mental health conditions
- Current living situation
- Insurance plan, or lack thereof
- A person’s commitment to their recovery
Our Georgia Prescription Opioid Detox Program
The Summit Wellness Group is a treatment center, and we do not offer detox services on-site, however, we currently partner with several professional and competent opioid detox centers in the metro Atlanta area. We can offer referrals to detox centers so that someone can safely complete the withdrawal process with the least risk and discomfort possible.
Depending on someone’s prescription opioid use habits, detox may be necessary if they hope to have the best chance of recovery. In heavy or very long-term opioid users, withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, and possibly even dangerous without medical supervision and care. Having assistance through this oftentimes difficult process can make all the difference in the world.
Prescription Opioid Medication Management
During treatment for a prescription opioid addiction, it is not uncommon for someone to experience lingering withdrawal symptoms or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. These issues, along with cravings for opioids, can be reduced and treated with medications. Reducing this discomfort with medications may give someone a better chance of being more engaged and proactive in their recovery, as they would have less physical and psychological distractions to contend with.
Some of the medications commonly used during prescription opioid addiction treatment include:
- Lofexidine1: Originally used as a blood pressure medication, this is the first non-opioid medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid withdrawal.
- Buprenorphine2: An opioid antagonist, this medication comes in many different formulations including Suboxone and Sublocade. It can reduce cravings as well as some of the other symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
- Naltrexone: Another opioid antagonist, this medication has been used to treat both opioid and alcohol cravings for many years.
- Clonidine: This medication was also originally a blood pressure medication, but has been found effective at treating the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and reducing discomfort.
- Propranolol: Also a blood pressure medication, it also has mild anti-anxiety effects that can be useful as an adjunct treatment for opioid withdrawal.
Opioid cravings are very common symptoms during the early and intermediate stages of treatment and recovery, and they should be expected in some capacity. These medications, as well as some of our treatment therapies, can help reduce the severity of these cravings and minimize the psychological discomfort that they produce.
Therapy At Our Georgia Prescription Opioid Rehab
Aside from medication, therapy can be an extremely powerful tool in helping someone recover from addiction. Examining the causes and conditions that led to their opioid use, or that amplified and accelerated their opioid use, can give perspective and encourage healing. There is also a wide range of tools that can help someone be happier and less stressed moving forward with their recovery and life.
Some of the integrative talk therapies that we use during our prescription opioid treatment program include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
- Trauma-Informed Care
CBT is an extremely effective therapeutic technique that is used to treat a variety of mental health issues and it has also proven very useful in helping people recover from opioid addiction. The main objective of CBT is to examine the interplay between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and to illuminate the ways that these may affect each other. Gaining a better understanding of one’s own mind is useful in identifying patterns and working to change them. CBT often helps someone define areas where they could improve, and what form this improvement may be able to take.
Motivational interviewing and group therapy can be very useful in helping someone consolidate their desire for recovery, and to find support, connection, and community in others who are likewise trying to recover. Motivational interviewing is useful in helping someone to verbalize and crystallize their desire for recovery, while group therapy provides a venue for making connections with others who have a similar desire. Knowing that someone is not alone in recovery from the darkness of addiction can be a powerful motivator and energizer with regard to someone’s recovery.
Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools that can be used to reduce stress and anxiety. Practicing these slow thought techniques can allow someone to quiet their mind and reduce the psychological hyperactivity that is so common during and after opioid withdrawal.
Trauma-informed care is a general attitude and theme that permeates all of our treatment programs here at The Summit Wellness Group. There is a very high occurrence of traumatic life experiences that go hand-in-hand with addiction. We approach every individual with this in mind and aim to provide a safe, nurturing, and peaceful space and community within which the healing process may begin.
Psychiatric Prescription Opioid Treatment
Mental illness and addiction share many contributing factors and if someone has an issue with addiction, they are more likely to have a co-occurring mental health issue. Finding effective treatment for both an addiction and mental health issue is crucial if someone is to have the best possible chance of recovery. Multiple studies show that even with treating one or the other, but not both simultaneously, someone’s long-term treatment outcomes decline and worsen. We provide comprehensive psychiatric care for all of our clients so that they can find relief from their struggles and put all of their energy into rebuilding their life. 3, 4
Some of the most common co-occurring mental health issues alongside opioid use disorder include 5:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
These issues can be extremely stressful on their own, and when they occur alongside a prescription opioid addiction they can present severe obstacles to recovery. Compassion and competent care are needed to provide effective treatment and give our clients the best chance of restoring their lives. Some conditions may require the use of medication to reduce the disruptive symptoms, and we have professional psychiatrists on staff to advise, prescribe, and adjust medications as needed.
Some of the common medication classes that may be used to treat these conditions include:
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Mood Stabilizers
- Certain Anticonvulsants 6
Holistic Georgia Prescription Opioid Rehab Services
Medications, therapy, and psychiatric care are absolutely critical to an effective treatment program, but there are also other approaches that may provide additional benefits. Our holistic treatment components are complementary therapies that are most effective when combined with the modern medical aspects of treatment.
Some of the holistic therapies that we use include:
- Guided Meditation
- Art Therapy
- Adventure Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Nutritional Classes
All of these practices are aimed at encouraging the natural healing processes of the body and speeding up the recovery process. The mental therapies we use such as meditation, art therapy, and even yoga can help reduce anxiety and stress, allowing someone to go about other aspects of their treatment with clear intent and earnestness. The more physical components such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, and adventure therapy are geared towards restoring healthy neurotransmitter and metabolic function. This can also encourage deeper, more restful sleep and provide widespread benefits in many other areas of someone’s treatment and recovery.
Our Aftercare Program
The road to recovery does not end at the completion of our treatment program. We make a commitment to each and every client to walk this journey with them, and we have a long-term aftercare program that provides support, accountability, and additional care even after the main course of treatment has been completed.
In addition, we maintain close bonds with Atlanta-area recovery fellowships of all kinds. We will use these bonds to help our clients integrate into the local recovery community of their choice. Finding others who shared similar struggles and have overcome them can be extremely helpful in moving forward with life after treatment.
- FDA AccessData: Lucemyra (lofexidine) Tablets
- FDA AccessData: Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film
- Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Treatment Effect and Recovery – Dilemmas in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Psychiatric Services: Impact of Program Services on Treatment Outcomes of Patients with Comorbid Mental and Substance Use Disorders
- The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: Psychiatric Disorders Among Patients Seeking Treatment for Co-occurring Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
- Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: The Effectiveness of Anticonvulsants in Psychiatric Disorders