Prescription opioid painkillers have become increasingly popular since the mid-1990s, both on the streets and through legitimate prescriptions. While they can be necessary for certain people, the rampant overprescription of this class of medication has resulted in thousands of people becoming addicted. Treatment programs at The Summit Wellness Group not only reduce the discomfort of withdrawal and detox, but they can also provide the best chance of achieving long-term recovery and rebuilding one’s life.
Our Approach to Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment
Painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin are commonly prescribed to people experiencing significant pain due to injury or surgery, however because of their accessibility, they can easily become misused. This misuse can lead to an addiction as the body and brain become dependent on the drug. At The Summit Wellness Group, we take an integrated approach to prescription opioid addiction treatment and recovery that involves a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and holistic treatments.
These approaches to treatment, along with the expertise and support of our clinical staff, form an effective combination of tactics that provide our clients with the most comprehensive and well-rounded treatment plan for their specific situation. This gives our clients the best possible chances of overcoming their addiction and rebuilding a happy life free from pain and prescription opioid use.
Our treatment programs are highly customizable so that each client can receive the highest-quality care for their particular circumstances. That being said, some of the aspects of our treatment programs include:
Step #1 – Safe and Effective Detox
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 difficult process can make all the difference in the world, especially when alleviating withdrawal symptoms like:
- Anxiety or Agitation
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Muscle Aches
- Abdominal Cramping
Step #2 – Medication Management for Cravings
During treatment for a prescription opioid addiction, it is not uncommon for someone to experience lingering withdrawal symptoms or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. These are often coupled with cravings for opioids and can be reduced and treated with medications to give someone a better chance of being more engaged and proactive in their recovery. Some medications commonly prescribed during opioid addiction treatment include:
- Lofexidine: The first non-opioid medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid withdrawal, this medication can reduce the discomfort of withdrawal as well as reduce cravings for opioids.
- Buprenorphine: An opioid antagonist that can reduce cravings as well as some of the other symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
- Naltrexone: Another opioid antagonist that has been used for many years to treat both opioid and alcohol cravings.
- Clonidine: Effectively treats symptoms of opioid withdrawal and reduces discomfort.
- Propranolol: Mild anti-anxiety effects that can be useful as an adjunct treatment for opioid withdrawal.
Step #3 – Individualized Treatment Plan
Depending on the individual needs of our clients, we may employ a combination of therapy, psychiatric medication, and holistic techniques to tackle all sides of addiction. Integrative talk therapies are extremely powerful in helping someone recover from addiction while medications (such as antidepressants) can target possible co-occurring mental health conditions that may have caused or worsened the addiction. We have also found that using holistic therapies alongside traditional techniques enforces positive habits and coping mechanisms for long-term sobriety. Each of our holistic therapies encourages the natural healing process of the body and speeds up the recovery process.
Why Choose Our Opioid Pain Pill Rehab Program?
There are many different reasons to undergo the opioid pain pill rehab program at The Summit Wellness Group. Just a few of the reasons include:
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Here at The Summit Wellness Group, we understand how frustrating, scary, and isolating addiction can be, and we also understand how difficult asking for help can be. We keep this in mind throughout the treatment process, ensuring that both of our locations promote support, wellness, and relaxation. We want to make this process as healthy and comfortable as possible, and we know that environment plays a huge role in the recovery process.
Understanding the pain that our clients feel when they come to us is one thing, but being able to show our respect and care for them is what sets us apart. Our diverse team takes your recovery journey seriously, and we do everything in our power to make the process painless and comfortable.
FAQ Opioid Pain Pill Addiction Treatment
Opioid painkiller addiction can be a confusing and difficult experience, both for the person with the addiction and their friends and family. Some things that may provide guidance and help during this process include some frequently asked questions and helpful tips:
Reasons to Enter Treatment ASAP
When used outside of the prescribed treatment, opioid painkillers can be extremely addictive and may lead to other drug use (such as heroin) as tolerance for opioids increases. You might not even know that you have a problem because you were prescribed that drug, however, if painkillers have interfered with your life in any way, it is time to get help before the development of long-term health consequences takes your life away.
When Is It Time to Get Help For My Loved One?
If you’ve noticed that your loved one has increased their use of opioid painkillers, or if they have prolonged their use by getting multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors, it is time to talk to them about finding help through a rehab treatment center. They may not even know that they’re addicted, but once the prescription runs out and they are no longer able to get painkillers, they may turn to heroin. Getting help for this addiction as soon as possible is critical and could save their life.
Warning About Opioid Overdose
As tolerance for painkillers increases, so too does the amount that a person takes, and this could lead to an overdose and possible death. It is important to seek medical attention at the first sign of an overdose. Signs to look out for include:
- Pale or Clammy Face
- Limp Body
- Purple/Blue Lips and Fingernails
- Vomiting or Gurgling Noises
- Unconscious and Can’t Wake Up or Speak
- Slowed Breathing or Heartbeat