Medication Assisted Treatment for Demerol Addiction

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Understanding Demerol Abuse

Understanding Demerol Abuse Recovery

The opioid-based pain medication Demerol is generally used on a short-term basis to treat moderate to severe pain. Since Demerol is a narcotic, it does have the ability to be extremely addictive. Known generically as meperidine, Demerol should only be taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a medical professional since it has the potential for abuse. When consumed in doses that are higher than prescribed, or when taken more often than recommended, an individual can experience an extreme sense of euphoria. This effect and others are often what cause individuals to continue to abuse Demerol, which can lead to tolerance, addiction, and/or dependence. Once a Demerol addiction has developed, it can be nearly impossible to overcome on one’s own.

An addiction to a substance like Demerol can greatly affect an individual’s life, however, there is treatment available that can allow these individuals to put their dangerous addictions behind them. One form of care is medication assisted treatment, which can help those who are grappling with a Demerol addiction finally start on the road to recovery.

Medication assisted treatment includes the utilization of certain medications that are effective and safe in providing relief from the nagging cravings and extreme withdrawal symptoms that are associated with long-term Demerol abuse. When taking a medication offered in a medication assisted treatment program, a person who is addicted to Demerol can achieve the clarity of mind needed to effectively work towards a successful recovery.

At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our experienced and knowledgeable staff of medical and mental health professionals is able to execute and monitor this form of treatment so that women and men who are battling addictions to an opioid such as Demerol can reclaim their lives. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you develop a lifestyle that is happy, healthy, and free from the chains of addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Demerol Abuse Recovery at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a network of outpatient care providers that supply medication assisted treatment for individuals aged 18 and older who have found themselves trapped within the grips of Demerol addiction. Our incredibly talented staff of doctors, counselors, and nurses is devoted to establishing individualized treatment plans for each patient so that his or her treatment needs are fully met. The medications and therapeutic interventions that we provide at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers include the following:

Methadone: Extensive research shows that the use of methadone to treat an opioid addiction is both safe and effective. This medication works by stimulating the receptors in the brain that would otherwise be triggered by the use of Demerol or other opioids. However, the use of methadone (unlike Demerol) will not cause an individual to experience a high. As a result, those consuming this medication can continue daily tasks, such as going to work, driving a car, and more, all without being held back by an uncoordinated high or the pain of withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a medication that lessens cravings and withdrawal symptoms for an individual who has stopped his or her opioid abuse. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone is the brand name of the blend of two different substances, naloxone and buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is effective in preventing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone works to ward off opioid abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex contains buprenorphine as its active ingredient. Subutex stops the onset of withdrawal symptoms and tempting cravings but does so without causing the individual to become high. Many patients begin their treatment on Subutex and than make the switch over to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is administered once a month via injection. The active ingredient in Vivitrol is naloxone hydrochloride, which is a substance that helps prevent individuals from having withdrawal symptoms or cravings that would otherwise cause pain and discomfort once the use of Demerol has ceased.

Individual therapy: At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that in order for medication assisted treatment to yield long-term success for our patients, therapeutic interventions must be received at the same time. As medication helps to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings, individual therapy can be critical when it comes to taking care of the behavioral, emotional, and psychological issues that contributed to the development of a Demerol addiction in the first place. Individual therapy allows patients to work in a one-on-one setting with a counselor to process their progress, as well as discuss any issues or concerns that may develop during the course of treatment.

Group therapy: Serving as a complement to individual therapy, Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer group therapy sessions that are supervised by experienced professionals. By engaging in group therapy with other individuals who are also grappling with a Demerol or other opioid addiction, patients can obtain and share personal insights, support, and encouragement to and from others in the group. Counselors lead each therapy session, and patients will benefit from their expertise as they provide structure, information, and empathy in a productive and safe environment.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Demerol Abuse

Abusing Demerol (or any other opioid) can cause an individual to suffer from serious consequences as a result of his or her substance abuse. From a physical standpoint, Demerol abuse can cause individuals to suffer slowed heartbeat, labored breathing, weakness, dizziness, uncontrollable muscle movement, severe fatigue/drowsiness, and seizures. When it comes to an individual’s mental wellbeing, abusing Demerol can cause feelings of irritability, agitation, and confusion. Those who are abusing Demerol can also have changes in mood and begin suffering from symptoms related to depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns.

Additionally, when a person is addicted to Demerol, he or she may begin to place the use of this medication as a priority over things that were once important. As a result, these individuals can experience family discord, social isolation, problems with employment, and resulting financial strife.

While defeating an addiction to Demerol can seem difficult, there are ways to overcome it. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our talented and devoted staff members are prepared to help guide you towards changing your life in ways that allow you to confront your addiction, stop the compulsive need to abuse Demerol, and build a happy, healthy, and recovered life.