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Understanding Painkiller Abuse

Understanding Painkiller Abuse Recovery

Prescription painkillers are strong and readily available, meaning that both abuse of and addiction to these medications has unfortunately become common. While these medications can be effective and safe when taken as prescribed, prescription painkillers can cause significant damage to an individual’s wellbeing when they are misused. Trying to put an end to a prescription painkiller dependency often requires the help of professionals. One of the most common types of prescription painkiller treatments is medication assisted treatment, where both medication and therapy are combined into a treatment plan to help address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers have helped countless individuals get help for their dependence on prescription painkillers. At our treatment centers, patients can obtain medication that will enable them to stop their painkiller abuse without going through painful withdrawal symptoms or experiencing tempting drug cravings. While treating the physical aspects of their addictions, patients can also engage in individual and group therapy that will help provide them with some clarity regarding the hidden issues that may have led to or resulted in response to the painkiller addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered

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

The treatment supplied at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers involves outpatient care that is individualized to meet the needs of each patient. Adults ages 18 and above are invited to engage in our program, where they will work alongside nurses, doctors, and counselors who can create treatment plans that include some of the medications and therapies below:

Methadone: Methadone is utilized in medication assisted treatment programs more frequently than any other medication. Classified as an opioid agonist, methadone stimulates the receptors in the brain that are normally activated when a prescription painkiller is being abused. When methadone interacts with these receptors, patients are unable to get high. As a result, patients maintain the mental clarity that is needed to continue in their recovery process. Additionally, they are not being held back by the physical side effects that can result from the cessation of prescription painkiller abuse. For decades, methadone has been utilized in opioid addiction treatment programs, as it is one of the most effective and safe medications available when taken as prescribed.

Suboxone: First obtaining approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone has been used in many opioid addiction treatment centers. Suboxone is comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. Similar to methadone, the buprenorphine in Suboxone works to curb cravings and decrease withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone is effective in preventing abuse and overdose.

Subutex: Similar to Suboxone, Subutex keeps both drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms at bay because of the presence of buprenorphine. Subutex does not contain naloxone, which means that patients who take this medication must report to the center on a daily basis to obtain their medication. In some cases, many patients begin treatment with Subutex and then switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is the only medication used within these types of treatment programs that is injected. All other medications (like methadone, Subutex, and Suboxone) are consumed orally. Since Vivitrol has extended-release properties, it only needs to be administered once a month. The primary ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride.

Individual and group therapy: Since painkiller addiction includes psychological, behavioral, and physical concerns, medication assisted treatment must help patients sort through these issues. As medication works to treat the physical aspects of painkiller addiction and keeps patients functioning without being high, they can utilize their time to work one-on-one with a counselor in individual therapy sessions to process their issues and how they relate to their painkiller abuse. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individual therapy is viewed as an essential element to recovery.

Group therapy works hand-in-hand with individual therapy, as it allows patients to focus on themselves in a group setting where there are other patients present who have shared similar experiences. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy sessions are counselor-led and help patients work through interpersonal issues that are related to their drug abuse. Additionally, our counselors offer a safe and productive forum for patients to talk through touchy subjects, receive encouragement from one another, and provide support for those who need it.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Painkiller Abuse

A prescription painkiller abuse problem should not be taken lightly, as this type of issue can not only be dangerous, but also deadly. As painkiller abuse has become more common throughout the country, so have emergency rooms visits and deaths linked to the abuse of these substances.

Prescription painkiller abuse can lead to respiratory problems, organ damage, organ failure, seizures, brain damage, depression, paranoia, and many other physical and psychological issues. Sadly, one of the many downfalls of addiction is that if an individual is addicted to his or her substance of choice, he or she can feel powerless over it and will continue to use even if he or she has experienced negative consequences as a direct result of that use. Without the help of professionals, many individuals who abuse prescription painkillers will continue to do so even after they see damaging effects occurring in their relationships, employment, health, legal status, and finances.

Luckily, there is professional help available that can assist individuals in turning their lives around for the better. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, talented and devoted treatment professionals are prepared to help you or someone you care for push past the restrictions of prescription painkiller abuse to begin living a happy and healthy life.