Most people go to the physician and are prescribed medication based upon symptoms and take the pills for the required length and duration as intended. There are a subset of individuals, however, who become addicted to the psychoactive elements of certain types of medications – notably prescription painkillers, stimulants, and central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines. If you find yourself struggling with a prescription drug addiction, you may feel helpless in your addiction, afraid of living life without the pills and unsure how you’re going to beat your prescription drug abuse. It’s time to call North Tampa Behavioral Health to finally kick the habit and begin your voyage of self-discovery.
How to Help A Loved One Enter Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
If you’re stuck on the sidelines, watching your loved one spiral downward into a sea of addiction, you may feel helpless and angry, as though you’re unable to help. You may know that they need an inpatient addiction treatment center and not have any idea how to approach the topic. You’re not alone. Addiction is a family disease and impacts each person who loves the addict. As the leading provider of prescription drug abuse rehab in Tampa, the staff at our treatment center understands how to meet each individual in need of care exactly where they are.
Before you begin the process of trying to guide your loved one into rehab, you must make certain that you are taking care of yourself first. You cannot help another person if your own needs are not being met. Find a therapist who specializes in addiction or join Nar-Anon, a free, peer-run support group that helps families of addicts.
Research as much as you can about prescription drug addiction so that you understand the facts. This will allow you to become their advocate and fight for their rights as a patient and a human being. It will also allow you the opportunity to learn more about their disease and the ways that other people have coped with it.
Sit down and have a talk with your loved one about their prescription drug addiction. Avoid accusatory “you” statements and focus on using “I” statements. Be certain you’re actively engaged in the conversation and are listening non-judgmentally as your loved one talks. Addiction can be a shameful disease; make certain your loved one knows that you support him or her no matter what.
Make an appointment at a treatment center in Tampa that specializes in addiction and discuss your options for rehab with an intake counselor. See if you can arrange a tour of the center for you and your loved one to reduce some of the fears associated with entering a drug rehab.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse?
You may feel terrified, a slave to your addiction, fearful of the consequences of quitting and the consequences of remaining an addict. You may not know how to begin to seek treatment and you may feel shame that you’ve become an addict. You may find your personal relationships are suffering, you can’t hold down a job, you’re engaging in illegal behaviors in order to supplement your drug habit. Your life may revolve around abusing prescription drugs. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Research has shown that an inpatient addiction center that combines detox, therapies, and medication management is one of the most effective ways for people to begin their recovery from addiction. Through scientifically-validated and empirically supported therapeutic techniques and individual rehab plans that address all of the needs of a person struggling with substance abuse. By removing yourself from the stresses of the outside environment, you’ll have the time to focus upon the one thing that truly matters – recovery.
Rehab Philosophy and Benefits
At North Tampa Behavioral Health, we’re committed to helping you face your addiction and beating it – once and for all. Our eclectic approach to addiction treatment stems from the belief that the best way to handle addiction is through a variety of therapeutic techniques that are designed and tweaked according to an individual’s needs. At North Tampa, you won’t find a one-size-fits-all approach to rehab. Our staff at our treatment center takes the time to get to know the real you, and we base our treatment approaches upon what you need from us. At North Tampa, our sole mission is to provide you with the dignity and respect you deserve while providing top-of-the-line addiction care.
Treatment Approaches for Prescription Drug Abuse at North Tampa Behavioral Health
When you come to us for help, you’ll first undergo a series of evaluations given by our treatment team. Our medical evaluation will allow us to determine the extent to which your body has become reliant upon prescription drugs and to determine if you are suffering from any medical consequences of your drug abuse. Our psychiatric evaluation will let us determine if you are struggling with co-occurring disorders and determine how psychologically dependent you are upon prescription medication. We will use the results of these examinations to develop a treatment plan alongside you.
If you are physically dependent upon prescription drugs, your first step in our program may be our detox unit. There we will safely and effectively rid your body of any drugs while providing around-the-clock care. Medication may be used during detox to help manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and treat any co-occurring disorders. You may only require medication as part of a short-term treatment plan or may use medication in the long-term as a way of managing co-occurring mental disorders.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic method we employ at our treatment center to allow you to determine the ways in which your negative thoughts can affect the ways in which you act.
Group therapy is a highly important method of prescription drug addiction treatment we use at North Tampa as it allows you the chance to work with others struggling with similar problems so that you can each grow, learn, and heal. We offer process groups that will allow you the chance to work through your emotions surrounding addiction in a safe, supportive environment. Psycho-educational groups are designed to present information about a variety of topics related to addiction, recovery, coping skills, and relapse prevention.
Family involvement is very important to the rehab process for prescription drug addiction. We will provide your loved ones with the chance to discuss their emotions surrounding your addiction, teach them more about addiction, and discuss coping strategies. We’ll also provide your loved ones with connections to available community resources in Tampa and elsewhere that will further their healing.
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
When you first come to us and undergo the intake evaluations, you’ll work closely with our intake staff to determine which of our programs would be the best fit for your needs. We offer traditional outpatient counseling for those who may need a step up from community support. North Tampa also offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for those who may need a step up from outpatient therapy or a step down from inpatient addiction treatment.
As the time for discharge approaches, you’ll work closely with your treatment team to develop an aftercare plan that meets all of your continuing recovery needs. If you feel you’d still benefit from a structured environment, a residential program may be your next step. Other people may step down into our IOP or PHP programs which provide similar programs as our inpatient program while allowing you the opportunity to spend your evenings at home. You may feel you’ve made enough progress at our inpatient addiction center that you are ready to discharge to home with referrals to outpatient therapy.