Prescription drug use disorders encompass a wide range of substances of abuse. Prescription drugs can include stimulants, opioid painkillers, benzodiazepines, and sedatives, among others. While they can help many people live fuller and healthier lives, these medications also can be abused for recreational purposes. When abused, prescription drugs can have many of the same effects as their illicit cousins, such as producing feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Prescription drugs can also have disastrous effects on the lives of those who abuse them. Fortunately, however, effective rehab is available that can help people find freedom from prescription drug use disorders.
At the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we understand how difficult it can be to overcome a prescription drug use disorder and how much more difficult it can be to do so while also wrestling with a co-occurring mental health disorder. However, there is help available. Our network of substance abuse treatment centers provides individualized care designed to give each individual the best possible chance of breaking free from addiction and stepping into a full and satisfying life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with a prescription drug use disorder can be upsetting, frustrating, and deeply distressing, and it may cause you to feel powerless to help your loved one in his or her struggle. While walking alongside a loved one who is struggling with a prescription drug use disorder can be exhausting, there are always steps you can take to help him or her, such as:
- Investigate your loved one’s drug(s) of choice and learn as much as you can about the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose for that drug. It may also be wise to talk with your loved one and make a safety plan for how to respond if he or she overdoses. Also consider speaking with treatment professionals at surrounding addiction treatment centers about other ways to help your loved one.
- Research treatment programs and consider which rehab centers may be a good fit for your loved one. Consider each center’s treatment approach, and contact the staff at each treatment center and discuss their rehab options.
- Work to maintain open communication with your loved one. As difficult as it may be, try your best to remain nonjudgmental with your loved one as you discuss your concerns with him or her. While it may be beneficial to mention treatment as an option, keep in mind that your loved one’s journey towards healing may occur at a different pace than you might hope, so it is important to be patient with him or her.
- If your loved one decides to enter into a treatment center, help him or her with logistical issues. Offer to make appointments with treatment center staff and accompany your loved one to those appointments. When he or she is in rehab, continue to support your loved one and make yourself available to receive regular updates from treatment center staff.
- Make sure to also take care of yourself. Helping someone with a prescription drug use disorder can be exhausting, so it is important to regularly engage in activities that rejuvenate you. Spend time on your own hobbies and seek out your friends and family. You might also consider joining a support group for people with loved ones who are struggling with prescription drug abuse.
Why Consider Treatment at the White Deer Run Treatment Network, in Pennsylvania
If left untreated, prescription drug use disorders can cause widespread devastation in a person’s life. When used recreationally, prescription drugs can cause disruption in one’s work performance resulting in possible job loss and subsequent financial difficulty. Prescription drug abuse can also interfere with one’s relationships and cause immense strain, sometimes resulting in divorce, loss of child custody, and social isolation. Organ damage, cognitive impairment, and sometimes even death as a result of overdose or suicide are also possible. Fortunately, however, with comprehensive and compassionate care at a specialized treatment center, it is possible to overcome a prescription drug use disorder and recover a life free from the grip of addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered at the White Deer Run Treatment Network
The White Deer Run Treatment Network is composed of 16 treatment centers throughout the state of Pennsylvania that provide comprehensive care for people who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. We offer a full spectrum of care that includes medically-monitored detoxification, residential rehabilitation, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, traditional outpatient programs, and halfway houses. These programs are staffed by teams of dedicated and compassionate professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), counselors, therapists, technicians, and other specialists.
Each of our programs specializes in providing a certain set of services that may include those described below. The White Deer Run Treatment Network as a whole provides a number of interventions that may be included in a person’s individualized treatment plan depending upon each participant’s needs. These interventions may include the following:
Detoxification: Often the first step in a substance abuse rehab plan, detoxification is the process of ridding one’s body of substances of abuse. Medically-monitored detox at the rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network help the men and women of Pennsylvania withdraw safely from prescription drugs under the supervision of an experienced medical team who can monitor each participant’s progress and administer medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Many of our programs also support participants with counseling sessions during detox on an as-needed basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is a key treatment method used at the rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network. During individual therapy, participants meet one-on-one with their primary counselor or therapist and discuss issues that have emerged during treatment. Individual therapy allows participants to engage in more in-depth processing than is often possible during interventions like group therapy. It also gives participants a chance to bring up issues that may not be appropriate for a group setting.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are an essential feature of rehab at the White Deer Run Treatment Network. Ranging from process groups to topic-focused groups, this intervention gives participants a chance to support and be supported by each other, to share common experiences, and to practice new skills in a safe environment. Group sessions may be led by clinical technicians, counselors, and therapists and cover a wide range of material based on group members’ needs.
Family therapy: Families can often be a powerful ally in a participant’s recovery process, but we also recognize that each person’s family and family relationships are unique. As such, our rehab centers provide family therapy sessions to our participants based on individual need and each participant’s wishes. Family therapy, which is led by a trained counselor or therapist, provides an opportunity for families to come together to discuss unhealthy relationship dynamics, codependence, and other issues that may be preventing family members from supporting each other. In addition, family therapy allows family members to process the effects of prescription drug abuse and how it has impacted the family as a whole.
At the addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, we understand that lasting recovery is a long-term process, and we provide comprehensive continuing care options to give each person who comes to us the best possible chance for success. Our staff members work closely with each treatment participant to create a discharge plan that will maximize his or her ability to continue to build upon the progress he or she made during treatment. We understand that overcoming a prescription drug use disorder, especially if it is present alongside a co-occurring mental health disorder, can be an immense challenge. However, with the help of the White Deer Run Treatment Network family, it is possible for the men and women of Pennsylvania to overcome the cycle of addiction, learn to manage the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder, and take the first steps towards a brighter, substance-free life.