Our Demerol abuse treatment plans are tailored to meet your specific needs so that you're able to realize a full rewarding life, free from chemical dependency. Serving Pennsylvania, White Deer Run Treatment Network is the leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults.
Learn More About Demerol Abuse Recovery at White Deer Run Treatment Network
Demerol is a prescription medication that contains the synthetic opioid meperidine. It is most commonly used in medical situations to treat individuals who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Depending upon the needs of the patient, Demerol may be administered orally via a tablet, syrup, or injection. As is the case with other painkillers within the opioid family, such as morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl, Demerol has powerful effects and is highly addictive.
Because Demerol is not as common as OxyContin, morphine, and certain other prescription painkillers, the drug is not abused as often as these other substances are. However, this does not lessen the seriousness of Demerol abuse, nor does it negate the potential negative outcomes that can result from Demerol abuse. While producing the relaxed euphoria that prescription drug abusers desire, Demerol can also suppress heartbeat, impair respiration, and induce dependence. In the absence of effective professional treatment services, Demerol dependence can be extremely difficult to overcome.
At White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we recognize how difficult it can be to endure the compulsion to abuse Demerol and other opioids, and we have developed specialized programming to help individuals who have become trapped in the downward spiral of Demerol dependence. From detox through residential, outpatient, and halfway house levels of care, the White Deer Run Treatment Network provides a variety of rehab options to meet the specific needs of individuals who have been struggling with Demerol abuse and addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment for Demerol Abuse
Discovering that a loved one has become dependent upon Demerol can be a disconcerting experience. Because Demerol is not as widely known as other commonly abused prescription opioids, your concern about your loved one’s health may be exacerbated by your lack of knowledge about this dangerous drug. While your loved one is clearly in danger, the situation is far from hopeless. Please consider the following:
- Take the time to learn about addiction, opioids, and Demerol. This will help you to understand in both general and specific terms what your loved one is experiencing, empowering you to provide meaningful support and actionable solutions.
- Research addiction rehab centers, including the types and levels of care that appear to be best suited to meeting your loved one’s unique needs. Identify programs that provide this kind of care, and arrange to speak with representatives of the most promising programs.
- Express your concerns to your loved one, share your research, and discuss your desire to accompany him or her to tour any of the rehab centers that can help him or her escape the clutches of Demerol addiction.
- Remember that your loved one is in crisis and is having a reaction similar to what you felt when you discovered his or her problem. He or she may be afraid, confused, angry, and otherwise experiencing internal chaos. Do for him or her what you did for yourself: Educate, inform, remove the mystery, and enhance understanding.
Remember that the road to recovery can be a long one, but do not give up on your loved one. Be an active, vocal, and encouraging presence before, during, and after your loved one enters rehab.
Why Consider Rehab at the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania
Untreated chronic abuse of Demerol and other prescription opioids can expose individuals to myriad risks and dangers. The detrimental physical and psychological effects of Demerol abuse are well documented, but what many people do not realize is that the impact of Demerol abuse and addiction is not limited to an individual’s body and mind. People who have become dependent upon Demerol will be incapable of continuing to perform to expectation at work or in school. Academic failure, job loss, and unemployment are likely outcomes. Demerol abuse can rob a person of his or her ability to participate in healthy interpersonal relationships, which can lead to family discord, destroyed friendships, and social isolation. The possession and use of Demerol when not prescribed or used as directed by a qualified healthcare provider is a crime in Pennsylvania, thus putting individuals in danger of experiencing legal problems, including arrest and incarceration. Depression, decreased self-esteem, loss of hope, and similar disorders and emotions are far from uncommon among individuals whose lives have been destroyed by Demerol abuse. It is difficult to overstate the degree to which this form of substance abuse can impact an individual’s life and the lives of those who care about him or her. Yet with effective treatment from a reputable addiction rehab center, the pain can end and healing can begin.
Types of Treatment Offered for Demerol Abuse at the White Deer Run Treatment Network
The White Deer Run Treatment Network is a renowned and respected network of residential and outpatient centers for the men and women of Pennsylvania who are struggling with chemical dependency and certain co-occurring mental health conditions. With 16 locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania, the White Deer Run Treatment Network is uniquely prepared to offer a full continuum of care to help individuals achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
The rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network include detox, residential rehabilitation, outpatient programs (OP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and halfway houses.
The goal of treatment at any White Deer Run rehab centers is not merely to alleviate symptoms, but to provide actionable solutions that empower individuals to identify, address, and ultimately overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from living healthier, drug-free lives. When an adult enters treatment at a White Deer Run treatment center, he or she can expect to receive clinically superior care that has been customized to meet his or her specific needs and that is provided by teams of experienced professionals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Treatment at White Deer Run is a comprehensive experience in which participants are encouraged and empowered to play active roles in their own recovery. Depending upon an individual’s unique history, needs, strengths, and goals, the following are among the elements that may be incorporated into his or her treatment plan at centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network:
Detoxification: Attempting to stop or significantly reduce one’s Demerol abuse without professional assistance can trigger the onset of distressing symptoms. At several rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, individuals who been incapable of ridding their bodies of this dangerous opioid can complete medically monitored detox prior to starting a residential rehabilitation program. Detox at a White Deer Run center is a safe experience that features around-the-clock supervision by qualified medical personnel who can alleviate many of the painful symptoms of withdrawal. When the individual completes detox, which can last anywhere from three to seven days, he or she can seamlessly transition directly into residential rehab.
Individual therapy: Individuals who enroll in residential rehab, outpatient treatment, or a halfway house within the White Deer Run Treatment Network to be treated for an opioid use disorder involving Demerol have the opportunity to participate in individual therapy sessions with a therapist or counselor. Depending upon the rehab center, individual therapy sessions may be held according to a regular schedule or arranged on an as-needed basis. While the frequency and duration of individual therapy sessions may vary from program to program, the purpose and function will remain the same. In individual therapy sessions, an individual can work one-on-one with a qualified professional to process successes, setbacks, and other treatment experiences, while also having the opportunity to address issues that he or she may be hesitant or unable to discuss during group or family therapy.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a fundamental aspect of treatment at all levels within the White Deer Run Treatment Network. Group therapy sessions, which typically involve a small number of individuals in treatment along with one or two experienced professionals, offer a range of immediate and long-term benefits to participants who are recovering from Demerol abuse and addiction. During group therapy, individuals in rehab can learn from the insights and experiences of others who are working through similar problems and challenges. Group therapy also provides a forum for individuals in treatment to become more effective listeners, practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, and share their own knowledge and opinions. While the type and general topic of a group therapy session will have been established before the group begins, the specific content and direction of the group will be influenced by the contributions of participants, thus providing another means for individuals in rehab to play active roles in the course of their care.
Family therapy: Parents, spouses, siblings, and other family members can be significantly impacted by an individual’s Demerol abuse, addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders. They can also play an essential role in their loved one’s rehab and ongoing recovery. However, the transition from caring about a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to supporting a family member in his or her efforts to maintain long-term recovery may require significant changes both in general family dynamics and in the specific behaviors of the individual family members. In recognition of these realities, the rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network conduct family therapy sessions on both scheduled and as-needed bases. Among the many benefits of family therapy, these sessions provide a structured and supervised forum for addressing divisions among family members, strengthening the family unit, improving healthy communication, and helping family members learn how to provide valuable ongoing support to their loved one.
At each level of care within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, participants work closely with therapists, counselors, and other professionals to prepare detailed discharge plans. The result of this intensive ongoing planning process is that when an individual has completed his or her time in rehab, he or she will have a thorough plan that identifies the professional referrals, community services, and other resources that will support his or her efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that was made in treatment.
Regardless of whether the next phase of an individual’s recovery will take place at home or in a follow-up or step-down treatment environment, the goal of the White Deer Run Treatment Network is to ensure that he or she is prepared to experience continued success along the path of long-term recovery.