Most individuals who go to the doctor for medication take their medication as directed, in the amount prescribed, at the frequency intended, and only for the duration of treatment. These individuals then stop their medication as directed and go on with their lives. However, a rising number of individuals have developed an alarming trend across the United States – they take prescription medication for nonmedical purposes. This is called prescription drug abuse and each day, more and more people succumb to this.
Not only is this a dangerous habit, it can lead to a much bigger problem – addiction to prescription medications. There are three types of drugs that are most frequently abused. Narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and codeine are used to manage moderate-to-severe pain in some individuals produce analgesic effects as well as a blissful state of well-being for the user. Stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are prescribed to individuals with ADHD or narcolepsy and for individuals who do not have these disorders, produce feelings of extreme energy and excitement. Sedatives such as benzodiazepines are used to manage anxiety and seizure disorders. When abused, these drugs can lead to feelings of happy relaxation.
All of these drugs can lead to physical and psychological dependence, which can produce withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. Someone who is addicted to prescription medications may attempt to cease use of the drug only to be met with unpleasant symptoms and side effects, leading the person right back to the drug. Addiction to these medications is not only dangerous, it’s illegal too.
Many people assume that since a drug is prescribed by a physician that the drug is safe . This could not be further from the truth. All drugs when abused can lead to serious negative health and interpersonal problems. If you are struggling with prescription drug addiction, you are not alone. At Park Royal Hospital, we’ve helped many people just like you recover from their addictions and are ready to help you take charge of your life.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse at Park Royal Hospital
At Park Royal Hospital, we understand the science behind addiction and we know the challenges you face day in and day out. We’ve helped many people overcome their addictions and want you to know that you’ll be treated with the utmost respect and care when you’re staying with us. Our dedicated treatment team wants to help you learn more about your addiction, teach you ways of coping without drugs, and help you see the future as a beautiful, hopeful place.
Abusing prescription pills can lead you down a rabbit hole until there’s nothing in your life the addiction hasn’t touched. Your family relationships have taken a turn for the worse as your addiction becomes more severe. You’re fighting to keep your job and perform properly while all you can think about is using. Your friends may have washed their hands of you, unsure how to reach you through the haze of pills. Your life has come to revolve around obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of prescription drugs. At Park Royal, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to live this way any longer. We’re ready to help you face a life free from pills.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Nestled in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, our state-of-the-art treatment center is like no other. It’s here that you can finally relax and breathe a sigh of relief as you begin to face your addiction head-on. When you’re removed from your environment and allowed the opportunity to focus on your recovery, you’ll see how much easier it is to see hope again. Our holistic center provides only empirically proven treatments to help manage your pill addiction so that we can treat the whole you – mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment Approaches to Addiction at Park Royal Hospital
At Park Royal, we understand that addiction is a disease that requires constant vigilance as well as the most effective treatments available. We’ve learned that the best approach to helping an individual who struggles with addiction is a combination of detox, medication, and various therapies provided in a safe and comfortable rehab setting. When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete physical and psychological examination to determine how addicted you are to prescription drugs as well as any co-occurring mental disorders. If it’s determined that you need detox to rid your body of the drugs this will be your first step before joining the recovery program.
Our detox program is performed under the watchful eye of our trained medical staff to make sure that you are safely and effectively detoxed from any drugs that may be in your system. We will make sure to explain everything we are doing before we do it so that there are no surprises during this part of your recovery. Medication will be used to manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms as needed. When you have been successfully detoxed, you’ll be ready to join our inpatient addiction treatment.
Medications may be prescribed for you initially to control the unpleasantness of withdrawal symptoms. Most people are able to slowly taper down the medications as they develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. Others may use medications for the long-term to manage co-occurring disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. The usage of medication in your rehab will be up to you and your treatment team. In addition to detoxification and medication management, we also offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist in your recovery.
Group therapy is the primary focus of treatment at Park Royal and is considered to be one of the most effective ways to work through addiction-related issues. Group sessions allow you the opportunity to connect with other individuals who are struggling with addiction in order to understand that you are not alone. The support of others is vital to those who are coping with newfound sobriety. We offer a number of daily groups including process-based and psycho-educational groups, all of which will allow you to learn more about addiction, co-occurring disorders, relapse prevention, and avoiding triggers.
We use individual therapy to allow you the time to discuss the impact addiction and co-occurring disorders has had on your life. You’ll have one-on-one time with a therapist to share your struggles and concerns as well as focusing upon ways of restoring hope and joy into your life.
Addiction is a family disease and as such, we want to include your loved ones in your recovery from prescription pill abuse. We know that many of your relationships have become strained over the course of your addiction and we’re ready to help you mend these broken relationships as the support of your loved ones is crucial during your recovery. Family sessions will allow you to share your struggles as well as allow your loved ones the ability to discuss their feelings about your addiction in a safe environment. We’ll also connect your loved ones to community services in your area such as A.A. and N.A. for their continued healing.
In order to best provide you with care that heals the whole you, we offer a number of unconventional therapeutic approaches. These may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Leisure time
- Recreational programs
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
When your time with us comes to an end, we’ll make sure that you have appropriate aftercare plans so that there are no lapses in treatment. You’ll work with our amazing discharge planners to create an aftercare plan that best suits your continuing recovery needs.
Some individuals are not quite ready to be discharged home, so they opt for the structure of a residential treatment program to continue their addiction recovery. Many individuals opt to join our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) after they’ve completed our inpatient treatment program. This approach allows you the opportunity to continue your care with us while slowly transitioning back home. Others will discharge directly home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.
Whatever choice you make, know that we’ll support you all the way. At Park Royal, you’re more than just a patient to us.