Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Requires Compassion and Understanding
Numerous symptoms can lead a woman to abuse prescription drugs. Treatment with an individual focus on both her physical and her emotional health can help her find an abundant life in recovery.
Our psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, nurses and therapists are not only experts in prescription drug abuse and addiction treatment. They also have a comprehensive understanding of other psychiatric, psychological and medical conditions that may lie at the root of misuse of prescription medications. They assess each woman’s entire history of substance abuse, as well as symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression. They may uncover related addictions, such as alcoholism, that may have developed prior to or along with long-term dependence on prescription drugs.
Our substance abuse treatment team also digs deeper than many drug rehab centers into the underlying causes and conditions of the entire addictive disease process. As a result, they often identify co-occurring psychiatric conditions or eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. If unaddressed or under-addressed, co-occurring disorders frequently lie at the root of repeated relapses.
Each woman or girl who seeks help at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center will receive an individualized prescription drug abuse treatment program. This individualized, medically-informed approach to treatment and recovery succeeds where other drug rehab programs may have failed. It gives women and their families a new hope for a healthy, useful and happy future.
What Makes Our Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Plans Effective?
The most successful approaches to substance abuse treatment and recovery consider all available information about a resident and leverage the experience of our entire staff to customize each woman’s treatment program. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of prescription drug addiction treatment at a leading rehab center like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It’s also one of the reasons why so many leading outpatient drug abuse and addiction specialists refer to us their patients who need more intensive treatment, or who have struggled to sustain recovery in an outpatient setting.
Assessment of a woman’s treatment needs begins early on in our admissions review process. We ask both the woman and her family to provide information about her drug abuse symptoms, sources of pain, and challenges in personal or professional relationships. We also request her permission to communicate with previous addiction treatment providers to gather additional information about medical history, psychiatric history, past substance abuse treatment progress, and stumbling blocks to achieving or maintaining recovery from dependence on prescription drugs.
Thorough Intake Assessment
Once she is admitted, each woman undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. She is then assigned a substance abuse treatment team with several members whom she will meet individually after she settles in on campus:
- Primary therapist
- Family therapist
- Psychiatrist (MD)
- Internal medicine physician (MD)
- Addiction specialist
- Registered dietician (RD)
Each treatment team member provides an assessment within the woman’s first days at Timberline Knolls. The findings are integrated and reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about successful prescription drug addiction treatment is integrated into each woman’s treatment plan.
Taking Ownership of Treatment
We believe it is critical for each woman to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the outset. Once her addiction treatment plan is formulated, our team’s recommendations are shared with the woman in her first care conference, which will include her primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. This cooperative approach gives her input into the goals for her treatment and allows her to choose several elective elements of her program. She will be asked to sign off on her treatment objectives and the progression of her treatment plan for prescription drug abuse or addiction, and any co-occurring disorders. This conference also sets stage for ongoing collaboration between the woman and her treatment team throughout her stay in residential treatment.
Looking Forward to Recovery
Following the initial care conference, the treatment team will meet weekly throughout the resident’s stay, and consult each other informally to monitor her progress and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. If new symptoms appear, a woman may also undergo additional psychological testing or medical evaluation to insure her prescription drug addiction treatment considers all relevant aspects of her health.
Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from prescription drug addiction or eating disorders may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, cardiologist, gynecologist, dentist, or gastroenterologist.
What Will You Experience At Our Treatment Center?
Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment and Recovery
There is no cure for dependence on prescription drugs.
Every woman recovering from prescription drug abuse must develop tools she can trust to help her work through both physical and emotional pain when she feels desire to misuse medications. We work with our residents help them learn to recognize emotional changes and identify the conscious choices they are making throughout their day. Our caring staff provides constant support as women learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously abused prescription drugs. As they gain confidence in their ability to make positive, healthy choices, women experience improved self-esteem and body acceptance, reduced stress and anxiety, healing of trauma, and increased self-awareness.
Comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment plans use approaches proven to help women learn to experience their emotions and develop the tools to recover from prescription drug dependency. Specific examples include:
- one-on-one therapy sessions
- expressive and experiential therapy
- education about disease processes and recovery
- meal support and regular consultation with dietary staff
- group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
- family therapy (including family participation)
- twelve-step facilitation
- onsite and offsite twelve-step meetings
- weekly psychiatric consultation
- trauma awareness and recovery
- educational services for school-age women
Expressive Therapy Provides a Productive Outlet for Complex Emotions
Expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote healing and recovery, in addition to providing a needed creative outlet for women during their treatment and after they return to their home environment. Our expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests:
- art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other media
- dance/movement therapy
- empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
- outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus
What is Our Approach to Detoxification, Withdrawal and Pain Management?
Successful prescription drug abuse and addiction treatment must consider more than just the causes of the chemical dependency. Treatment must also address the medical challenges a woman will face as she attempts to curtail long-term abuse of prescription drugs. Her safety is our first priority. Depending on the medications she’s abusing, her patterns of use, and the state of her health, she may require medically managed detoxification.
Our internal medicine staff and psychiatrists have extensive experience helping women through prescription drug withdrawal symptoms. One of the unique features of a leading residential treatment center is that we provide 24-hour nursing care. A woman facing withdrawal, as well as her loved ones, can be confident that her safety will be closely monitored and that staff will be attentive to her pain or complications from other health conditions. More importantly, our entire staff provides her with ongoing emotional support that recognizes the important step she’s taken by committing to treatment and recovery.
Prescription drug abuse and addiction are serious medical conditions that require treatment by chemical dependency specialists. Reducing one’s use of certain prescriptions can involve serious medical complications, including death. Detoxification from prescription drugs should not be attempted at home or without direction and supervision from a licensed medical doctor. If you or your loved one are concerned you may be experiencing prescription drug withdrawal symptoms, call 911 for emergency assistance.
How Do We Treat Co-Occurring Disorders With Prescription Drug Abuse?
When treating women and girls for prescription drug dependency, our specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes they are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, long-term abuse of prescription medications progresses from attempts by a woman:
- Manage pain or other symptoms from acute injuries or chronic medical conditions
- Reduce feelings of anxiety or depression worsened by underlying psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders
- Soothe intense emotions related to unresolved, traumatic experiences in her past
Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where prescription drug addiction exists along with at least one other psychiatric illness that is active and affects the user’s patterns of substance abuse. Co-occurring disorders are a widely recognized factor among prescription drug abusers. However, many medical and behavioral health professionals, who are primarily concerned with addressing the prescription drug dependency, do not always treat these complex conditions appropriately. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those who have an addiction to prescription drugs also have at least one other mental illness, eating disorder and/or personality disorder. Women with co-occurring disorders tend to have more severe symptoms of each illness and higher potential for relapse.
Examples of conditions that can co-exist with prescription drug addiction are:
- bipolar disorder
- eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, orthorexia, binge eating disorder)
- panic and anxiety disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- personality disorders
- various phobias and compulsions
For a woman with co-occurring disorders exist, an attempt to address only the prescription drug dependency in isolation is at best incomplete. In some cases, it can worsen her long-term prognosis for recovery. To facilitate life-long recovery, treatment providers need to have an in-depth understanding of each disease and the complex interactions between them.
To learn more about prescription drug abuse and addiction treatment and recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We accept adolescent and adult women for admission seven days a week.