At the prescription drug detox program at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, you will have access to medical experts and medical treatments designed to reduce suffering and make sobriety easier to achieve. With this help, you will complete the detox process and move forward with treatments that will hopefully allow you to stay sober for the rest of your life.
Learning more about how prescription drug detox works will reduce the fears that you may have about participating in this kind of program. Contact our ARIA treatment team today to learn more about your treatment options to free yourself from prescription drug addiction.
COMMONLY ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Prescription medications provide important and even lifesaving treatment to millions of people. Used as prescribed, these medications can do good things for patients. However, many of these same medicines can be harmful if used improperly. While there are many prescription drugs that people misuse, here are some of the most common:
- CNS (central nervous system) depressants
- Benzodiazepines, or benzos
Each of these drugs serve a different purpose and affects the brain in different ways. Addiction occurs when a drug hijacks the brain, making it depend on the drug to function properly. At the same time, larger quantities of the drug are needed to feel effects or to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal occurs when the brain sends distress signals to the body for more of the drug. Left untreated, withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable at best or deadly at worst.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG DETOX
At the beginning of the prescription drug detox process, treatment experts will collect information from you about what drugs you have been taking so that they can develop appropriate detox programs and provide meaningful help. The detox process can be quite different depending on the drugs the person has taken, so it’s important to be precise.
In an inpatient detox program, people have access to medical staff 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Since you’ll be living in facilities where drug and alcohol use is not permitted, the chance for relapse is eliminated. While detox programs can take place in many settings, in-patient detox programs like the one at ARIA are beneficial if you suffer from any of the following in addition to your addiction:
- History of seizures
- Serious medical complications
- Previous history of outpatient addiction care
- Mental illness
- Lack of social support
- Poly-drug use
- Opiate dependence
DETOX IS CHALLENGING
People who are addicted to prescription drugs and recognize that they need help may consider detox often, but committing to it is the hardest part. Each time they get close to getting clean and allow their bodies to start eliminating the need for the high is progress towards sobriety. The truth is that the detox process is not easy. Detox is uncomfortable and filled with all kinds of distress. The unease that people experience can cause them to return to drug use, just to make the pain of detox stop. It can get to the point where they may truly believe that they’ll never survive without the drugs.
Fortunately, most of our clients quickly realize that this simply isn’t true. In the next section, we’ll reduce you anxiety even further by discussing what actually happens in the inpatient detox setting.
HOW INPATIENT DETOX WORKS
Once you have decided to pursue treatment, the first step is a thorough medical examination. Your care team will interview you for medical and psychological history. Be sure to tell your provider about all prescription drugs and substances you are currently using. Your provider may also ask for other information such as family history or your current living situation. At ARIA, your care program will be custom suited to your specific needs. The more information we have, the better we can help you in recovery.
Most modern detox centers offer comfortable, luxurious accommodations. Providers know from experience that detox is never easy, even in an inpatient setting. Your comfort and safety are top priority. You will be offered regular meals and snacks during your stay, along with plenty of fluids. Most facilities have meeting and game rooms if you feel up to socializing. You will have either a private or semi-private room during your stay. If you have any questions prior to or during your stay, just ask! Your length of stay in detox can vary depending on your needs. In general, most stays last between 1-2 weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A DETOX PROGRAM?
Abusing substances can alter the way your brain produces chemicals. When you’re taking a drug on a routine basis, your body adapts to those chemicals and always expects them. It can be hard to overcome addiction when you feel off due to not taking anything.
It can be hard to predict what it will feel like once you start a detox, which is why getting help from trained professionals like the dedicated team at ARIA is key. After you go through our prescription drug detox program, the next step is to get the treatment you need to stay sober and build a plan for lifelong recovery and sobriety. Our therapeutic programs include:
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program
- Nutritional support
- Outpatient program
- Trauma-related rehab
- Comprehensive aftercare program
OUR ARIA TEAM CAN HELP YOU END YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION
In many cases, patients will start out in either the residential or partial hospitalization program. Your care team will continue to monitor symptoms and gradually adjust medications as needed. You will also spend time in individual and group therapy. As you transition to outpatient care, your care team will continue with follow up appointments. We also offer family therapy to support your loved ones during treatment. SUD affects the entire family, and our goal is to bring healing to your most important relationships.
Our prescription drug detox is designed to make the recovery journey as easy as possible. We will always treat you with respect in an environment that helps you feel both safe and valued. We work to help you understand that addiction isn’t something you should feel ashamed of. Addiction is a disease that you can overcome with time, effort, and a team to support you.