Prescription drugs have extended and improved the quality of life for countless individuals throughout the United States and across the globe. The ability of prescription drugs to alleviate pain, to ease the symptoms of certain mental health disorders, and to otherwise prevent or slow the progression of many diseases has had immeasurable positive benefits for individuals, families, and communities. Unfortunately, though, the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs continues to put adolescents and adults at risk for considerable harm, including the potential for becoming addicted.
Among the most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids and benzodiazepines. Opioids, which are typically prescribed to treat pain, include morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone (the active ingredient in OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin). Benzodiazepines, which are often prescribed to individuals who have been suffering from anxiety, include alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), and diazepam (Valium). People who abuse and become addicted to these prescription drugs may experience a range of physical and psychological damage, and may find it exceedingly difficult to end their dependence without getting professional help.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we understand the many ways that prescription drug abuse and addiction can impact a person’s life, and we are also well aware of the many obstacles that can prevent a person from overcoming the urge to abuse these dangerous substances. At our center, experienced treatment professionals provide personalized treatment services that have proved to be effective at helping adolescents and adults end their abuse of prescription drugs and make the lifestyle changes that will support their successful pursuit of long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you suspect that someone you care about has been abusing or has become dependent upon a prescription drug, you are right to be concerned. Prescription drug abuse can expose a person to grievous harm, and a person who engages in such behavior may be in dire need of professional treatment. You can play an important role in getting your loved one the help that he or she needs. Please consider the following:
- First, education is vital. Learn the signs, symptoms, and effects of prescription drug abuse. If at all possible, determine what prescription drug or drugs your loved one has been abusing. Knowing what he or she has been ingesting can provide you with invaluable insights into how his or her mind and body are being impacted.
- Continuing on the education theme, learn about the disease of addiction. Your loved one is not struggling with poor self-discipline or a lack of willpower; addiction is a progressive disease. The more you understand what he or she is experiencing, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful support.
- Ensure your loved one’s safety. Do whatever you can to protect him or her from overdose, and develop a plan for how you will respond if he or she does take too many prescription drugs and needs immediate attention.
- Investigate treatment options that have helped others who were abusing or dependent upon the type of prescription drugs that your loved one has been involved with. Identify treatment programs that seem to be the best fit according to your loved one’s needs.
- Get help. Recruit a few trusted friends or family members to assist you, both in your research and in your effort to keep your loved one safe. The members of small group may also be valuable sources of support for each other. If a loved one is struggling with addiction, friends and family members are also affected.
- Talk to your loved one. This is another effort that can involve your small group of friends and family members. Do not lecture, threaten, or issue ultimatums. Express your concern, reiterate your love and support, and share the information that you have gathered. Just as important, listen to your loved one. Ensure that this remains a discussion, not an argument.
When your loved one agrees to enter treatment, plan to stay involved. Participate in family therapy, attend family-focused education and/or support sessions. Learn how to address your own needs and support your loved one’s continued recovery efforts. Treatment is just one step on the long path of addiction. Plan to be a source of love and support for your loved one every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
The continued abuse of prescription drugs such as opioids and benzodiazepines can expose an individual to a wide range of immediate and long-lasting damage, ranging from temporary incapacitation to irreversible health damage and even death. Depending upon the type of prescription drug that a person has been abusing, he or she may be in danger of experiencing damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, as well as increased risk of certain communicable diseases. The psychological impact of prescription drug abuse can include anxiety, depression, diminished self-esteem, loss of self-worth, hopelessness, and a sense of pervasive despair. People who become addicted to prescription drugs may also have problems at work, in school, and within personal and professional relationships. Family discord, financial distress, arrest, and incarceration are among the many negative outcomes that can follow. However, when he or she seeks treatment, a person who has been abusing or has become addicted to prescription drugs can begin to heal from past damage, avoid future harm, and learn how to live a healthier and happier future, free from the constraints and limitations of prescription drug abuse.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Overlooking a quiet cove in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide mental and behavioral health care and addiction treatment services for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults over the age of 18. Surrounded by trees, fields, and seasonal flora and fauna, Crestwyn’s setting offers an ideal, tranquil environment where true healing can occur. With safe, comfortable, and bright patient-care rooms for respite, courtyard areas for relaxation, and a large gymnasium for exercise and recreation, Crestwyn prides itself on being a place where patients can regain hope in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
In order to be revered as a world-class hospital, Crestwyn Behavioral Health implements an integrated application of the most current practices of psychotherapy, psychodynamic clinical care, and psychoeducation. In doing so, patients can benefit from receiving the most well-rounded approach to treatment available.
All patients will be provided with individualized treatment plans that will guide them throughout their stay at Crestwyn. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and activity therapists round out the exemplary staff that delivers care at this hospital. In addition to various levels of licensure and certification, many of the staff members have specialized training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR). As such, patients who choose to receive treatment at Crestwyn can rest assured that they will be supplied with a comprehensive approach to care.
The following interventions may be included as part of each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Detoxification: When individuals are battling an addiction to prescription drugs, they may benefit from participation in the detox services that are offered. As part of detox, individuals will have any substances of abuse physiologically removed from their systems in a monitored environment where their comfort and safety are ensured.
Medication management: If an individual is suffering from the symptoms of a mental health disorder in addition to an addiction to prescription drugs, certain psychotropic medications may be included in his or her plan of care. Psychiatrists work with patients to determine whether or not medications would benefit them, and nurses and nurse practitioners oversee the administration of any medications that are prescribed. Medication management services, including meetings with a psychiatrist, occur on a daily basis.
Individual therapy: Provided on a daily or as-needed basis, individual therapy sessions offer patients a time to meet one-on-one with their primary counselor in a safe and confidential setting. During these sessions, patients have the opportunity to openly discuss any concerns that they have and to process through their experiences in treatment. Individual therapy can also be an ideal setting for patients to work through how their prescription drug addictions have impacted their lives, and learn ways that they can prevent future relapse.
Group therapy: Counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians lead the various group therapy sessions that patients can participate in during their time at Crestwyn. Group therapy provides individuals who are battling an addiction to prescription drugs with an opportunity to come together with others who may be experiencing similar struggles and challenges. In this forum, they can give and receive support to and from their peers, which offers an additional benefit of helping patients come to realize that they are not alone. Group therapy sessions are held daily and can include community groups, psychoeducation groups, and 12-Step recovery groups. The topics covered during the different sessions will vary, but may include the following:
- Anger management
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Healthy relationships
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions can be an optimal setting for patients to process the ways that their prescription drug addiction has impacted those who are closest to them. In this setting, family members can discuss how their loved one’s addiction has affected their lives, which can be an important step in the process of family healing. Additionally, family therapy sessions can provide patients’ loved ones with an opportunity to learn both about addiction and about the ways in which they can support and encourage their loved one during and after treatment. When indicated, family therapy is incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan based on his or her needs and/or the proximity of his or her family members.
With a recognition that inpatient treatment is often only the beginning step towards ongoing recovery from an addiction to prescription drugs, the staff at Crestwyn Behavioral Health work with patients to form thorough discharge plans so that appropriate continuity of care can be assured as patients’ time at Crestwyn comes to an end. Assessment counselors, treatment teams, and patients’ individual therapists will all work in collaboration with each patient to determine which aftercare options are most appropriate for him or her.
If you or an important person in your life is struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced professionals at Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Your or your loved one’s suffering does not have to continue; healing is only a phone call away.