Prescription painkillers are incredibly dangerous, however, despite the known risks, they have become extremely popular substances for individuals to abuse. While such medications can be effective when used as directed, prescription painkillers can lead to serious consequences when abused. Attempting to put a stop to this abuse can be almost impossible when done independently. A frequently utilized form of treatment for this kind of addiction is medication assisted treatment, which implements certain medications as well as participation in therapeutic interventions that help uncover the underlying causes of addiction.
West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers have assisted countless individuals in putting an end to their painkiller addictions. At our centers, individuals will obtain the proper medications that will help them cease painkiller abuse without struggling with tempting cravings or upsetting withdrawal symptoms. In addition, these same individuals can address their emotional and behavioral issues in individual or group counseling sessions.
Types of Treatment Offered at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
The treatment provided at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is an outpatient form of care that is individualized to each and every patient and takes into account the needs and goals of all trusted to our care. Women and men who are aged 18 or older work alongside doctors, nurses, and counselors who will create personalized treatment plans that may consist of a combination of the following:
Methadone: One of the most commonly used medications in medication assisted treatment programs, methadone works to help individuals addicted to opioids, like painkillers, stop their use. Methadone is an opioid agonist, meaning that it stimulates the same receptors in the brain that painkillers do, but without producing the same high. This allows individuals to continue to function without suffering from cognitive impairments or upsetting withdrawal symptoms. Methadone has been utilized for decades in medication assisted treatment programs and has been proven to be effective and safe when taken as directed by a physician or prescribing professional.
Suboxone: Suboxone received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval in 2002, and since then it has been used in treatment programs as a means of helping treat opioid addictions. Containing buprenorphine, Suboxone works to lessen drug cravings and decrease withdrawal symptoms. This medication also contains naloxone, which helps prevent overdose and the continuation of abuse. When prescribed this medication, individuals are typically able to take a few days’ worth of Suboxone home once they have made certain progress in their recovery.
Subutex: Similar to Suboxone, Subutex fends off withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings because it contains buprenorphine. Since Subutex does not contain naloxone like Suboxone does, individuals using this medication must come to the center on a daily basis to receive their dose. In most cases, individuals begin treatment on Subutex and then switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.
Vivitrol: Vivitrol is the only medication in these programs that is injected once monthly. Containing naltrexone hydrochloride, Vivitrol stops drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms from developing and/or continuing.
Individual and group therapy: Painkiller addiction involves a combination of behavioral, psychological, and physical issues. Because of these factors, it is important for individuals to work through each of these problems in order for medication assisted treatment to be effective. As medication allows them to fully focus on their recovery without being overwhelmed by the effects of opioid abuse, individuals are able to engage in one-on-one sessions with a counselor who can guide them through the underlying causes of their addiction. At West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we strongly encourage individuals to participate in individual therapy regularly.
Group therapy offers individuals the opportunity to share with and learn from others who are experiencing similar struggles in their lives. At the same time, individuals can work on interpersonal issues in this setting. At West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, all group therapy sessions are conducted by counselors who are trained in creating a safe environment wherein individuals can discuss topics related to opioid addiction, receive encouragement, and provide support to one another.
Why Consider Treatment at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Prescription painkiller abuse is both dangerous and deadly. This form of abuse has become dramatically more popular throughout the United States as of late and the number of deaths related to this type of substance abuse is also on the rise.
Abusing prescription painkillers can lead to organ damage and failure, brain damage, respiratory problems, paranoia, depression, seizures, and a number of additional physical and psychological issues. Sadly, once a person is addicted to prescription painkillers, he or she often struggles to stop, as doing so causes withdrawal symptoms that are so painful that using is seemingly the only option to make the pain go away. If professional treatment is not received, individuals often find themselves continuing this pattern of self-destructive behavior, which often leads to serious health risks, discord among loved ones, financial problems, and legal issues.
Luckily, there is help available. At West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our skilled and devoted experts are prepared to help you put your painkiller addiction in the past so that you can begin living a happy, healthy, drug-free life.