Prescription drug addiction presents itself as a devious entity. What you begin as a recreational, occasional activity – ingesting prescription drugs borrowed from friends or stolen from parents’ medicines safes – slowly and insidiously transforms into a full-blown drug addiction. Prescription drug help is required once you have been addicted to prescription pills.
The first question which comes to our minds when the word rehab is mentioned is whether rehab really works? In an analysis of 78 studies on addiction treatment, researchers found that treatment significantly reduced people’s drug use and crime. Rehab is also more likely to be successful if there is a good aftercare plan in place.
It is important to note that apart from stopping drug abuse, the main aim of rehab is to return you to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community. According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning. But how exactly do prescription drug rehabs work? Stick with me:
This is making the choice to get help. The rehab process usually begins when you make that difficult decision to get help and change your life. Many pain pills addicts have continued to suffer because of not taking this bold step. They still think they are in control when in reality the pills are in control. Don’t wait! Make up your mind today.
- Getting the right facility
Get the rehab center that meets your needs. Your choice should be determined by the type of program, location and your budget. Ask all the questions you might have like if they offer nutritional support, whether they do detoxification, if you can pay by use of insurance etc.
You usually undergo screening and assessment on your first day at a rehab center. The staff at the center may want to know your substance use and health history, family history, and any underlying physical and mental challenges. The center will also want to know the payment plan for the program.
This is where you get to the reasons behind your addiction. It focuses on triggers and circumstances under which you abuse the pills. At this stage, you may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms but the staffs at the rehab centers are keenly aware of the unpleasant withdrawal effects associated with stopping prescription pill use. Most common withdrawal symptoms are:
- Agitation and restlessness
- Irritability and mood swings
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sweating and/or trembling extremities
You will also begin individual, group and family therapies – aimed at teaching you the skills that you will need to live life without the pills.
The final step in the rehab process is aftercare planning. Prescription drug rehabs offer aftercare services like weekly check-ins, intensive outpatient treatment etc to ensure that you do not relapse.
Remember this is the process in writing, you must be willing to change your way of life for the program to work for you.