While prescription painkillers can offer physical relief for pain, they are also very addictive substances that can lead to the development of an addiction. Prescription painkillers, including Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin, are often used to treat pain that ranges from mild to severe. While effective when used as recommended by a professional, these medications can be habit-forming if abused for purposes of self-medication or for achieving a high that can include feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and a sense of detachment. When prescription painkiller abuse or addiction begins, it can be extremely challenging to defeat.
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital near New Castle, DE, we fully understand the deep pain that is associated with a prescription painkiller addiction. We also know how difficult it can be to overcome this dangerous cycle of substance abuse, which is why we have developed specialized programming that is offered within a safe, respectful, and honest environment so that all patients can begin to recover.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one or a family member who is addicted to prescription painkillers, you can begin to feel as though trying to help him or her is too much to bear. You know that your loved one needs more help than you can give, but you might feel as though all your efforts have fallen on deaf ears. It is important to know, however, that you do have some power in helping your loved one accept treatment at a center or clinic. Consider the following:
- Information is power, which is why it is imperative that you obtain as much information about prescription painkillers and addiction so that you have a stronger understanding of what your loved one is experiencing.
- Research different treatment options available at an addiction clinic or a treatment center near your loved one’s home. Call prospective treatment centers and speak with the staff regarding your loved one’s addiction, as doing so can allow you to better understand what level of care he or she might require. You can also gain some support in your efforts to get him or her to accept treatment.
- Sit down and share your concerns with your loved one. Let him or her know that you are there to support him or her. Make sure you have this conversation in a nonjudgmental manner so that you do not threaten him or her. It is most important that you help your loved one to obtain treatment and that you remain someone who he or she feels comfortable talking to.
- If your loved one decides to obtain treatment, commit to doing everything you can to continue to support him or her, including engaging in family therapy.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital
When addiction to painkillers is allowed to persist, your loved one’s life can be negatively affected. For example, prescription painkiller addiction can cause issues at home, at work, and within social circles, triggering the onset of marital issues, unemployment, and financial worries. If your loved one makes his or her painkiller abuse a main priority over other important things within his or her life, all other responsibilities can fall to the wayside. Additionally, the continuous abuse of these dangerous substances can cause physical effects including cognitive damage, organ damage, weakening of one’s immune system, and problems with memory. However, by engaging in professional treatment offered at a center or a clinic, these negative effects can be decreased or avoided entirely.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things, because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate inpatient programming option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted into one of our inpatient programs, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to MeadowWood battling an addiction to prescription painkillers, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if substances are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: In most instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with the presence of a mental health condition. However, all medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to the treatment of prescription painkiller addiction at MeadowWood is heavily group-focused, as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps our patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues related to the abuse of painkillers that he or she wishes to keep confidential, and to track his or her progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand prescription painkiller addiction, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent programming incorporates schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Substance abuse education
- Expressive therapy
- Medication education
- Pet therapy
- Psychoeducation on mental illness
- Recreational therapy
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Substance abuse counseling
- Positive coping skills education
- Process groups
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them begin to recover from their painkiller addictions so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted into programming, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood, we offer partial hospitalization programming for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This program provides structured services between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in this program, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this program works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients who do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization programming, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health Hospital will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery from an addiction to prescription painkillers.