Inpatient Centers

Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

A residential treatment program for prescription drug addiction has the individual leave home and their harmful environment and move into a treatment center full time for a period of a month or longer.  These rehab programs help women and men by providing an immersive environment where the only thing they need to focus on is their recovery.

With prescription drugs this is especially important, as many people will relapse as soon as they have access to them.  There are no “friend’s medicine cabinets” in residential rehab – so individuals are forced to maintain their sobriety.

If you are considering an inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment program, you are probably wondering what the inpatient rehab process entails. Prescription drug addiction treatment centers offer a wide variety of services to their patients in recovery. Every inpatient rehab facility offers such a diverse combination of treatment options that it is hard to say exactly what a “typical” inpatient or residential prescription drug addiction treatment program will look like. There are, however, a few basic components that any quality facility will include in their recovery process.

The Basics of Treatment

It is hard to identify the exact course of treatment at a specific inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment center because every process and philosophy of treatment is different and adds unique components to the program. However, here are three core ingredients found in almost every inpatient addiction treatment program:

Prescription drug detoxification allows the individual to break the physical addiction and is the first step in almost any course of inpatient drug rehab. Once the physical need for the prescription drug has been conquered, the patient is free to deal with the psychological component of their addiction.

With detox complete, the patient is able to start counseling, which is considered by many to be the bulk of the work to overcome their addiction. During counseling, a patient can learn to understand the root causes of their drug use and what triggers them to use in their daily life. This then helps them to discover coping skills that will allow them to move forward in their sobriety.

Aftercare services include a wide variety of programs that help a recovering prescription drug addict stay clean and sober after they leave inpatient treatment and return to the environment that fostered their original addiction. Some examples of aftercare programs include: halfway houses or sober living homes, follow-up addiction counseling and 12-step group meetings.

What Gets Treated?

There are a number of different prescription drug addictions that can be treated effectively at a residential rehab program.   In 2011, most patient cases involve:

  • Vicodin addiction.   A prescription painkiller that is used and abused by millions of people each year.  Vicodin is a highly addictive opiate-based drug.
  • OxyContin addiction.  Dubbed the “hillbilly heroin”, OxyContin is a time-release prescription painkiller that, when abused, can lead to overdose or dependence.
  • Adderall addiction.   Used to help those with ADD and ADHD find focus, Adderall is now becoming the drug of choice at college campuses around the country because of its amphetamine-like nature.
  • Amphetamine addiction.  One of the longest-running prescription drug addiction problems in the world.  Students and professionals develop amphetamine addictions when they use the drug habitually in order to stay awake or maintain an alert state.
  • Percocet addiction.   Another painkiller with addictive potential, Percocet has been taking off the market in some countries that are trying to combat a growing prescription drug addiction problem.

The Benefits of Inpatient Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Many people think they should choose outpatient versus inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment because it costs less, but here are many benefits an inpatient environment offers, especially for those with moderate to severe addictions, that an outpatient program cannot provide. In fact, studies done by the National Institute for Drug Abuse found that longer stays in inpatient treatment directly correlates to longer sobriety. An inpatient treatment center provides each of the following benefits:
24-Hour Care::
During inpatient treatment, the patient receives constant care and attention from the rehab staff.  Doctors, nurses and clinicians, in order to prevent a downward spiral, can attend immediately to any disruption in an individual’s physical or emotional state. A patient’s entire day is planned out in advance allowing those in their early recovery to focus solely on their sobriety.
Supportive Environment::
Many times, an individual’s home environment plays a part in their prescription drug addiction. A variety of triggers such as stress, peer pressure, unhealthy relationships and other factors may exist in their home environment. Inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment programs allow the individual to have a place to recover free from daily pressures and deadlines.
Individualized Treatment Plan::
Typically, inpatient prescription drug addiction rehab programs require a minimum stay of 30 days. Nevertheless, many offer 90-day options, 120-day programs or the option for more extended stays. A therapeutic team at an inpatient rehab will be able to decide what course of treatment is most appropriate for each individual at any point of a patient’s course of treatment.
Fewer Errors Due to Self-Reporting::
During an inpatient stay, the individual’s behavior is monitored and therefore there is less room for error due to self-reporting. When a patient is not under full-time supervision of an educated staff member, the recovering addict is better able to use defense mechanisms such as denial, manipulation and rationalization when reporting their behavior. This may lead to poor decisions on what is best for the patient.
Addresses Mental Health Issues::
Individuals seeking prescription drug addiction treatment often have a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness. There are numerous rehab facilities that provide treatment for the special needs of those people in recovery who are dealing with mental illness issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) as well.
Alternative Wellness Programs::
Many inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment centers offer a wide variety of programs designed to enhance the patient’s well-being. Programs such as nutritional counseling, exercise, yoga and meditation, to name a few, can help a recovering addict develop healthy coping skills for their daily stress.

A Phone Call Away

If you are considering inpatient prescription drug treatment for yourself or someone you know, give us a call today. We can help you understand all the options available to you and find the program that best suits your individual needs. Pick up the phone and start on the road to a sober and healthy life now.