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Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

RiverMend Health Centers Atlanta Pain Medication Abuse and Addiction Treatment ProgramEach year more than 76 million people are prescribed medication for serious pain, whether for a chronic pain disorders or injuries lasting longer than 12 weeks. Many millions more suffer from less aggressive, acute pain. Learning how to cope with chronic pain can be a stressful, debilitating experience, leading many down a road where they find themselves dependent upon narcotic pain medication to get through the day. When individuals begin using prescription drugs outside of doctor’s regulations for nonmedical purposes, prescription drug abuse is present. Over time, physical and mental dependence can lead to a prescription drug addiction.

Seeking Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

A prescription drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can adversely affect all aspects of life – close relationships, school, careers, finances, and self-esteem. Prescription drug addiction is a very isolating mental illness that negatively affects self-worth, happiness, and quality of life. Although pervasive, prescription drug addiction is highly treatable through time, dedication, and professional rehab that focuses on highly customized therapy. Although considering treatment is tough, it will be the best and most rewarding decision of your life.

Withdrawal Effects

It’s important to seek professional treatment for prescription drug abuse, because they involve a strong physical dependence that can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug, professional detox may be required to safely ween an individual off the drug. The types of prescription drugs that are widely abused include opioids, sedatives, and stimulants.
Opioids, such as buprenorphine, suboxone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, are prescribed by doctors to alleviate pain. These are highly addictive painkillers that require tapering dosage to safely cease use and avoid health complications.
Sedatives, or tranquilizers, such as benzodiazepine and barbiturates are prescribed by doctors for managing anxiety or insomnia. After prolonged exposure to the drug, it’s best to taper off them for a few weeks to avoid withdrawal symptoms and stabilize moods. If sedatives are prescribed to alleviate anxiety disorder, it’s important to speak with a doctor to understand alternatives to manage anxiety without sedatives.

Stimulants such as amphetamines and methamphetamines are prescribed by doctors to treat ADD and ADHD, because they increase focus, energy levels, and alertness. Withdrawal from stimulants can also cause disturbances in mood stability, sleep patterns, and other functions.

Our Treatment Program Philosophy

3686887_mAt RiverMend Health Centers, we understand that prescription drug abuse is a disease of the brain that leaves no room for self-control or willpower. We can help you.
Prescription drug abuse is highly multifaceted disease and treatment options widely vary depending on the type of drug consumed, length of abuse, medical history, and other important factors. Due to the highly complex nature of the addiction, our prescription drug abuse treatment programs provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for those who have developed a dependency an addiction to prescription pain medication. We offer the tools needed to free yourself of addiction and find healthy, alternative methods to manage your pain, so you can get back to leading a productive, happy, and fulfilled life, free of addiction.
The experienced multi-disciplinary team at RiverMend Health Centers guides all patients through treatment, offering support and compassionate care as they successfully heal from addiction, while addressing underlying issues such as chronic pain, family history and mental health. RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia implements a unique treatment methodology combining a holistic, scientific, and clinical approach to care.

Treatment Approaches

Depending upon the nature of the addiction, RiverMend Health Centers offer several program options including inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, residential programs and partial hospitalization treatment programs. We provide these life-changing solutions for men, women, and adolescents in a warm, compassionate setting. Our treatment approaches to treat prescription drug abuse include:

Comprehensive Evaluation

The initial comprehensive assessment at RiverMend Health Centers is a critical component in our customized treatment program for prescription drug abuse recovery. This evaluation is designed to help us create a recovery plan tailored to meet your unique challenges and needs. The initial evaluation includes stabilization, medical history review, physical exam, and a comprehensive interview with an addiction specialist to understand any dual disorders that may be present alongside prescription drug abuse such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, BDP, PTSD, eating disorders or other behavioral health conditions. Dual diagnosis is critical to understand when creating an individual’s recovery plan, because it will dramatically affect how treatment be administered to the patient.

Therapy & Counseling

Prescription drug abuse is highly treatable through several therapy modules such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy, and gender group therapy.
Experiential Therapies
Due to the complexity of prescription drug abuse, it’s important to tackle the addiction from all angles. In addition to traditional addiction therapy and counseling, RiverMend Health Centers also offers experiential techniques to treat addiction including art therapy, expressive group, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, and other holistic techniques

Family Group

Family members of loved ones using prescription drugs are profoundly affected by the addiction on a deeper level. At RiverMend Health Centers, we strongly encourage family member and friends to actively participate in our family program which allows loved ones to learn about prescription drug abuse, enabling triggers, and gain deeper insight into the disease. We also offer multi-family group sessions to foster connectedness with other families that have endured similar experiences. Through time, dedication, and understanding, trust and healing can be restored.

Relapse Prevention

Like other chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, pain pill addictions should be managed daily after completing treatment to sustain lifelong sobriety. At RiverMend Health Centers, we believe relapse prevention techniques are critical to long-term recovery success, which is why our expert team constructs relapse prevention programs, highly tailored to meet the individual lifestyle needs of every patient after their time with us.

Recovery Program Options

At RiverMend Health Centers, we understand that all patients have different life responsibilities and obligations to uphold, making rehab difficult to consider. For this reason, we provide flexible options that allow patients to receive effective recovery through highly structured programs. Please view these resources for further information on our program options:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Don’t Wait Another Day

Call 844-889-8222 to speak to a RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia pain medication abuse and addiction expert. Our compassionate, friendly staff will guide you through a free phone consultation, discuss your treatment options, and schedule an in-person evaluation from a physician. We look forward to speaking with you.


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