There are countless medications prescribed each day that are designed to treat specific ailments that are afflicting various individuals. When medications such as stimulants, sedatives, pain medications, or certain types of antianxiety medications are prescribed and taken for legitimate purposes, they can provide much-needed relief from such ailments. However, the potent effects of these types of medications can lead to mind-altering and mood-altering results, which makes their consumption appealing to many. When individuals regularly consume prescription medications despite the lack of a medical or psychiatric need to do so, they are running the risk of developing a dependency on these highly addictive substances. Once a dependency has formed and an addiction has ensued, it can be exceedingly difficult for individuals to put an end to their prescription drug abuse without the assistance of qualified professionals.
Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the symptoms that can arise when an individual is addicted to prescription medication, Cross Creek Hospital has developed specialized programming that is tailored to meet the unique needs of patients who are faced with the challenges that accompany this devastating habit. By receiving the care offered at Cross Creek, individuals can overcome their addiction to prescription drugs and re-emerge on the path to a happy, healthy, and drug-free life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is struggling with an addiction to prescription medications, it is imperative that you encourage him or her to seek help as soon as possible because, the longer that the abuse of such medications persists, the worse the consequences will inevitably be. Knowing that your loved one is struggling with this type of addiction can leave you questioning what you can do to help him or her. The following are some things to keep in mind as you confront your loved one’s prescription drug abuse problem:
- Educate yourself on the disease of addiction. This can help elicit a sense of empathy for what your loved one is going through, while also working to take away possible feelings of frustration and resentment that you may have regarding his or her behavior.
- Learn about the effects that can result from the abuse of the specific medication that your loved one has developed an addiction to so that you can help him or her come to realize the potential devastation that his or her drug abuse problem can cause.
- Refrain from enabling your loved one, and do not make excuses for his or her behaviors.
- Do not throw away any substances that you may find in your loved one’s possession.
- Research options for substance abuse treatment in your area and offer to assist your loved one in scheduling evaluations or accompanying him or her on tours of the various facilities.
- Be an active part of your loved one’s treatment process because, the more support he or she has from you, the more successful his or her recovery process is likely to be.
- Be patient. Recovery does not happen overnight, but do not give up on your loved one, even if setbacks occur along the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
When taken for legitimate purposes and consumed exactly as directed by one’s physician or psychiatrist, prescription medications can be extremely helpful in alleviating distressing, disturbing, or painful symptoms that plague many individuals. However, when these substances are abused for non-medical purposes, they can render a person susceptible to experiencing countless negative effects. These individuals may find that their relationships with family and friends have begun to deteriorate and that their ability to function appropriately at work or school has declined. Changes in a person’s temperament are common with prolonged prescription drug abuse, as is the onset of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Furthermore, negative physical and cognitive consequences can arise, including things such as organ damage, irreversible cognitive impairment, memory loss, and overdose. With the implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions, however, such detriments can be successfully prevented.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of a prescription medication addiction with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize, achieve sobriety from chronic prescription drug abuse, and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and personal growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing from the demon that is an addiction to prescription medication. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who is engaged in services to address a prescription drug abuse problem at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: In instances where an individual is suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to an addiction to prescription drugs, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to fully alleviate his or her distressing symptoms. A patient’s need for such medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are nurses on staff who assist in monitoring each patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions can be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, work on enhancing the tools needed for preventing relapse, and to track treatment goals.
Family therapy: Family involvement is extremely important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with a dependency on prescription medications, this can be a time for them to learn about the disease of addiction, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can best be of support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in while participating in treatment for a meth addiction can include:
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on obtaining recovery and maintaining stability.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups apply the 12-step addictions model for recovery to a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, such as substance abuse (including the abuse of prescription drugs), self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, completing homework assignments, keeping a diary, and other writing tasks.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing healthy interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge, prevent the occurrence of a relapse into prescription medication abuse, and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for patients struggling with chemical dependency concerns using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery and sobriety after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help you or a loved one win the battle against an addiction to prescription medications so that a much deserved bright future is realized and within reach.