When we think of the drug addiction rehab, we typically think of things like heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. However, over the last decade or so there has been an alarming trend we are just now beginning to understand the impact of: prescription drug addiction. The combination of doctors willing to over-prescribe drugs and a black market willing to sell them, has led to an explosion in prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Today’s a drug rehab clinics now have to include addiction to prescription drugs on their list of things they can help addicts recover from. It may seem like a losing battle in a society where legal prescription drugs are used so frequently, but it is a battle worth fighting.
Drug Addiction Rehab Providers
Clinics offering prescription drug rehab can be run by volunteers, local charities, or private companies. This large variation means treatments will be different from one facility to the next. As a general rule however, standard prescription drug rehab includes detox and counselling-based therapy.
Detox is tricky with prescription drugs due to the fact that many addicts have an underlying medical condition requiring the original prescription to begin with. Vitamins, herbal supplements and other medications can sometimes be used during detox to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Nevertheless, please note that prescription drug detox should always be done under the supervision of trained medical personnel.
As for the counselling therapies, they can take on literally dozens of forms depending on the individual service provider. That is the beauty of working with clinics that offer customised treatment plans. They can use only those counselling therapies they believe will be beneficial to the individual client.
Counselling can occur in both a one-on-one setting and in a group. Where one-on-one counselling is utilised, the therapist works with the recovering addict to identify those deep-rooted emotional and mental issues related to his or her addictive behaviour. The therapist teaches the recovering addict not only to own his or her addiction, but also how to overcome future temptations.
Group counselling is used in order to take advantage of certain benefits only derived from a group setting. For example, consider the idea of mutual accountability.
In a group setting, recovering addicts usually come to a place where they finally understand their addictive behaviour is not only harmful to themselves, but it’s also harmful to everyone around them. This newfound knowledge leads group members to hold one another accountable for improper behaviours and thought patterns. Moreover, because recovering addicts do not want to let the group down, they respond to this accountability rather well.
Paying for Prescription Drug Rehab
We are routinely asked how much a rehab programme for prescription drugs costs. The answer depends on the service provider. To give you a better understanding, let us talk about both charitable organisations and private clinics.
The typical charitable organisation offers its rehab services free. Funding comes from a combination of private donations, corporate donations and, from time to time government grants. Addicts able to qualify for a charity programme probably will not pay anything out of pocket.
If a charity cannot afford to offer completely free services, it may instead provide reduced-cost rehab. In such a case, the addict would be required to pay for at least a portion of his or her treatment.
Private clinics are completely different inasmuch as they are business enterprises. Anyone entering a private clinic must make payment arrangements by way of private health insurance, a personal loan, or some other means. That said, we do not want you to be frightened away by the potential cost. Private rehab for prescription drug addiction is a lot more affordable than many people realise.
On the outside chance that you do not qualify for a charitable programme and you have no means of paying for private treatment, there are free outpatient services offered by the NHS. We would be happy to advise you on such services if they are appropriate to your circumstances.
Length of Rehab
Another question we are frequently asked is how long prescription drug rehab treatment will take. Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to that question. It depends on number of factors, including:
- the facility and programme used
- the commitment level of the addict
- the length and severity of the addiction.
The average residential addiction rehab programme goes for a minimum of 28 days. Clinics offer programmes lasting up to 12 weeks as well. It all depends on what you specifically need for your circumstances. That said, recovery is not necessarily complete once you leave a residential programme. Something else, known as aftercare, will follow.
Aftercare is a collection of services provided in the weeks and months following residential rehab. The purpose of aftercare is to help prevent relapse as the addict reintegrates into society. For some people, just a few months of aftercare are all that’s needed. Other people choose to utilise aftercare services well into the future.
During both your residential and aftercare treatment, expect to participate in the 12-step programme originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s. This programme is now the standard for most drug treatment rehab providers. The programme’s success is based in the idea of forcing the addict to come face-to-face with his or her addiction rather than continuing to follow a policy of blame and escapism.
As part of the 12-step programme, you may be encouraged to become part of a local support group during the aftercare portion of your treatment. You might even decide to continue participating in the group long after your aftercare is complete. A support group is a wonderful opportunity to continue practicing the 12-step programme for as long as you need it.
Prescription drug addiction is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with using effective strategies. We can help you avail yourself of proven treatment by way of private clinics and charities offering rehab services. Our job, as a confidential referral organisation, is to connect you with a provider that can offer you treatment well suited to your needs. If you are ready to get started, we are ready to help you.