Prescription painkillers, many of which contain opioids, are designed to treat physical pain, usually due to illness, injury, or medical procedures. Common opioid-based painkillers include Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin. These drugs are extremely addictive, and can compel even the most careful users to take more than is recommended, for longer periods of time than prescribed. These drugs create a mood-altering high that is temporary, but compelling for many people.
The abuse of opioid-based prescription painkillers can quickly result in dependence, which is known clinically as an opioid use disorder. When a person becomes addicted to an opioid-based prescription painkiller, his or her body will quickly adjust to their presence and will crave these drugs when the individual either attempts to stop abusing them or cannot acquire them quickly enough to stave off withdrawal symptoms.
Serenity Knolls offers dedicated recovery care for opioid addiction and dependence. Our professional staff members are committed to helping each person who enters treatment find a path to wellness. With over 25 years of experience, Serenity Knolls offers solutions to men and women who want to overcome dependence to prescription painkillers.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be distressing to learn that a loved one has become dependent on prescription painkillers. You may feel helpless in the face of this powerful addiction, but there are some ways that you can have a positive impact on your loved one’s future. Consider the following steps:
- Educate yourself about prescription painkillers (and pain management, if necessary). Learn about the signs and symptoms of opioid painkiller dependence and addiction. Learn about the signs of overdose so you may be able to react swiftly if an emergency should arise.
- Consult with a local professional or a treatment program of interest to learn more about effective treatment options for a prescription painkiller addiction. If your loved one’s painkiller addiction was brought on by a legitimate medical concern, consider discussing this issue with a family physician. You may want to research legitimate addiction or healthcare information websites to learn more about treatment options.
- Compile a list of treatment programs that may fit the needs of your loved one. You will want to have this list handy in case your loved one may choose treatment.
- Talk with your loved one about his or her condition. You may face denial, resistance, or hostility if your loved one becomes defensive or anxious about the possibility of needing to quit painkillers and face uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Remain calm and supportive while you talk to your loved one and listen carefully to his or her concerns. If possible, discuss the treatment options you have found.
- If your loved one will accept treatment, you may be able to help him or her with the logistics associated with addiction treatment. For instance, you may be able to provide transportation, pet care, or child care assistance while your loved one enters treatment.
- Finally, take good care of yourself. Consider joining family therapy or family support groups if the treatment program of your choice offers them. These programs will not only help you remain strong, but they will also help you better support your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Regular misuse of prescription painkillers quickly becomes a draining experience. These opioid drugs will drain relationships, finances, and finally, health. Prescription painkiller addiction can alter an individual’s goals and hopes to the point that obtaining more of these drugs becomes the only important thing. Job loss, divorce, loss of child custody, and financial strains are all possible while using these drugs. Additionally, drugs like Percocet contain acetaminophen, another pain reliever that can cause liver damage and lead to early death. Most opioid painkillers depress breathing and may lead to sudden overdose or death.
Prescription painkiller addiction is a powerful addiction. Many people feel a great deal of apprehension when faced with opioid withdrawal. Fortunately, it is possible to overcome dependence on a prescription painkiller and enjoy life once again. Serenity Knolls has been experienced in treating prescription painkiller addiction for over 25 years. There is hope for a brighter tomorrow, even after the most severe addictions.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to prescription painkillers and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with knowledgeable and experienced alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to prescription painkillers.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to prescription painkillers. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to prescription painkillers and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by our psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
- Process groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as the work towards overcoming an addiction to prescription painkillers.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to prescription painkillers. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to prescription painkillers and would like to partake in top-notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.