While prescription painkillers can offer an extreme sense of relief for numerous individuals worldwide, there are unfortunately many individuals who fall into the dangerous pattern of abusing these medications. There are many different kinds of prescription painkillers, such as Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin that can be used in the treatment of pain that ranges from mild to severe.
While beneficial when used correctly and for the appropriate medical purposes, these medications possess the potential to be habit-forming. When abused, prescription painkillers can produce feelings of extreme euphoria, relaxation, and a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. Once the abuse of prescription painkillers has begun, or if an addiction has developed, it can be a problem that is increasingly challenging to defeat.
At Keystone, we understand the pain that comes along with a prescription painkiller addiction, and we know how challenging it can be to overcome this dangerous behavior. Therefore, we have developed specialized programming that is provided within an atmosphere that is respectful, accountable, trustworthy, and honest so that individuals can effectively win the war against prescription painkiller addiction once and for all.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one or a family member grapple with a prescription painkiller addiction can cause you to be filled to the brim with fear and concern. You know that your loved one needs help, however, you might be unsure of what you can do to help him or her. Consider the following:
- Learn about the effects and symptoms of prescription painkiller abuse, as well as the signs of overdose so you know what to do in the event of an emergency.
- Realize that addiction is a disease and that your loved one is no longer well enough to manage his or her behaviors. Viewing addiction as a disease can help you develop empathy as opposed to hanging on to anger and fear.
- Do everything in your power not to enable your loved one. While this might be challenging, it is critical to his or her survival.
- Look into treatment centers that offer services for those who are addicted to prescription painkillers.
- Speak to your loved one in a non-judgmental manner when attempting to have a caring, honest conversation about your concerns and the possibility of him or her accepting treatment. Allow your loved one to voice his or her opinion at this time.
- Encourage your loved one to obtain treatment by offering to help him or her be admitted and/or attending appointments with him or her.
- When treatment begins, ask your loved one’s treatment provider how you can stay involved in his or her treatment. Learn about the many ways that you can continue to encourage your loved one when he or she is done with treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone
When allowed to continue without the correct treatment services, a prescription painkiller addiction can destroy an individual’s life. The abuse of these medications can lead to problems at work, home, and school, causing academic setbacks, marital/family problems, and financial concerns. When an individual makes his or her substance abuse his or her main priority, all other responsibilities can fall to the wayside. In addition, the abuse of prescription medications can cause extreme physical harm to the users, including causing cognitive impairment, organ damage, weakening of one’s immune system, and memory disturbances, to name a few. Thankfully, by participating in comprehensive treatment, these negative consequences and effects can be decreased and/or avoided altogether.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our inpatient program is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. Our residential treatment programs are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients.
Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioid tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dieticians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with prescription painkillers, other drugs, or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our prescription painkiller detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with co-occurring mental illness may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psychoeducational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five groups per day for adolescents.
Group topics for adults may include the following:
- Topics Group
- Relaxation Groups
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- Young Adult Topic Group Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Gambling Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
Groups that are offered to adolescents may include the following:
- Spirituality Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Topics Group
- Relaxation Group
- Skills Training Groups
- Recovery Skills Group
- Exercise Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Community Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Cultural activities
- Pastoral care
- Ropes course
- Arts and crafts
- Recreational therapy
- Social training
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to offering the treatment methods described above, we also work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse collaborate with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. Additionally, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers, let Keystone Recovery Center be the place where you take your first step toward a recovered life.