Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating prescription drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Prescription drug abuse occurs when a patient takes their medication for a reason not listed in their prescription. Abusing any drug, which includes prescription ones, can change how your brain functions. Most people start by choosing to take these medications, but after a few months, the changes in their brain impact their self-control and ability to make healthy choices; this can leave a person with an intense urge to take drugs.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these three classes of prescription drugs are the most abused:
Opioids Doctors have been prescribing high levels of opioid painkillers to patients since the early 1990s due to the rising age of the U.S. population, which means more people are living with chronic pain. Common prescription drugs include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. Opioids are known for causing temporary joy, and some people with an addiction illegally snort or inject them to achieve this effect.
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants: Doctors prescribe CNS depressants to patients with anxiety and insomnia. Taking this medication can help patients achieve a calm state of mind and help them fall asleep, but some people who are addicted begin to take larger doses. A person might develop a high tolerance, meaning they need to take more medication to achieve the desired effect.
Stimulants: These drugs provide a person’s body with a jump-start, giving them a boost in energy, alertness, and attention. They can raise a person’s heart rate, blood sugar, and blood pressure, which can narrow their blood vessels and open their airways. Doctors typically prescribe this medication to those with asthma, obesity, ADHD, depression, narcolepsy, and other conditions. Individuals who become addicted to this drug may crush the pills and snort them, leading to high body temperature and uneven heartbeat.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Prescription drug addiction is treatable, and treatment options vary depending on the drug and an individual’s needs. Generally, detoxification, counseling, and psychotherapy (talk therapy) are the three main components of treatment. A licensed drug counselor or other addiction specialists can provide a person with individual, group, or family counseling, which can help a person with the following:
Determine what factors may have contributed to prescription drug use, which usually includes underlying mental health problems and strained relationships
Learn the skills needed to combat cravings, avoid drug abuse, and help prevent recurrence of prescription drug problems
Identify ways to become involved in healthy activities
Learn strategies for developing healthy relationships
Learn to stop relapse in its tracks
Withdrawal can be dangerous, which is why a person should only detoxify under a doctor’s care. Here are a few ways a person with an addiction can receive help:
Opioid withdrawal: Opioid tapering involves decreasing the dose of medication until a patient no longer needs it. A doctor may inject a patient once a month with an injection that helps them stay off opioids during recovery.
Withdrawal from anti-anxiety medication and sedatives: It may take weeks for a person to taper off of this medication slowly. A doctor may prescribe other types of medication to a patient to help them stabilize their mood.
Stimulant withdrawal: Treatment generally focuses on tapering off the medication to relieve withdrawal symptoms, such as sleep problems, tiredness, and depression. Some people may choose to stay at an inpatient treatment center that can provide them with personal care and the tools they need to improve their quality of life.
10 weeks ago
This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
28 weeks ago
Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
46 weeks ago
Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
Jan 1, 2019
The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
Nov 13, 2018
This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
Aug 10, 2018
I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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