People who have been prescribed opiate painkillers for chronic pain are likely to become addicted to them due to their prolonged use. Unlike people who became addicted to painkillers after being prescribed them for a short-term issue, chronic pain suffers will still need pain relief following their recovery from their opiate addiction. If you are a chronic pain suffer who needs addiction help and is considering a rehab center in Florida, rest assured that a rehab center in Florida will definitely address your pain issues as well as your addiction. They understand that taking a holistic approach to addiction treatment is addressing all facets that may have triggered the addiction.
The most pain management methods that Florida rehab centers utilize are:
Massage therapy can treat pain in the long-term by alleviating muscle tension, increasing flexibility, and promoting detox. Certain forms of massages can boost the lymphatic system to eliminate waste products more quickly and effectively from the body. Massages also come with the psychological benefit of relieving stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture consists of the therapist placing thin needles about 3 millimeters under the skin. The needles stay under the skin for about 40 minutes while the recipient is relaxing in a soothing environment. Acupuncture works by restoring a healthy flow of energy throughout the body, which allows the body to detox waste products, release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), and sleep better.
Distraction is simply getting involved in other activities to mitigate the pain. The experiential therapies in rehab will allow you to have explore a variety of activities that you can do to have fun while sober. Being as active as possible will take your mind off the pain, thus seemingly reducing the severity of it.
If your pain is too severe to be alleviated by natural methods, opiate alternative medications and over-the-counter drugs may be prescribed to treat your pain. Opiate replacements (e.g. methadone, suboxone, vivitrol, etc.) may be prescribed to give you the same pain relief effects while allowing you to function.
How Prescription Painkillers Contribute to the Nationwide Opiate Addiction Epidemic
Though it has always been the truth, the fact that addiction does not discriminate has become more common knowledge as a result of the nationwide opiate addiction epidemic. The traditional scheme of an addict was a disheveled person who lived on the streets and did nothing except use his or her substance of choice 24/7. The nationwide opiate addiction epidemic has shown people that their neighbors, co-workers, bosses, lawmakers, children’s teachers, and even their own children could be addicts.
Prescription painkillers and Big Pharma are the culprits to the nationwide opiate addiction epidemic. Over the past decade, prescription painkillers have been prescribed more than ever. Doctors are even prescribing prescription painkillers for mundane issues (e.g. toothache). Chronic pain suffers are simply being given prescriptions for opiates instead of being taught other methods to manage their pain. People become addicted to prescription painkillers because painkillers do not target the specific area of pain. Prescription painkillers work by causing changes in the brain to create the illusion of pain relief. In addition to physical pain relief, prescription painkillers often produce psychological pain relief by causing the users to feel euphoric and increasing their forgetfulness. People build a tolerance to opiates, so they need to take more to get the same effects as time goes by. The right combination of genetic factors and life events cause people to become addicted to the prescription painkillers. Prescription painkillers are expensive on the street, which is why many pain pill addicts end up using heroin to get the same high for a cheaper price.
How a Rehab Center in Florida Will Address Your Addiction
Florida rehab centers are known for taking a holistic approach to addiction treatment. Upon admission, you will be assessed for detox needs. You may spend several days to two weeks in detox, depending on a variety of factors (e.g. substances used, length of time you have been addicted, age, size, etc.). The medical staff will to their best to make sure you have the safest, most comfortable withdrawal possible. Withdrawal also presents a wave of overwhelming feelings (e.g. depression, anxiety, guilt, insomnia, etc.), so psychological counseling will be available at that time.
Following detox, you will proceed to the actual rehab program. You will receive a one-on-one counselor, who will obtain your psychosocial history to get to the root causes of your addiction. In addition to one-on-one counseling, you will receive group therapy. One form of group therapy will most likely be 12 Step Meetings. Your time in rehab will not just spent doing talk therapy and meetings, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities (e.g. art, sports, fitness, movie nights, nature adventures, etc.). Some days, you will even take trips off site to do activities (e.g. snorkeling, going to the local beach, seeing a movie at a movie theater, etc.). Your family will also be addressed to ensure their healing and ability to provide a nurturing, healthy environment for you upon your return home.
The Rehab Center Where Dreams of Recovery Come True
Dream Center for Recovery is located in Palm City, Florida. We offer intervention, detox, inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient, outpatient, aftercare, and medication-assisted treatment programs. We take a holistic approach to addiction treatment by using a variety of therapies to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Our excellence has earned them the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.
Dream Center for Recovery is nestled on eight acres of land. The facility is a large clean house that is similar to the houses most people live in. Our land produces fruits, vegetables, and trees. We offer a variety of amenities to their clients and offsite activities. Our staff is professional and compassionate.
If you are interested in Dream Center for Recovery to make your dream of an addiction-free like come true, call us today at 877-978-3148