Treatment for Demerol Addiction
While an addiction to Demerol can be tough to overcome, there are many treatment programs available to help with the process. Those with a long history of Demerol addiction may need more intensive care in an inpatient setting. A mild Demerol use disorder may be sufficiently treated in an outpatient program.
Some rehabs also offer dual diagnosis programs to treat co-occurring mental disorders, such as depression. Treatment centers offer a safe and controlled environment where patients can focus on beating their addiction. They provide a variety of resources and education to help their patients live a more productive life in recovery.
Given that opioid painkillers are some of the most commonly abused drugs in America, many rehabs offer addiction treatment programs for Demerol users. When choosing a treatment center, it’s important for Demerol users to find a rehab with a medical detox program, such as:
Inpatient treatment centers provide the the highest level of supervision and care for Demerol users. These programs normally last 30 to 90 days, but some centers will extend the length of stay when necessary. During inpatient rehab, patients live at the facility and are subject to certain rules and regulations, such as:
- Drug screenings
- Dress code
- Specified visitation hours
- Diet restrictions
- Attendance at 12-step meetings
These strict rules are in place to ensure each resident’s safety and sobriety.
These sessions allow Demerol users to open up about their addiction and learn how to better control their desire to use drugs. Some treatment programs also provide in-house psychiatric counseling to help patients dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Various modes of therapy may be used to treat Demerol addiction, including cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and motivational enhancement therapy. Medications, such as Suboxone, may also be used during treatment.
Detox is often the first step in many treatment programs. Medically assisted detox services are provided in-house at some inpatient rehabs. Other treatment centers require patients to attend a detox program outside of the facility prior to their admission.
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Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention Strategies
Outpatient treatment programs offer many of the same benefits as inpatient treatment, but they allow patients more freedom. During outpatient treatment, Demerol users can live at their own home or in sober housing. This allows patients to continue working or taking care of their children while also attending treatment.
While the flexibility of outpatient treatment is suitable for those with mild addictions, Demerol users with a long or severe history of addiction will likely have more success in an inpatient program.
The first few weeks post-rehab are often the most difficult as former users transition back to daily life. The temptation to use Demerol can be strong, so having a support system and ongoing treatment plan in place can help with ongoing sobriety.
Continued participation in therapy and 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can provide recovering Demerol users with a healthy support system. Twelve-step programs connect former Demerol users to other recovering addicts who understand what they’re going through. These people can provide an open ear to the newly recovering user’s struggles and offer advice based on their own experience in recovery.
Relapse prevention is a key component of a Demerol user’s post-treatment plan. Some tips for avoiding relapse include:
- Finding alternative methods of pain relief – For those who became addicted to Demerol while taking it for pain, finding drug-free ways to reduce pain will lessen your desire to use again. Try heat therapy, ice packs, massage therapy or acupuncture as alternatives.
- Getting your endorphins flowing – Endorphins are our body’s natural pain and stress relievers. Increasing the amount of endorphins your body produces is another way to reduce pain. It will also help you to feel better mentally in recovery. Exercise is widely known to boost endorphins, but there are also other ways to increase these hormones. Try eating dark chocolate or spicy foods, using lavender or vanilla essential oils and candles, laughing with loved ones, taking a group fitness class or listening to your favorite music.
- Clearing your mind – Meditation can be very effective for pain relief, as well as overall mental health and clarity. The practice has proven to boost emotional well-being, cognitive function and the immune system, while also reducing blood pressure and stress. Having the ability to think clearly and de-stress will be especially helpful when faced with triggers in recovery.
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