Often considered miracles of modern medicine, prescription drugs have allowed millions of people worldwide to experience relief from mental and physical symptoms and live full, enriched lives. However, these potent drugs can be double-edged swords, as the same power that enables them to heal can also make them tempting targets for abuse. When used recreationally, prescription drugs often cause feelings of intense alertness, total relaxation, or euphoria. Despite their potential to help, prescription drugs often have just as much potential to harm as their illicit counterparts. Once a person begins abusing these substances, he or she may develop a prescription drug use disorder that can be all but impossible to overcome without help.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with prescription drug use disorders for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, caring staff are committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from prescription drug abuse and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Standing by as a loved one struggles with prescription drug abuse can be a painful experience, but there are a number of steps you can take to help, such as:
- Learn about your loved one’s drug of choice, and become familiar with the symptoms of intoxication and overdose.
- Research treatment centers and make a short list of a few that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Communicate openly with your loved one. Inform your loved one that you are aware of his or her struggle and reinforce that you want to help. Listen to him or her openly and nonjudgmentally, and share the list of treatment centers you researched. Lastly, try your best to make sure the conversation does not turn into an argument.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help him or her with logistics. Make appointments with the treatment center and offer to go to those appointments with your loved one.
- Make sure to take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Do not be afraid to seek support from friends and family members. You might also consider joining a support group for people whose loved ones are struggling with prescription drug abuse.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Although prescription drugs are safe when used according to physician recommendations, they can be just as dangerous as their illicit counterparts, such as meth and heroin, when abused. Prescription drug abuse can cause relationship strain among family and friends, and may even result in separation, divorce, and loss of child custody. Injury from activities undertaken while intoxicated (such as driving) can leave lasting physical and emotional marks, and the drugs themselves can cause organ damage and long-term cognitive impairment. Poor job performance is also likely when a person is battling an addiction to prescription medications, and this can lead to demotion or job loss and subsequent financial strain. As with almost all substances of abuse, there is also the ever-present risk of a fatal overdose. While these consequences can be dire, hope remains as many of these consequences can be minimized or avoided altogether with prompt, effective treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital, and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to prescription drugs, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve your each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as prescription drugs, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to prescription drugs can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to prescription drugs often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we make available to our patients:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of a prescription drug addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of prescription drugs or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate in activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to prescription drugs has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to prescription drugs. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of treatment that will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then to intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction to prescription drugs in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you, and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.