For many people, prescription medications are miracles of modern medicine that allow them to live fuller, healthier lives. However, these medications also can cause great harm if they are misused. The following are among the most common forms of prescription medications that are vulnerable to misuse:
- Stimulants, such as Ritalin, which are typically used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When misused, they can induce feelings of pleasure, euphoria, and excessive energy
- Benzodiazepines, or benzos, such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan, are typically used to treat anxiety disorders. When misused, they can cause the user to feel relaxation and pleasure
- Opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin, codeine, and morphine, are most commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain. When misused, these medications produce strong feelings of euphoria and relaxation
Any of these prescription drugs can cause tremendous disruption in a person’s life if they are misused or not used with care. Furthermore, once a person begins misusing these medications, it can be all but impossible to stop without professional care.
Fortunately, at The Manor Clinic, we understand the pain and danger that can result from prescription medication misuse, and we also know that hope exists for healing. As such, we provide comprehensive treatment that gives those who are struggling with prescription drug misuse the chance to retake their lives and experience long-term sobriety.
Why Consider Treatment at The Manor Clinic
If left untreated, prescription drug misuse can be just as dangerous as misuse of any other drug. Poor job performance, job loss, and financial strain are all possible, as is relationship strain, divorce, and social isolation. Those seeking to acquire prescription drugs may also violate the law in doing so, possibly resulting in legal repercussions. Prescription drug misuse may also cause long-standing physical damage. While the consequences of misuse can be severe, with the help of a comprehensive treatment centre, it is possible to break free from a cycle of prescription drug misuse.
Types of Treatment Offered at The Manor Clinic
Located in Southampton, this 14-bed centre supplies high quality treatment to individuals who are struggling with addictions to substances and co-occurring mental health disorders. With ensuite rooms that are accessible to individuals with limited mobility and treatment methods and modalities that are proven effective in helping adults break free from chemical dependency, this centre is where lives are transformed for the better.
The team of professionals who deliver treatment at The Manor Clinic go above and beyond to help patients reach their recovery goals and are able to do so because of their expertise in treating people battling the disease of addiction. Respect for the dignity of each person entrusted into our care is revered, and the therapeutic experience at this centre is focused solely on the needs of each patient. When a man or woman elects to receive care at The Manor Clinic, a customised plan of care will be devised, and will include only the most appropriate protocols that will enable the individual to recover and heal in a lasting way. Depending on the programme that a person participates in, whether it is our 7, 14, or 28 day programme, the following methods of treatment are those that can be incorporated into a man or woman’s personally tailored treatment plan:
Medically assisted detox: When a person embarks on the journey towards a recovered life at The Manor Clinic, he or she may require detoxification services at the start of his or her care. Medically assisted detox, which is supervised by our team of medical professionals, is offered to help patients clear their bodies of substances of misuse, such as prescription medications, and enables them to achieve the clarity of mind to participate in other elements of our treatment. Detox at our centre can be administered for up to a week, though the length of time a patient spends in our detox level of care can vary based on the patient’s needs.
Medication management: For patients who require pharmaceutical intervention in order to manage mental health condition symptoms while working to defeat an addiction to prescription medications, our centre is pleased to provide medication management services to those who require it. Our psychiatrists are on-hand to assess the need for and prescribe medication, and our on-call doctors and 24-hour nursing staff supervise the progress and effectiveness of any medication given.
Group therapy: For many individuals, struggling with an addiction to prescription medications can be a painfully lonely experience, with many thinking no one can understand what they are going through. At The Manor Clinic, however, we aim to eliminate this feeling and thought process by offering group therapy opportunities from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. During group therapy sessions, patients benefit from the support of their peers and are given skills and guidance from our clinical team to leave their substance misuse in the past. Among the various types of groups and group topics covered in sessions, the following are but a few examples of group therapy experience at our centre:
- Patient-centred groups that focus on addiction-related topics
- Disease concept
- Working the programme
- Family / relationships issues
- Work-related issues
- Social life concerns
- Anger management
- Mood management
- 12-Step groups
Individual therapy: At The Manor Clinic, group therapy meets most of our patients’ needs. However, at the care planning stage at the start of a patient’s treatment programme, individual therapy needs are discussed with all patients on our longer treatment programmes. If it is felt the patient would benefit from one to one therapy, it will be applied at a certain stage of treatment and tailored to the individual’s needs.
Family support: We support patients’ families and significant others in a safe environment to help them understand addiction. The weekend sessions help the family develop constructive ways they can help their loved ones overcome their addiction as well as caring for themselves. Our family liaison workers lead these sessions, and these staff members are highly trained to work with the primary support networks of people struggling with addiction. This support, including 24/7 telephone support remains available to family members even after the person they care about has completed treatment with us.
Experiential therapy: Being able to heal one’s mind and body are important when recovering from an addiction to prescription medications. For this reason, The Manor Clinic includes various experiential therapies that are meant to help patients experience healing in a profound way. The below listed therapies are among those that can be incorporated into patients’ care plans so that the men and women we treat can benefit from our holistic approach to addiction treatment:
- Aftercare group
Treatment at The Manor Clinic is a truly personal and unique experience. We tailor each treatment plan to meet the needs of those we treat, and we strive to ensure that each person entrusted into our care achieves their recovery goals. Furthermore, in choosing to recover from addiction to prescription medications at The Manor Clinic, patients become part of our family, and are able to receive continued support from other alumni via our Alumni Services long after completing treatment at our exemplary centre.
If you or someone you care about is in need of effective addiction treatment, look no further than The Manor Clinic. Our staff is available to answer any questions that you or your friend or family member may have, and we are happy to help you determine if our centre is where the next and sober chapter in your life can commence.
At The Manor Clinic, a healthier, substance-free future awaits.
Helping a Loved One Get Treatment
It can be a painful turn to watch a someone become imprisoned by the very medication that was supposed to help them become healthier. Thankfully, however, there are steps you can take to help your loved one break free from the cycle of prescription medication misuse. Some of these steps include:
- Learn about their prescription drug of choice. Learn the signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse. Stimulants tend to have different effects from opioids, which themselves tend to be different from benzos, so learning about their preferred drug can help you understand his or her experience and make a plan for how to respond to your loved one being intoxicated or suffering an overdose.
- Research treatment options from The Manor Clinic.
- Continue to keep open lines of communication. Though it may be difficult, try to remain patient and non-judgmental as you discuss their prescription drug misuse, and reinforce your care for them. Do your best to ensure the conversation does not turn into an argument.
- When they are ready to enter treatment, present him or her with the list of treatment centres you made and help him or her with any logistical issues that arise during his or her transition into care.
- Continue taking care of yourself. Set aside time for your hobbies and make sure to lean on the support of family and friends during this difficult time. You may also benefit from joining a support group for people whose friends or family members are battling prescription drug misuse.