Painkillers such as OxyContin, morphine, Dilaudid, and many others allow people with pain to live more active lives. However, because many painkillers are opioids, they are chemically similar to potent illicit drugs like heroin and thus have the potential to be misused.
When used recreationally, painkillers can cause feelings of relaxation and euphoria which can in turn cause users to continue using these drugs. This cycle of repeated use, if left unchecked, may result in a person developing a painkiller addiction and requiring professional help to overcome his or her addiction.
Fortunately, at The Manor Clinic, we understand the pain and danger that can result from painkiller use, but we also know that hope exists for healing. As such, we provide comprehensive addiction treatment that gives those who are struggling with painkiller use the chance to retake their lives and experience long-term sobriety.
Painkiller Addiction Treatment at The Manor Clinic
Though painkillers are relatively safe when used according to physician recommendations, they can be dangerous if intentionally misused. These medications can be as powerful or more powerful than heroin (although they are significantly safer and more chemically pure), so it is important to treat them with care. Because they are opioids, the effects of painkiller misuse are similar to the effects of misuse of any opioid: poor job performance, potential for job loss and career derailment, strained or broken relationships, financial struggles, interaction with the legal system, organ damage, cognitive decline, and risk of death or injury from accident, overdose, or suicide attempts. Fortunately, however, these disastrous consequences need not be your story or your friend or family member’s story. With prompt and effective treatment, it is possible to overcome painkiller addiction and steer clear of these consequences.
Types of Painkiller Addiction Treatment Offered at The Manor Clinic
The Manor Clinic is where recovery is possible. Located in Southampton, this 15-bed centre supplies high quality treatment to men and women who are struggling with addictions to substances and co-occurring mental health disorders. With en-suite 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 man or woman 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 painkillers, 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 painkillers, 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 painkillers 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 is important when recovering from an addiction to prescription painkillers. 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 man and women entrusted into our care achieves his or her recovery goals. Furthermore, in choosing to recover from addiction to prescription painkillers 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 painkiller addiction treatment, look no further than The Manor Clinic. Our staff are 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, drug-free future awaits.
Helping a Loved One Get Treatment for Painkiller Addiction
Watching someone battle with painkiller addiction can be an exhausting and emotionally draining process. Although you may feel as though there is little you can do to help them, consider the following options:
- Research treatment options from The Manor Clinic.
- Research their painkiller of choice. Learn the signs, symptoms and effects of painkiller addiction
- Work to keep open lines of communication. In doing so, you not only help keep your relationship healthy but also give them a chance to come to you for help. You may consider sharing your concerns with them, but try to do so in as patient and non-judgemental a manner as possible.
- When they are ready to enter treatment, help him or her with the transition process. For example, they will likely need one or more meetings with treatment centre staff, so offer to arrange those meetings and accompany them so he or she does not feel alone.
- Remain an active source of support during your friend or family member’s time in treatment. If they wish, seek out updates from the centre’s clinical staff and check in regularly.
- Above all, take care of yourself by calling in the support of family and friends. In addition, take care of your body and mind by practising good eating, sleeping, and exercise habits and setting aside time for hobbies and other fun activities. Joining a support group is another excellent way to find support during this difficult season.