Prescription medications are drugs that are used to improve people’s quality of life. Opioids, such as morphine, codeine, and Dilaudid, are used to treat pain, and stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, allow people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to function at their full potential. Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are typically used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. Unfortunately, while these medications are safe when used according to physician recommendations, these drugs can produce powerful pleasurable feelings when abused, thus making them tempting targets for abuse. While prescription medications have allowed many people to life full and satisfying lives, many other people have found themselves trapped in the cycle of prescription drug abuse.
At Mirror Lake, we understand the pain that prescription drug abuse can cause, and we have extensive experience helping people overcome addictions to these powerful drugs. Wanting to give you a chance to live life to the fullest, our caring and compassionate staff are eager to provide you with high-quality treatment that can enable you to live a life free from the influence of prescription drug abuse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one wrestle with a prescription drug abuse problem can be an emotionally taxing experience. And while you may feel powerless in trying to help your loved one overcome his or her prescription drug abuse problem, there are actually a number of steps you can take to encourage your loved one’s journey to sobriety. Please consider the following:
- Learn about your loved one’s preferred drug or drugs. The abuse of different types of medications often comes with different signs and symptoms. Vicodin abuse looks different from Adderall abuse, which can also differ from benzodiazepine abuse. Learning about your loved one’s drug(s) of choice can provide you with knowledge for how to best help him or her.
- Research rehab centers. While most rehab centers will provide interventions like individual therapy and groups, each treatment center has a slightly different approach to treatment, and a different set of treatment experiences available. Read about rehab centers you are interested in, speak with members of the centers’ treatment teams, and make a short list of centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Communicate with your loved one. Let your loved one know you are aware of his or her struggle with prescription drugs, but try your best to do so in an open and nonjudgmental manner. Give him or her time to respond, and listen patiently to your loved one. Make sure the conversation does not turn into an argument.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, share your list of rehab centers and discuss options. Set up appointments with treatment center staff and offer to accompany your loved one to those appointments. Continue being an active source of support to your loved one while he or she is in treatment.
- Perhaps most importantly, take care of yourself. It will be difficult to help your loved one if you are not taking care of yourself, so take time to eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, and keep up with your hobbies. You also will need emotional support, so reach out to friends and family during this time.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Though prescription drugs can be beneficial when they are used appropriately, they are still powerful substances. If a person abuses them, he or she is at risk for many of the same consequences that can affect users of illicit drugs, including job loss, financial difficulty, separation, divorce, loss of child custody, and social isolation. In addition, a person may suffer organ damage, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, legal involvement, jail time, or injury sustained while high. As with almost any other substance of abuse, every use comes with the risk of overdose. Fortunately, however, prescription drug abuse is a treatable condition, and with prompt treatment at a dedicated substance abuse rehab center, it is possible to overcome an addiction to these drugs and reclaim one’s life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake has been providing transformative rehab that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest rehab centers in the state, and has become known as a provider of high quality addiction treatment.
The tranquil setting in which treatment occurs is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective methods of care to treat our clients. The foundation of our rehab is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of a prescription drug addiction. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to heal at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complex medical histories. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase treatment program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized treatment plan while participating in treatment at Mirror Lake:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to prescription drugs, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that caused their addictions. Mirror Lake employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While detoxing from prescription drugs, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each client on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and assist them in establishing short-term rehab goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as prescription drugs. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions take place on our campus in Burns, Tennessee, and are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our rehab, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program. This program, which allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the treatment we offer for an addiction to prescription drugs. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in rehab at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method for treating individuals who are battling an addiction to prescription drugs. Part of our holistic approach includes the use of experiential therapies in our programming. The following types of experiential therapy may be included in a client’s personalized rehab plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their treatment. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows participants to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most and help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time at Mirror Lake, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to prescription drugs. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their treatment goals, and we make a concerted effort to ensure that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving Mirror Lake.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how our rehab center can help you or someone you care about, call us today.