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Understanding Demerol Abuse Recovery
Demerol is a type of opioid pain medication that is typically used for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain. As a narcotic opioid substance, however, Demerol has highly addictive properties that make it highly susceptible for abuse. Also known by the generic name of meperidine, Demerol should be consumed only as directly as prescribed by one’s physician, as it can be habit-forming, even when taken at normal dosages. When taken in higher-than-prescribed dosages, or when taken more frequently than prescribed, the result can be the onset of a euphoric high. The pleasurable effects elicited by this substance can cause users to crave continued use, ultimately resulting in the onset of tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Once an addiction to this prescription medication has developed, it can be extremely difficult to overcome.
Although the presence of an addiction can rapidly wreak havoc on the lives of those ensnared in its trap, there are treatment options available that can help individuals who have become addicted to Demerol put an end to their destructive, and potentially deadly, habit. Medication assisted treatment is one type of treatment intervention that can help people who are battling an addiction to this prescription medication take the first step towards recovery.
Medication assisted treatment incorporates the use of specific medications that are proven to be safe and effective in lessening cravings, preventing severe withdrawal symptoms, and prohibiting the harmful effects that arise from the prolonged abuse of opioids, such as Demerol. By taking these medications under the close supervision of qualified professionals, people can come to find the clearness of mind that is needed in order to successfully embark on their journey to recovery.
At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our trained and qualified staff of medical and mental health professionals are available to implement and monitor this effective form of treatment so that men and women who are struggling with an addiction to Demerol can regain control of their lives. Here at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you rediscover the joy of living a happy, healthy, and well-balanced life, free from the grips of an addiction to Demerol.
Types of Treatment Offered for Demerol Abuse at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
As a network of providers who specialize in supplying outpatient care, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer medication assisted treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are battling an addiction to Demerol. The highly skilled and compassionate staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans that are customized to meet the unique needs of each client who is entrusted into our care. The array of medication assisted treatments and therapeutic services offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers include the following:
Methadone: Considerable amounts of research have outlined the safety and effectiveness of using methadone in the treatment of opioid addictions when used as directed and under the close supervision of qualified healthcare providers. Methadone works by interacting with same receptors in the brain that are activated by Demerol or other opioids, but does not produce the same euphoric high that is associated with the use of these substances. This means that clients can take methadone and still go to work, go to school, drive a car, and otherwise participate in the tasks of daily living without being high or experiencing the all-consuming cravings for Demerol or the detrimental withdrawal symptoms that occur once Demerol use has ceased.
Suboxone: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in approved medication assisted opioid addiction treatment programs, Suboxone is a medication that works by suppressing Demerol cravings and fending off withdrawal symptoms without causing the user to experience a Demerol-related high. Suboxone is the brand name of a medication that contains a combination of two substances, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine provides relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone protects against abuse and overdose.
Subutex (Buprenorphine): Like Suboxone, Subutex contains buprenorphine, which provides relief from Demerol cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the disorienting high that is associated with the substance. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. In many medication assisted treatment programs, clients will begin their treatment by taking Subutex, but will later transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.
Vivitrol: While Subutex, Suboxone, and methadone are all administered orally on a daily basis, Vivitrol was designed to be a longer-lasting medication that is administered once each month via an injection. The primary active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which is a chemical that aids in preventing people from experiencing cravings for their drug of choice while also suppressing the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms associated with Demerol withdrawal.
Individual therapy: At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that, in order for medication assisted treatment regimens to be successful in the long-term, therapeutic interventions are also necessary in helping individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Demerol. While the medication works to provide mental clarity and cognitive relief by alleviating the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the crucial role of addressing the psychological, emotional, and behavioral concerns that either led a person to begin using Demerol or that have been exacerbated by the Demerol use itself. Individual therapy is designed to be a time for clients to meet on a one-to-one basis with a counselor to discuss their progress in the treatment program as well as to address any concerns or issues that may arise.
Group therapy: In addition to the one-to-one sessions that clients have during their individual therapy sessions, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers also offer group therapy sessions that are designed to provide helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions in a supervised therapeutic environment. By participating in group therapy with other individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Demerol or other substance, clients can make great progress in their recovery journey by both receiving and providing personal insights, encouragement, and support from and to their peers. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are skilled in providing structured, informative, and empathic sessions that are both safe and productive experiences for all participants.
Why Consider Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Demerol Abuse
As is true for the abuse of any opioid, the abuse of Demerol can leave individuals susceptible to experiencing a great deal of negative consequences, of which can impact all areas of their lives. Physically, the use of Demerol can cause individuals to experience labored breathing, a slowed heartbeat, uncontrollable muscle movements, weakness, dizziness, severe fatigue/drowsiness, and the onset of seizures. Mentally, the abuse of Demerol can bring about feelings of agitation, irritability, and severe confusion. Users of Demerol also tend to experience significant changes in mood and may suffer from the onset of symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Furthermore, because an addiction to Demerol can rapidly overtake an individual’s perception of what is important, things that would once have been considered a priority are likely to begin to fall to the wayside. This can result in the demise of important relationships, the development of familial discord, occupational problems, financial strife, and social isolation.
While overcoming an addiction to Demerol can seem overwhelming and nearly impossible for people who have found themselves trapped in its addictive powers, there are ways to defeat it. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our experienced and dedicated experts are ready and willing to guide you as you make the life-saving choice to confront your addiction, overcome the compulsion to use this toxic substance, and return to living the happy, healthy, and sober life that you deserve.