Recovery is a long, grueling and incredibly taxing process, and it can be difficult to keep the end goal in sight. It can also be an isolating experience, as you are truly the only person who knows what you are going through. Because of this, it is imperative that hope serves as the bedrock of your prescription drug rehab. Hope, above all tangible things, will give you the why of your rehabilitation efforts.
Know that you’re doing what’s best for you
On the worst of the worst days in prescription drug rehab, remember why you sought treatment in the first place. You may have had a close call with an overdose, or your loved ones sat you down to express concern about your prescription drug use. Regardless of what brought you to this point, the important thing to remember is that you actively chose to seek treatment in order to better yourself. Through prescription drug rehab, you will not only safely wean yourself from addiction, but you will also gain mental clarity and a revived sense of self. Hope will find its way to you if you remember how and why you are here.
Listen to the experiences of those before you
If you are in an inpatient rehab facility for prescription drug addiction, surround yourself with folks who have been in similar shoes as you. Listen to their stories on how they got to where they are, and what their own long-term goals are in their recovery journeys. Seeing the progress of others in prescription drug rehab in real-time can motivate you to stay on this path and can ultimately give you insight into what your own recovery could look like.
If you’re doing outpatient treatment, consider going to group support sessions with others in prescription drug rehab. Going through recovery while going to work, socializing with non-sober friends, or otherwise living your daily life can be stressful and sometimes isolating. Connect with others who understand what you’re going through, and keep each other hopeful and accountable throughout your respective rehab journeys.
Grab a journal and get ready to write. Rehab provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on your current state of affairs and helps you determine what you do and do not want out of life. Take stock of all that you have to be grateful for, whether it be loving friends and family or good health. While prescription drug rehab should be something you pursue for yourself, knowing that it can indirectly help heal your loved ones can keep you hopeful during your recovery.
Create a roadmap
Defining attainable goals can give you something to look forward to during prescription drug rehab. Start small, your first step in inpatient rehab could be to safely get through the initial withdrawal period. Next, commit to staying sober for the duration of your inpatient rehab stay. Breaking up your recovery into smaller, realistic goals can make the process of rehab much less daunting, which makes it easier to remain hopeful each step of the way. Work with your therapist or a trusted advisor to define a recovery roadmap that is personalized to you.
Don’t rush your recovery
In order to be effective and sustainable, prescription drug rehab must be taken day by day. It can be frustrating to feel like little progress is being made, but it is critical to dedicate the proper time and space to your recovery. Take it slow, stay grounded and remember that recovery is a marathon.
Choose the rehab that works for you
At Silvermist, we offer two primary forms of prescription drug rehab. The first is medical detox, which is designed to help you withdraw from prescription drugs in a safe, comfortable and controlled environment. Through medical detox, we can also provide medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms and shorten the duration of the detox altogether. Medical detox must be done in a medical setting where healthcare professionals are able to monitor your detox and adjust the strategy as needed.
The second, somewhat similar approach, is medication-assisted treatment – an approach that combines therapy with certain medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone. This treatment modality is known for being effective during prescription drug rehabilitation and helps reduce the risk of overdose death and relapse. The added benefit of medication-assisted treatment is that the corresponding therapy can give you the tools needed to continue your recovery after you leave rehab.
Of course, these are not the only two treatment options available for prescription drug addiction and they are not one-size-fits-all, but finding what works best for you can help give you hope that your rehab is working. Reach out to us today at (724) 268-4858 to discuss your options for a personalized approach to prescription drug rehab.