Opiate Prescription Addiction from pain management

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Opiate Prescription Addiction from pain management as a result of a Sports Injury. At forty-six years old and needing detox for prescription addiction to opiate medication that required detox that all started with pain management from a sports injury. I’ve always been athletic. In high school I played football and track. In college I focused on my studies and in my free time I was always on the basketball court with my buddies or played a friendly game of football on the weekends. I went to a great university and landed a job that availed me growth professionally. In my personal life, I got married at 32 years old and my wife and I now have two kids. At one point our kids were in middle school and played club soccer I would run around with them during my free time on the soccer field for practice for their games. However in the early morning or on work trips you could always find me on the green playing a round golf with some guys from work.

Last year, I was playing with my boys on the field and my knee went out. I could feel the tear as I went down. After the surgery for the repair and pin they put in the next several months I was in physical therapy and on pain medication. At the same time my production network declined. It really affected how I felt myself, how I interacted with my kids and wife, and my performance at work and my free time and keeping myself fit. At 46-years-old I felt like everything was falling apart and opiate prescription addiction from pain management seemed like what I was experiencing.

What was worse was it seemed like every time reduced the pain medication the pain in my knee got worse. I became afraid it would never get better so I increased the amount of pain medication hoping I would be able to pull it together, but it was a disaster. Then I tried again to reduce the medication and I felt sick, my muscles ached, I got sweats, and threw up. Something changed. I questioned if I was addicted to the pain medication. Had I become an addict?

My wife was complaining all the time that I wasn’t getting anything done around house, and sleeping all the time, I was agitated when I wasn’t sleeping and just wanted to be left alone it was like I was under this dark cloud all the time. I didn’t know who to talk to. I couldn’t tell my doctor(s) because I needed them to continue to write me prescriptions or I was going to get sick. I was embarrassed and ashamed – is what my life and become, is this who I had to become? A prescription addict? I had three doctors that were treating me and prescribing me opiate medication like OxyContin, hydrocodone, and Percocet and I was clearly dependent and addicted.

Finally, my wife found a collection of empty pill bottles and she knew I was taking far too many pills and made a phone call to get me into treatment. The staff were so helpful and provided me a medication for detox to get me off of all those prescriptions where I didn’t get sick. They helped realign some of my thinking that had been so corrupted by that dark cloud in the dependency in that opiate prescription addiction from pain management.

Today, my knee feels better and I am able to play golf again as good as ever, I am very careful with what I do and play with my kids, however I’m available emotionally and to encourage them in their sports, I’m hundred percent at work and as successful or more successful than I’ve ever been and I’m available for my wife and my marriage – I have my life back.

Drug Treatment Care: Making it Count

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Drug Treatment Care: Making it Count

Helena started her drug treatment care at 18 years old. She opened herself to drug treatment with the staff’s teamwork and her willingness. When her first family session was scheduled, she asked to talk with me. Helena shared her fears about returning home after drug treatment care to live with her parents. She said her family did a lot of entertaining that often included drinking and sometimes even drug use. There was a fair amount of alcohol kept in the house, marijuana and paraphernalia. Helena felt her family would be unwilling to change their lifestyle to support her recovery and did not feel it would not be a stable environment to maintain her sobriety. It is likely she was right.

Drug Treatment Veil of Denial

During the first family session, her mother said Helena had the problem with addiction and that it was not her responsibility to change her lifestyle. Helena’s father said he was ashamed because all of his friend’s children were attending ivy league colleges and his daughter was in Rehab.

Asking For Help

Helena and I had agreed that the best support her parents could provide for her continued drug treatment care was to financially help her get into sober living. Her parents were wealthy, and said they could not afford sober living. Helena, her parents and I had multiple family sessions to attempt to educate her parents about her need to live in a sober environment. By the end of each session, Helena would dissolve into tears feeling hopeless and unsupported by the only people she thought she could count on. She said she was afraid her parents would not agree to continued drug treatment care and pay for sober living. It was impressive to see that at such a young age she understood that returning home was not a good choice, that it would not be safe for her. And it was great to see that she did not simply give up in light of the initial resistance with her parents.

Protecting Your Recovery

During her third family session, something shifted. Helena’s father heard her. He heard her request for help. He said he needed to be supportive of her request for help. Helena did continue her drug treatment care go to sober living. Many other challenges have come over time and she pushed through and now she has been sober three years, has a full-time job with benefits and she and a roommate are sharing their own apartment. While she has no interest in changing her parents, that isn’t her business, Helena limits her exposure to her parent’s lifestyle to support her own recovery. She runs community support groups, has a strong recovery support network, works with her sponsor and sponsors others.  It has been a pleasure watching her grow in her recovery.

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Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story
Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Almost everyone with drug addiction believes their drug addiction doesn’t affect anyone but themselves. This belief comes from the distorted thinking and secrecy from the disorder of the addiction itself. Somehow, the addicted believes no one notices, mostly because no one says anything out of fear – What if I am wrong? What if the person gets angry? What if I am right? What do I do about it? It is without question “the pink elephant in the middle of the room.”

John talked about his son Dylan who sought help at 23 years old. He thinks back and remembers when he was 12 and played baseball. He was a good student and they were close. Then Dylan started high school and they were so excited he made the team. John went to every game. Dylan was doing great! John and Dylan started planning for college and talking about how he could get a scholarship either academically or for his sports. Dylan was taking some AP classes and by end of 10th grade was feeling some stress about getting into “good” university. John remembers the athletic drive seemed to get more competitive and so did the academics. He looks down sadly, and says, “I pushed Dylan to do his best always.” He says, “the truth was he already was doing his best, I just added more pressure.”

Drug Addiction Impact

John says by Dylan’s junior year, he didn’t want to play baseball anymore. He said he didn’t like it and quit. His grades dropped some. John started to get frustrated – it was like he wasn’t trying hard enough.

John recalls other things changed, “Dylan was harder to wake up in the morning, he had different friends, he wasn’t interested in sports anymore, he really didn’t seem interested in anything honestly, he didn’t want to hang out with the family as much, our relationship became argumentative and I missed my son – I became angry – I changed too and didn’t understand why.”

Dylan did graduate from high school. John reflects on Dylan’s senior year of high school, “I did catch him smoking weed a couple of times, and he came home drunk after hanging out with his friends a few times.” John said. “I blew it off to he’s experimenting and that’s what kids do in high school.” Dylan didn’t get accepted to the university he wanted to go to, but did get accepted to a university and off he went.

By the end of his freshman year, Dylan was failing his classes in university and moved back home with his family to get a job and go to community college. He attended one semester and dropped those classes. He eventually moved into a small apartment with a friend. He waited tables at a local restaurant until he got pulled over one night for a DUI at 23 years old.

Drug Addiction Family Fear

John remembers that phone call that night. “As parents, we all dread that phone call in the middle the night, I was relieved that my son had been arrested. You know what I mean right? He was alive, he was safe!” John noted that he certainly had legal issues now, but it was also a time for a legal intervention and Dylan’s drug addiction could be interrupted – it was an opportunity.

Drug Addiction Recovery

Today Dylan is 27 years old, he has 3 ½ years sober, he’s in university and doing great. “That night would have seemed like a horror but it was actually a blessing,” John says. “Dylan went to treatment for what we thought would be 30 days, but he stayed six months, we are so proud of him – we have our son back and he has his life back,” with grateful tears, John reports.

In reflection, both Dylan and John note wishing they had reached out sooner. However, they are acutely aware suffering alone is not the answer – seeking help is, asking for help, accepting help – and hope that anyone reading this that is struggling or family and friends will know that help is available.


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Drug Addiction & Mental Health Disorders

Drug Addiction and Mental Health
Drug Addiction and Mental Health

Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

People can often have drug addiction with mental health disorders. Certainly, not all people with drug addictions have mental health disorders. On the other hand, not all people with mental health disorders have a drug addictions. Part of treatment will be a psychiatric evaluation to determine if a mental health disorder is present with drug addiction.

Mental health disorders can range from situational depression to chronic depression, anxiety disorders or more severe mental health disorders or chronic conditions. These can include mood or personality disorders, or psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Types

Some other disorders can include:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder, anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Treatment

During the psychiatric evaluation, it would also be determined which disorder is primary. This helps decide which medications would be necessary to manage the condition and interrupt the symptoms, as well as finding the right medications best suited for relapse prevention with drug addiction.

During the course of treatment, the dual diagnosis would be managed as the drug addiction is being treated.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Recovery

Clients with drug addictions and mental health disorders in treatment will learn new coping skills to manage emotions, triggers, and cravings. Concurrent mental disorders are treated through psychotherapy and psychotropic medications (if necessary). Each client in treatment would have a treatment plan for continued support therapeutically during her course of care and at the time of discharge for aftercare.

Recovery is possible if the dual diagnosis of drug addiction and mental health disorder is treated concurrently and if proper aftercare support is provided.


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Eating Disorder Help

Eating Disorder Help
Eating Disorder Help

Eating Disorder Help

Having an eating disorder is an all-consuming lifestyle. There are few moments in any given hour of any given day that your thoughts are not on food; weight; body image. Everyone, including you at one time thinks it is about the food, but it’s not at all. It’s about control and at some point, what once was the one thing you could control now seems to control you. In essence it has turned on you, taken you hostage. It is like being trapped in a prison in your mind.

Does this sound familiar? Those of us that work in eating disorder treatment have sat with countless others that share these very words or other like them. Some of us have even said them ourselves. We know your pain. We also know your fears. It is not an easy choice…to go on to the bitter end with your eating disorder or to give it up. It is hard to know what life will be without it. There is an old saying that goes something like “it is easier to stay with the pain you know then to chance for the happiness you don’t.” Or is it?

Do you want to be free of the endless unsupportive thoughts? Do you want to have a healthy relationship with your food? Do you wish to find happiness, joy and freedom? How much longer can you stay a prisoner of your eating disorder? 

The fear comes from the unknowing – what if? What if I don’t have my eating disorder. Who will I be without it? How will I survive without it? These are normal fears. AND resolvable. Getting eating disorder treatment and tools to lean into to replace the reach for the eating disorder helps, in addition, to getting in touch with your true SELF. Getting out of your head and in touch with your heart.   

Healing and recovering from an eating disorder is possible. One thing that stands true for each and every person in recovery is that they did not do it alone and they rely on a system of support to sustain it. You are enough. You deserve to be happy. You never have to be alone again. Take a deep breath and call. You are worth it.

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Men’s Addiction Treatment

Men’s addiction treatment

Men’s addiction treatment offers a clear focus that supports acceptance and community building to foster openness to help deal with specific concerns and co-occurring issues without distraction. Creating process groups that support the clients’ psychiatric assessment and individualized addiction treatment planning guides our certified counselors as well as professionally licensed therapists, to help men find recovery in men’s addiction treatment. Men’s addiction treatment is designed to support emotional, spiritual, character and recovery development that creates life balance.

Co-occurring Disorders and Process Addictions

Co-occurring disorders and process addictions often accompany addiction. Trust and therapeutic alliance is key to work through the needs of the treatment plan and addiction therapies provided for each client addresses any co-occurring and/or process addictions.

Men’s Addiction, Co-occurring mental health disorders & process addictions can include the following:

Often, these become more prevalent as the drug and/or alcohol addiction is treated. Therefore, it is important that co-occurring disorders and process addictions are addressed during the client’s men’s addiction treatment episode.

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Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women’s Addiction Treatment
Women’s Addiction Treatment

Women’s Addiction Treatment

Our women’s addiction treatment focus addresses unique circumstances specific to women and the impact of women’s addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our compassionate approach addresses the overwhelming shame, traumas, and unique challenges women overcome in their recovery. Process address self-defeating negative thoughts, codependency, self-esteem, and the attitudes and behaviors that hold women from the belief that they can live in the strength & courage they see in others, yet cannot see in themselves. Strong community & therapeutic alliance helps in overcoming the shame and traumas needed to solidify recovery to create life balance.

When two diagnosable sets of symptoms are applicable to one person, this is known as a “dual diagnosis” or co-occurring disorders. In addition, process addictions may be present or both or either may become more evident as the women’s addiction treatment begins to create recovery from drugs or alcohol.

Co-occurring Disorders and Process Addictions

Co-occurring disorders and process addictions often accompany addiction. Addressing these through the needs of the treatment plan and therapies assist the each client to resolve any co-occurring and/or process addictions.

Co-occurring mental health disorders & process addictions can include the following:

Often, these become more prevalent as the drug and/or alcohol addiction is treated. Therefore, it is important that the co-occurring disorders are addressed during the client’s women’s addiction treatment episode.

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