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Understanding Demerol Abuse
Understanding Demerol Abuse Recovery
Demerol is a prescription pain medication that is prescribed for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain management. Also known by its generic name of meperidine, Demerol is a highly addictive narcotic opioid that should only be taken under the close supervision of a physician. When doses higher than those prescribed are taken, the individual will experience a euphoric high that can lead to tolerance, dependence, and ultimately addiction.
While addiction to Demerol can drastically and negatively alter the life of the individual entangled in its grasp, there are treatment options available to achieve sobriety once again. One option available for Demerol addiction is medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment involves the use of specified prescription medications in a highly regulated environment under the guidance of a physician.
The medication used in a medication-assisted treatment program works by lowering cravings, preventing the painful symptoms that can accompany withdrawal, as well as eliminating the detrimental effects that can take place from long-term use of Demerol and other opioids. Individuals struggling with addiction are able to achieve the mental clarity required to fully focus on recovery once the physical component of addiction is being worked on through a medication-assisted treatment program.
The professional and qualified team at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is comprised of both mental health professionals, as well as medical staff. Our team implements individualized treatment plans for each patient that walks through our doors.
Types of Treatment Offered
Types of Treatment Offered for Demerol Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
We are a network of providers that supply outpatient care to individuals, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with addiction to Demerol. Our empathetic team is comprised of nurses, physicians, and counselors who create individualized plans of treatment for every patient. Medications that may be used and services received in a medication-assisted treatment plan include:
Suboxone: Suboxone suppresses Demerol cravings as well as decreases painful withdrawal symptoms without creating the high that is typically felt while taking Demerol. Suboxone is an FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) approved medication that is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone works by protecting the user against overdose and abuse, while buprenorphine relieves any withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced.
Methadone: Methadone works with the same brain receptors that are normally activated when an individual uses Demerol. Methadone, however, does not create the same euphoric high that Demerol or other opioids produce. While used under the guidance of a medical professional, methadone has been proven a safe and effective route to take in order to reduce the painful withdrawal symptoms that can take place once the use of Demerol has stopped. Because the euphoric high is not produced, individuals can continue their daily lives without interruption when taking methadone.
Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex contains buprenorphine, which gives the individual withdrawal symptom relief. Both Suboxone and Subutex contain buprenorphine, but many medication-assisted treatment programs will start an individual on Subutex, as it does not contain naloxone. Suboxone is typically used later in treatment as a long-term maintenance option.
Vivitrol: Unlike methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex, Vivitrol is administered via injection once per month. Vivitrol contains naltrexone hydrochloride as its active ingredient and this medication curbs cravings for Demerol, while also tackling any withdrawal symptoms that may take place.
Individual therapy: Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believe that a combination of medication-assisted treatment as well as therapeutic sessions are necessary in order for the pathway to sobriety to be properly paved. The role that individual therapy plays in the recovery of an addiction to Demerol is imperative. It allows individuals one-on-one time with a counselor to discuss the underlying causes that led them to use and abuse Demerol. By understanding the causes of addiction, individuals become one step closer to understanding what is required in order to obtain sober living once again. Clients are able to use this one-on-one time in order to discuss their progress as well as any questions or concerns that they may have regarding their addiction to Demerol.
Group therapy: Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers also offers group therapy sessions in addition to individual therapy sessions. These counselor-led sessions provide individuals a safe environment to openly discuss their addiction to Demerol and other substances amongst others who are working on recovery as well. This network of support allows patients the opportunity to provide encouragement to others while receiving personal insight into their own progress.
Why Consider Treatment
Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Demerol Abuse
Demerol can negatively transform every facet of life for those addicted to it. From physical side effects, such as dizziness, uncontrollable muscle movements, a slower heartbeat, and labored breathing, to psychological side effects, such as irritability, severe confusion and agitation, Demerol addiction can rapidly change daily life as one knows it.
At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we understand the struggles of addiction and what is required to regain control of your life once again. We understand that Demerol addiction can take precedence over family, work, and other interpersonal relationships. This precedence can result in social isolation, financial stresses, and additional emotional issues.
If you or someone you love wishes to break free from an addiction to Demerol, let our trained experts in the field of addiction help. Our dedicated team is ready to help you find the path back to sobriety to achieve a life full of good health and the happiness that you deserve.