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Demerol Addiction Treatment

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Addiction is treatable!

Demerol addiction is a medical illness. While it can destroy your life, it is also very treatable.

The good news is that help is available. You don’t have to continue living in pain. More here on best practices in addiction treatment. Then, we invite your questions about rehab at the end. We try to respond to all questions with a personal and prompt response.

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Understanding Demerol Addiction

Demerol alters the body’s perception of pain by affecting the central nervous system. But it also produces feelings of pleasure and extreme well-being which can lead to habitual use. Why do people use Demerol?

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  • To get high and feel euphoria
  • To escape a troubling situation
  • To numb emotional pain
  • To cope with extraordinary stressors
  • To manage chronic and moderate-to-severe pain

Plus, there are other factors that influence risk of developing an addition to Demerol. These include:

Genetics. Individuals who have a close relative or a parent who has an addiction to Demerol or another drug are at greater risk of developing an addiction later in life.

Brain Chemistry. Some individuals are born with a malfunction in the way the reward system of the brain functions. These individuals may grow to rely upon drugs like Demerol that stimulate the pleasure center of the brain.

Environment. When you grow up in a home in which substance use is present, you may also view taking drugsas a normal way to cope with everyday stresses and emotional pain.

Psychology and mental health issues. Some people struggle for many years to control the symptoms of an undiagnosed or undertreated mental illness. In order to cope with distressing symptoms, they may turn to Demerol to self-medicate the symptoms of mental illness.

There are a lot of different factors and underlying root causes of addiction. These are some of the most commonly reported when people seek addiction treatment, but not all. If you would like to learn more about why you’ve gotten addicted or your treatment options, contact us at 1-877-959-0076 TODAY.

Getting the Best Treatment

Addiction treatment options are so diverse, that you may be asking yourself how can you make the right choice.

Q: How can you really know which treatment is the best for you?
A: The truth is, there is no ONE best addiction treatment program or method.

Addiction treatment can take place in inpatient or outpatient settings. The treatment program can last 30, 60, 90 days or go beyond 3 months. Therapies incorporated in your treatment plan can include:

…..Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
…..Motivational Interviewing
…..Dual Diagnosis Treatment
…..Family and Couples Therapy
…..Anger Management
…..Educational Sessions
…..Medication Maintenance Therapy

Or, depending on your personal interests and preferences, your Demerol treatment program can include much more, such as holistic and additional therapies. These may include:

…..Mindfulness
…..Yoga
…..Art therapy
…..Equine therapy
…..Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
…..Neurofeedback

…and other modalities.

What is ‘best’ depends on what you need and want in treatment. In order to truly benefit from your Demerol addiction treatment, it needs to be customized to your individual needs. A one-size-fits-all rehab simply does not work for every person seeking help for addiction.

Call 1-877-959-0076 to speak with our addiction support specialists who can help you turn your life around. Find the best treatment option for you right now.

What is stopping you from entering treatment?

1. FINANCING THE COST OF REHAB. The cost of treatment can be an issue for many people. The actual price tag of a program will depend on what type of treatment center you choose, the length of the program, where it’s located and your health insurance coverage.

Got insurance? – Call our helpline at 1-877-959-0076  to find out what kind of treatment coverage you have and get options based on your insurance.

Got NO insurance? – Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) toll-free helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get referrals to local treatment centers, support groups and community organizations.

Want to explore other payment methods? Other ways you can finance Demerol addiction treatment include:

Medicaid or Medicare. These two government-run programs may cover some forms of treatment or a portion of the rehab cost.

Payment plan. Some inpatient Demerol treatment centers will work out a payment plan or offer sliding scale fees for you so you can pay off the cost of rehab over time.

Loans, credit cards and crowdfunding. Other ways to finance your recovery include using a credit card, taking out a loan, borrowing from a 401(k), selling assets or crowdfunding.

2. THE FEAR OF LOSING YOUR JOB. Many people facing addiction have jobs and multiple responsibilities in the community. Though they fully admit that they have a dangerous Demerol habit, they do not want to take a break from their responsibilities to pursue treatment. Or, they are afraid that they will be fired if they reveal the problem. Legally, you are entitled to keep your job while in addiction rehab. Look into the following for more on your rights:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Your employer might invest in you and even pay for rehab! Speak with a HR Manager about work benefits that include assistance programs for addiction treatment.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is illegal to discriminate against someone with a medical disability, like addiction. Seek legal help if you feel that your employer has treated you wrongfully.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You are entitled for up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave per year, according to this federal law. Seek legal help if this is not the case.

3. LEAVING FAMILY AND HOME OBLIGATIONS. It’s difficult to enter treatment and leave the family behind…especially for women. Call us at 1-877-959-0076 to talk about treatment options for families or women. Additionally, ask your partner, family, or closest friends to help with your children and home responsibilities. A short term stay of even a few months will be a long term investment into the health of your household.

The First Step of Recovery from Demerol

THE FIRST STEP: Ask for help!

If you are looking for ways to quit Demerol, you are already making your first step towards recovery. The first step to getting better is to have a commitment to the process. If you are NOT willing to enter treatment or are resistant to help…what results can you expect?

NEXT STEPS: Possible medical detox.

The beginning of your journey to sobriety may need to start at a medical detox clinic. Drugs such as Demerol have a substantial risk of relapse associated with them due to the withdrawal symptoms that occur when you attempt to quit. This is why Demerol should not be discontinued without the express supervision of trained medical personnel in a rehab or hospital setting.

Call 1-877-959-0076 NOW to find treatment program options that offer medically assisted detox.

The effects of withdrawal from Demerol can be excruciatingly uncomfortable for people who have been addicted to the drug for a long period of time. Withdrawal effects include:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • bone and muscle pains
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • vomiting

During medical detox, doctors will taper you off of Demerol gradually over a period of weeks…or will look for an acute, short-term withdrawal.  Taperingd helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms and is safer than going cold turkey off the drug. Your case will be evaluated and a medical program for withdrawal will begin.

In addition to 24/7 monitoring and support by medical staff, medical detox staff can offer medications during the withdrawal process. Suboxone (buprenorphine) is usually prescribed for a short term use to help with opioid withdrawal. The medication also contains a second active ingredient, an opioid antagonist called Naloxone which makes it next to impossible to feel euphoric effects, making relapse less likely.

Treating Demerol Addiction in Rehab

The period of Demerol detoxi should be followed with a comprehensive treatment program that uses both counseling and behavioral therapy methods. Inpatient treatment is what is often recommended to individuals with Demerol addiction since the drug is physically addictive. During your stay at an inpatient treatment facility, therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can teach you healthy ways to:

  • manage stress
  • control cravings for Demerol
  • positively influence your thoughts and actions

In addition to these, other therapies may include:

Substance abuse education. Teaches you about the effects Demerol has on your mind and body in the short and long run, as well as further complications of continued drug abuse.

Group counseling. Helps you develop sober social skills all while sharing experiences related to addiction with a group of peers who are also struggling with addiction.

Individual counseling. One-on-one sessions with a therapist where you work to address the underlying reasons for your addiction and develop healthy coping skills.

Medication assisted treatment. Rx medicines that help you reduce or eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Integrated therapy. Treats mental health concerns or co-occurring disorder, such as depression, anxiety, trauma and mood disorder.

Family counseling and education. Addresses the addiction in the context of the entire family and works to emphasizing the strengths of the complete family and diminishing the influence of substance use for all members.

Relapse prevention and aftercare plan. A transitional plan that addresses what you will do after rehab ends.

All these therapies aim to educate, support, and encourage you in all aspects of your health. Recovery is a spiritual, mental, and physical process. If you’re ready to live a life free of addiction, please Call 1-877-959-0076 to get in touch with our treatment support specialists who review your options. Call today!

How to Help Someone With a Demerol Addiction

If you have a family member or a friend whose Demerol use has spiralled out of control, it is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Watching your loved one descend into dark places can be frightening and difficult. Here are some tips to help you approach an addicted loved one:

TIP #1 Be supportive and nonjudgmental without enabling. Make it clear that you do not support the drug habit but you do support the person. Do not make excuses for your loved one’s Demerol abuse or offer financial support.

TIP #2 Don’t threaten or isolate them. Instead, be open and receptive, and remind yourself that what your loved one is going through is not easy.

TIP #3 Stage an intervention if they are in denial or refusing to get help. An intervention is generally a meeting of family, friends, and loved ones that is often planned without the knowledge of the person struggling with drug abuse or addiction. You can hire a licensed interventionist to help you plan the meeting and achieve the overall goal of the intervention –  to motivate someone addicted to Demerol to enter a treatment program voluntarily.

TIP #4 Encourage them to attend treatment and follow treatment protocols once they are in recovery from Demerol addiction.

TIP #5 Get involved in the treatment. If they attends self-help groups, see if you can attend meetings.

Getting treatment can be emotionally exhausting and physically uncomfortable from time to time – but it’s as simple as picking up the phone to get started. Contact one of our support staff at 1-877-959-0076 and learn how you can help your loved one start their journey back from addiction.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

After you finish your rehab, extended care will be part of the weeks and months that follow. This can take the form of ongoing group and individual therapy, and continued support at the Demerol treatment center or by phone/Skype if the rehab center is far away.

Aftercare is more important than you might think. During your residential drug rehab program, every hour of the day is scheduled and devoted to recovery. But, real-life brings pressures and responsibilities and even temptations. This is why maintaining a dependable support system is invaluable for at least the first six months and up to a year following rehab (and even longer).

Does Treatment Work?

Yes!

Keep in mind that there is no ‘cure’ for addiction. Instead, Demerol addiction can be managed effectively.

Managing addiction involves learning how to navigate through daily life without using, and involves hard work and dedication. If you view it this way…treatment does work. Addiction recovery can provide you with a lot of benefits from being sober, such as:

…..You will no longer be using Demerol.
…..You will be a better employee and move forward in your professional career.
…..You will do better at school and achieve your academic goals.
…..Your relationships with your family, partner, and friends will be healthier and stronger.
…..You won’t be damaging your physical and mental health by abusing Demerol.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
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