The abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into one of three categories: opioid-based medications such as Percocet, OxyContin, and Vicodin; stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, and central nervous system depressants such as Valium and Xanax. Throughout the first 15 years of the 21st century, as the prevalence of certain other forms of substance abuse has lowered, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed, and show few signs of slowing down.
The increase in prescription drug abuse can be attributed to many factors, including ease of access and the mistaken belief that prescription drugs are safer than illicit substances such as heroin or cocaine. Regardless of why a person begins to abuse prescription drugs, though, the result can be devastating. Depending upon the type of prescription drug that a person is abusing, and the amount and frequency with which he abuses that drug, the impact can range from temporary incapacitation to irreversible long-term damage. Many prescription pills pose the risk of death from overdose, and the continued abuse of these drugs can lead to addiction. Individuals that may be abusing prescription drugs will show significant signs and symptoms.
Becoming dependent upon a prescription medication can be a devastating experience both for the afflicted individual and his or her loved ones. Without proper professional intervention, it can be extremely difficult to overcome the compulsion to abuse prescription drugs. However, the specialized programming that is available at The Landing has helped many men end their dependence upon prescription drugs, and make the lifestyle changes that support successful long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that someone you care about has been abusing or become dependent upon a prescription drug can be a profoundly distressing experience. But the situation is not hopeless, and you should not feel helpless. The following steps can help you make a real and lasting change in your loved one’s life:
- Try to find out what type of prescription drug or drugs your loved one has been abusing. Identifying the specific substance or substances will help you to understand how your loved one’s body and mind are being impacted.
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction. Whether your loved one began abusing prescription drugs for recreational purposes or in an attempt to self-medicate, when he becomes dependent upon the drugs he loses significant control over his thoughts and actions.
- Research treatment options, and identify programs that provide the type of care that appears best suited to meeting your loved one’s specific needs.
- Talk to experts. Consult your family doctor, attend a local addiction support group, or visit a mental health organization in your community. Learn about the nature of your loved one’s problem, and find out how best to approach him with your concerns.
- Do not lose sight of the fact that your loved one has a disease and is in pain. Expect denial, defiance, and anger, but do not allow your conversations with your loved one to turn into arguments or confrontations.
When your loved one agrees to enter treatment, realize that this is just one step in a long-term process. The path of recovery from prescription drug addiction is neither short nor straightforward. Expect setbacks along the way. Plan to be a source of ongoing support for your loved one before, during, and long after he completes treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at The Landing
Prescription drug abuse puts men at risk for a wide range of physical, emotional, and social harm. Depending upon the type of prescription drug that the individual has been abusing, and the length of time that he has been engaging in this behavior, this harm can be temporary, long-term, or permanent. For example, chronic untreated abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can damage the individual’s heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and liver. Continuing to abuse prescription medications may increase the likelihood that a person will struggle with anxiety, depression, anger-management issues, stress-management concerns, and related problems. With body and mind weakened by ongoing prescription drug abuse, a man is also at increased risk for family discord, job loss, unemployment, arrest and incarceration, social ostracization, and financial problems. Without proper professional help, prescription drug addiction can have a negative impact on virtually all areas of a person’s life, including shortening or ending his life. But it does not have to be this way. Professional help is available, treatment works, and a bright drug-free future is possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at The Landing
Since 2007, The Landing has been providing life-changing treatment for men aged 18 and older who are looking to overcome addictions and co-occurring mental health conditions. Situated along the shores of the calming Pacific Ocean, this beachfront treatment center located in Newport Beach, California, has become a leading men’s addiction treatment center. Also named one of the top 10 luxury rehab centers in the country, The Landing offers a truly transformative experience to all who come for care.
The Landing is proud to offer a three-phase treatment approach that includes residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programming. Each phase of care includes a variety of treatment methods and modalities, including person-centered approaches, cognitive behavioral approaches, and trauma-focused care, that are designed to assist men as they leave their addictions in the past. The staff of expertly trained and dedicated professionals who supply treatment put forth every effort to enhance each client’s experience and do so by creating a positive, respectful atmosphere.
Men’s unique treatment needs are taken into consideration during each phase of treatment, and The Landing is pleased to offer clinically excellent care that incorporates mind, body, and spirit healing practices. The following types of treatment are among those featured at this world-class center:
Medical detoxification: In order for an individual to effectively participate in the recovery process, he must have a clear state of mind and not be distracted by nagging drug cravings or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Should a man wish to break free from the grips of an addiction to prescription drugs, yet requires detoxification prior to engaging in our services, The Landing is able to facilitate medical detoxification so that each man is able to receive the care he needs prior to becoming part of our dynamic community.
Medication management: Because it is quite common for men to battle an addiction to prescription drugs and a co-occurring mental illness at the same time, each client at our center will be able to meet with a psychiatrist within 72 hours of being at our center. During this meeting, our psychiatrist can determine if medication is needed to manage any existing mental health symptoms and can recommend medication if it is necessary to a client’s care. Furthermore, Landing clients who are prescribed medication will be able to schedule follow-up appointments on an as-needed basis so that our staff can monitor the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed.
Individual therapy: The road to lasting recovery from an addiction to prescription drugs often has many twists and turns, and it is always beneficial to process what occurs during treatment with a knowledgeable professional within the sanctity of a therapeutic relationship. Every man who partakes in treatment at The Landing will receive individual therapy sessions three times per week while in Phase I of our treatment. Meeting twice per week with a marriage and family therapist intern and once per week with a certified substance abuse counselor, our clients are afforded the one-on-one attention they need to process triumphs, setbacks, and emotions so that they are able to advance in their recovery.
Group therapy: For many men, battling an addiction to prescription drugs can be a painful and lonely experience. For this reason, we are proud to offer various group therapy opportunities so that clients of The Landing can feel a sense of camaraderie and benefit from the support of others who have endured similar addiction-related challenges. Offered multiple times per day, the following are among the various groups featured at our center:
- Psychoeducation groups
- Process groups
- Trauma groups
- Nutrition groups
- 12-Step groups
- Emotion regulation group
- Recovery movies
- Professional development group
- Life skills implementation
- Clinical lectures
Experiential therapy: At The Landing, we employ an “east meets west” approach to treating addictions to substances such as prescription drugs. We believe in bridging individualized experiences with endeavors that involve groups of clients so that each man who comes to our center is able to recover and optimize his health in a lasting way. The following experiential therapies and activities are those we offer our clients so that they can have a truly holistic treatment experience:
- Hypnotherapy groups
- Music therapy
- Acupuncture groups
- Gym time
- Health and wellness group
- Narrative therapy
- Art therapy group
- Relationships group
Family therapy: The individuals who make up our clients’ primary support systems are invited to play a role in their loved one’s care. Available on an as-needed basis, The Landing facilitates family therapy sessions so that our clients and their loved ones can heal and persevere through the damage that addiction has caused in their lives. These sessions are led by our marriage and family therapy interns and can be beneficial in rejuvenating the relationships our clients have with their family members, friends, and other loved ones.
Family Program: In addition to providing support to our clients, the family members and other loved ones in our client’s lives can also receive invaluable support through The Landing’s Family Program. This program includes presentations led by our staff, group discussions, and multi-family sessions that allow loved ones to offer encouragement to other families as well. Furthermore, this program will help friends and family members learn how to care for themselves during their loved one’s recovery, and gain the skills needed to provide the most effective support to the person they care about.
In choosing to come to The Landing for treatment, you will soon come to know our truly personalized treatment experience. During the process of admissions, your needs will be assessed, and our staff will work alongside you to formulate a treatment plan that will enable you to reach your recovery goals. The aforementioned treatment methods can be incorporated into your plan, and we are able to adjust the interventions included should your treatment needs and goals change.
Once you have completed Phase I of our treatment, you can then begin programming in Phase II, and then step down to Phase III before leaving our center. It is our mission to help you defeat your addiction to prescription drugs, and we will do all that we can to ensure that you achieve your goals.
If you or someone you love would like to learn more about The Landing, feel free to contact us. Let us help you make the changes needed to live the life you have always dreamed of.