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Could Psychotherapy Combined with Rapid Detox Be the Key to Beating Painkiller and Heroin Addiction?

Aug 09, 2013 - 2 comments

One of the main reasons we created a specialized center for opiate dependency that has such a high rate of success, is because we integrate psychotherapy into our medical detoxification and/ or rapid detox programs in some way. Using this type of therapy helps us and each of our patients gain a clearer understanding of what led to a dependency to opiates in the first place, giving them a better chance of living an opiate-free life once and for all.

There are so many different motives for why people start taking and can’t stop using opiates. Some patients are simply in a stage of life that feels overwhelming or difficult to navigate. For others, the feeling of helplessness is driven by loss or due to physical pain and limitations imposed by the pain. There are many individuals who also have untreated or undiagnosed anxiety or depression. What’s important to remember is that in all cases, the ability to identify and understand the feeling of being “stuck” and how this feeling is often the core driving force for substance abuse, which allows for a new process of healing to begin. This is where psychotherapy comes in, and why it has the power to successfully empower patients to overcome opiate dependency.

We use individual psychotherapy as a tool to uncover the internal and external tensions that drive any unwanted behaviors, as well as understanding the underlying needs that may be holding someone back from achieving sobriety. For example, an individual may have the feeling of “being stuck,” which comes from an extremely busy and responsibility-driven life. On the outside, their lives may appear wonderful, but on the inside there is a buildup of extreme stress and tension. This accumulated stress often goes unrecognized or is minimized until there is a disruptive event, like an injury or a type of fatigue. In this situation, the chemical dependency acts as a coping mechanism so that the individual can temporarily feel better while maintaining their responsibilities. The coping mechanism or chemical may help temporarily, but eventually causes its own problems and dangers while leaving the underlying needs (stress and tension) unmet and unrecognized.
Also, since opiates create a sense of well-being, the pattern of taking these drugs to cope is often repeated. Over time, physical tolerance increases, leading to even greater substance use accompanied by physical and emotional dependency to the drugs. This progression of abuse often creates a feeling of helplessness because the body goes through a continuous cycle of needing to fend off constant states of physical withdrawal. At this point, even if the individual has a desire to stop this painful cycle, the substance use is often continued until there is a critical moment where the cycle is no longer sustainable. Patients in this situation often carry a sense of guilt and shame that they cannot stop the cycle of abuse, which makes the individual feel like they have less of a right to seek treatment.

Usually in order for anyone to sustain sobriety, we believe it is critical they truly understand the factors that weaken their commitment to staying sober, as well as the factors that help them continue to live an opiate-free life. The psychotherapy helps patients gain a level of self-awareness and understanding, which is essential to the process of recovery. In fact, we now offer a special program at Domus Retreat, which helps patients identify and address real world triggers to ensure their sobriety. Through this program, patients are able to return a month or two after they complete their treatment and aftercare. By returning to their homes, jobs and personal lives, patients can assess any triggers in their day-to-day lives that may cause a relapse then return for a few days  to address these issues through psychotherapy and learn how to cope without resorting to substance abuse.

People are much more likely to maintain their commitments when they believe in their importance and have a clear awareness of what drives their behaviors.  Through psychotherapy and our medical detoxification we are able to recognize these factors and their correlation to help patients stop using opiates once and for all.


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by DrDontCare, Aug 21, 2013
What about when you have had a dependence years ago first time I hurt my back. I only became dependent via online ordering. I did it because I was already being treated as a addict, so to get relief I became what they believed me to be. But at the time I couldn't even touch my feet to wash them.
That came to an end 3-4 years ago. Now I have to be dragging my foot b4 I will ask an overpaid judgemental *** aka: A doctor (former healer now just takes your money) so I searched for Help. Because they treat young ppl as purely drug seeker. This makes me just want to relapse deeper into this label I did nothing to receive. Like a 35 male with high metabolism at 180lbs, can get by with the same as a 100lb female would likely get. And yes I do have to double up on the 5 mg Lortab, but they don't give a ****. Always an excuse to say no. And still charge you and insurance too. I do not want to go back to how it was. I only want to feel less pain. Just sit normal without compensating for pain levels. I just want to check out this ridiculous waste of life sometimes. That's how I feel inside. You only person I ever admitted that last part.
So tired of this. All of it.

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by tinkerbell271985, Aug 24, 2013
Hello please read me as I'm desperate for advice I'm
currently a recovering heroin addict I used for 3Years however I've Been
in recovery since November 2012 I started at 60ML off methadone I'm now down to 28 ML and my home detox starts on 9th September 2013.
I am in a relationship and have Been for 2 and half years my partner is still
clean from 18 months bak has he had a jail sentence to do and got clean inside however while he was locked up I found myself in a awful persition as I was raped by s friend he new. I didn't tell him straight away as I didn't won't his head to be wrecked while he was locked up the day he got realised he called from Doncaster train station to say he was on route home I asked him to come straight home has I had somethink to tell him, straight away he was going about what it was I ended up telling him over the phone, silence, quietness not a word then the phone went dead.
I didn't c my partner for 2 days he came bak to the area and went bak to the drug circle and the person that raped me was amoumgs the group he denied it he didn't even admit sleeping with me never mind raping me not once but twice, I was devastated the fact that my man didn't come home eventually when he showed his face we talked and straight away the words that has forever Ben stuck in my head to this day are " you are a lier" my heart broken I felt sick the man who is ment to be My soul mate the love off my life he called me a lier and didn't believe me..
18 months on we are still together don't get me wrong I love him but I can't get past his betrayal off not believeing me, please help I Dont no what to do he has said for past year that he does believe what happened to me but that's no good to me because he still chose to believe that ******* it kills me everyday I can be happy for weeks then bang I look at him and it all comes bak what kills me also is he wonts to talk to me about what happened but I can't sit there and open up to somebody who called me a lier.
I've Been thinking about leaveing him as it seems the any answer for closure but I do love him we have Been through so much together so much that's why we stay together because what we have come through but it seems this situation is proving to stop me from being with him I have so much anger towards him for not believeing me and he says I dI'd not believe you at first because at the start off our relationship I did tell a few lies we both did but I feel he's useing it as a excuse to why he didn't belief what happened to me and it is distroying me any advice would be greatly apreciated if I can save our relationship I will but I'm just not sure be will be devastated if I leave him he's said but I can't think about just his feeling what about mine I don't won't to hate him or resent him but what he did I just can't seem to get over!! Pleaze help me

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