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What to Expect When Tackling Painkiller Addiction

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True happiness can’t be found in a pill bottle.

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You’ve had enough. You learned firsthand that drugs always take more than they give. You’re ready to be done.

But you’re also scared.

You don’t want to be sick. You don’t want to feel bad. And you certainly don’t want to go through the rest of your life feeling bored or fighting cravings.

If those are your fears, you probably don’t have a good understanding of what really happens at rehab.

Painkiller Addiction Treatment

Rehab will help you get through the physical discomfort of withdrawal, yet it’s about so much more than that.

A good rehab will first look for any co-occurring conditions (such as depression or anxiety) that may need to be treated at the same time as your addiction.

At a credible rehab, you’ll be assigned a therapist who will work with you to come up with a plan not just for the weeks ahead, but for how to cope and thrive for the rest or your life. You won’t be detoxing for a week and then out on your own. Research shows that the best treatment programs last 90 days or more, which will give you the time you’ll need to navigate this new way of life. It will also give your brain the time it needs to heal from the damage caused by painkillers.

Another aspect of a great rehab program is there will be more than one kind of therapy. You may also find art or music therapy, equine-assisted therapy and family therapy. You also will find an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, which are two natural ways to boost your body’s production of feel-good chemicals.

Finally, in a good rehab program, you’ll learn that life isn’t about quick fixes. It’s about giving yourself the time you need to heal and get better, and realizing that addiction is a disease that you need help to fight. It’s about believing in yourself and in the future that lies ahead.

Painkiller Addiction and The Raleigh House

At The Raleigh House, we believe in taking a whole-person approach to recovery, including the physical, mental, psychological, social and emotional aspects of addiction. Each person who walks through our doors is assigned a master’s level therapist to guide them on their journey. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the painkiller addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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