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Women and Prescription Pill Program
When women seek help from a prescription drug treatment center, they face unique challenges. For example, women take lesser quantities of medications when compared to men but get addicted at a faster pace. Often, women come into treatment with a past history of trauma as well as physical and sexual abuse. Women are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of men. Additionally, women face more significant stigma because of their societal role as caregivers. When women seek treatment, they fear they will be seen as "weak" and also fear their children may be taken away if they attend a treatment program.
A women's prescription drug addiction treatment program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women. The individualized programs, services, and support found in these facilities give women the tools they need to become empowered in transforming their lives. Many of these programs feature aftercare and alumni programs which foster a strong sense of community and help to reduce the risk of relapse once women leave treatment.
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Benefits of a Women's Prescription
If you are a woman addicted to prescription drugs, you must do your due diligence in research. While many rehabs offer prescription drug treatment programs, the programs, services, and structure may not fit your needs. Rehab is a tremendous commitment of both time and money, and you need to be sure the facility you choose has the programs and support you need to get and stay in recovery. Prescription drug rehab programs for women have tremendous benefits that increase the chance of long-term recovery. These benefits are as follows:
Women’s only prescription drug rehab features personalized treatment that fits the unique needs of women. These rehabs are equipped to address the issues and barriers women face, such as self-esteem and self-worth issues, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, and childcare, among other obstacles. As a result, women feel more comfortable and receptive to treatment.
A Sense of Safety and Refuge
As stated earlier, women who seek treatment often are the victims of past trauma, including physical and sexual abuse. In a more traditional drug rehab with both men and women, women may not feel comfortable sharing their past abuse. In a women’s prescription drug rehab center in California, clients feel safe in sharing these issues in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
By nature, women are innately caregivers and nurturing. In a women’s prescription drug addiction program, the staff helps to create strong feelings of support and community in treatment. With the help and support of staff and recovering peers, women gain the confidence and self-worth needed to change their lives and reduce the risk of relapse once they complete treatment.
Prescription drug rehab programs for women feature an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Some of the programs and services provided in these programs include the following:
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- CBT, DBT, and other therapy modalities
- 12-step support
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Holistic therapy options
- Aftercare and sober living homes
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How to Know If It's Time to Go to a Prescription Drug Rehab Center
There are obvious red flags that indicate you may need to go to a prescription drug rehab center. By simple definition, prescription drug abuse is using these medications in ways not intended by medical professionals. The signs of prescription medication abuse and addiction depend on the type of drug being abused. For example, people abusing prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, fentanyl, Percocet, and Vicodin may experience the following signs:
- extended feelings of euphoria
- loss of coordination.
Those abusing stimulant-based medications such as Adderall or Ritalin may experience these specific signs of abuse:
- hyperawareness and alertness
- high blood pressure
- irregular heartbeat
For those misusing anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and Klonopin, the common signs of abuse include:
- unsteady walking
- slowed breathing
- slurred speech
- poor concentration
In general, people who abuse prescription drugs may resort to forging prescriptions or stealing medications out of a family member’s or friend’s medicine cabinet. Also, they will engage in “doctor shopping,” where they go to multiple doctors to get extra prescriptions. Additionally, people will exhibit wide mood swings and will engage in high-risk and impulsive behavior. People who are abusing prescription medications get defensive when confronted about their use. They often will deflect blame onto others or rationalize their use.
Additional signs that it is time to go to a prescription drug rehab program for women is the presence of a co-occurring mental disorder. Those who suffer from chronic pain are at greater risk of developing a prescription pill addiction. Interestingly, people with poor eyesight may develop an addiction to prescription medications because they cannot read the instructions on the bottle and accidentally misuse addictive drugs.
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Casa Serena is a top-tier women's rehab in Southern California. Call Casa Serena toll-free today and learn more about our women's prescription drug addiction treatment program.