Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Prescription Painkiller Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms

Acadiana Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with prescription painkiller addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Louisiana, Acadiana is the premier provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults.

Understanding Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Learn About Prescription Painkiller Abuse & Addiction

Prescription painkillers have been used to help countless individuals all over the world find relief in times of healing. When used properly and in accordance with one’s physician’s instructions, prescription opioids, such as OxyContin, Demerol, Percocet, and Vicodin, can be a safe means of mitigating pain for short periods of time.

However, these drugs contain habit-forming chemicals that have caused many men and women to fall victim to a pattern of substance abuse when they begin using these painkillers outside of their intended purpose. Over time, these individuals will develop a tolerance to the substance, meaning that they will require larger amounts and more frequent doses to achieve the same euphoric high that these substances are known to create.

When this occurs, it is likely that the person has developed a severe chemical dependence that will require professional help to overcome. Fortunately, treatment centers exists that offer specialized programs of care for individuals who have succumbed to prescription painkiller abuse.

Statistics

Statistics for Prescription Painkiller Addiction

New data continues to demonstrate the severity of the prescription painkiller problem in the United States. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of prescriptions for painkillers being written quadrupled during the years between 1999 and 2014. During this same period of time, annual prescription opioid overdose deaths rose at similar rates. The tragic loss of life from painkiller overdose is being felt in communities throughout the country and is taxing the resources of law enforcement and public health agencies alike.

Causes & Risks

Causes & Risk Factors of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Prescription painkiller abuse has impacted nearly all segments of the population. And as the problem continues to grow, researchers are delving into the reasons why some people become addicted. While no single factor can be used to predict with absolute certainty that one will develop a prescription painkiller dependence, there are certain scenarios that might result in one being more susceptible to this type of opioid addiction, some of which are described in the following:

Genetic: It has been shown that one’s family of origin might impact the likelihood that a person will struggle with chemical dependence. For example, having a first-degree relative such as a parent or sibling who struggles with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol might elevate one’s risk.

Environmental: Early exposure to addictive behavior in the home has been demonstrated to increase the odds that a child will grow up to abuse illicit substances him or herself. This is possibly because this type of exposure may serve to normalize unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drinking to excess or abusing drugs such as prescription painkillers.

Risk Factors:

  • Ease of access to prescription pain medications
  • Poor coping skills
  • Family history of substance use disorders
  • Trauma
  • Experiencing severe acute or chronic pain
  • Prior substance abuse
  • Stress
Signs and Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

If you are someone you care about is beginning to exhibit some of the following signs and symptoms, it may be likely that a prescription painkiller addiction is present.

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers
  • Deception regarding whereabouts and/or activities
  • Borrowing or stealing medication that has been prescribed to someone else
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Slurring speech
  • Diminished participation in significant activities

Physical symptoms:

  • Heavy perspiration
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Itchiness
  • Pupil dilation
  • Constipation
  • Impaired coordination

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Drastic changes in mood
  • Depression
  • Irritability
Effects

Effects of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

The damaging effects of a prescription painkiller addiction cannot be understated. Without help from a quality treatment center, an opioid-dependent individual will likely experience a vast array of negative outcomes, including many of the following:

  • Impaired or destroyed interpersonal relationships
  • Homelessness
  • Isolation
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide attempt or attempts
  • Financial distress
  • Job loss and chronic unemployment
  • Family discord, including separation and divorce
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration
  • Development of physical health problems

As is the case with other types of chemical dependence, individuals who suffer from an addiction to prescription painkillers are likely to also have other mental health difficulties, including one or more of the following disorders:

  • Other substance use disorders
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Withdrawal Effects

Effects & Symptoms of Withdrawal from Prescription Painkillers

Effects of prescription painkiller withdrawal: A withdrawal from prescription painkillers can be a harrowing experience, and indicators that a person is experiencing withdrawal are outlined below:

  • Powerful cravings for opioids
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Heavy perspiration
  • Dysphoria
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Inability to sleep
  • Pain in bones and muscles

Effects of prescription painkiller overdose: An overdose of prescription painkillers may have fatal consequences. If you or someone else begins exhibiting the symptoms outlined below, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Seizure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Extreme disorientation
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slow or otherwise irregular pulse
  • Breathing problems

A Foundation for Recovery

At Acadiana Treatment Center, we aim to help each client attain a thorough understanding of the concerns they're facing and learn how to find relief. Our treatment focuses on thorough education and employs proven methods of individualized treatment.

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After my ACL surgery, I became addicted to my prescription pain pills. I recognized the signs of addiction early enough and sought help from Acadiana.. as I knew how easily addiction can spiral out of control. They taught me the tools I needed to wean myself off and take control. Now I'm completely sober and am thankful that I admitted at Acadiana.

– Anonymous Patient
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