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Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.

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02-09 Outdoor therapy: A time-tested way to heal wounds of prescription drug abuse

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Outdoor therapy: A time-tested way to heal wounds of prescription drug abuse

Many people, who attend rehab centers for weaning off their addiction to substances, have the tendency to relapse even after undergoing rehabilitation programs. Due to the increased number of relapse cases, medical practitioners are now looking into alternative therapies that would prove to be more engaging in their approach and permanent in their impact, as far as treating prescription drug abuse is concerned.

One such therapy that the experts from the medical field have come up with is outdoor therapy. Besides giving an opportunity to explore and enjoy the bounties of the nature, it paces up the entire recovery process by instilling positive thinking. Looking at the spike in prescription drug abuse, particularly in the United States, such a therapy will definitely prove a blessing in disguise for many.

Meant for people between 18 and 28 years of age, the outdoor therapy uses a combination of the nature-based feel-good factors and qualified clinical care with curative programming to heal a prescription drug abuser. By ensuring life-changing experiences, the therapy aims at achieving sustained recovery among the patients.

Permanent changes possible via exposure to real world experiences

Usually, prescription drug abuse can lead to a variety of short-term and long-term effects, such as breathing difficulties, confusion, paranoia, irregular heartbeats, dramatic changes in mood, etc. Depending on the type of prescription drug being abused, some of the effects may prove to be unsafe to the extent of being fatal and trigger risky behavior. In the light of the above consequences, it is essential for a person grappling with prescription drug abuse to consider a therapy as soon as possible.

An outdoor therapy program is ideally an exposure to the real world under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner to foster self-reliance in patients. After an outdoor excursion that lasts anywhere between a week to ten days, the recovery process is continued at home. By remaining on the campus for three to four days, patients are able to reconnect with the community through meetings and service projects.

Usually, an outdoor therapy program goes through different levels, which need to be completed to move to the next level. At each level, an assortment of restorative techniques integrating both clinical and holistic approaches is used to help meet the physical, emotional, social and psychological needs of a patient.

Integration of  outdoor therapy with other group therapies expedites recovery

While choosing a treatment center for an outdoor recovery program, the following guidelines need to be kept in mind:

  • Personalized healing: An ideal center should provide weekly personalized healing sessions. under the supervision of a therapist to tackle apprehensions regarding recovery from prescription drug abuse and outline feasible targets.
  • 24/7 management: As dual diagnosis is generally observed in most prescription drug abuse cases, it is essential to choose a treatment center with an on-call psychiatrist and medical practitioner 24 hours a day. Additionally, it should have facilities to call back a patient from an excursion, when needed.
  • Group therapy: The option of weekly group therapies should be available, such as night excursions.
  • Family therapy: A therapy is truly complete and effective when one’s family is also involved in the entire process. Therefore, one should look for centers that guide the family on their own role in the healing process. Furthermore, the center should provide continuous guidance and weekly phone sessions to clear concerns during and after the therapy sessions.
  • Additional therapies: Alternative therapies, such as martial arts, yoga, meditation, etc., by complementing the outdoor therapy sessions can expedite the recovery process.

Recovery road map

To avoid a relapse, a rehabilitation center should help the patients in such a way that they are able to plan their lives even after the completion of the program. This includes creating a support group, following a detailed aftercare plan, and drafting a relapse prevention plan.

If you or your loved one is trying to break free from prescription drug abuse, contact the Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-922-5915 or chat online to find about the prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado.