Meperidine addiction can occur, just like with any other type of opioid drug, when an individual abuses it. If you have been consistently misusing your meperidine prescription––or have been taking it without a prescription at all––please call 800-429-5210 (Who Answers?) now to find treatment options that will help you recover.
Initial Meperidine Addiction Treatment
Also known by the brand name Demerol and the street name demmies, this drug is dangerous and can cause a number of serious side effects when abused (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
When a person first comes in for meperidine addiction treatment, they will require a series of tests in order to determine which options will be best for their needs. These tests may include a CT scan, toxicology, blood chemistries, or a CBC.
If a person admitted to treatment is currently in an overdose situation, they will be given naloxone to treat the symptoms of their overdose and to reverse the effects of the drug. If they are already going through withdrawal, they may be given one of several medications in order to treat this issue as well. The individual must be stabilized in order to begin their long-term treatment regimen.
Medication for Meperidine Addiction Treatment
Several medications may be used to treat meperidine addiction once the individual is stabilized and able to begin their recovery program. According to the NIDA, “Naltrexone is an antagonist medication that prevents opioids from activating their receptors,” but this drug is not as well tolerated by patients as some of the other options.
Methadone and buprenorphine can both treat meperidine addiction as maintenance drugs that reduce cravings and minimize withdrawal symptoms, but the former may be more beneficial for those who have very intense physical dependencies on the drug.
Any of these medications can be used in certain situations as safe, reliable treatment options, but it is important to note that they are not substitutes for meperidine (or any type of opioid) abuse. Instead, they stabilize the individual, minimize the severity of the side effects associated with recovery, and allow the person to live their life free of drug abuse by staying managed on the medication.
Behavioral Therapy for Meperidine Addiction Treatment
Counseling and behavioral therapies are the most widely used treatment options for every type of addiction, including substance abuse and behavioral addictions. These models help individuals change the way they see their drug abuse as well as
- Teach them how to recognize and avoid triggers for drug abuse
- Teach them how to cope with cravings, stress, and other issues that may lead to relapse
- Treat the underlying issues associated with substance abuse, including mental disorders
- Help them recognize the severity and drawbacks of continued drug abuse
Seek Meperidine Addiction Rehab Now
We will help you find a rehab center where you can begin your journey of recovery and make a positive change in your life. We can also answer any questions about payment plans, insurance, and the treatment options that may be available to you. Call 800-429-5210 (Who Answers?) to find the rehab center that will best benefit your recovery from opioid abuse today.