Heroin addiction might be at the tip of everyone’s tongue, but it’s prescription drugs that served as the catalyst for the ongoing opioid epidemic. At Serene Beginnings addiction treatment, we recognize that prescription drug abuse and addiction remain an ongoing problem in the U.S. For this reason, we have developed our intensive outpatient program for prescription drug abuse. By providing a flexible and highly customizable treatment program for prescription drug abuse, those who suffer from this deadly disease will have access to the resources that have proven to be essential to achieving long-lasting sobriety.


While there are many substances known to be highly addictive, the substance at the forefront of recent addiction and recovery news coverage has been heroin. Arguably the most powerful and highly addictive opioid on the street today, heroin abuse claims thousands and thousands of lives each year in the U.S. alone. However, in spite of the widespread awareness of heroin and the so-called addiction “epidemic” it has caused, many are unaware that it was actually prescription drug abuse that triggered the heroin epidemic. Further, it’s not very well-known that prescription drugs continue to be a major problem today.

Most researchers and recovery professionals trace the current opioid epidemic to the release of OxyContin in the 1990s. OxyContin was launched as an incredibly potent prescription pain medication with Purdue Pharma — the company that made and launched the drug — alleging that OxyContin had very low potential for abuse and addiction. As we soon saw, this was not actually true; countless individuals became addicted to OxyContin as well as numerous other painkillers that were released to compete with OxyContin. Consequently, it didn’t take long for prescription drug addiction to reach epidemic-like levels in the U.S. and abroad, sparking panic on a national scale.

In hopes of curbing the growing rate of painkiller abuse and addiction, healthcare practice and policies were changed, effectively making OxyContin and other prescription drugs much less accessible. However, with many already addicted to prescription drugs, a number of drug users turned to heroin, which happened to be more readily available, cheaper, and more powerful. In the years since, opioids — which includes prescription drugs as well as opiates like heroin, morphine, and codeine — have continued to be a national threat with viable addiction treatments being a top priority.

If we focus on prescription drugs, there are actually different types of drugs that encompass this larger category. For example, a prescription drug can be an opioid, a benzodiazepine, a muscle relaxant, a sedative or hypnotic, a stimulant, or one of the numerous other types of medication. For this reason, it’s difficult to talk about the effects of prescription drugs as a whole because the effects depend on what type of prescription drug it is. However, prescription opioids are similar in their effects to opium, meaning that they bond readily with the brain’s pain receptors and elevate levels of chemicals associated with pleasure and happiness in the brain. Meanwhile, benzodiazepines — which are the most commonly-abused type of prescription drug — function similarly to alcohol, affecting gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain and triggering drowsiness.


If addiction treatment exists on a spectrum, inpatient care would be on one end and outpatient care would be on the other. Typically, people associate addiction treatment with inpatient care, which is characterized as treatment wherein the patient is furnished with temporary residential accommodations; in other words, patients in inpatient programs will live on-site until they have completed the treatment program, at which time they will either return home or transition into another level of treatment. By comparison, outpatient care is the type of treatment wherein patients continue to live at home — or perhaps in a transitional living facility — while commuting to treatment on their designated days. While most forms of treatment fit into one of these two categories, there are actually forms of treatment that exist in-between with features of both inpatient and outpatient care. That’s where intensive outpatient treatment comes in.

Offering features of both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, the Serene Beginnings intensive outpatient program for prescription drug abuse is a great recovery option. Historically, those who wanted the benefit of intensive care would be limited to an inpatient program, but our intensive outpatient program for prescription drug abuse offers much the same level of care as many of the best inpatient programs; however, the high level of care we provide comes at no sacrifice to the flexibility and accessibility that’s long been a staple feature of outpatient


Everyone who needs treatment for prescription drug addiction has unique needs. Thus, the traditional clinical model of recovery — where everyone must adhere to the same set of treatments and therapies — doesn’t work. Instead, a successful program is adaptable, able to bend to the individual needs of each patient who seeks rehabilitation. At Serene Beginnings, our intensive outpatient program for prescription drug abuse has been designed with a high level of customization and flexibility in mind, allowing us to provide all the resources and strategies a person might need to achieve lasting sobriety.

As with any high-quality addiction treatment program, the foundation of our IOP for prescription drug addiction is counseling and psychotherapy. In short, the purpose of counseling as a treatment for prescription drug abuse is to help patients understand why and how they came to be addicted as well as to help them overcome these contributing factors, essentially fortifying their newfound sobriety. Additionally, patients in our intensive outpatient program for prescription drug addiction will have numerous opportunities for group therapy, which are usually intended either as psychoeducation or to help with things like skills building, learning social skills, acquiring relapse-prevention strategies, and so on.

Finally, patients enrolling in our program will be able to personalize the curriculum by picking and choosing from a diverse selection of complementary and alternative treatment methods. With key examples being treatments like music therapy, acupuncture, and numerous types of experiential therapy, the idea is to allow patients to make our prescription drug abuse IOP the perfect addiction treatment program for their needs, thereby giving them the best chances to thrive in their communities and in recovery.

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