Demerol Addiction Treatment That Actually Works

For more than a decade, we’ve helped people overcome opioid addiction through our comprehensive treatment programs and a continuum of care that treats the whole person for a lifetime. This includes inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient treatment and counseling,  as well as continuing care and even virtual treatment programs.

Our evidence-based approach is designed and administered by board-certified addiction psychiatrist, physicians, and other industry professionals. That’s why our program works for 84% of patients, while traditional 12-step programs have a 50% success rate, at best.

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Treatment options for Demerol addiction

Demerol is a highly addictive prescription opioid, and most users will require inpatient drug rehab to safely quit taking it and start a healthy recovery. The recovery process starts with supervised medical detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) to remove the drug from the patient’s system.

Enterhealth’s medical detox program is overseen by board-certified medical professionals who monitor each patient’s physical and mental health during this (often) difficult process. Medical staff may also prescribe anti-addiction medications such as Suboxone to minimize withdrawal symptoms and the intense cravings many people experience.

Importantly, medical detox by itself is not considered treatment. Rather, it’s a pre-requisite step that ensures patients can fully participate in a comprehensive treatment program tailored to address all aspects of their substance abuse – physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, etc.

Integrating pharmacological, behavioral, and psychological treatment is the most effective way to restore normal function to the brain and lead to positive lifelong outcomes.

Effective behavioral therapies for opioid addiction may be administered in either a residential or outpatient setting following withdrawal stabilization. A typical behavioral treatment plan may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supporting Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional and stress management treatment services

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.

Inpatient

Healing In Van Alstyne, Texas

Unlike traditional facilities that focus only on counseling and the one-size-fits-all 12-step model, Enterhealth Ranch embraces the latest National Institutes of Health research to take a medical approach to treat drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease. Under the direction of the Enterhealth Brain Healing Institute, Enterhealth Ranch offers highly personalized, inpatient drug and alcohol rehab that’s on your side, not on the clock. Our attentive, personalized treatment is provided in a unique, peaceful ranch setting – the ideal environment to promote health and healing – designed to provide an unmatched level of privacy, exclusivity and comfort. Treating our patients with dignity and respect, we provide every patient with a private room, top-notch amenities, and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who deliver evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care.

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Outpatient

Nearby care at our Dallas Facility

Enterhealth is here to help, and we can meet you in the middle. Regardless of insurance or your current financial situation, our experts in mental health and substance use disorders can help you decide the best course of action for you and your family. At our Outpatient Center of Excellence, our master’s-level therapists, physicians and telehealth professionals can assess your situation and suggest practical and proven methods to treat everything from anxiety and depression to co-occurring substance use disorders. Whether in person at our outpatient facility or in the convenience of your home through an online virtual session, rest assured Enterhealth can help you take the first step toward lasting recovery with our comprehensive assessment.

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Virtual

Get the care you need from where you are

It goes without saying that the world, post-pandemic, has changed drastically - but Enterhealth's deep level of critical, professional, science-based treatment hasn't. You can now access the same level of dedication and care from our staff of board-certified clinicians virtually from your device that you can from our Residential and Outpatient facilities. Contact us today to find out how you or someone you love can start out on the path to recovery.

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Alumni

Keeping you connected to your recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder dramatically improves with the support of family and friends, especially from those who are on the same path. The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. Although Enterhealth supports the Alumni Association, it is primarily led by former patients who genuinely understand recovery’s peaked and valleyed terrain and can provide opportunities to stay in touch, enjoy good company, and support each other through the good and challenging times. Being part of the Enterhealth Alumni Association allows participants to rebuild their senses of identity, gain insight and support on transitioning to home life, and learn from others who have been there and can truly shed light on what it takes to succeed in recovery.

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Inpatient

Healing In Van Alstyne, Texas

Unlike traditional facilities that focus only on counseling and the one-size-fits-all 12-step model, Enterhealth Ranch embraces the latest National Institutes of Health research to take a medical approach to treat drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease. Under the direction of the Enterhealth Brain Healing Institute, Enterhealth Ranch offers highly personalized, inpatient drug and alcohol rehab that’s on your side, not on the clock. Our attentive, personalized treatment is provided in a unique, peaceful ranch setting – the ideal environment to promote health and healing – designed to provide an unmatched level of privacy, exclusivity and comfort. Treating our patients with dignity and respect, we provide every patient with a private room, top-notch amenities, and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who deliver evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care.

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Outpatient

Nearby care at our Dallas Facility

Enterhealth is here to help, and we can meet you in the middle. Regardless of insurance or your current financial situation, our experts in mental health and substance use disorders can help you decide the best course of action for you and your family. At our Outpatient Center of Excellence, our master’s-level therapists, physicians and telehealth professionals can assess your situation and suggest practical and proven methods to treat everything from anxiety and depression to co-occurring substance use disorders. Whether in person at our outpatient facility or in the convenience of your home through an online virtual session, rest assured Enterhealth can help you take the first step toward lasting recovery with our comprehensive assessment.

Learn More
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Virtual

Get the care you need from where you are

It goes without saying that the world, post-pandemic, has changed drastically - but Enterhealth's deep level of critical, professional, science-based treatment hasn't. You can now access the same level of dedication and care from our staff of board-certified clinicians virtually from your device that you can from our Residential and Outpatient facilities. Contact us today to find out how you or someone you love can start out on the path to recovery.

Learn More
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Alumni

Keeping you connected to your recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder dramatically improves with the support of family and friends, especially from those who are on the same path. The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. Although Enterhealth supports the Alumni Association, it is primarily led by former patients who genuinely understand recovery’s peaked and valleyed terrain and can provide opportunities to stay in touch, enjoy good company, and support each other through the good and challenging times. Being part of the Enterhealth Alumni Association allows participants to rebuild their senses of identity, gain insight and support on transitioning to home life, and learn from others who have been there and can truly shed light on what it takes to succeed in recovery.

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How Enterhealth makes a difference

 

“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

Frequently Asked Questions about Demerol Addiction

Demerol is the brand name for a drug called pethidine, or meperidine. It’s a painkiller that may be prescribed as a tablet or as an injection for acute episodes of moderate to severe pain.

Demerol is a manmade synthetic opioid compound similar to those derived from the opium poppy flower. Like natural opioids, it relieves pain by binding to receptors in the brain that alters a user’s perception of pain and trigger the release of dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters.

Even when taken correctly, opioid medications like Demerol may cause side effects such as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache

These side effects often become magnified by addiction. Opioid tolerance can lead users to take such high amounts of these drugs that the side effects become extreme.

For example, heavy users may frequently experience intense nausea and vomiting, yet continue taking the drug in higher and higher doses.

When a user starts taking the medication for the high rather than to relieve pain, this is Demerol abuse (clinically regarded as opioid use disorder). As they consume more of the drug over time, they will become physically dependent on the drug – they have developed a Demerol addiction.

With physical dependence and addiction comes tolerance, meaning they will need to take more of the drug to get the same desired effects. Without a constant supply of the drug in their system, they will also start to experience highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Common behaviors associated with Demerol addiction include:

  • Taking escalating doses
  • Visiting multiple doctors trying to get more prescriptions, a practice called “Doctor shopping”
  • Tampering with pills before taking them (e.g., breaking them, crushing, dissolving)
  • Taking pills in any way other than orally (e.g., snorting, injecting)

When someone is addicted to opioids like Demerol but they’re unable to access the drug, they may look for ways to buy it illegally or seek easier-to-find, cheaper alternatives such as heroin.

Even if taken as prescribed, patients can develop a physical dependence for Demerol, which means long-time users may experience opioid withdrawal symptoms if they simply stop taking it. This is why prescriptions usually include directions for tapering the dose down before discontinuing entirely.

Opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle and back aches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability, anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat or breathing

The time to onset, severity, and duration of withdrawal symptoms varies from person and depends on factors like how much the person had been taking and for how long.

Treatment for Demerol addiction begins with medical detox. Longer-acting opioids such as Suboxone are administered to stabilize patients and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Patients then slowly taper off the substitute under close medical supervision.

Patients usually experience the most discomfort during the first one to three days of the opioid withdrawal phase. During this time, additional medications may be prescribed to help patients feel more comfortable, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or a mild sedative.

Enterhealth utilizes Suboxone (buprenorphine with naloxone) to treat opioid addiction. It works by activating the same opioid receptors in the brain that Demerol does, but without producing the same euphoric high, which makes it safer than short-acting opioids.

As a result, patients report that Suboxone helps by minimizing cravings and relieving some of the withdrawal symptoms so they can actively participate in their treatment program.

Patients typically leave detox by the end of day three when most of the withdrawal symptoms and opioid cravings have subsided and they are ready to proceed fully in their treatment program.

The risk of overdosing on any opioid drug, including Demerol, is high. Prescriptions are tailored in specific doses, and the effects can have adverse reactions in others. Taking too much Demerol can result in a life-threatening overdose.

What are the symptoms of a Demerol overdose?

  • Trouble breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Fast heartbeat or chest pain
  • Extreme drowsiness leading to coma
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Heart attack

The most common way that people abuse Demerol involves taking more than prescribed or recommended. Other ways include tampering with the pills so that the medication absorbs into the body faster, which produces a more intense and immediate high.

Methods of tampering include crushing, chewing, snorting, and injecting pills. All of these methods come with additional health and safety risks.

Yes. Demerol is labeled by the DEA as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its addictive properties. As such, possession and intoxication on the medication without a prescription is a crime, as is sharing, giving away or selling it.

Besides the risk of overdose, using Demerol in ways it’s not designed can also have negative effects. Injecting Demerol is particularly harmful and can lead to infection and cardiovascular disease.

*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio

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