Montana is big sky country! Home to the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Montana has cornered the market on American beauty. And like other states across the nation, Montana is waging and all-out war on prescription painkiller abuse.
Putting a statewide prescription drug monitoring system in place is just one way Montana officials are trying to stem the tide of death from drug overdose. Montana drug and alcohol treatment facilities can help you or your loved one live life free from the control of a substance.
Prescription Pain Killer Addiction
Prescription painkiller addiction usually begins with an opioid given to manage pain after surgery, injury, or to control chronic pain. Opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic forms of morphine, a drug derived from the Asian poppy plant. Opioids bind to opioid receptors in the brain, changing the way the body perceives pain and causing feelings of euphoria in the user.
Opioids are highly habit forming, and using more of the drug for longer periods of time than prescribed can quickly lead to addiction. If you or a loved one uses prescription opioids for the treatment of pain and you suspect there is a problem, look for the following signs of addiction:
- Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
- Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
- Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for the drug
- Engaging in dangerous activities, like driving, while under the influence of the drug
- Participating in illegal activities, like stealing, to get and use the drug
- Changes in physical appearance, especially in the area of personal hygiene
- Changes in friends and withdrawing from family members
- Becoming more involved in the drug culture
When a person become dependent on an opioid to feel and function normally, the desire to get the drug becomes overwhelming. So much so that when prescriptions or money runs out, addicts often turn to heroin to feed their habit. Heroin is substantially cheaper than prescription opioids, and fairly easy to get. But heroin doesn’t have to control your life. For Montana residents who struggle, help is available.
Montana Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Admitting you have a problem with drugs and reaching out for help is the first and most important step on the road to recovery. Treatment for substance abuse usually begins with medically-supervised detox. Detox gives the body time to rid itself of the toxins of the drug in a safe and supervised way. Once detox is over, treatment can begin. Most drug treatment programs are made up of the following components:
- Diagnosis for any underlying mental illness contributing to or causing the addiction
- Individual psychotherapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Holistic treatments such as meditation, yoga, spiritual counseling, nutrition counseling, exercise classes, life skills training and career counseling
- Aftercare programs including support groups, 12-Step programs, accountability partners, sober living homes and continued individual therapy sessions
Montana has many addiction treatment facilities throughout the state. These are just a few of the choices:
- Wilderness Treatment Center- located in Marion, on a 4000-acre working cattle ranch, this facility offers a 60-day, inpatient treatment program. The program includes 16-21 days on a wilderness therapy expedition. Along with private pay, Wilderness Treatment Center works with most major insurance plans and offers financing.
- Mental Health Center- located in Billings, this facility is a residential treatment home for both men and women. Programs also include intensive outpatient treatment, dialectic behavioral therapy, aftercare support groups and co-occurring disorder groups. Mental Health Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and other insurances. Discounted services are available for those who qualify.
- Rocky Mountain Treatment Center- located in Great Falls, this facility offers inpatient care with a focus on dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders. They offer individual and group counseling, equine therapy, recreation and team building. Rocky Mountain Treatment Center works with most major health insurance providers, accepts most major credit cards and offers financing.
Finding Help for Addiction
If you or a loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to a counselor about available treatment options.
Montana Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
- Anaconda (3)
Big Timber (1)
Box Elder (2)
Crow Agency (2)
Cut Bank (1)
Fort Benton (1)
Fort Harrison (2)
Great Falls (6)
Hot Springs (2)
Lame Deer (1)
Miles City (2)
Red Lodge (3)
Saint Ignatius (1)
Thompson Falls (2)
Wolf Point (1)