Discovery, although well known for their eating disorder treatment centers, also treats individuals who are struggling with a prescription pill addiction. Whether an individual has become addicted to opioids, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines or sleeping pills, Discovery works closely with each individual to ensure they are the taught coping skills necessary to overcome their addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction, some individuals may have to receive a higher level of care such as residential treatment or partial hospitalization while other individuals may be comfortably treated in an outpatient setting.

Co-occurring disorders

Discovery treats the individual and not the disorder, meaning that the therapists work diligently to assess if any other underlying disorders are occurring and tailor each treatment towards the individual’s needs. When two or more disorders occur simultaneously they are known as co-occurring disorders. It can be a combination of mental health disorders, eating disorders and/or substance abuse disorders. When an individual is being treated for a sleeping pill addiction but is also struggling with depression, both disorders must be diagnosed and treated in order for the sleeping pill addiction or the depression to be treated. If a mental health disorder goes untreated then the individual will more than likely relapse even if their substance abuse disorder was properly treated, therefore Center For Discovery works diligently to treat any co-occurring disorder.

Family therapy

Discovery works closely with adolescents and strongly believes that family therapy is a huge component of treatment. The treatment team at Discovery works closely with families to ensure that they are learning the right tools to practice at home as treatment should be practiced in all environments including home, school and in the therapist’s office or the treatment center. Family therapy can help combat prescription pill addiction whether it is Adderall, Xanax or Ambien.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy was first developed in the 1970s and has since been used to help treat individuals with substance abuse, specifically prescription pill abuse. CBT includes educational components associated with eating disorders and also the development of meal plans in addition to encompassing the psychological, societal and familial factors that are associated with the development and management of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are often caused by deep-rooted underlying emotional and mental triggers such as trauma, low self-esteem, personality disorders, poor relationships, and devastating conflict resolution skills and cognitive behavioral therapy specifically work to help eliminate these negative aspects and develop positive coping skills by fixing abnormal thought processes. CBT is also an effective form of therapy for depression, addiction, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, psychotic disorders, and anxiety. Research studies have indicated the effectiveness of this form of psychotherapy for various mental illnesses. CBT has also been shown to help with anger issues, low self-esteem, and physical health problems, such as pain or fatigue.

Dialectal behavioral therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy that combines parts of cognitive-behavioral therapy with principles of mindfulness. DBT has been proven as an effective approach to foster the necessary changes associated with binge eating disorder and therefore can be used as a formal treatment strategy for this eating disorder. Traditional dialectal behavior therapy focuses on concrete behavioral skills for four domains: emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.