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Safe Prescription Drug Detox

Prescription Drug Abuse PrevalenceThe National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 52 million people in the nation have used prescription medication outside of a medical treatment regime at least once. While not everyone who uses prescription medication for nonmedical reasons becomes addicted or reliant on the drug, experts do agree that it's a bad precedent to set.

Misuse of prescription drugs isn't just dangerous because it's illegal. The type of drugs that typically have the highest risks of causing addiction also cause physical and chemical changes in your body. When those changes are being made outside of the care of a medical provider, they can be dangerous to your well-being and lead to issues such as heart attacks or death.

No matter why you started using or abusing prescription drugs, if you can't stop using them on your own or are taking risks to access the drugs, now is the time to reach out for help. Our caring counselors are always available to take your call, and the call and any information you share are completely confidential. Call (877)392-3342 now to find out more about the options for getting treatment to detox from prescription drugs

Anyone Can Abuse Prescription Drugs

One reason many people never seek help for their addiction to prescription drugs is because they feel ashamed or embarrassed, but the truth is anyone can abuse prescription drugs, and you are far from alone if you are struggling with this issue. Prescription drug abuse is extremely common in the United States. According to NIDA, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs make up the third-largest category of abused substances by Americans age 14 and up, coming in after marijuana and alcohol.

While some people knowingly abuse prescription drugs for the first time because of peer pressure, curiosity or just a need for something thrilling, others might not realize what they are doing would be categorized as abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that the rise of prescription drug abuse is in part due to common misconceptions about prescription drug safety and how those drugs should be treated.

You might begin abusing such drugs by taking one of your friend's prescription pain medications simply to alleviate a horrible headache, but seemingly good results could drive you back to the tactic in the future. Many people don't realize the safety risks of taking someone else's well-known medication. Eventually, without the assistance and supervision of physicians and pharmacists, you could begin abusing the drug regularly and become addicted.

Some people even begin to be physically dependent on drugs that were prescribed to them and seek those drugs even after the medical need is over. Others, including teenagers, misuse prescription drugs because they enjoy the high or calm feeling the drugs create. These are all reasons that almost anyone could become addicted to prescription pain killers or other medications.

Prescription Drug Detox Helps You Combat Reliance or Addiction

Most abused prescription drugsOnce you start using prescription drugs on a regular basis, your body could become physically reliant on the chemicals. This is not technically the same thing as addiction, but goes hand-in-hand with addiction. For some individuals, the reliance remains mostly physical and medically-supervised drug detox, which gets you past the symptoms of withdrawal, provides a huge help in getting back to sobriety, especially when coupled with education and cognitive therapy. For others who are using prescription drugs within a cycle of addiction, drug detox is only one of the many steps back to sobriety.

In either case, drug withdrawal can make it seem impossible to stop using certain types of medications on your own. The types of withdrawal symptoms you experience depend on how long you've used a drug, how much of the drug you are taking and what type of prescription drug your body has become used to. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Vomiting, nausea or upset stomach
  • Diarrhea, though some people might also experience constipation
  • Excessive fatigue and yawning
  • Cravings for the drug that drive you to make poor decisions or take risky actions
  • Goosebumps or chills
  • Fever
  • Severe mood swings
  • Aches and pains in the body
  • Larger-than-normal pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Changes in appetite
  • Inability to sleep or trouble waking
  • Excess sweating
  • Shaking or trembling

Any one of these symptoms might seem tolerable on its own, but withdrawal symptoms often come in batches and can be unbearable. Not only are these symptoms extremely uncomfortable physically, but they also impact your emotional and mental state. It's hard to concentrate, make decisions or remember things when your body is under the stress of withdrawal symptoms. This makes it difficult to participate in the workplace, school or home.

Sometimes, people talk themselves into the belief that the withdrawal symptoms are causing more havoc on their lifestyle than drug use was. That leads to continued use of the drugs in an attempt to manage the situation.

You can't safely manage any situation through nonmedical drug use, though. If you are struggling to quit but can't break through the withdrawals, drug detox can help. During medical detox, you are provided with medication that reduces or eradicates withdrawal symptoms. You're also under the constant care of doctors, nurses and therapists who can help you get through withdrawals and detox in a comfortable, safe environment.

If that sounds like the type of environment you need right now, call us at (877)392-3342. Our trained counselors are ready to talk to you about drug detox options and how you can take steps right now to get help. We know reaching out can be scary, which is why our compassionate counselors are ready to guide you through the process. Every call is confidential and free.

What You Can Expect in a Prescription Drug Detox Center

While facilities that provide medical detox treatment range in type, you can expect to find certain common treatment methods when you enter such programs. Most drug detox centers couple clinical treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy to help you get off drugs and stay off of them in the future.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detox could sound scary if you don't know what it is. The term simply refers to getting off drugs with the help of medical professionals, as described above. It doesn't involve something invasive like surgery – instead, you'll talk to doctors and nurses regularly and receive medication when you are unable to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Those same medical staff members will also keep you safe during detox as your body learns how to live without the impact of drugs in your system.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven approach to treating addictions, especially when they are compounded by secondary diagnoses such as anxiety or depression. This method means you'll be involved in therapy and education sessions that might include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Education on triggers and stressors that lead to drug use
  • Education on coping methods for dealing with stress
  • Help reintegrating into your life after treatment

After treatment, it's usually a good idea to continue with aftercare. Aftercare usually comes in the form of individual or group therapy. Some people attend NA meeting while other see an individual therapist. It could be important to involve your family in aftercare as you work to build a strong support system to help you remain sober. All of these things are typically discussed during an inpatient or outpatient drug detox program, and your treatment providers can help you create a plan for aftercare and set follow-up appointments.

How to Find the Right Detox Center 

Finding the right detox center for your needs is an important step in building a strong foundation for recovery. While you don't want to dawdle over the decision so long you end up backing out of treatment, you do want to ensure you know what type of facility you are going into. Some questions you might want to ask when you meet with admissions counselors include:

  • What type of treatment does the facility provide? Is medically supervised detox a part of the program? If you are dealing with drug withdrawals, this is a critical part of your recovery. 
  • What types of therapy activities are included in the program?
  • Does the program include both medical and therapy staff?
  • Does the facility take your insurance plan?
  • What are the financial arrangements that are possible for any amount you might owe?
  • Will the facility work with you to create an aftercare plan with providers in your area?

If you are overwhelmed with some of this information and want help taking this first step, call us now at (877) 392-3342. Our professionally trained counselors can help you understand your options and walk you through some of the first steps in the process. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is never a bad time to call us, and there is never a better time to start getting help for your prescription drug addiction.

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