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Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

It is no secret that prescription drug abuse is one of the most difficult habits to break, and millions of people each year abuse these types of drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that more than 2 million people in one year used prescription medication outside of a medical treatment plan, which averages to over 6,000 people each day abusing prescription drugs for the first time.

Once you start taking prescription medication without a medical purpose – or outside the recommendation of your physician – it can be easy to become physically dependent or addicted to the drug. Many people find themselves recognizing that it's time to stop taking the drugs, but they doubt whether they can function without prescription pills. After taking such drugs for any amount of time, you might be unable to deal with the emotional, mental or physical state you find yourself in when you aren't taking the drugs – especially since once you are physically reliant on any prescription drug, you can experience serious withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

It's important to understand that you are not alone, and it is possible to live a life free of addictive substances.

As a nationally-recognized drug rehab, we have experience treating individuals who have become addicted to the most abused prescription drugs. Some prescription drugs that can create physical dependency or are often abused because of their effect on the body are also some of the most prescribed drugs, and they include:

  • Benzos (e.g. Xanax, Valium)
  • Opiates (e.g. OxyContin, Oxycodone)
  • Stimulants (e.g. Adderall, Ritalin)
  • Suboxone

Whether you are abusing one of the above medications or find yourself unable to quit another substance, help is available. Learn more about how you can free yourself from prescription drug addiction by contacting us at (877) 392-3342 or starting an online chat. Our admissions counselors are available to speak with you any time of day, any day of the year, and all information you divulge online or via telephone is held in strict confidence.

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

Are you starting to wonder whether or not you or a loved one are abusing prescription drugs or dealing with a pill addiction? When these drugs are originally prescribed by a doctor, it can be difficult to detect when abuse occurs. Prescription drug abuse statistics published by the National Institute on Drugs indicate that the rate of opioid prescriptions in the United States has more than doubled since 1991. With these types of drugs more available, it's even more possible to abuse them and become addicted.

Oftentimes, if abuse is present, an individual will notice that they feel physically ill or crave the drug when lowering the dosage; this is known as dependence. Dependence occurs when a drug or drugs have been taken for long enough and in large enough amounts that your body relies on them to function. This happens most frequently when an individual begins taking more of a drug than they were prescribed or begins abusing a drug without a prescription. Unfortunately, it can also happen when you are taking the prescribed dose of a drug under a physician's care, but in such situations, your body might be physically reliant on a medicine without you being addicted to it. Physicians will often slowly reduce the dose of the drug you are on to help you stop taking it without uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Once you are dependent on prescription drugs, it is very difficult to stop on your own. In fact, trying to stop abusing certain prescription drugs without medical assistance could cause severe health complications and even death.

If you are trying to determine if you've developed a prescription drug addiction, consider some of the following signs:

  • Your tolerance for the medication is rising. If you need more and more medication to avoid withdrawal or to elicit the same effect, you have developed a tolerance.
  • You are abusing the medication. If you take more prescription drugs than your doctor prescribed, purchase them illegally or take them in ways other than as intended (e.g. snorting crushed pills instead of swallowing them whole), then you are abusing them.
  • You experience negative feedback even when taking the medication. If the symptoms for which you were prescribed the medication worsen despite what used to be adequate treatment, this is called negative feedback.
  • You create a polypharmacy situation. If you supplement your prescription with other medications (legal or otherwise) to prevent withdrawal or improve effectiveness, this is called polypharmacy.
  • You engage in "doctor shopping." If you utilize more than one doctor to obtain more of the same medication, you are "doctor shopping". This is also known as drug-seeking behavior.

Can you relate to any of the characteristics of dependence or addiction mentioned? If you think you are engaging in any of the above activities or experiencing these effects, it's time to seek professional help.

Contact us at (877) 392-3342 to learn more about dependence, addiction and how treatment for prescription drug abuse can help you. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with this complicated situation. Our compassionate staff know how frightening and stressful this time can be, and they are ready to listen and provide guidance on what next steps are available so you can begin the path to a drug-free lifestyle.

Effective Treatment Plans for Prescription Drug Addiction

The NIDA emphasizes that prescription drug addiction can be effectively treated when a patient's individual needs are met. At The Treatment Center, our team creates a personalized treatment plan to address your mental, physical and spiritual recovery needs.

The following services and programs help you create a foundation for a drug-free future:

  • Medically-supervised detox, which helps reduce or eradicate withdrawal symptoms while under the constant care of doctors, nurses and therapists. 
  • Individual and group therapy can help you identify triggers for drug use and learn about healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress or pain in the future.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for individuals who have diagnoses of depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses that might be primary or secondary to drug use.
  • Faith-based treatment programs that match your religious affiliation.
  • 12-step programs to help you stay sober once you are discharged.
  • Chronic pain management to help you find ways to deal with pain that don't lead to drug abuse.
  • Holistic therapies for comprehensive healing.
  • Relapse prevention and basic life skills training to help you hit the ground running as you move back into regular life.
  • Sober recreational activities to create healthy coping mechanisms and find ways to engage with others that don't involve drugs.
  • Court liaison services to assist with any drug-related legal issues you might be dealing with.

Our team is comprised of board-certified medical doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals who are dedicated to providing you with compassionate care.

Let Us Help You Take Care of Yourself

Continuing to abuse prescription drugs can cause a number of long- and short-term health issues. Depending on the medication or medications you are abusing, you could develop mental illnesses, chronic liver problems and significantly increase your risk of stroke and heart attack. Other physical, emotional and mental symptoms that can occur because of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Loss of memory or "fuzzy" memory
  • Loss of consciousness on a regular basis
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Altered senses, especially taste, touch and sight
  • Muscle pain or cramping
  • Trembling or shaking that is uncontrollable
  • Chills and sweating
  • Paranoia
  • Nasal congestion
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Extreme changes in mood
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping or trouble waking up
  • Increased depression
  • Lack of coordination

Even some of these symptoms can drastically interfere with your ability to live a healthy, engaging life. You might find yourself unable to engage appropriately with friends and family. Poor attendance or performance at work could mean you find yourself on probation or even without a job, and lack of concentration or care could mean you make serious mistakes with your finances or other personal obligations. When you are abusing drugs, mistakes or problems that arise in other areas of your life could lead you to use more drugs, creating a terrible cycle that only seems to get worse.

Your life doesn't have to be this way forever. You can avoid these and other harmful side effects by seeking help today to stop using or abusing drugs. It's never too late to ask for help. Our highly trained, highly skilled addiction professionals understand the complexities of prescription drug abuse. We are ready to help you take care of yourself so you can build a foundation for a happy and healthy life in the future.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us. We can be contacted at (877) 392-3342 or through online chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Every conversation is confidential, and we can provide valuable information for you about treatment options.

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