Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Prescription drug abuse has become a growing problem in America. According to the National institute on Drug Abuse, about 54 million people over the age of 12 have admitted to using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Misuse of prescription drugs is especially prevalent in adults ages 18 to 25.

If you or a loved one is battling prescription drug addiction, Destination Hope can help guide you through prescription drug addiction treatment. Once you call, an admissions counselor will address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you through the admissions process so you can begin conquering your addiction.

Contact an admissions counselor at 866-756-HOPE(4673).

What Are Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs are any pharmaceutical drugs that legally require a medical prescription to be dispensed. Most people are familiar with prescription drugs and some individuals who use these medications do not intend to become addicted.

However, without knowing how addictive some medications can be, many will fall into a spiral of prescription drug abuse. Other individuals prefer the recreational use of prescription drugs or combining them with other substances, such as alcohol. Because these medications are prescribed for specific medical conditions, users may not understand how harmful and
addictive they are.

Commonly Abused Drugs

Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: opioids, central nervous system
depressants, and stimulants.

Opioids

Opioids are prescribed to treat pain. The drugs interact with the opioid receptors in the nerve cells of the brain and body. Some commonly misused opioids include:

  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl

Opioid misuse has dramatically increased since 1999. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued a warning about opioid misuse and even suggested that doctors limit the prescription of these drugs.

Central Nervous System Depressant

Central nervous system depressants are also known as sedatives and tranquilizers. The prescription drugs can slow brain activity and are often used for treating anxiety and sleep disorders. Some common CNS depressants include:

  • Benzodiazepines (e.g. Valium, Xanax, ProSom)
  • Sleep medications (e.g. Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata)
  • Barbiturates (e.g. Nembutal)

Stimulants

Prescription stimulants can enhance brain activity and are typically prescribed to treat health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Some types of misused stimulant prescriptions can include:

  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine

Stages of Prescription Drug Abuse

Many people start by using these drugs legitimately and then progress into dependency and misuse, tolerance and addiction. Some users may use the drugs recreationally and enjoy the effect and continue to misuse the drugs.

Dependency

When a person continues to use a prescription drug, their body will adapt to the drug and they will be physically dependent on it to either relieve their pain, depress the nervous system, or enhance their brain activity. Though physical dependency does not constitute addiction, it does often accompany it, which can make it difficult for someone to determine if they, or their loved one, have a prescription drug addiction.

Tolerance

As the physical dependence manifests, a person may need more and more of it to achieve a certain effect. Similar to other drugs, they will need more, or stronger, dosages to achieve the desired effects. Once their tolerance develops, the person’s physical dependence may become more prominent. If they fail to get their prescription drug or the dosage they need, they might experience withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence may also follow. A psychological dependency can involve emotional symptoms, such as anxiety if they cannot get another prescription for the drug or when they are running low on their supply.

Overdose

As prescription drug addicts increase their doses, the risk of a medical overdose also increases. Because the drugs may be considered safe, a person may continue to increase the amount they take and accidentally overdose.

According to the CDC, about 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose; opioids are the drug involved in most medical overdose deaths. Prescription opioid deaths have also more than quadrupled since 1999.

If you or a loved one is seeking help for prescription drug addiction, contact Destination Hope. At our prescription drug addiction treatment center, recovery specialists can help you overcome this disease and help you live a sober life.

Prescription Drug Addiction Symptoms

The signs of prescription drug addiction can vary based on the types of medications being misused.

Opioids

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed movements
  • Feelings of euphoria

Stimulants

  • Agitation
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia

Sedatives and CNS depressants

  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Unsteady walking

Prescription drug addicts may also steal or forge prescriptions, take higher dosages than prescribed, attempt to get more prescriptions from other doctors, have poor decision-making skills.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

For those struggling with prescription drug addiction, the best way forward is to get help. Substance abuse treatment will begin with detox so a person is clean before they enter a drug rehab center. Destination Hope offers inpatient residential treatment and intensive outpatient programs. An admissions counselor can help guide you into the best program for you.

Treatment can include family and individual therapy, counseling sessions, relapse preventions, and helping a man live without addictive medications.

Destination Hope is a prescription drug addiction treatment center dedicated to helping men better themselves and achieve sobriety. We accept a number of insurance carriers and can provide you with information on financing options if you do not
have insurance.

To speak with an admissions counselor, call 888-756-HOPE (4673).

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