Prescription Drug Addiction – Drug Treatment Programs
Fastest Growing Addiction In America.
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Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Prescription drug addiction can begin quite innocently, as when a person is given prescription drugs like pain killers to treat a medical condition. Lortab, Oxycotin, Vicodin and Hydrocodone are commonly prescribed by medical doctors to alleviate pain and anxiety due to pain. Because these drugs are highly addictive and because doctors do not seem to be prescribing them with any information that explains this fact, people are becoming addicted at an alarming rate. Overwhelmingly, our calls at the Addiction Campuses admissions center are from people who have either had a minor surgery or experience arthritis or have been injured on the job. They were prescribed some version of pain killers to alleviate the symptoms and now are unable to stop taking the pills.
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Simply put – people who do not follow the labeling and take the prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed can become addicted and hopelessly so. Overall, an estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
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Prescription pain relievers include the opioid class of drugs, such as hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin), oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin), morphine, fentanyl and codeine. Opioids work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, attaching to receptors in the brain to block the perception of pain. Opioids can produce drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slow breathing. Opioids also can induce euphoria by affecting the brain regions that mediate what we perceive as pleasure.
Tranquilizers and sedatives are central nervous system depressants, such as Xanax, Valium, and Librium, which are often prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. Central nervous system depressants, known as barbiturates and benzodiazepines, slow normal brain function to produce a drowsy or calming effect.
From NCAAD – Signs someone you love is abusing prescription drugs:
Recognizing prescription drug abuse, symptoms include:
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision-making
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
- Continually “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
- Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
Getting Help For A Prescription Drug Addiction
The best way to help a person struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs is to get them into treatment. A long-term prescription drug treatment program is needed to put the addict on the path to full recovery. Because prescription drugs are so highly addictive, the human body now needs these drugs in order to feel balanced in the day.
A person who abuses prescription drugs must go through medical detox in order to safely release the drugs from their system and allow their minds a chance to think clearly. At Addiction Campuses, we provide medical detox to our clients who are addicted to prescription drugs as a first level of care. Once a patient moves through medical detox we provide the proper level of care for them based on our detailed assessments given by our medical doctors and therapists. This detoxification process is safe, secure and monitored by medical doctors.
We also provide all other levels of care like residential, outpatient, sober living and transitional living. This means you or your loved one stays under our watchful eye for the duration of drug rehab taking classes, participating in individual therapy, participating in group therapy, learning life skills and more.
One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!
—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate