Prescriptions Addiction Treatment
Over the past couple of years, prescription drug abuse and misuse has dramatically increased. In 2010 alone, enough painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every four hours for an entire month. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs are third in line behind marijuana and alcohol amongst substances that are currently being abused by Americans over the age of 14. Commonly abused prescriptions include pain relievers, depressants, and stimulants. When used incorrectly or too frequently, prescription drugs can have extremely negative effects on the user's body and mind.
Prescription medication, when used correctly and in the proper dosage, can aid in the prevention and treatment of illnesses or physical ailments. These drugs, however, can become dangerous when they are taken incorrectly or without having a prescription for the medication. In 2010, drug overdoses killed more Americans than motor vehicle crashes did. Out of the 38,000 people who died from these overdoses, 16,500 died from overdosing on prescription painkillers, which equates to a little over 45 people per day.
A person with a prescription medication addiction may exhibit a variety of symptoms. Warnings signs that an individual may have a prescription drug addiction include:
- Frequent requests for refills from physicians
- Ongoing or continuous use of previously prescribed medication
- Increased time spent acquiring prescriptions
- Stealing or borrowing medications from family and friends
- Seeing multiple doctors for the same or similar illnesses
- Crushing or breaking up pills
- Stealing prescriptions
- Forging scripts for prescriptions
There is a vast array of prescription medications available to patients for treating pain and illnesses. Some of the most commonly abused ones include hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, Valium, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin and Ambien. Although the effects of prescription drugs range depending on the drug, prolonged use and abuse of any of these can be harmful on an individual's mind and body. Some of the side-effects from prescription drug addiction include:
- Erratic behavior
- Mental cloudiness
- Insomnia or exces sleep
- Suicidal tendencies
- Neglect for hygiene and appearance
- Changes in mood
- Possible overdose
Just as with any drug addiction treatment, the first step in the process for prescription medication addiction involves the addicted individual admitting that they have a problem and agreeing to get finally get the help they need to get clean. The individual will then be able to select the treatment facility that best suits their specific needs with the help of our team here at The Treatment Helpline. Once in the facility, the individual will undergo detoxification. This will cleanse the body of the harmful chemicals from the substance to rid them of their physical dependency.
Although detoxification may come along with uncomfortable and sometimes painful side-effects from withdrawal of the abused drug, it is a necessary step in freeing the addiction. Highly-skilled medical professionals who are equipped to administer care and non-addictive pain medication as needed will be available on-site 24/7. Depending on the severity of the addiction and the substance, pharmacological treatments, or certain medications, may be given to the patient to counter effects of the drug to help ease the withdrawal symptoms.
Once the prescription drug detox is complete, a shift to focus on the psychological effects of the addiction will be implemented. Mandatory one-on-one therapy sessions will be conducted to work through any issues or contributing factors that may have lead the person to abuse the drug. Therapy also aims to provide the individual with the helpful stress and emotional management and the positive willpower to avoid relapsing when triggers or stresses are present in their lives.
Upon completion of treatment, The Treatment Helpline suggests that the individual continue in their addiction recovery with an aftercare program. Aftercare programs may involve counseling, group therapy sessions, or a 12-step program, such as Narcotics Anonymous. Aftercare programs are very important in the treatment process as they reinforce the values and importance of living a sober lifestyle that the afflicted individual acquired while in a treatment facility. 12-step programs or group therapy sessions tend to be very helpful as well, for they add the element of peer support to the recovery process. In all aftercare programs, the individual will gain support and help the patient improve their personal and work life free from addiction.
If you or a loved one may be struggling with a prescription drug addiction, don't hesitate to call our expert addiction counselors at The Treatment Helpline today. All calls are 100% confidential and you can be sure that you'll get the help that you need.