Prescription Drug Treatment
Prescription drug addiction is a major health concern growing in prevalence across the United States. Commonly abused prescription drugs include stimulants, benzodiazepines, and opiates. Opiate use in particular has become a widespread epidemic.
According to a recent report, 20% of Americans abuse prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Most individuals addicted to illicit drugs shift to abusing prescription drugs because medications are powerful, synthetic, and more controlled than street drugs.
Tolerance to prescription drugs builds over time. Even those who take prescription drugs for verified medical reasons gradually begin to increase consumption, leading to debilitating drug addiction. Even as consumption may begin as an innocent effort, people usually begin to display symptoms characteristic of prescription drug addiction.
For those seeking treatment to help with addiction to prescription drugs, the first significant step toward achieving sobriety is to enter an accredited prescription drug rehab.
Prescription Drug Withdrawal
Opiates are drugs found in pain relievers and anesthetics. When people are in legitimate pain, opiates bind to receptors in the brain and reduce painful sensations. However, if an individual is not experiencing legitimate pain, or opiates are taken outside of the recommendations of a physician, the drugs produce a euphoric effect known as a high.
Opiate addiction causes major physical problems, including bleeding in the stomach, kidney damage, liver damage, respiratory system damage, and death. Once a person becomes addicted to opiates, having the drugs removed from their bodies produces debilitating physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs usually prescribed to treat seizures, anxiety, and insomnia. When benzodiazepines are abused, they create a sense of relaxation and euphoria. Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, and Xanax are the most commonly abused benzodiazepines. People develop a tolerance to these medications in order to change their psychological and physical states; however, this makes it impossible for them to deal with the issues underlying their need for relief.
Benzodiazepine addiction causes protracted withdrawal. This means that for months after initial detoxification, those addicted to benzodiazepines can suffer from bouts of depression, insomnia, anxiety, musculoskeletal issues, and neurological problems.
Stimulants speed up the functions of a person’s central nervous system. They’re often prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as fatigue and narcolepsy. Stimulants increase energy and produce a euphoric effect. Additionally, they dramatically decrease people’s appetites. Chronic stimulant abuse causes serious adverse effects including sleep deprivation, hallucinations, malnutrition, and digestive problems.
Stimulant abuse is common among students, and they are often used as study aids. They allow the abuser to maintain high levels of energy and concentration over periods of time. Adderall and Ritalin are among the most commonly abused stimulant drugs.
Medically Monitored Detox from Prescription Drugs
Safe withdrawal from opiate, benzodiazepine, and stimulant addictions requires coordinated, medically monitored detoxification at a rehab facility. Prescription drug abuse and addiction seriously negatively impact mental and physical health. After detoxification, clients typically continue residential prescription drug addiction treatment.
Individuals who suffer from prescription drug addiction often have issues with chronic pain, as well as mental health issues. Doctors and therapists at a prescription drug rehab will be able to identify and address these issues without the use of additional medications of abuse. The experienced team at Bradford Recovery is available to coordinate programming at all levels of care.
Following stabilization and detox, clients should engage in residential treatment to learn new skills for sobriety, pain management, relapse prevention, and mental health management. Residential treatment leads to higher recovery rates when attending outpatient services.
Bradford Recovery Center offers prescription drug rehab services to individuals and families suffering from addiction. Contact us today.