The abuse of prescription medication is a rapidly growing problem in the United States. It is changing the face of addiction. People no longer have to find their drugs on the streets, they can find them at any of the many pain management clinics, sometimes referred to as “pill mills,” that are popping up across the country. Prescription medication addiction has become an epidemic, affecting not just user, but their family and friends as well. It is an alarming and tragic fact that prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida have increased by 77 percent from 2003 to 2008.
What types of Prescription Medication do people abuse?
Often used to manage pain, opioids include drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicidon, Darvon, and Hydrocodone. These are highly addictive drugs that produce feelings of extreme relaxation and euphoria. At a high enough dose, they can lead to respiratory arrest and death.
Stimulants are drugs that increase blood pressure and heart rate. They make the user feel more alert and energized. Prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall, are often used to treat ADHD. They are especially popular with high school and college students.
• Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines
Barbiturates and benzodiazepines are classified as depressants. Drugs such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin fall into this category. Detoxing off of these drugs can be dangerous, and should not be done without medical supervision.
Treatment for Prescription Medication Addiction
Recovering Souls is not a treatment facility, but a service that can find you the treatment you need. We work with an extensive network of treatment facilities, and can place you in a treatment center that specializes in treating prescription medication addiction. Recovery from prescription drug addiction is a lifelong process that begins with a medically supervised detox. The facilities we work with provide clients with a safe and medically supervised detox designed to keep you as comfortable as possible. Once detoxed, you will undergo a thorough psychological evaluation, as well as a drug and alcohol evaluation with a licensed therapist. You will then work with the treatment team to develop an individualized treatment plan. A dedicated and caring staff of certified addictions counselors will guide you through your early recovery, providing you with the emotional and spiritual support you need. You will attend both individual and group counseling sessions. A board certified psychiatrist is available for those requiring treatment for a dual diagnosis. If you were initially prescribed medication for chronic pain, we can place you in a facility that specializes in non-narcotic pain management. As you prepare to complete treatment, you will develop an aftercare plan with your therapist and be expected to continue to attend12 Step meetings. By the time you are ready to leave, you will have learned the skills you need to achieve success and serenity in recovery.
If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription medication addiction, contact Recovering Souls today.