About Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction has become increasingly common in the United States in the past twenty years. Addictive medications for pain, anxiety, and insomnia have all contributed the drug addiction and overdose epidemic in the U.S. today.
Even with legitimate use, patients can come dependent on these drugs. This means that if they try to quit or cut back, they encounter unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse.
In addition, tolerance increases, meaning that more and more of the drug is needed to achieve the same effect. Sometimes, the desired effect is simply the relief from pain symptoms from which the patient initially sought help.
Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
The presence and severity of side effects from prescription drug addiction will vary depending on the drug being used, as well as the dose and frequency.
There are three broad categories of prescription drugs: opioids (painkillers), benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety), and stimulants.
Opioids include formulations of drugs such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Norco.) Symptoms of opioid addiction may include nausea, constipation, slowed breathing, drowsiness, constipation, impaired coordination, confusion, and increased sensitivity to pain (hyperalgesia.)
Benzodiazpenes include formulation of drugs such as diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction may include slowed breathing, drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, poor concentration, slurred speech, and memory problems.
Stimulants include amphetamines such as Ritalin and Adderall. Symptoms of stimulant addiction may include reduced appetite, agitation, high body temperature, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, and paranoia.
Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction
Just believe recovery center treats addictions related to prescription drugs, including:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
Opioids and Opiates
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco)
Hypnotic Sedatives such as Ambien and Lunestra
Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta.
Detoxification from prescription drugs is often usually the first step toward recovery. Other medications can be used to help ease many of unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.
In addition, around-the-clock care ensures patient safety, as withdrawal side effects can sometimes be life-threatening. Without supervision during detox, relapse is very common.
After detox, patients are referred to an intensive outpatient or inpatient residential treatment program, where patients participate in individual therapy and counseling, group therapy, as well as holistic treatment approaches.
Comprehensive assessments and program customization ensure that the unique needs of each client are met.