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Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Center

Prescription drug abuse occurs when an individual misuses a prescription medication that is not how medical professionals intended it. Prescription drug addiction results in physical, emotional, and mental issues. Prescription drug abuse may become compulsive and reoccurring, resulting in negative consequences.

Prescription drug abuse does not discriminate. It affects all age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, it is more common in younger demographics. Prescription drug use includes opioid painkillers, sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, and stimulants. Early identification of the addiction and intervention can prevent further complications. Early identification of prescription drug abuse and early intervention may prevent the problem from turning into an addiction.

What to Expect: Treatment at All In Solutions

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at All in Solutions includes:

 

  • • Intensive outpatient programs
  • • Short-term and long-term inpatient programs
  • • Short-term and long-term outpatient programs
  • • Relapses prevention and education
  • • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • • Evidence-based holistic treatment

Our short-term inpatient programs typically last 14 to 30 days. Our long-term residential programs can last 90 days or longer. Additionally, our inpatient and outpatient programs offer medically supervised detox services. Our drug addiction treatment programs provide specialized treatment.

Programs include dual diagnosis treatment, faith-based treatment, and trauma therapy. Our inpatient program offers the highest level of care, ideal for those whose addiction is more severe.

Substantial support and structure are beneficial for those who have multiple relapses and dual diagnoses. Our Partial Hospitalization Program can offer healthy coping strategies and further treatment that can avoid relapse.

 

Commonly Abused Prescription Drug Medications

Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

The differences in signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse depend on the specific drug. Commonly used prescription drugs that are abused are as follows:

Opiates and Opioids: Oxycodone (i.e., Oxycontin and Roxicodone), Hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin, Norco). These drugs are used to treat pain symptoms and have detrimental effects when abused. The symptoms include:

  • • Constipation
  • • Nausea
  • • Euphoria
  • • Slowed breathing
  • • Confusion or distorted thinking
  • • Poor motor skills and impaired coordination

Stimulants: These include methylphenidates (i.e., Ritalin, Concerta), Dextroamphetamine, amphetamines (i.e., Adderall). These medications are commonly used to treat sleep disorders and attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adverse side effects of stimulants include:

  • • Anxiety
  • • Paranoia
  • • High blood pressure/heart issues
  • • Agitation
  • • Reduced appetite
  • • Insomnia
  • • Heart Conditions/Complications

Benzos (Benzodiazepines), Anti-Anxiety Medications, and Sedatives: These include alprazolam (i.e., Xanax), diazepam (i.e., Valium). Also include hypnotics, such as zolpidem (i.e., Ambien). These medications are intended to alleviate anxiety and help individuals cope with sleep disorders. The symptoms of abuse include:

  • • Dizziness and confusion
  • • Memory loss
  • • Drowsiness
  • • Poor coordination and agility
  • • Slowed breathing
Cause of Prescription Drug Abuse

Why Do People Abuse Prescription Drugs?

Prescription users abuse their medication for several reasons. These include:

 

  • • Feelings of pleasure or euphoria
  • • Tension relief or relief from mental health issues
  • • Increased alertness
  • • Issues from co-existing disorders (i.e., eating disorders, mood disorders)
  • • Preventing side effects from withdrawal
  • • Acceptance from peers
  • • Attempting to improve concentration for academic or work performance
Consequences of Medication Abuse

Risk Factors For Prescription Drug Abuse

Several people use prescription medications that fear they will become addicted. However, individuals that take their prescriptions as prescribed often do not become addicted.

However, there are several risk factors for prescription drug abuse. These include:

  • • Family history of substance abuse
  • • Past or present addictions to other substances
  • • Younger demographics (i.e., adolescents and young adults)
  • • Patients with pre-existing mental health conditions
  • • Access to prescription drugs not prescribed to the individual
  • • Lack of educational resources regarding prescription abuse and the harm of prescription drug abuse
  • • Peer pressure and social environments that involve drug abuse
Adult Prescription Abuse and Treatment

Prescription Abuse Complications and Medical Consequences

Today in America and throughout the world, prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high. The severity of substance abuse should not be underestimated and can be fatal. One instance of taking medication over the prescribed amount by a medical professional could lead to unintentional unforeseen events. These instances affect the individual at hand and the addicts’ friends, family, loved ones, and medical staff throughout their journey.

Abusing prescriptions can have a fatal and detrimental impact. Prescription drug users are at risk for overdose when taken in high doses and mixed with other medications. In recent studies, prescription drug abuse has been a pressing issue among older adults due to ongoing health issues. Combining prescription medication can put senior users at risk for misuse and drug tolerance. These instances can lead to addiction.

Prescription drug abuse can cause several problems. Prescription drugs can be hazardous — and even lead to death — when taken in high doses, when combined with other prescription drugs or certain over-the-counter medications, or when taken with alcohol or illegal drugs.

There are medical and physical issues that arise when individuals abuse their medication. Various medications can affect an individual in unique and lethal ways. These include:

  • Sedatives, Anti-Anxiety Medications Inc. But Not Limited To Benzo's (Benzodiazepines): : memory loss, low blood pressured, slowed respiratory rates, and overdose. Disruption of abuse can cause withdrawal symptoms that have harmful effects on the body (i.e., hyperactivity and seizures).
  • Opiates and Opioids: low blood pressure, slowed respiratory rates, respiratory failure, or coma. In many instances, Opioids have been the leading cause of overdose.
  • Stimulants: high body temperature, aggressive heart and blood pressure issues, tremors and seizures, hallucinations, behavioral changes, and paranoia.

Addiction and Physical Dependence

Prescription drugs activate the brain’s reward pathways. Thus, causing tolerance and dependence on these substances.

  • Physical Dependence: Physical dependency is the body's response to drug abuse by developing tolerance and habit. Once the body and mind recognize the habit being broke by lack of substance intake, physical and mental withdrawal symptoms begin. Individuals who abuse medications will likely need higher doses to receive the same effects. Therefore, it is likely that an individual who abruptly stops drug abuse will experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • Addiction: Addiction to prescribed medications can form physical dependence, which causes them to seek the drug despite the negative consequences compulsively.

Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

Due to prescription disrupting the brains’ reward pathways, individuals who abuse prescriptions can experience changes in behavior and environment. These include:

  • • Engage in risky behavior
  • • Poor judgment
  • • Criminal activity
  • • Vehicle and motorcycle accidents
  • • The decline of academic and work performance
  • • Strained relationships with family and friends
  • • Gateways to other illicit drugs

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

A doctor might prescribe prescriptions to an individual to treat a condition. There are several ways to protect yourself and prevent dependency.

  • • Seek medical counseling from a medical professional. Talk with your doctor regarding use on a healthy basis and maintaining the correct dose.
  • • Educate yourself on the side effects of your medication. This will help you manage any issues and distinguish if this medication is the right fit for you. Make sure your doctor knows your conditions and the signs. This includes telling your doctor about additional medications you are using, herbal supplements, and alcohol and drug use.
  • • Follow directions carefully and use your medication only as prescribed. Do not interfere with your dose if you have built a tolerance unless instructed by a medical professional.
  • • Using only the prescription that is prescribed to you. Never use a medicine that is prescribed to someone else. Everyone has unique characteristics, which means the medication might not be the same for you as it is for them.
  • • Keep your prescriptions safe and confined. Manage the quantities you take and put them somewhere you only have access to. This also pertains to properly disposing of your medication, making sure you're reading the proper instructions on how to dispose of it, or asking your doctor for help.
Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that overdose death from prescription abuse in the US has skyrocketed. There are millions of people who are affected by this disease. If you or someone else, like a family member, is suffering from prescription drug abuse, seek addiction treatment.