Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Prescription drug addiction and abuse is a significant, emerging problem in the United States. In 2009, approximately seven million people reported non-medical use of psychotherapeutic drugs – almost 3% of the U.S. population. This class of drugs is broadly described as those targeting the central nervous system, including drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders (NSDUH, 2009).
The problem has become so prevalent, The Huffington Post recently featured an article titled, “Drug Deaths Hit Record Levels,” pointing out most of these were related to prescription painkillers.
The abuse of certain classifications of prescription drugs such as opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants can alter the brain’s activity and lead to addiction.
Prescription drug abuse is classified as the:
- Intentional use of a medication without a prescription
- In a way other than as prescribed
- For the experience or feeling it causes. It is not a new problem, but a growing one that requires attention
While prescription drugs can be helpful for many people, they are often over-used by a large number of others.
Physicians take an oath, known as the Hippocratic Oath, at the beginning of their medical careers. While the words don’t actually appear in the oath, the intention of the oath is summed up in three words, when physicians promise to “do no harm” to their patients. Unfortunately, prescription drugs legitimately given to patients for genuine needs often result in unintentional harm when patients indulge in prescription drug abuse.
Why Does Drug Abuse Happen?
Any number of reasons could contribute to people making the choice to abuse their prescription drugs. Many times the stresses of the world we live in, whether in the workplace or at home, become more than some individuals can deal with, and they find that their prescription drugs help them cope better.
Other times, guilt or hurt over past events or circumstances overwhelm a person, as do the loss of loved ones, broken hearts, or unfulfilled dreams. Sometimes an individual has a chemical imbalance over which he or she has no control, which can lead to mood disorders and other problems; and again, the urge rises to abuse prescribed drugs to help battle the overwhelming feelings.
Commonly, extended use increases the body’s tolerance, especially to pain medications, and increased dosages are needed to remedy the pain, sometimes resulting in an unintentional overdose. Regardless of the reasons, prescription drug rehab is necessary to successfully treat the condition.
Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
While there is a wide variety of medications that are regularly misused, the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
- Opioids (OxyContin and Vicodin)
- Central Nervous System Depressants (Xanax and Valium)
- Stimulants (Concerta and Adderall)
We Can Help
At Inspire Malibu, we understand the struggles of those who are addicted and we know how concerned loved ones and friends are about those who are caught in the cycle of prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Our professional board-certified psychiatrists and clinical staff offer sound, evidence-based prescription drug treatment in a compassionate manner in our comfortable residential setting.
We strive to address the underlying cause of the drug abuse, which will help break the cycle of addiction and assist the individual with getting back on the path of wellness, free from the grip of drug abuse and addiction.
How Prescription Drug Treatment Works
Inspire Malibu will determine the best treatment strategy for each individual. In other words, once we assess or define the underlying nature of a client’s drug abuse and addiction, we can then design a strategic prescription drug rehab program that specifically addresses his or her problem.
Once we know how to treat an individual’s addiction problem, and following a comprehensive evaluation, the first step is for the individual to undergo detoxification.
Since this initial step in the treatment process can be painful and even potentially dangerous, we provide 24-hour monitoring and supervision. Our clinical staff identifies, addresses, and treats drug withdrawal symptoms as they occur throughout the detox process.
After the individual successfully completes the detox stage, we offer a number of successful prescription drug treatment strategies, based on the client’s needs. These include palliative (relieving suffering), restorative and motivational methods. This is a sampling of over a dozen of the treatments we provide:
- Therapy – either one-on-one, family, or group therapy
- Stress Management – one of the most important strategies, to learn to manage stress in healthy ways
- Relapse Prevention – learn effective strategies to avoid relapsing or going back into abusing drugs
- Medication Assisted Treatment Therapy when needed
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We are available to take your call 24 hours a day and your call will be completely confidential. Let us help you or your loved one gain restoration to a life free from prescription drug abuse.
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