Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Center Los Angeles
Prescription drug addiction and abuse is a significant, emerging problem in the United States.
National Drug-Involved Overdose Deaths—Number Among All Ages, by Gender, 1999-2019.
More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. The figure above is a bar and line graph showing the total number of U.S. drug overdose deaths involving any illicit or prescription opioid drug from 1999 to 2019. The bars are overlaid by lines showing the number of deaths by gender from 1999 to 2018 (Source: CDC WONDER).
National Drug-Involved Overdose Deaths by Specific Category—Number Among All Ages, 1999-2019.
Overall, drug overdose deaths rose from 2018 to 2019 with 70,630 drug overdose deaths reported in 2019. Deaths involving other synthetic opioids other than methadone (primarily fentanyl) continued to rise with more than 36,359 overdose deaths reported in 2019. Those involving psychostimulants with abuse potential (primarily methamphetamine) also continued to increase (Source: CDC WONDER).
Prescription Drug Abuse is Classified as:
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 Prescription Drug Addiction 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.
What are the 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)
How 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.
Prescription Medication Detox
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.
Prescription Medication Addiction Treatment
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
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.
We provide prescription drug addiction treatment at our facilities in Agoura Hills and Malibu, California and serve the surrounding areas including Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Oxnard, Encino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara.