Learn about prescription drug addiction and how our inpatient Rx rehab center can help.
Has your use of prescription pain relief medication become a habit that has gone beyond your control?
If so, you are not alone, and the problem could be more serious than you think. It is estimated that nearly 3 out of every 4 prescription drug overdoses involve narcotic pain relievers to some degree. These result in about 15,500 deaths annually. Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility works hard to help people overcome their addiction to prescription drugs by providing an individualized treatment plan that is right for your needs.
Prescription drug addiction rehab centers warn that the people who exhibit high-risk factors are the following:
Adolescents and teens who are more susceptible to peer pressure, drug experimentation, and addictive tendencies
Previous substance addictions (alcohol included)
Access to prescription drugs (via healthcare environments)
Pre-existing psychiatric conditions
In addition, there are many misconceptions about the safety of prescription medicine. Studies by the Mayo Clinic and US Department of Health and Human Services have shown that often people, including parents, are unaware of the dangers in providing prescribed medication to those who are not the intended patient.
In cases where addiction results, frequently the patient will begin using the drug beyond their recommended instruction. This can include taking the drug too often or increasing the size of the dosage. In other situations, the addict may have begun using the medication recreationally because they have gained ready access to it.
Addiction can also be the result of a growing tolerance to medication. The drug is consumed beyond recommended dosages so that it will perform its intended function. Sometimes the physician may make this change, or the patient might do it in contradiction to the doctor’s orders. Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility provides round the clock care for our patients so that they can get the help they need. Our low staff to patient ratio means that patients are supervised and provided a treatment plan to make them as healthy as possible, as fast as possible.
Others pathways to addiction are recreational use, as well using Psychopharmaceuticals—such as those used to treat ADHD—to enhance mental performance. Stimulants that are used to treat depression are also popular among casual users, as are drugs that can alter perception or consciousness.
Opioids are among the most common forms of painkillers used. Those that can lead to addiction include the following:
Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin, Percodan)
Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin, Lorcet)
Morphine (Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin)
For those who have been prescribed opioids, it is critical to be aware of the fact that tolerance and dependence can develop quickly. Signs of addiction may be present after only 1-2 weeks of regular use.
Stimulants are prescribed to perform functions such as increasing energy, wakefulness, and alertness. In other cases, they may serve to elevate blood pressure or as an appetite suppressant. Amphetamines and methylphenidate are the most commonly abused stimulants.
These may be frequently referred to as tranquilizers or sedatives. Their purpose is generally to slow down brain activity. They function by modulating the secretion of a neurotransmitter known as GABA that can cause feelings of sedation or drowsiness when present in the bloodstream. As such, CNS’s are commonly prescribed in the treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as for sleep disorders. Common CNS’s are:
Benzodiazepines: Diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), triazolam (Halcion), and estazolam (ProSom).
Non-benzodiazepine sleep medications such as eszopiclone (Lunesta), zalepon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien).
Barbiturates such as phenobarbital (Luminal Sodium),mephobarbital (Mebaral), and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal).
These medications are designed to treat chronic psychological disorders such as schizophrenia or mania induced by bipolar disorder. Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility will assign patients a counselor, social worker and case manager to determine the best course of action in treatment plans. Should a treatment plan include medication, there are two classes of antipsychotic drugs that may be used:
First Generation Antipsychotics: flupentixol, chlorpromazine, levomepromazine, haloperidol, perphenazine, and pericyazine.
Second Generation Antipsychotics: clozapine, aripiprazole, amisulpride, olanzapine, risperidone and quetiapine.
Recovery for the prescription drug abuser is often tough. Withdrawal can be quite taxing, both physically and emotionally. Finding the right treatment center for prescription addiction can be critical, therefore it is important to understand the options. Patients are welcomed to Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility without judgement and our staff is focused on continual care to ensure the patient gets well. Our 16 bed facility provides space for detoxification and intensive outpatient therapy as well. Our campus provides patients with the use of our facilities including the gym and swimming pool, as well as the use of the outdoor gardens and green spaces.
Prescription drug addiction rehab centers frequently offer a combination of counseling and detoxification performed under a physician’s care. Detox, which is eliminating from the body toxins associated with the substance, is always the first step in recovery.
Following detoxification, some patients will move on to treatment on an outpatient basis. In these cases, behavioral therapies have shown to be effective. Examples include:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy: identifying, avoiding and dealing with environments/situations conducive to relapse.
Multidimensional family therapy: this approach is designed for adolescents and young adults and involves the family in the recovery process.
Motivational incentives: utilizes positive reinforcement to abstain from drug use.
In some cases, prescription drug addiction rehab centers, such as Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility will require a longer time commitment for treatments to be effective. This can frequently be a necessity when overcoming severe prescription drug addiction. Inpatient treatment can be as short as 30 days, or over 90 days in some cases.
Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are based on the idea of community-centered treatment, where the other residents are involved with the therapy, as well as the staff. These are generally 6 to 12-month programs.