Misusing prescription drugs may give you brief moments of enjoyment, pleasure or relief, but as the abuse continues and your drug addiction becomes apparent, the associated health problems become more severe. Depending on the type of drugs involved – such as opioids, stimulants or anti-anxiety medications – you begin to experience negative, long-term effects on your physical and mental health. The longer the abuse of the substance goes on, the more of these health risks you encounter.
The main danger of developing an addiction to prescription drugs is that you might overdose. Some of the potential reasons for an overdose include:
There are other health risks, as well. Misuse of opioids can cause low blood pressure, a slowed breathing rate or a coma. Stimulants can cause heart problems, high blood pressure and dangerously high body temperatures. Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives can cause memory problems, low blood pressure and slowed breathing.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Roughly 18 million people misused their prescription drugs at least once in the past 12 months, according to a recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. More people misuse prescription drugs than cocaine, meth and heroin combined, another report found, including painkillers (3.3 million users), tranquilizers (2 million users), stimulants (1.7 million users) and sedatives (.5 million users).
The rise of prescription drug addiction is largely due to how readily available the drugs are, combined with their highly addictive properties. It has become exceedingly easy to obtain a prescription for drugs that can be physically addictive and abused. Even if you don’t really need a prescription, a doctor will often prescribe certain drugs, and since some people are more prone to addiction and substance abuse, an addiction can form relatively quickly.
Some of the most abused opioid pain relievers include the drugs Percocet, Oxycontin and Norco. Depressants that are frequently abused include Ambien, Valium and Xanax. Stimulants that are often abused include Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall XR, Dexedrine and Mydayis.
Understanding the signs of a prescription drug addiction can help you to realize the true scope of the problem facing you or a loved one. Some of the most common signs include:
Your emotions may also be affected, such as having excessive mood swings and being hostile when questioned about your prescription drug use. Different drugs have different physical and psychological symptoms. Among them:
While it can be difficult to admit that you need professional help, getting treatment at a rehab facility such as Discovery Point is not something to be feared. We can help you to overcome the obstacles that are stopping you from achieving a life that doesn’t revolve around substance abuse.
Our prescription drug rehab program combines the most effective evidence-based therapies and medical detox with a whole-patient treatment approach. Our accredited rehab facility can provide both residential and outpatient treatment options to ensure that we meet your needs. We employ the best-known treatments and therapies to beat addiction, beginning with a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically for you. Upon entering into our rehab, we assess your physical and mental health as well as your history of drug use. We do this to ensure that the programs that we incorporate into your treatment plan are ideal for your unique situation.
It is likely that you will face withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking prescription drugs, and we will assist you through this phase through our medical detox program. During a medically-assisted detox we keep you as safe and comfortable as possible by giving you medications that reduce your withdrawal symptoms and lower the overall negative aspects of detox.
Once you’ve successfully completed detox, you participate in various behavioral therapies that our healthcare practitioners have deemed necessary to help you overcome your substance use disorder. Whether through cognitive behavioral therapy, multimodal therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy or a combination of therapies, we will help you to change your negative behaviors and thinking, uncover and deal with emotional stress and trauma and provide you with the means to cope with stress and substance abuse triggers.
You may also participate in recreational therapy during your time at our prescription drug rehab. By taking part in fun activities such as fishing, equine therapy and hiking among other activities, you can gain a new lease on life with a successful and lasting recovery from your addiction.