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Prescription drug abuse can occur for a variety of reasons. Some may be trying to manage an anxiety disorder, or they may feel they need the drugs to get a good night’s sleep, and others may be using them to manage chronic pain. There are others who abuse prescription drugs to experience pleasure because they are more readily available and not considered illegal if they or someone they know has a prescription. The fact is that most individuals who become addicted to prescription drugs may not realize it until someone points it out or until they suffer severe withdrawal symptoms.
Prescription drug abuse has been cited as a growing epidemic in the United States. It is becoming more common than the use of some illicit drugs. In 2012, prescription drug abuse caused more deaths than car accidents, and is the leading cause for injury death in this country according to the CDC.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include: depressants or sedatives such as Valium and Xanax, which treat anxiety disorders, opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin that treat pain, and stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin used to help control symptoms of ADHD.
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Once a person becomes physically addicted to prescription medications, they cannot abruptly stop taking the medication without risking potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. To begin recovery safely, all patients should receive medically supervised treatment. When a person is addicted to prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall, they are gently tapered off the medication.
Some patients who are addicted to powerful prescription medications, such as Fentanyl and OxyContin may require other medications to ease their withdrawal symptoms. To find out more about prescription medication detox, call the professionals at Prescription Drug Rehab at (520) 686-5024 today.
Given the severity of some of symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal, strict and intensive medical supervision is required. Some of the symptoms associated with the withdrawal from benzos like Xanax include:
Once the detoxification process is completed, an individual can then begin treatment. It is important for medical professionals to conduct a comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment to determine the triggers of the patient’s drug abuse, the factors that sustain their drug abuse, any barriers to recovery, and their personal strengths that they can leverage to sustain their recovery.
Based upon this evaluation, the staff will work with the patient to establish an individualized treatment plan consisting of the goals and objectives that they want to achieve using their choice of a variety of addiction recovery treatments and drug rehab programs.
Some of the treatment programs include the following: