Prescription Drug Addiction and Recovery

All of us have gone for a doctor visit, walked out with a prescription, and had it filled at the pharmacy. We use the medicine as the doctor intended. We take it in the proper dose, at the intended intervals. If it’s meant for short-term use, we stop. That’s healthy use of prescription medication. Prescription drug abuse happens in a number of scenarios:

  • Patients develop a dependence on the drug, even when used exactly as directed. Some pain medications, particularly, have extremely addictive properties and can cause dependence after just one use.
  • Patients develop a dependence on the drug because they continue to use it even after the need has passed. One example: Continuing to take strong opioid pain medication after surgery, even after the most acute pain has diminished.
  • An individual takes prescription medication to experience its effects, even though symptoms are not present. One example: Taking anti-anxiety medication to feel relaxed, even though there are no signs of anxiety.
  • An individual takes medication prescribed for someone else, or purchased on the street, to experience its effects.

When a person begins to abuse prescription medication or develop a physical dependence on the drug, addiction often follows. Like all addictions, this leads to serious psychological and physical harm that requires professional treatment.

Commonly Abused Prescription Medications

Prescription drugs can be broken down into different categories, including stimulants, opioid-based painkillers, and depressants. Some common prescription drugs that have addictive properties include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine
  • Ritalin
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Prescription Drug Effects

Each type of drug has different uses and produces varying effects. If you believe someone you love may be abusing their medication or illegally purchasing and abusing prescription drugs, some common signs of use to look out for include:

  • Decreased attention span
  • Loss of coordination and motor control
  • Impaired judgment and reasoning skills
  • Dilated pupils and slurred speech
  • Sweating and irregular heartbeat

If someone you love begins exhibiting these common signs of prescription drug abuse or you are struggling with substance abuse yourself, then contact a treatment rehabilitation center immediately. At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we can help you prevent drug abuse from spiraling into addiction, overcome an ongoing addiction and prepare you to avoid relapse triggers in the future, to you can achieve lasting and successful sobriety.

Prescription Drug Use and Withdrawal

With routine abuse of prescription medication, the body and mind can begin to depend on the substance to feel and operate normally. When dependency develops, addiction is not far behind. Once users have developed an addiction to prescription medication, overcoming the chemical dependence can result in uncomfortable and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Change in appetite
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia and night terrors
  • Body aches and tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting

Prescription Drug Rehabilitation at Elan Recovery + Wellness

Prescription drug addiction is a dangerous disease that necessitates professional treatment to protect the user’s overall health. Because many different types of medication have addictive properties and can be abused, prescription drug addiction is an increasingly common disease that affects millions of people each year. If you have found yourself in addiction to prescription drugs, you are not alone, and we know how to help you. At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we want to be your guide as you work towards a healthy, drug-free future. We understand the debilitating physical and psychological effects of prescription drug addiction and utilize an integrated treatment approach that combines addiction rehabilitation with mental health treatment. Each of our clients has different life experiences and requires a different treatment method, which is why we base our programs on the unique needs of every individual that walks through our doors. The withdrawal effects resulting from prescription drug addiction can be serious and may require medical supervision to promote a healthy recovery. Elan partners with a number of highly reputable inpatient detox facilities, as detox is often indicated in the early stages of treatment for prescription drug addiction. Later, when your body has begun to clear the drug, the transition to outpatient treatment at Elan will be as seamless as we can make it. At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we use a number of treatment methods to help our guests understand, manage, and emerge from prescription drug addiction, as well as any co-occurring mental health conditions:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Addiction education
  • NA meetings
  • Adaptive testing software, which helps us assess your mental health daily
  • Complete evaluation by a psychiatrist
  • If indicated, psychotropic medication to rebalance the brain chemistry
  • Weekly visits with our staff psychiatrist
  • Management of medications by our advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner

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