What is Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab?
Are you or someone you know at risk of drug abuse? Keep reading for more information about prescription drug addiction and treatment.
Prescription Drug Addiction
There are many prescription drugs approved to treat a variety of medical conditions. When used as directed, these medications can be invaluable tools in medical treatment. However, many prescription drugs come with substantial risks of addiction, if misused.
Opioid painkillers, anxiety medications, stimulants, are all popular targets of misuse for their intoxifying or performance-enhancing properties. Not all prescription drug addictions happen in the same fashion. The majority of those addicted to opioid painkillers originally started taking them as prescribed medications for a legitimate purpose and only developed an addiction afterwards. In contrast, stimulants like the ones used in the treatment of ADHD, are more likely to be abused by those without the condition when obtained illegally without going through the appropriate medical channels.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for prescription drug addiction. Read on to find out more on prescription drug rehab, and the assistance available to you or someone you know.
Understanding Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction at its core is just one of many substance use disorder varieties, and subsequently shares a number of other similarities with other substance addictions. A thorough understanding of the effects prescription drugs can have on the brain and body are useful in effectively treating the disorder.
What is Prescription Drug Addiction?
Prescription Drug Statistics
- About 66% of Americans take prescription drugs.
- 5.8% of people have reported misusing prescription drugs in 2020.
- Opioids, stimulants, tranquilizers, and benzodiazepines are among the most abused prescription drugs in the U.S.
Most Abused Prescription Drugs
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants
Opioids are a specific type of CNS depressant derived from the opium poppy flower. Opioids also work by depressing nervous system activity, subsequently resulting in reductions in ability to feel and sense pain. These kinds of drugs also boost serotonin levels, resulting in feelings of intoxication and euphoria, making them highly addictive.3
Prescription Drug Addiction Causes and Risk Factors
What Causes Prescription Drug Addiction?
Different people are more or less prone to prescription drug abuse for a number of reasons. Some may be more susceptible to feelings of intoxication or euphoria produced by certain drugs. Others may materially benefit from the increased functional capacity stimulants provide.
In a number of addiction cases, pre-existing underlying causes like mental disorders may also be present, and may partly explain the temporary positive benefits of certain substances. Central Nervous System Depressants work directly on the systems responsible for managing anxiety and fight-or-flight responses, and stimulants are known to effectively treat ADHD symptoms. Individuals unable to access adequate mental health treatment or diagnosis may potentially use substances for these purposes.
There are certain risk factors that make people likely to take part in prescription drug abuse. These include the following:
Men are more likely than women to develop a substance use disorder.
Older adults are more likely to be prescribed prescription drugs, there has been a rise in prescription drug abuse among teens.5
High prescription doses may put a person at a higher risk of developing an addiction.
Physical Health Problems
Opiate painkillers prescribed to treat chronic physical pain can lead to resultant opiate addictions.
Mental Health Problems
People dealing with certain mental disorders may use prescription drugs to self-medicate their symptoms.
Past History of Substance Misuse
Persons with a history of substance misuse are at higher risk of future prescription drug addictions.
Prescription Drug Symptoms and Effects
With nearly 20,000 prescription drugs approved for marketing by the FDA, for nearly any bodily ailment imaginable, there are no signs of prescription drug misuse which are applicable in all cases. However, because the most commonly abused drugs tend to fall into a few main categories – central nervous depressants, opioids, or stimulants – there are some signs which tend to be useful indicators that a person may be using prescription drug addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
Opioid Addiction Signs:
- Flushed itchy skin
- Pinned eyes
- Digestive issues
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
- Shallow breathing
- Increased pain sensitivity
CNS Depressant Addiction Signs:
- Low blood pressure
- Slow pulse
- Difficulty urinating
- Lack of concentration
- Dilated pupils
- Memory lapses
- Slurred speech
- Excessive relaxation and euphoria
Stimulant Addiction Signs:
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Chest pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cardiovascular issues
Side Effects of Prescription Drug Addiction
Short Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
- Indifference to emotional and physical pain
- Slow breathing
Long Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
Persons whose prescription drug addiction persists over time might display:
- Severe withdrawal symptoms
- An increased tolerance to the drug
Prescription Drug Abuse Complications
- Heart disease
- Serious accidents
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Oral conditions
- Skin conditions
Rehab for Prescription Drug Addiction
What is Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab?
Prescription drug addiction rehabilitation involves a three-part process of detox, therapy, and aftercare. Patients are offered a customized plan that helps them move on to a higher quality of life.
Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment
Here are some of the services a prescription drug rehab center may offer:6
Prescription Drug Detox
During this stage, toxins are allowed to leave a person’s body. Trained and professional staff members will oversee this stage of treatment to ensure individual comfort and safety.
Inpatient treatment involves a 1–3-month period under constant care. It’s often recommended in cases of severe addiction.
In outpatient treatment, patients divide their time between therapy, home, and work.
In behavioral therapy, clients identify and change negative thought processes to yield healthier behaviors with the help of a therapist.
Medications may be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and to treat mental health issues that may be contributing to a prescription drug addiction.
Get Help for Prescription Drug Addiction at Alta Centers
If you are looking for a facility that’s right for you, Alta Centers is here, ready to serve you. We offer customized plans, inpatient and outpatient treatments and the comprehensive care you need to achieve prescription drug addiction recovery. Contact us and help us help you achieve a higher quality of life.
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What is an Intervention?
In a situation involving substance use disorder, planning an intervention may be the best, and safest, option to help someone who is living with an addiction. So, what does intervention mean? An intervention is a strategically planned process of confronting the person who is living with addiction about the consequences of their actions while simultaneously encouraging them to accept help and treatment for their addiction.1
The key feature of an intercession is that while it can be an immensely helpful option in convincing a person that they should seek treatment, it should not be done solely by friends and family members. Without the aid of a specialist, or someone who is equally trained in the process of interventions, an intervention may do more harm than good.
An intervention specialist is someone that has been professionally trained in helping people break free from their addictions. They can help a person without judgment, emotions, or blame to understand how their actions are negatively impacting themselves and those that they care about.
When performed properly, without judgment or pressure, and with the aid of a qualified intercession specialist, 80-90% of substance use interventions are successful in convincing the patient to seek help.
Treatment is more effective the earlier that it begins for an alcohol or drug abuse disorder. As with any other health condition, early intervention and treatment can prevent more significant problems further on in life.
Unfortunately, in many cases, an alcohol addiction intervention or a drug abuse intercession does not take place until most other options have been exhausted. It can be difficult for those struggling with a substance use disorder to realize or admit that they need help.
It often takes a life-altering event, such as a divorce, loss of employment, or a housing crisis for a person to be willing to seek treatment. Because early
alcohol and drug intercession can be so beneficial, first responders must be able to recognize the symptoms of substance abuse.3
What is a Nursing Intervention?
Nursing interventions are often the first time a patient will experience care for their disorder. It takes place when someone enters a care facility such as a clinic or hospital for a condition that may or may not be caused or exacerbated by their substance use disorder.
After initial evaluation and stabilization, a nurse will take action to help their patient by suggesting healthy physical or emotional coping mechanisms for a patient that wants to quit using the substance that they are addicted to. The nurse will also be able to offer education and information to the patient about other treatment facilities or care providers that can help them on their road to recovery.
A Further Look at Interventions
Nearly 50% of adults in America regularly drink alcohol, and it is believed that as many as 25% of those Americans have an alcohol addiction, most commonly in the form of binge drinking. In many situations, once a person with an alcohol use disorder realizes the way that alcohol is negatively impacting their life, they can reduce the amount that they drink, or even quit entirely, without outside assistance.
However, some people that have an alcohol use disorder are unable to see how their addiction is negatively affecting them. In this situation, an alcohol use intercession can be extremely beneficial. Some of the benefits of interventions include:
A Further Look at Interventions
Over nineteen million adults struggle with a drug abuse disorder and of those, nearly 74% also struggle with a co-existing alcohol abuse disorder. Drug abuse and addiction can be a much harder disorder to recover from than alcohol addiction, particularly due to the high rate of co-use that most people with a substance use disorder experience.
In many cases, suddenly stopping the use of an illicit substance can be just as harmful, if not more so than using the substance itself. The side effects and withdrawal symptoms that a person may experience when they decide to stop using a substance can be severe and at times life-threatening.
Luckily, substance use is a highly treatable disorder and several medications can help a person wean off of illicit substances in a safe, sustained, and monitored manner. A drug abuse intervention can help someone realize that they have options and that they can recover safely and healthily.
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