Prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin, Codeine, or OxyContin, can offer quick and powerful pain relief. They can be highly addictive, however, and overdose rates are rising. Doctor shopping is just one symptom of a prescription painkiller addiction. At Sunstone Recovery in Bend, OR, we offer prescription drug addiction treatment for those struggling with painkiller abuse. You can learn more about Sunstone Recovery’s virtual programs today when you contact our compassionate team online or call 855.833.9199.
What Is Doctor Shopping?
When someone sees a doctor for prescription painkillers, they will be given a limited amount to be taken over a short period. The medication will run out faster for those who take a higher dose than prescribed. This is then followed by a trip to a different doctor to acquire more prescription painkillers. This is called “doctor shopping.”
Doctor shopping is not only dangerous, but it is illegal. Unsupervised use of high amounts of prescription pills by one person can turn deadly, especially in the case of accidental overdose. If you see someone you care about showing the following signs, they may be doctor shopping:
- Scheduling new appointments with doctors sooner than expected
- Being dishonest about past prescriptions
- Hiding painkillers in secret stashes
- Asking friends to get prescriptions for them or stealing others’ prescriptions
- Combining painkillers with other medications
- Complaining that the medication is too weak or doesn’t help
- Abnormal ingestion of pills, such as crushing and snorting them
While these symptoms can be difficult both for those experiencing them and those around them, help is not far away. If you or a loved one is dealing with prescription painkiller addiction, you can trust Sunstone Recovery’s team to guide you in finding the right treatment plan.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in Oregon
Talking to someone about their addiction to prescription drugs is usually the first and most challenging step. Because individuals who abuse prescription drugs are often convinced they’re using drugs legally, they may be on high defense. With the help of crisis counselors and intake specialists, you can feel supported and at ease in treating prescription drug addiction.
At Sunstone Recovery, we offer telehealth services to Oregon residents who seek addiction treatment. Our prescription drug addiction treatment includes the following:
- Crisis stabilization
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Dual diagnosis treatment
Our multidisciplinary team can give you a full treatment plan that accommodates your personal needs. Clients can participate in specialized programs for college students, young adults, the elderly, and adolescents.
You can access mental health and addiction treatment anywhere you have an internet connection. Our approach is holistic, centering on the client’s mental health and helping provide insight into underlying conditions. We offer mental health treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, depression, and bipolar. Treating mental health and addiction simultaneously can offer long-term recovery and a lower risk of relapse. Learn more about our accessible virtual programs today.
Learn More About Sunstone Recovery’s Collaborative Approach
At Sunstone Recovery, our team works together with families to support prescription drug addiction recovery. With an inclusive mindset, our center gives individualized treatment that targets both mental health and physical symptoms of addiction. Our Bend OR rehab center offers a comfortable, safe, and convenient option that allows clients to return home every day after treatment.
For those dealing with prescription drug addiction, our programs can help, whether recovery is needed from Xanax, benzos, or opioids. Don’t wait to reach out to a caring addiction specialist at Sunstone Recovery if you or a loved one needs detox and recovery care for prescription drug abuse. Contact us online today, or call 855.833.9199.