When most people think about addiction they think of illegal drugs, but it is surprising how much addiction to legal prescription drugs has overtaken the use of illegal drugs as a reason why people seek out help an opioid addiction treatment center. The misuse and overuse of prescription drugs are reaching epidemic proportions, especially in the case of opioid medications. This is why prescription drug abuse is a high priority issue by the National Institute of Health. Sunstone Recovery has a dedicated prescription drug addiction treatment program at our Bend, Oregon facility.
Prescription Drugs And Addiction
There are typically a few major ways that prescription drug abuse starts. In some cases, the addiction starts with the use of recreational illegal drugs and the prescription drugs were then switched to in order to stop using street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. In this case, prescription drugs offer a similar enough high to be a viable alternative.
However, in the majority of cases, the addiction begins with drugs prescribed for a legitimate medical complaint. They’re usually overprescribed or illegally obtained to facilitate the addiction.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs include
- Opioids (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Codeine)
- Stimulants/Methamphetamines (Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse)
- Sedatives (Xanax, Ambien, Valium)
While many other classes of drugs are typically used because of their propensity to induce euphoria or an altered state, the classes above are the most common because their medical utility makes them attainable and they are available in large volumes.
Treating Prescription Drug Addiction
One of the biggest challenges facing a prescription drug/opioid addiction treatment center is the sense of denial that many people addicted to prescription drugs have regarding their relationship with the drug. Many will cling to the belief that they take the drug as medicine. That it’s to treat what it was initially prescribed for, even if the condition is gone.
At a certain point, prescription drug addiction is the illness that needs treatment. This is true even in the case when people have a legitimate illness but resist changing medications or dosages because they have become addicted to the way the drug makes them feel.
Many feel like they are doing nothing wrong because they hold a prescription to the medication on a doctor’s orders and may never have used illegal drugs in their entire lives. The toughest obstacle to overcome is often to get these individuals to admit that they have a problem, which is the first step at a successful prescription drug addiction treatment center in Bend OR.
What to Expect From Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
A Prescription drug treatment program can help people stop their abuse of the drugs and of themselves. Many need to start the process of getting clean by ridding the body of toxins before entering outpatient treatment. In many cases, this process needs to be medically supervised. Close supervision occurs because people who have become addicted to certain medications can experience life-threatening seizures when they quit.
Once toxins are removed, outpatient treatment can begin in earnest. The drug rehab program will treat the mental addiction to prescription drugs after physical dependence has waned. This may require additional medication to safely facilitate safe transition off of using the drug, but this will occur with psychiatric and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Through the course of the program, the client will also learn life skills and healthy coping mechanisms to deal with addiction. They’ll also receive treatment for any co-occurring disorders that may contribute to the addiction.
If you or someone you love can’t stop taking prescription drugs, this may be an indication of prescription drug addiction. Sunstone Recovery can help you get past this and move on to a better life without drugs. Please call us at 855.833.9199 for more information on our prescription drug addiction treatment program.