Prescription Drug Addiction


The common misconception of prescription drug use is that it's not as “bad” as street drug use. Someone who regularly visits a grocery list of doctors to refill Vicodin probably wouldn't dream of getting the same pills or a bag of heroin from a dealer on the street. This stereotype can make it more difficult for someone who is abusing prescription drugs to realize that they have a drug addiction. In fact, prescription drug addiction can be as deadly as addiction to street drugs. In some instances, the withdrawal symptoms can be worse.

Prescription Drug Abuse Factors

There are any number of factors contributing to prescription drug use. The very stereotype that makes it acceptable for a housewife to refill Vicodin on a regular basis may actually contribute to drug abuse. Having a doctor prescribe medication for pain somehow justifies the use of narcotic pharmaceuticals, whether the pain is real or imagined. “Well my doctor prescribed it so it must be okay.” That most people have a few prescription drug bottles in their medicine cabinets elevates this type of drug abuse from the streets to an acceptable American standard of medical treatment.

Most prescription drug abuse doesn't always start off intentionally. Misuse of prescriptions can occur in the elderly due to confusion or the inability to decipher instructions. Someone going through serious emotional pain due to death or separation from a loved one may request tranquilizers or sedatives in order to sleep. Panic attacks and anxiety may necessitate the need for similar barbiturates or benzodiazapines, such as Valium or Klonapin. The purpose of the drug is to allow an individual to function in a relatively normal fashion. Unfortunately, the effect can be so pleasurable that over time, an individual loses the ability or desire to function without it. At this point, it can be said that an individual has crossed the line into prescription drug dependency. Without help, addiction is quick to follow.

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Addiction is no respecter of persons. Regardless of age, race, background or socioeconomic status, anyone can become addicted to prescription drugs. Especially subject to a high risk of abuse are opiate based prescription medications such as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Morphine and OxyContin. The street equivalent to opiate based prescription medication is heroin.

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise in teenagers. Opiate based painkillers and tranquilizers such as Valium and Klonapin are the preferred prescription medications teens tend to abuse, as well as stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, used to treat ADD and ADHD.

More and more treatment centers are admitting clients for prescription drug addiction. Used as prescribed, these types of medication can add to quality of life. The tendency to abuse such medications tends to go deeper than just the experience of the euphoric feeling painkillers, sedatives and stimulants can produce in brain chemistry. Generally underlying any abuse of substances is an emotional issue or trauma that needs to be addressed in order to release psychological dependence

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Prescription Drug Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

The abuse of prescription drugs, street drugs or alcohol is merely symptomatic of deeper, underlying issues. For this reason, many drug rehabs offer clinical care to determine dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is the presence of an existing mood disorder, such as anxiety or depression, coupled with alcohol or drug addiction. It's not uncommon for people struggling with prescription drug addiction to be attempting to self-medicate in order to balance out chemistry or moods. Anxiety and panic attacks are very real and frightening emotional disturbances that can be regulated with medication. Unfortunately when one becomes reliant upon prescription drugs a new problem is created.

At SouthCoast Recovery, our clinical therapist has been addressing underlying issues contributing to alcohol and drug abuse for over 44 years. Each client receives an initial clinical evaluation to determine whether dual diagnosis is a possibility. Our clinical therapist then works with our drug and alcohol counselors and skilled holistic practitioners to tailor a treatment plan especially for you.

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SouthCoast Recovery treats Prescription Drug Addiction

At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer a comprehensive and effective treatment program for prescription drug addiction. It's been our experience that combining clinical care with advanced holistic therapies such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage and meditation work best in treating prescription drug addiction.

Our residential treatment center is located in the oceanside community of Dana Point in Orange County, California. The Orange County area has fast become a mecca for recovery, offering over 1,000 12-step meetings a week. Clients can choose from a 30, 60, 90-day or 6 month residential prescription drug treatment program. We are the leading alcohol and drug rehab center in Orange County. For more questions about treating prescription drug addiction, call us today. Professional assistance is available 24/7.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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