Prescription Drug Rehab


Prescription drug addiction is also referred to as the “white collar addiction.” Many people mistakenly believe that because narcotics are prescribed by a doctor, they can take them with impunity.

Prescription drugs can improve an individual's quality of life when taken for intended purposes. But when abused, prescription drugs can disrupt an individual's life in the same manner as someone who becomes addicted to street drugs such as heroin or speed. This is particularly true of prescription drugs that are opiate-based pain-killers, operate on the central nervous system (CNS) or act as stimulants. These types of prescription drugs alter brain chemistry and activity which can lead to addiction and compulsive drug use. In addition, the withdrawal effects from these drugs can lead an individual to take more to ease the symptoms.

In May 2001, The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information reported that approximately four million people age 12 and up misuse prescription drugs. Prescription drug addiction in the United States now accounts for nearly one-third of drug abuse problems.

SouthCoast Recovery offers a drug rehab program that specializes in treating prescription drug addiction. We have 30, 60, 90 day and 6-month residential programs

Becoming addicted to Prescription Drugs

People commonly become addicted to prescription drugs to control pain or a general disorder such as anxiety. The most commonly prescribed prescriptions with a high rate of addiction include opiate-based painkillers such as Codeine, Vicodin, Morphine and OxyContin or benzodiazepines that have a tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system (CNS), such as Valium. Someone who is fearful of flying may take Valium whereas an individual who just underwent oral surgery may receive a prescription for Vicodin.

People who deal with chronic pain are particularly at risk for becoming addicted to prescription drugs. Many people who become addicted to prescription drugs do begin taking the drug as prescribed for medical reasons. At some point, the line is crossed from physical need to psychological dependence. Whereas the line between dependence and addiction is a hazy one, at some point the drug is no longer used for the reason prescribed but for the effect. When this happens, an individual will begin to exhibit behaviors similar to that of any addicted person and attempt to secure the drug by any means necessary. Doctor shopping, faking symptoms to get pills, changing prescription amounts, stealing prescription pads or buying drugs off the street are all examples of addictive behaviors.

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Prescription Drugs and Street Drugs

The belief that street drugs are more dangerous than prescription drugs is a myth. Opiate-based painkillers are derived from the same source as the street drug Heroin. Prescribed stimulants can mimic the same effects produced by speed or crystal meth. In recent years a popular variety of Sudafed was pulled from pharmacy shelves and is no longer available OTC for the simple reason that it contains properties used in meth labs.

Opiods found in painkillers and Heroin attach to receptors in the brain and spinal cord that effectively block transmission of pain messages. In addition to relieving pain, they can effect regions of the brain that result in a euphoric feeling. Drowsiness, dizziness and depressed breathing can also occur in larger doses.

Stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin are a class of drugs that increase alertness, attention, and energy accompanied by increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. These drugs may be prescribed to treat obesity or attention deficit disorder (ADD) and mimic street drugs such as speed or meth. Abusing stimulants can result in irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and the potential for seizures.

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Prescription Drug Withdrawal

Withdrawal from prescription drugs can be more dangerous than withdrawal from certain street drugs. This is especially true for benzodiazapines (Valium, Klonapin) which operate on the CNS. Abrupt cessation of this class of drugs can result in severe convulsions (seizures) and even death. Medical supervision during detox is highly recommended.

Opiod withdrawal symptoms can also be acute. Withdrawal symptoms may include muscle aches, restlessness, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, hot and cold flashes and involuntary leg movements. Again, medical supervision is highly recommended.

At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer safe, medically supervised, state-licensed detox with as little discomfort as possible. A mild form of medication may be prescribed to ease our clients through the initial withdrawal symptoms. In addition, holistic therapies such as acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies are applied. SouthCoast Recovery is also the only drug rehab center on the West Coast to offer the revolutionary NeuroTransmitter Restoration (NTR) therapy, which administers a naturally occurring amino acid solution intravenously to help jump-start the recovery process.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers Prescription Drug Treatment

At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer specialized prescription drug treatment programs for 30, 60, 90 days or 6 month residential treatment. We offer eight comfortable residential homes in the oceanside harbor town of Dana Point, California. Our comprehensive prescription drug treatment program combines the finest clinical and holistic care within a 12-step methodology for overall well-being of mind, body and spirit. Our clinical psychologist has over 44 years experience treating underlying issues and psychological dependence on chemical substances. For more information on our prescription drug treatment program, call us today.

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

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