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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment, Prescription Drug Addiction, Prescription Drug Abuse, Prescription Drug WithdrawalMost people are unaware of this fact, however, today the majority of addictions to prescription drugs start at the medicine cabinets in our own homes. The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a very a serious public health concern. A large majority of people abusing prescription drugs nowadays are teens and nearly half of them have gotten the drugs for free from a relative or a friend; as of 2005 more teens had been offered prescription drugs than illicit drugs and the numbers are rising everyday. No one is safe from prescription drug addiction, in addition to teens that get drugs from friends or family, patients and Polydrug abusers (someone who already uses at least one substance in a recreational context) are at a particularly high risk for addiction, abuse, and continued misuse without treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) research report Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction, there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused:

* Opioids, which are most often prescribed to treat pain—examples include: Codeine, Oxycodone (OxyContin® and Percocet®), and Morphine (Kadian® and Avinza®);

* Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders—examples include: Benzodiazepines (Valium and Xanax), Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotics (Ambien ® and Ananxyl®) and Barbiturates (Mebaral and Nembutal);

* Stimulants, which are prescribed to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obesity—examples include: Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine® and Adderall®) and Methylphenidate (Ritalin® and Concerta®).

Many Americans benefit from the appropriate use of prescription drugs, but, when abused, they can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken exactly as directed by a medical professional. Addiction to prescription drugs can of lead to serious effects on someone’s quality of living, many times leading to unsafe or illegal behaviors that can land you or someone you love in prison or the morgue, such as, theft or burglary, doctor shopping, prescription fraud, shopping at illegal online pharmacies, or overprescribing by physicians or other prescribers.

Over the past few years, SouthCoast Recovery has been treating prescription drug addiction more then ever before. This past year alone, over 40 % of the clients that come to SCR for treatment have been addicted to prescription drugs like, Oxycontin®, Valium®, or Adderall®. Sadly, many these clients were under the age of 25. SouthCoast’s program helps all addicts that are dealing with addiction, but young people are the biggest population that we are treating in recent years. Finding a place that will approach a young person’s outlook on life, as a prescription drug addict is something that we do not take lightly. It is important for families looking for help with prescription drug addiction to look at various rehabilitation solutions and make sure that a specific drug related program is available.

Prescription Drug Withdrawal and Detox

Since there are three primary classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused, there are different consequences and symptoms for each:


Taken as directed, opioids or opiates, can be used to manage pain. Many studies have shown that the properly managed, short-term medical use of opioid drugs is safe and rarely causes addiction, which occurs when the body adapts to the presence of a drug, and often results in withdrawal symptoms when that drug is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal symptoms to opiates include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), and involuntary leg movements. Long-term abuse of opioids can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Taken as a single large dose, an opioid could cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.

CNS Depressants

Despite their many beneficial effects, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and non-benzodiazepine class drugs have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed. During the first few days of taking a prescribed CNS depressant, a person usually feels uncoordinated and sleepy, but as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear. If one uses CNS depressants long term, the body will develop tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and - when use is reduced or stopped - withdrawal. Because all CNS depressants work by slowing the brain's activity, when an individual stops taking them, the brain's activity can rebound and race out of control, potentially leading to seizures and other harmful consequences.


As with other prescription drugs that are abused, it is possible for individuals to become dependent upon or addicted to many stimulants. Withdrawal symptoms associated with discontinuing stimulant use include fatigue, depression, and disturbance of sleep patterns. Repeated use of some stimulants over a short period can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia. Further, taking high doses of a stimulant may result in dangerously high body temperature and an irregular heartbeat. There is also the potential for cardiovascular failure or lethal seizures.

SouthCoast Recovery utilizes the most cutting edge Prescription Drug addiction treatment detox methods such as NTR to ease our clients through detox, making this phase as comfortable as possible. The medical and social problems of Prescription Drug addiction are extremely diverse and far-reaching, and as a result, SouthCoast brings solutions to the client in a way that is tangible and easy to apply. Taking this into consideration we have put together to program that takes the mind, body, spirit approach to the client’s lives. We think that this is the best way to bring the client all of the Prescription Drug treatment opportunities that we have.

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Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

At SouthCoast Recovery Prescription Drug Treatment Center, we understand the pain and suffering that can make it tough to get clean from Prescription Drug. Prescription Drug addicts often have many serious physical and psychological problems that can be dangerous to themselves or others if not properly cared for. Our knowledgeable staff can help Prescription Drug abusers overcome their unique challenges in a safe, structured environment.

Prescription Drug Treatment Services/Options:

• Intervention services

• Physical health evaluation

• Medically-supervised, social model and holistic detox options

• Medication to help with cravings, pain and sleep

• Continued physical care throughout recovery

• Psychological evaluation for dual diagnosis of problems such as depression and anxiety, which may be underlying causes of abuse

• Individual psychological treatment

• Individual counseling

• Family counseling

• Hypnotherapy

• Prescription Drug abuse education

• Health and wellness education

• Denial management

• Relapse prevention

• Anger management

• Acupuncture for pain management, stress reduction and decreased cravings

• Detoxification massage therapy

• Meditation for stress reduction, a calmer mind, reduced cravings and clarity

• Fitness sessions at gym (24-Hour Fitness)

• Integration of 12-step principles and Narcotics Anonymous meetings

• Structure, guidance and practice for long-term sobriety

Individual Attention

Getting clean takes courage, guidance, and structure. SouthCoast Recovery Prescription Drug Treatment Center offers intervention, detox, medication and treatment to conquer Prescription Drug addiction. Our world-class clinical staff offers daily individual attention to get to the heart of the problem, deal with the wreckage and build the framework for a new, sobriety-based life.

We offer affordable, effective rehabilitation on the cutting-edge. Prescription Drug addiction requires extended care. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day Prescription Drug Treatment programs tailored to the individual’s needs. We blend clinical and holistic Prescription Drug Treatment methods to renew mind, body and spirit while restoring relationships, goals and purpose. This prepares our clients for long-term sobriety, allowing our Prescription Drug addiction treatment program to excel where others fail.

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Q. What are some common trends in prescription drug abuse?

A. National studies and published reports indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives, to get high is a growing concern particularly among teens.

Q. How should prescription drugs be disposed of?

Q. What are some facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse?

A. There are three classes of prescription drugs that are commonly abused:

* opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and morphine;
* central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines;
* stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate



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