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Prescription drug addiction has become a serious epidemic because of how easy it has been to obtain legitimate prescriptions, and the rising popularity of benzos and opiates.

Drugs like Percocet, OxyContin, Valium, Adderall, and Xanex have been over-prescribed and thus the abuse of these drugs has risen, along with overdose rates. These drugs are legally prescribed to treat things like chronic pain, ADHD, and severe anxiety and can be an asset to some who suffer from these ailments. However, misuse can create short-lived feelings of “euphoria” and lead to tolerance. Once tolerance is reached, the user requires larger doses to achieve the same effect. They are now in the cycle of addiction.

Because these drugs don’t have the same stigma attached to them as street drugs like heroin or meth, the tendency to deny there is a problem is greater in prescription drug abusers. It starts with taking a little more than you’re prescribed, then a lot more, and ends with “doctor shopping”, substituting street drugs, and sometimes overdose.

Are you addicted to Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs can be a healthy component of treatment for people experiencing chronic pain, severe anxiety, recovery from surgery, and other problems. However, due to their highly addictive nature it’s very easy to slip into misuse and addiction. Prescription drug users will find they hit a point of tolerance, meaning the dose of drugs they’re prescribed is no longer effective for their ailments. Users may find themselves taking more than prescribed, further increasing their tolerance and forcing them to make irrational decisions to acquire more. As dependence develops, users may find they can’t even feel normal or function without the drug.

Here are some warning signs that Prescription Drug Abuse has become a problem:

  • Attempting to fraudulently obtain prescriptions, “doctor shopping”, lying to doctors
  • Stealing pills from people who have prescriptions
  • Constantly thinking about how to acquire more
  • Persistent fear of running out of your prescription
  • You are missing work or not fulfilling obligations because you can’t function without the drug
  • Turning to street drugs or dealers to acquire more or find a comparable high
  • Legal problems as a result of your use
  • The health problems you were prescribed the drug to address have worsened and are unmanageable when you can’t use
  • Isolation and alienation from loved ones
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • A loved one has expressed concern about your use
  • You have tried to stop using but continually relapse
  • Physical symptoms like severe muscle aches and pains, impaired motor skills, constipation, sleep problems, extreme weight fluctuation
  • You experience flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, seizures, fatigue, or physical pain when you do not use

How Can Pathways Recovery Center Help Me?

If you are experiencing prescription drug addiction, you have likely tried to stop and found the withdrawal to be unbearable. In fact, withdrawal from these drugs can be life-threatening and should be done under medical supervision. Withdrawal from opiates like OxyContin and Percocet can entail extreme agitation, sweating, muscle spasms and aches, severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain. Withdrawal from benzodiazepenes like Xanex or Valium can cause dangerous symptoms like seizures, hallucinations, delerium, insomnia, and nausea. These symptoms combined with strong cravings are difficult to overcome on your own, and often lead to relapse.

Treatment for Prescription Drug addiction should start with Supervised Detoxification.  It is very dangerous to do on your own, not to mention painful. At Pathways Recovery Center we’ll make sure you’re medically stable. You will be monitored by our on-site clinical and nursing staff who are experienced in implementing medication-assisted detox. This will ensure the safest and least painful withdrawal experience.

In our private, intimate facility designed for serenity and comfort, you’ll begin intensive therapy to not only address addiction, but the underlying factors that led to it. At Pathways Recovery Center, we believe that healing addiction means healing the whole person. You’ll undergo assessments to determine each of the contributing biologicalsocial, and psychological factors that have kept you in the cycle of addiction. Using evidence-based therapies like CBT and DBT, we’ll help you learn new coping skills and positive thinking patterns that will help you overcome your cravings, master your emotions, and heal. At PRC, we’ll get you the social support you need to stay free from addiction with tools like 12 Step programs and group therapy. You are not alone!

Contact our addiction specialists today to learn more about substance abuse treatment at 1-888-711-0966 or [email protected]

Additional Resources on Prescription Drug Addiction:

  National Institute on Drug Abuse – Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report

  Mayo Clinic – Prescription Drug Abuse


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