Prescription PIll Dependency

man with headache has prescription pill dependencyPrescription pill dependency rehab at the The Hill Treatment Center offers you a unique rehabilitation experience to help you with your chemical dependency. Prescription Drugs painkillers have grown to be the second most popular category of illicit substances second only to marijuana. Abuse rates are highest among teenagers and young adults, although abuse spans every age range. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, seven million Americans reported past-month prescription medication abuse in 2009. About eight percent of high school seniors used prescription painkillers at least once, and over half claimed to have acquired them from a family member or close friend.

There are several reasons that prescription medication abuse has increased in recent years. In a general sense, it is the widespread availability and perceived harmlessness of these substances that has led to the popularity of them. There has been a significant increase in prescriptions written for these medications, and they are becoming more and more popular in common households. Also, because these are prescribed by doctors, people assume they are safe to abuse in comparison to illicit street substances.

Common Prescription Pill Dependency

The most commonly abused class of prescription medications is opioids. These include oxycodone, oxycontin, hyrdrocodone, and codeine. The name brand for acetaminophen and hydrocodone is Vicodin, and it is the most popular of the prescription painkillers. These medications act as central nervous system depressants, and cause sedation and euphoria if taken in large enough doses. When taken as prescribed, prescription painkillers relieve pain and cause sedation.

Benzodiazepines are another class of prescription medications that may be abused. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for those with anxiety or sleep disorders, seizures, or alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Taken at larger than prescribed doses, benzodiazepines produce sedative, muscle relaxant, and anxiolytic effects. Dependence builds rapidly, and withdrawal effects may be fatal. Overdose is also potentially lethal, especially when benzos are used in combination with alcohol or opioids.

The third category of prescription medications that are abused is amphetamines. Amphetamines are prescribed for those with attention disorders and sleep disorders. They reduce hunger, produce wakefulness, and increase energy. When taken in excess, amphetamine provides an effect that has earned it the nickname “speed”

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Prescription Drug Rehab

For some people with prescription pill dependency, detox is the first step toward recovery. Benzodiazepine abuse may cause fatal withdrawal symptoms if not treated medically. At a drug detox facility, doctors provide a level of care that ensures the most painless withdrawal possible. They may prescribe medications to ease the physical and emotional pain as well.

After detox, a drug rehab center is highly recommended. For those who truly wish to turn their lives around, a drug rehab is a necessary step. Drug treatment facilities consist of therapeutic services and a healthy environment. Inpatient programs provide a full time staff that are able to assist the patients at any hour, as well as provide guidance and support. Staff members are usually in recovery themselves, so they can relate to what the patients are going through emotionally.

After drug treatment, there are a number of aftercare options. Many recovering addicts attend an outpatient treatment program, which offers similar services to inpatient programs, but with more freedom. Some addicts prefer a transitional living house or individual therapy. One of the most common forms of aftercare is participation in a twelve-step program. Twelve-step programs offer a support network and healthy coping mechanisms to deal with life without drugs or alcohol.