Prescription drug use in the United States has increased substantially in the last few decades leaving many Americans dependent on medications that they didn’t realize were addictive (or intentionally misusing prescriptions to become intoxicated).
If you’ve found yourself unable to stop taking medications like opioids or benzodiazepines, you may benefit from prescription drug rehab. At the Vance Johnson Recovery Center, we operate one of the best addiction recovery centers in the United States, and our highly trained clinical and administrative staff know how to help you overcome addiction to prescription medications.
Prescription drug abuse can develop rapidly, learn how addiction treatment in Las Vegas can help.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise for the past 15 years.
But how does a prescribed drug become addictive, and how can these legal medications lead to substance use disorders?
What many people do not realize is that a lot of prescription drugs carry an inherent risk of dependence and/or addiction. Prescription painkillers administered for chronic pain are often addictive opioids, and benzodiazepine abuse often starts as routine treatment for anxiety that develops into a physical dependence on the medication.
This is because when you take a prescription drug, your body can develop a tolerance to the medication, even if it was legitimately prescribed. At first, individuals may compensate for this by taking an extra dose, but their bodies adjust to the increased dosage, they end up needing more of the drug to get the same effects.
Addiction, on the other hand, occurs when a person develops a psychological dependence to a substance, which may or may not accompany a physical dependence to the drug. When dealing with addiction, both psychological and physical components must be addressed, which is precisely what the Vance Johnson Recovery Center is prepared to handle.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, prescription drugs with the highest potential for abuse or addiction can be generally be categorized as either opioids, depressants, or stimulants.
Opioids are commonly used for acute or chronic pain relief. The addiction potential of opioids was largely documented during the opioid epidemic which swept the nation in the early 2000s and continues to be an issue.
A few of the popular prescription opioids include:
Opioids are commonly confused with opiates. The difference between the two is that “opioid” refers to natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic combinations of the drug while “opiate” refers only to natural opioids derived from the opium poppy plant.
Illegal versions of opioids include heroin and synthetic fentanyl.
Central nervous system (CNS) depressants are generally prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders as well as for seizures and anesthesia. Depressants are usually meant for short term use since the dependency potential is so high among these drugs. In addition, they are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol, another common depressant.
Popular examples of prescription depressants include:
As opposed to depressants that slow the body down, stimulants speed the body up, giving feelings of alertness, energy, and focus. Prescription stimulants are often given for ADHD, ADD, and sleep disorders.
Common prescription stimulants include:
Stimulants are not as commonly associated with the physical addiction that depressants create, but can still be psychologically addictive to those who use them.
Regardless of the prescription drug used, Vance Johnson Recovery Center offers an addiction treatment program that can help.
There are a couple of places where people start recovering from prescription drug abuse. The one that is right for you will depend on your unique needs where you are in your recovery. Most prescription drug treatment programs, however, will start with inpatient programming.
At the Vance Johnson Recovery Center, we provide world-class inpatient and residential treatment options. These individualized programs offer a wide variety of treatment modalities, and you will engage in programming that is uniquely tailored to your personal treatment plan. These programs have been specially designed to offer 28 days of treatment. The different treatment options include:
At The Vance Johnson Recovery Center, we are dedicated to serving our local Las Vegas community and beyond. In our role as a prescription drug rehab, we work tirelessly to ensure the best treatment outcomes for our patients by providing first-class programming, expert-level staff, and a sincere desire to see people get and stay in recovery.
Would you like to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one with prescription drug addiction treatment? Give us a call at 772-877-0637 or fill out our confidential contact form.
While each person will respond differently to discussing ways to stop using prescription drugs, a few options for helping someone addicted to prescription drugs include voicing your concerns and offering support. Further, you can research effective drug treatment programs so that recommendations can be given. If a person agrees to treatment, staying involved in the person’s progress can be beneficial.
While support throughout the addiction and recovery process is meaningful, it is important to remember to not overextend yourself so far that it is negatively impacting your own life.
The addictive qualities of prescription drugs vary by the substance.
Generally speaking, prescription drugs may alter the chemistry in the brain, creating a physical dependency that tells the body that it needs a particular substance to function.
Alternatively, a person may become mentally addicted to using a prescription drug because they have conditioned themselves to use it during certain occasions (when bored, stressed, social, etc.).
In either case, the root cause of prescription drug misuse should be assessed. This will allow for the appropriate treatment to be chosen.
Some prescription drugs create a dependency quickly in the body by altering chemicals in the brain (this can happen even when taken as prescribed). In these cases, the drug is usually prescribed as a short-term solution. If a person continues to take this medication, an addiction may develop.
Other prescription drugs create a sense of euphoria when taken, which may encourage people to take the medication more often or in larger doses than prescribed. When this happens a tolerance can develop, and eventually, physical or mental addiction to the substance occurs.
Signals that someone is misusing a prescription drug will differ depending on the substance being used. When observing a person’s behavior, a few signs that an addiction to prescription drugs may be present include: