Why are prescription drugs addictive?

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.

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Located in dynamic Las Vegas, Nevada, the Vance Johnson Recovery Center (VJRC) a 44-bed facility is run by a skilled multi-disciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals that includes nurses, counselors, and doctors, along with complementary and alternative medicine specialists to provide our clients with a transformational experience that encompasses mind, body, and spirit. Our approach is holistic and grounded in research and evidenced-based best practices that help people develop the awareness and skills required to achieve and sustain recovery.

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