Prescription Drug Addiction at PVRC
At PVRC’s Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab, we like to let our clients know as much as possible about the substances that are causing them so much harm, in this case prescription drugs. A prescription drug is any medicine regulated by law to require a doctor’s prescription before it can be obtained. Prescription drugs generally work by either suppressing or promoting chemical reactions in the brain. There are three different classes of prescriptions that are most likely to be abused: stimulants, opioids, and tranquilizers/sedatives. Stimulants are a class of drugs that enhance brain activity, usually prescribed for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The most commonly abused stimulants include adderall, ritalin, and dexedrine. Opioids work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They reduce the pain messages sent to the brain and reduce feelings of pain. There is a long list of opioid prescription drugs, some of which include codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, and dilaudid. Sedatives and tranquilizers act as central nervous system depressants and are prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders. Some of the most commonly abused prescription sedatives and tranquilizers include ambien, xanax, valium, klonopin, and nembutal. Overuse of any or all of these can and often will lead to a prescription drug addiction.
Prescription Drug Addiction Symptoms at PVRC
One of the main signs of a prescription drug addiction is that the user develops an increased tolerance for the drug. When a person increases their tolerance for a prescription drug, more and more of the drug is required to achieve the desired effects. Physical dependence is another primary symptom of prescription drug addiction. Physical dependence occurs when a person needs a certain amount of the prescription drug in their system in order to function normally. The body adapts to the drug and needs it to perform. Withdrawal symptoms often occur when an addict quits using the prescription drug. Prescription drug withdrawal symptoms for opioids include cold shakes, bone pain, insomnia, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes people will take too many pills to “get well” and counter these withdrawal symptoms. Too high of a dose can cause the lungs to stop working effectively and cause death. Sedative and tranquilizer withdrawal symptoms are racing thoughts as the brain rebounds from its depressed state and this can cause seizures. Withdrawal can be life threatening and must be supervised by a doctor. When a user stops taking stimulant prescription drugs, they may experience an inability to experience pleasure, suicidal thinking, anxiety and irritability, fatigue, lack of energy, and changes in sleep patterns along with intense drug cravings (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs).
Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab at PVRC
The first necessary and difficult step down the road to recovery from a prescription drug addiction is detox. Unfortunately, it’s a fear of the pains of detox that keep so many using and abusing for far too long. A supervised detox in a residential drug rehab like PVRC offers prescription drug dependent patients the best chance at successfully overcoming their addiction. After the detox process is complete, rehabilitation can now begin. At PVRC, clients will work closely with a therapist to uncover those things in life that make them get high. The user will participate in group therapy sessions and will also learn concrete and effective strategies to put into practice whenever a severe craving arises.
If you are suffering from prescription drug addiction, your recovery can begin today. Contact one of our admissions specialists at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s prescription drug rehab is the right program for you.