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In 2020, 16.1 million people aged 12 or older reported misusing prescription drugs in the United States. Prescription drug addiction has become an unintended epidemic. What usually begins as a doctor prescribing medication to alleviate challenging symptoms can turn into cravings that form an addiction.
Addiction to prescription drugs is nothing new in society, and reactions to prescription regimens differ among each individual. Increasing quantities of prescription medications to fulfill a craving and need can cause negative consequences throughout life.
At Solace Treatment Center in Los Angeles, we offer outpatient treatment services for prescription drug abuse and addiction. Customized treatment plans are devised in order to find the best treatment based on diagnosis and individual needs.
Some prescription drugs are more likely to be misused than others. There is a common misconception that because these medications are prescribed, there is no danger in taking them not as intended. Prescription drug misuse can lead to addiction and severe consequences.
Prescription drugs seen most often in addiction include:
The risk factors of becoming addicted to prescription drugs or other substances of abuse are higher due to factors on the individual, societal, and community levels. Although certain factors can increase the risk of developing an addiction, these factors do not guarantee that abuse will occur.
Risk factors for addiction include:
When some prescription drugs are abused changes in the functioning of the brain can occur. As abuse grows, the brain and body require increasing quantities of prescription drugs.
Most common signs of prescription drug addiction include:
The symptoms of addiction will vary according to which prescription drugs they are abusing. Prescription pain medication, stimulants, and sedatives can all produce different sets of symptoms because they react differently in the body.
Pain medications are commonly prescribed to reduce and manage pain from accidents, surgeries, and chronic medical conditions. Commonly abused pain medications are OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin.
Symptoms of prescription pain addiction include:
Stimulant medications are commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to boost levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Stimulants that are commonly abused are Adderall and Ritalin.
Symptoms of prescription stimulant addiction include:
Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications are commonly abused prescription medications. These types of prescription medications include Xanax, Valium, Ambien, and Trazodone.
Symptoms of sedative/anti-anxiety addiction include:
When prescription drugs are abused for prolonged periods of time, withdrawal symptoms can appear after stopping use. In severe cases, detox in a medical setting may be necessary to avoid severe consequences. During detox, medications and supervision will be provided to ease symptoms and provide comfort.
Withdrawal symptoms of prescription medications include:
At Solace Treatment Center, our focus is on treating the patient with a whole-body approach. An outpatient program involves spending the day at the center and staying off site at night. Treatment begins with an assessment to discover individual needs and mental health issues that may be present in addition to prescription drug addiction.
Working one on one with a licensed clinician can help address issues that lead to addiction and identify triggers for addiction. Individual therapy can give better understanding and insight in order to effectively make changes that will allow for progression in recovery. Therapeutic goals can be established as a collaborative effort between the therapist and individual.
Sharing experiences in a group therapy setting is one of the most beneficial parts of rehab. Group therapy allows for the development of social skills being supervised by a therapist. Similar experiences can be shared in order to relate and reduce feelings of lonliness.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be seen as the golden standard of therapeutic treatment. This evidence-based psychotherpay aids the patient in identifying factors that negatively affect them, such as negative thoughts and beliefs. Most of the time, the patient is not even aware of these issues that are important contributors to their addictive behaviors.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that can be used to treat addictions including prescription drug addiction. DBT teaches four new skill strategies in order to fight addiction and develop a new way of life. When one replaces negative behaviors with coping mechanisms, they have a stronger chance at avoiding relapse into their addiction.
Experiential therapy can be used to incorporate recreational activities and discover new hobbies. These new activities can give new or renewed interests that were once enjoyed before addiction. Yoga, hiking, art therapy, and meditation are introduced to help with balancing body and soul.
Addiction often includes isolation and a reduced interest in physical condition. When starting an exercise routine, physical health can improve rapidly to levels that were obtained before addiction. Creating new lifestyle habits that involve a physical exercise routine can improve physical and mental health.
Prescription drug addiction has become a widespread problem throughout the United States. This kind of addiction can lead to consequences with physical health, relationships, and mental health. Getting treatment for prescription drug addiction can help with finding recovery and gaining a better quality of life.
If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug addiction, reach out to Solace Treatment Center today. Our team can answer any questions you may have and give you a better understanding of our outpatient program.