It is likely that you have heard about the hazards of abusing and becoming addicted to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, even with all the press that prescription drug abuse and addiction has received it continues to be a growing trend. As of 2011, the National Drug Threat Assessment reported that controlled prescription drug abuse was only surpassed in the United States by marijuana abuse. The primary drugs fueling the plague of prescription addiction problems here in America are pain and anxiety medications. Both of these types of medications are potent, highly addictive and extraordinarily unsafe when combined with one another or other substances including alcohol.
What are some of the most common prescription drugs abused?
OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma are the most common prescription drugs abused. Fentanyl is another prescription narcotic that is being abused by more and more individuals. This medication is a painkiller that comes in a few unique forms; patches and lollipops. One of the primary reasons why this drug is so desirable to prescription drug abusers is because it is said to be 100 times more powerful than morphine.
When it comes down to it, in some ways prescription drug abuse is much more dangerous than street drugs because users do not have their guard up. They tend to feel safer taking prescription drugs because they have been prescribed by doctors and handed out at pharmacies across the country. Prescription drug addicts do not have to buy their drugs on the streets; many can find what they need right there in their home medicine cabinet or that of their family or friends.
What is also different between street drugs and prescription drugs is the stigma attached with addiction to this genre of substances. Where illicit street drugs like heroin, meth and cocaine can seem dirty or even low-class, taking a prescription medication is something that almost everyone does at some point in their life. Abusing prescription drugs doesn’t have the same negative associations that illicit street drugs do because these medicines come out of bottles or blister packs making them feel clean and safe to consume.
Today, drug rehab is available throughout the country for addiction to prescription drugs. Narconon Fresh Start helps individuals recover from prescription drug addiction and find lasting sobriety. We understand that choosing to get help to stop your addiction problem is one of the most life challenging decisions you might have to make. While the process is not easy, getting off of prescription drugs will lead to a better quality of life and a chance to see your future free from the control that prescription drugs have over you today.
Current research from SAMHSA has found that young adults between the ages of 18-25 years old are the largest age group abusing prescription opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulant medications and anti-anxiety drugs. There are many reasons behind their misuse of these drugs including to get high and to help them study better in school. What these young adults do not realize is that prescription drugs can be just as deadly as illegal street drugs when misused or taken in combination with street drugs, other prescription drugs or alcohol. Reports show that in 2010, nearly 3,000 young adults died due to prescription drugs (primarily opioid) overdose. Even more young adults died that year because of illicit street drugs such as heroin and cocaine raising the death toll even higher.
Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are able to help prescription drug addicted individuals stop using, uncover and resolve their underlying issues and develop new ways of handling life without resorting to prescription drugs as a solution. Their treatment methods are entirely drug-free and utilize a cognitive behavioral modification model of addiction recovery resulting in a very high success rate at accomplishing true rehabilitation for over 45 years. The treatment philosophy that Narconon Fresh Start programs operate under is not based on the disease model of addiction, which states that a person with an addiction will always be an addict with an incurable disease. The addicted person can only hope to learn to cope with their disease for the rest of their life, never truly recovering from it. Narconon Fresh Start treats addiction to drugs and alcohol for what it truly is, a physical and mental problem that has to be overcome while addressing and resolving the underlying issues that drove the person to use in the first place. Their rehabilitation philosophy is centered on identifying and handling the specific causes of the individual’s addiction and the many behaviors related to it.
Typically, when you think of a drug addict a number of stereotypical images come to mind. However, prescription drug addicts, in a majority of cases, do not look like the cliché addict or alcoholic. People who struggle with prescription drug issues might be your close friend, your mom or even the dependable co-worker you chat with each day. Prescription drug addiction is a dangerous problem and has been growing exponentially for years; this is attributed to the fact that many people are able to hide their abuse of prescription drugs. Loved ones are unable to look at them and know what the problem is because there are few if any telltale signs. It is not until the prescription drug abuse has progressed to full-fledged prescription drug addiction that the issue becomes obvious. Additionally, the majority of prescription drug addicts wouldn’t acknowledge their problem; this is a key reason why prescription drug addiction is so dangerous. When looking at those who may struggle with prescription drug addiction, it is not usually the people you’d expect. As a leader in the field of addiction recovery, Narconon Fresh Start is seeing an increase in prescription drug addiction cases. These are individuals who years, if not months prior were non-addicted people. However, the addictive makeup of specific prescription drugs affected them to a point where a problem with prescription drug abuse got out of hand and has developed into an addiction problem.
Usually when talking about prescription drug addiction problems, the culprit that comes to mind is pain pills (analgesics). Many prescription analgesics have a narcotic/opiate makeup, making them highly addictive in the right situations. But opiates are not the only prescription drugs that have an addictive makeup. Many individuals are prescribed benzodiazepine (tranquilizers) based drugs for anxiety and panic problems. Additionally a number of other psychotropic drugs prescribed for things like depression and attention deficit disorder have also caused prescription drug addiction issues.
Prescription drug addiction can begin so subtly. A person is prescribed a drug to meet the needs of a particular ailment or problem. The doctor will make recommendations on frequency and amount of use. The prescribed amount is usually a standard measurement or dosage to provide effective relief. Over a period of time however, the body can become accustomed to the effects of the drug in the system and a standard dosage may seem ineffective. A person can have thoughts of “These pills aren’t working”, or “Maybe I should take one more with my doses.” An increase of dosage should always be consulted with a medical professional. Because of the addictiveness of some drugs, an increase can result in substance abuse, and a consistency of needing to increase the dose to feel the effect. Over time, the increase in dosage problem can spiral into severe drug addiction problem requiring prescription drug rehab, i.e. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers.
So how does one determine if a loved one has a prescription drug addiction problem? Look at how the drugs are being used. Are they taken according to dosage, or in excessive amounts? Are they looking for prescription refills despite their doctor’s recommendations? Is the practice of taking prescription drugs more about the feeling they provide than what they were prescribed for? When prescription drug addiction takes hold of a person the best and most effective solution is for the person to enroll in prescription drug rehab. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers have been able to help people addicted to all types of prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol make lasting recoveries. Their treatment programs are all inclusive and address each part of the individual’s addiction problem. Through the course of their time at a Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab center clients heal physically, psychologically and emotionally from the damage their prescription drug addiction has taken on them. All Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are not for profit, provide a time variable approach to recovery, non-group therapy/individualized approach, secluded distraction free locations, body cleansing and purification program, proven life skills rehabilitation technology, an extremely high success rate and program guarantee.
When I came to Narconon, I was thoroughly convinced that I was crazy. I realize now that I believed other people, without actually giving myself a chance to succeed. I now truly believe that I will be fine. I don’t need a pill to help me accomplish my goals. I don’t need a pill to calm down or to interact with others. I can and will accomplish my goals on my own. Coming off pills has given me my life back, I am forever grateful.