The rates of opioid addiction have gotten extremely high in the U.S. In fact, the rates of opioid addiction in America have increased so much that the country is currently in an opioid epidemic. This is a huge problem, as the effects of prescription drug abuse can be severe and even fatal. Those struggling with opioid addiction can benefit from individualized and specialized prescription drug addiction treatment in an inpatient rehab facility.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse occurs in a number of different ways. One way that people often abuse prescription drugs is by taking more prescription pills than what was prescribed for them to take.
Many people that are prescribed prescription medications do this because they think it will help them overcome their condition quicker. Unfortunately, it instead often causes people to develop a dependency on their prescription drugs. As a result, when these individuals minimize or discontinue their use of prescription drugs, they’ll start to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Another way that people abuse prescription drugs is by taking them for a longer period of time than prescribed. Many people do this because they’re still suffering from pain even after their prescription is complete. As a result, these individuals think that taking their prescriptions a little longer may just be what they need to overcome their conditions.
Unfortunately, like when taking more prescription pills than prescribed, people that take their prescription drugs for a longer period of time than they’re supposed to often develop a dependency to their prescriptions. Thus, they also start to experience withdrawal symptoms when they minimize or discontinue their use of their prescription medications.
While the examples of prescription drug abuse given above all occur unintentionally, there are times when individuals will intentionally try to abuse prescription drugs. For example, some people choose to abuse prescription drugs to cope with mental illness.
Depending on the prescription drug, many consume prescription drugs by crushing them and snorting them or injecting them. But taking prescription drugs orally is arguably still the most common way to take them.
Regardless of why or how one abuses prescription drugs, one thing is for sure. Chronic prescription drug abuse leads to drug dependency and addiction. When a substance use disorder develops, it is important for individuals to seek professional treatment in order to combat the effects of addiction.
Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse
There are many factors in life that help cause someone to start abusing prescription drugs. One factor that often causes individuals to start abusing prescription drugs is doctors overprescribing them to patients. In fact, doctors overprescribing opioids to patients is one of the main reasons why America is currently in an opioid epidemic. By over-prescribing prescription medications, such as opioids, doctors are creating situations in which people whose brains do not need the prescriptions are getting hooked on the medications.
Another factor that increases the chances that one will abuse prescription drugs is a person’s genetic predisposition to developing a prescription drug addiction. In fact, people with immediate family members that suffer from prescription drug addiction are more likely to abuse prescription drugs themselves.
While part of the reason why a person with family members who’ve abused prescription drugs are more likely to abuse prescription drugs themselves is due to genetic predisposition, another factor that could cause this is early exposure. This is because having access to prescription drugs at a young age makes it more likely that one will start misusing prescription drugs at a young age. Because the brains of children and teens are still developing, abusing prescription drugs during those stages of life could cause permanent negative effects.
Most Addictive Prescription Drugs
While there are countless prescription drugs in the world, some are more commonly abused than others. This is partly due to the fact that some prescription drugs are more addictive than others. Some of the most addictive prescription drugs include:
Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller. The effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to Vicodin are very strong. This is especially true when it comes to the euphoric effects of Vicodin. As a result, many people that abuse Vicodin quickly develop an addiction to the substance.
Oxycontin is a highly addictive opioid painkiller. The effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to Oxycontin are highly euphoric. This, once again, causes many people who start to abuse this substance to develop an addiction to it.
This is yet another opioid painkiller that has euphoric effects and is extremely addictive. Demerol withdrawal symptoms include depression, chills, fever, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
Percocet is a very addictive opioid-based drug that also has euphoric effects. This drug is so intense that the effects of prescription drug abuse with the drug include serious health issues such as heart failure.
Darvocet is a very strong and addictive opioid-based painkiller. This drug is so addictive that doctors tend to only prescribe it to patients that are in excruciating pain due to just getting out of surgery. The effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to Darvocet include liver damage due to the acetaminophen in the substance.
Unlike all the opioid and opiate-based prescription drugs that we’ve just mentioned, Ritalin is a prescription stimulant. Thus, Ritalin is considered one of the uppers drugs. As a result, it helps keep people alert and focused.
Due to its ability to help people focus, doctors often prescribe Ritalin to people with ADHD. Because the effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to Ritalin are so strong, people often use it in replacement of cocaine.
The effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to amphetamines are highly euphoric at first. Once the rush of amphetamine euphoria ends though, users often feel tired, anxious, and even depressed. As a result of the initial large rush of euphoria and energy that amphetamines give off, many people use this substance to help them stay awake.
Doctors prescribe codeine to patients with mild to moderate pain due to it not being as strong as many other prescription painkillers. Still, the effects of prescription drug abuse when it comes to codeine can be severe, especially when mixed with other substances. In fact, codeine is the addictive substance that’s in cough syrup-based concoctions that many young people abuse and are addicted to today.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that people use to manage acute and chronic pain. Cancer patients often use fentanyl to help them relax and manage pain. This is because fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. People often mix fentanyl with other substances such as heroin or cocaine. Unfortunately, due to this substance’s strength, mixing it with such substances often leads to overdose deaths.
Benzodiazepines is a downer drug or depressant. As a result, abusing this substance can cause drowsiness, confusion, or impaired memory. Extended benzodiazepine abuse can even cause a person to stop breathing.
Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
Effects of prescription drug abuse depend on the type of prescription drug that one is abusing. Some of the top effects of major types of prescription drugs are described below.
Effects of Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse:
- Slowed breathing
- Poor coordination
- Increasing sensitivity to pain with higher doses
Effects of Abuse of Downer Drugs (Anti-anxiety and sedatives):
- Poor memory
- Slurred speech
- Unsteady walking
- Slowed breathing
- Poor concentration
Effects of Abuse of Uppers Drugs (Stimulants):
- Feeling high
- Reduced appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Increased alertness
- High body temperature
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Florida Center for Recovery
Due to how addictive most prescription drugs are, it’s best if one attends inpatient prescription drug rehab. It’s also best if one attends detox prior to receiving addiction treatment. It’s best to gradually decrease the number of prescription drugs that you take as you detox. This is because suddenly discontinuing all use of certain prescription drugs could lead to severe side effects and even death.
Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offers individualized prescription drug addiction treatment that is inpatient. Florida Center for Recovery patients in need of medical detox prior to receiving prescription drug addiction treatment will start treatment at our detox clinic. Then when they’re clean of all substances, they’ll transition to our inpatient rehab program.
The prescription drugs that people most often abuse and thus, we most often provide treatment for are painkillers, in particular, opioids. Examples of opioid prescription drugs that are commonly abused and thus, we often provide treatment for include Vicodin and Oxycontin.
Other prescription drugs that we here at FCR often provide addiction treatment for are central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as benzodiazepines. This should be no surprise as these are the downer drugs that treat anxiety and sleep disorders, which are very common today.
Common prescription benzodiazepine medications that people use to treat anxiety and/or sleep disorders include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. FCR also often provides prescription drug addiction treatment for uppers drugs such as stimulants. Stimulants are prescription drugs that people often use to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
FCR’s inpatient treatment program for individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction provides an array of holistic and alternative therapeutic services. These therapeutic services complement FCR’s evidence-based behavioral therapies.
Examples of behavioral therapies that recovering prescription drug addicts here at Florida Center for Recovery could benefit from include yoga, meditation, art, and biofeedback therapy. These specific behavioral therapeutic services focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness of all of our patients here at FCR. This is beneficial, as all recovering addicts need to receive physical, mental, and spiritual healing to maintain sobriety long-term.
Overcome Your Drug Addiction at Florida Center for Recovery
At Florida Center for Recovery, we provide inpatient and co-occurring addiction treatment for prescription drugs, along with a wide variety of addiction therapy programs. We also offer drug detox services for those that need to detox from prescription drugs prior to attending rehab.
Here at Florida Center for Recovery, we aim to treat the entire patient – body, mind, and soul. That’s why we offer Western and Eastern therapy practices along with our evidence-based addiction treatment practices. So there are a plethora of addiction treatment and therapy practices that one can incorporate into one’s individualized treatment program.
To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery and why we’re one of the most renowned treatment centers in America, contact us today!