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Are You or a Loved One Addicted to Prescription Medication?
If you or a loved one is addicted to opioids or other prescription medication, you’re not alone. More than 14.3 million people misuse prescription drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Taking a prescription medication in any way other than directed qualifies as abuse. And all too often, medication abuse can lead to addiction. Unfortunately, not everyone seeks help from a painkiller rehab center.Reasons people abuse prescription medication vary and include:
- Confusion about the prescription instructions
- To relieve physical or emotional pain
- To increase the effects of other drugs
One of the main reasons people misuse medications is because they trust them to be “safe.” The fact that a physician prescribed it can create a false sense of security.
Medications are safe when people use them as directed. Taking larger or more frequent doses is dangerous. So is taking medication prescribed to someone else.
Whatever the reason you or a loved one started misusing prescriptions, the results can be disastrous. Medication abuse can ruin your health, relationships, and financial stability. But prescription drug addiction rehab is available and effective.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Prescription Medication Addiction
Prescription drug abuse affects all age groups, including teens and seniors. Out of all misused medications, opioids are the most common, although people abuse all types of medications. The exact symptoms of addiction differ according to the medication. In general, signs of medication abuse include:
- Running out of medications
- “Losing” medications
- Accusing others of stealing medications
- Needing to take higher doses to experience the same effect
- Wanting to stop but not being able to
- Using medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms
- Getting and paying for medications takes the place of other activities and responsibilities
- Taking risks, such as driving while under the influence of medications
- Experiencing negative consequences from drug use but continuing to take them
- Doctor shopping or frequent visits to the ER to get more medication
- Being “fired” by a doctor
- Slurred speech, poor balance, or uncharacteristic behavior
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, a substance use disorder may be a real concern. You can get help to stop prescription drug addiction.
How is Addiction to Prescription Medication Treated?
Treatment for substance use disorder takes many forms. You must first have a thorough physical and psychological health evaluation. After that, a healthcare team can develop a specialized treatment plan. This treatment plan includes addressing the cause of the addiction and ongoing issues like chronic pain. It can also include issues like co-occurring mental health disorders.
Each person’s needs are unique. Shadow Mountain Recovery’s prescription drug addiction treatment centers offer the following therapies:
- Medical detox
- Individual, group, and family therapy
Detox and withdrawal are the first steps toward recovery. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild to severe and even life-threatening. Several factors affect the withdrawal experience. Two major considerations are your general health and the drug(s) you’ve been using.
Medical detox keeps you as safe and comfortable as possible. Receiving 24-hour medical care helps to build a strong foundation for long-term wellness.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Shadow Mountain Recovery Centers
The idea of giving up medication that makes you feel better can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been living with physical or psychological pain.
Prescription drug treatment aims to restore all aspects of your health. Some of the benefits of Shadow Mountain prescription drug addiction treatment center include:
- Detox and withdrawal in a safe environment
- Treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
- Improved physical health
- Restored relationships
- Building a support network
- Education about your condition and how to care for yourself better
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
At our painkiller rehab program, you can expect compassionate care from qualified personnel. Treatment begins with supervised medical detox at one of our prescription drug detox centers. Once you stabilize, you can start participating in other treatments.
Treatment is available at our residential and outpatient programs. Both programs provide customized, research-based care with a whole-person approach.
People with co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, receive the care they need. Correct treatment improves all aspects of their health and lives.
When you stop abusing prescription medications, you are free to enjoy life again. You might return to activities and hobbies you had given up or find new ones that bring even more pleasure. Most importantly, you’ll be free from the weight of addiction.
Contact Shadow Mountain Recovery Centers Today
To learn more about our prescription drugs rehab program, call Shadow Mountain Recovery Centers. Our admissions specialists are ready to help you start the process of enrollment. We can also help with verifying your insurance coverage. We are in-network with several major insurance providers. If you don’t have medical insurance, we can provide alternative options for payment. We never want financial concerns to keep you from getting the help you need.
Don’t wait another day to see if things will get better. Get the help you need to start living the healthy life you deserve.