Approximately 18 million people misuse prescription medicine in America. The statistics can be frightening. Every day, 5,480 people misuse a prescription opioid for the first time. Many others abuse prescription stimulants or tranquilizers.
Prescription drug use is a rampant problem. These drugs are easily accessible, both legally and illegally. Likewise, many people don’t understand the risks associated with dependence.
Drug addiction happens when someone uses substances persistently despite ongoing consequences. Drug addiction can affect anyone. The common symptoms include:
Addiction can be progressive. That means some symptoms start mildly, but over time they get worse. Seeking treatment may be necessary to break free of your dependence on prescription drugs.
Treatment can help you get your life back on track. Although it may seem frightening, professional support offers guidance and compassion during this vulnerable time. And medical detox tends to be the first step. Detox helps flush the negative toxins associated with substance use from your system. It also offers stabilization for other medical complications. In a medical detox program, you receive continuous monitoring and supervision. Health professionals and mental health experts can help keep you comfortable and stable as you withdraw.
Detox varies in length, but most episodes last a few days to a week. After detox, clients typically transition to more long-term treatment.
After completing detox, you’ll have several treatment options. The best choice for you depends on a variety of factors, including:
Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of treatment. Clients receive 24/7 supervision and ongoing care. It’s recommended for severe substance use disorders. Outpatient treatment options also offer comprehensive clinical support, but you don’t reside within the treatment facility. Instead, you live at home or in a sober living facility while completing treatment. It’s not unusual to go through several levels of care as part of your treatment process.
At Footprints to Recovery, all of our treatment programs include:
These different clinical options help prepare you to manage your life and responsibilities successfully in recovery. In treatment, you’ll work on a variety of issues related to:
Your insurance may cover some or all of your treatment costs. What you pay out of pocket depends on your specific policy. Footprints to Recovery works with most major insurance providers. Get started on verifying your insurance here.
You can also apply for financing with affordable loans, and we offer flexible private pay options.
Prescription opioids support pain relief. They help increase dopamine functioning in the brain. Dopamine is associated with pleasure and emotional regulation.
All opioids have a high potential for misuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that opioid-involved overdose deaths topped 46,000 in 2018. Commonly prescribed opioids are:
Prescription stimulants can treat a few conditions, like ADHD and narcolepsy. They work by increasing energy, focus, and attention span. Some people use stimulants as “study drugs.” They may take them to cram for a test or write a paper. Well-known prescription stimulants include:
Barbiturates are sedatives that relax your central nervous system. Although they used to be popular in the United States, they are rarely prescribed today. Benzodiazepines (benzos) have largely replaced them because of barbiturates’ high potential for abuse. Some examples of barbiturates include:
Benzodiazepines (benzos) are known in popular culture as “downers” because they depress the central nervous system. They can help with sleep problems like insomnia and be used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Sometimes medical detox programs use them to relieve withdrawal symptoms. That said, benzodiazepines can be misused. They can be habit-forming, and people may develop a tolerance to them.
Muscle relaxants can help people with spasms and prevent muscles from seizing up, but they can also trigger sleepiness. This feeling can appeal to people who abuse drugs. Likewise, many people take muscle relaxants while drinking alcohol.
Muscle relaxants include:
At Footprints to Recovery, we will support you throughout your journey, no matter what prescription drug you’re dependent on, how severe your addiction is, or for how long you’ve been taking it. Recovery is hard, but it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Take the step to contact us today.