People abuse a wide range of legal and illegal substances, including alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal street drugs. Prescription drug abuse involves the misuse or over use of prescription medications, including opioids, sedatives, and stimulants. Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in modern American society, with millions of people having misused psychiatric medications or abused prescriptions for recreational purposes. Prescription drug abuse requires professional evaluation and treatment, including detox, behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention support. Prescription drug rehab centers are available throughout the United States.
Common Drugs of Abuse
Opioid painkillers are the most widely abused type of prescription medication. Common opioids include codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, with a number of combination products also including opioids along with other substances such as acetaminophen. Sedatives are the second most widely abused class of prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium. Stimulants are the third most widely abused class, including ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
How are Prescription Drugs Abused?
Generally speaking, people abuse prescription drugs whenever they take them in a different way than intended by a medical professional. There are many ways to do this, including increasing dosage levels, combining medications in a dangerous way, using an alternative method of administration, and purchasing drugs on the black market. If you’re worried about the drug habits of someone you love, it’s important to watch out for warning signs, including multiple trips to the doctor, multiple prescriptions, and the possession of drugs for medical conditions that don’t exist.
Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug rehab involves a combination of medical detox and long-term treatment. Opiates and sedatives are known to produce a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome upon cessation of use, with stimulants known to produce an emotional and motivational reaction. While stimulant abuse does not require medication treatment in most cases, both opioids and sedatives respond well to pharmacotherapy measures. A range of treatments are also administered during rehab, with psychotherapy programs typically based on cognitive, behavioral or motivational methods.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.