Prescription drug rehab helps end addiction to prescription medications, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and sleep aids.
Prescription drug abuse is the act of using a prescription medication in a way other than exactly as prescribed by a physician. Some people abuse prescription drugs in order to self-medicate physical or emotional pain or a mental illness. Others abuse them to get high or to help them relax. Taking someone else’s prescription or taking more of your medications than your doctor prescribed can lead to addiction and dependence. Once this occurs, prescription drug rehab is almost always needed to end the addiction and dependence for the long-term.
Addiction and Dependence
Addiction and dependence aren’t the same things, but they typically occur together.
Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug use even though the abuse is causing problems in your life, such as relationship, financial, legal, or health problems. Addiction develops as brain function changes due to heavy drug abuse. It almost always has underlying causes, such as a history of trauma, mental illness, or chronic stress. If you’ve developed an addiction to prescription medication, you’ll find that it’s nearly impossible to stop using it, even though you want to or have tried to.
Dependence is characterized by withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop using a drug cold-turkey. Dependence occurs as your brain changes its chemical function in order to compensate for the presence of the drug. As the brain attempts to compensate, tolerance develops, which means that you need increasingly larger doses of the drugs to get the desired effects. But the more you use, the more your brain changes in an attempt to normalize function. At some point, brain function may shift so that it operates more comfortably when the drug is present. Then, when you suddenly stop using, normal brain function rebounds, and this produces withdrawal symptoms.
Prescription drug rehab addresses both the dependence and the addiction to prescription drugs.
The First Step in Prescription Drug Rehab: Treating Dependence
Ending your brain’s dependence on drugs is the first step in treatment. This occurs through medical detox, which is supervised by medical and mental health personnel. During medical detox, a variety of medications are given as needed to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and reduce the time it takes to detox. In some cases, detox will involve a tapering off process to prevent the onset of withdrawal. This is true for withdrawal from benzodiazepines, which can be dangerous or even deadly.
Once detox is complete and brain function has returned to normal, treatment for the addiction can begin.
Prescription Drug Rehab for Addiction
Addiction is far more complex than dependence, and drug rehab treatment is almost always needed to end an addiction for the long-term. That’s because addiction typically:
- Has underlying causes that led to the substance abuse in the first place.
- Causes changes in thought and behavior patterns that further perpetuate the addiction.
- Causes problems in your life that result in stress, which can make it difficult to quit using on your own.
All of the issues surrounding an addiction must be addressed for successful recovery. The best drug rehab Estero offers is a holistic program that addresses issues of body, mind, and spirit for whole-person healing. A holistic approach to treatment involves a variety of traditional and complementary therapies that help you:
- Address the underlying causes of the addiction.
- Develop essential coping skills for dealing with stress, negative emotions, cravings, and other triggers for relapse.
- Identify self-destructive thought and behavior patterns and re-learn healthy ways of thinking and behaving.
- Fix damaged relationships and address dysfunction in the household caused by the addiction.
- Learn to have fun and relax without drugs.
- Find purpose and meaning in a life without drugs.
WhiteSands Treatment is one of the best places for drug rehab Estero offers. Our holistic program has helped numerous people end even a severe prescription drug addiction. Through high quality drug rehab treatment, you can end your addiction for good and improve your life on all fronts for greater happiness and wellbeing for the long-haul.
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.