Prescription Drug Abuse

Many medications prescribed by doctors have highly addictive properties.  It is not uncommon for a patient prescribed these medications to become addicted to the effect of the medication.  This is not done on purpose by a doctor.  The drugs that we will talk about below serve a real purpose.  Often times that purpose turns into an addiction that is among the worst of them all.  Prescription drugs are among the most highly abused substances.

This problem can start very simply and with good intentions. 

A doctor prescribes someone one or more of the medications listed.  The reason for the prescription is valid for the symptoms present, and the patient intends to take the medication as prescribed until it is no longer needed.

During the course of taking the medication, this individual may find they truly enjoy the effect the drug produces.  It becomes an elusive sensation they want more and more of. Very quickly addiction can take hold and all rational reasoning disappears.  An individual will keep returning to the doctor for refills of the substance until they get cut-off.  At this point, a person tends to turn to purchasing the pills illegally.  These pills cost a significant amount of money on the street.  The high cost ultimately drives many prescription pills abusers users to purchase cheaper, more illicit substances, such as Heroin.

Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Doctor Shopping | Seeing multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Depression | Frequent or constant sadness for no apparent reason
  • Sweating | Perspiration occuring despite no physical activity
  • Confusion | Disorientation from one moment to the next
  • Poor Concentration | Inability to maintain focus
  • Dilated Pupils | Pupil is greater enlarged or barely visible
  • Weight Loss | Sudden drop in average weight despite no exercise or diet changes
  • Excessive Mood Swings | Emotional states change irradically without cause
  • Stealing | Money or credit cards have been taken and used
  • Lying | Being dishonest about activities or wareabouts
  • Missing Medications From Your Home | Other medications in the household are depleted or gone

Commonly Abused Medications


  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, RoxiContin)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Demerol
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl


  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine


  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Pentobarbital (Nembutal)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)

Treatment For Prescription Drug Abuse

With all the different medications being abused, treatment protocols are on a case-by-case basis at Clearbrook Treatment Centers.  Many times prescription drugs are also coupled with other “street” drugs as well.  Some of the prescription drugs that are being abused take a medical detox, coupled with a 28-day inpatient treatment program.   We are experts on treating the abuse of prescription medications.

If you, a loved one, a co-worker, or anyone else would like to stop using prescription drugs, and find they can’t do it on their own, the first step has been taken.  From your first phone call to the Admissions Specialists at Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person suffering from addiction.  We will layout a course of action that will help whoever is suffering from addiction have a happy and free life again.


Opiate Addiction Treatment is Available 24 hours a Day

The staff at Clearbrook Treatment Centers has been providing opiate addiction treatment to Pennsylvania residents for decades.  With the rise in prescription drug abuse, and the difficult time that many find in opiate withdrawal treatment in mind,  we have developed a program that will help your loved one beat this addiction.

If you need more information regarding our opiate addiction treatment centerts then please give our experienced staff a call at your convenience. We’re available 24 hours a day to answer questions regarding all forms of prescription drug abuse.  We are a PA prescription drug rehab that will help provide your loved ones with the care they need.  It starts with a safe opiate withdrawal treatment and moves into opiate addiction treatment options that can have lasting results.  Our PA opiate addiction treatment centers will help with the steps needed to take control of this addiction.