Prescription Drug Abuse
A lot of drugs out there that are prescribed by doctors have the ability to make their patients into addicts. This is not always done on purpose by a doctor. The drugs that we will talk about below are there to serve a purpose. Often times that purpose turns into an addictive that is among the worst of them all. After alcohol and marijuana, prescription drugs are the most highly abused chemicals.
Some of the drugs that are being abused are:
- Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Roxicontin
- Hydrocodone or Vicodin
Central Nervous System
The way the problem starts out is fairly simple. A doctor will prescribe someone on or more of the above drugs. They then either take them and become addicted or realize that they can sell them on the street and make a heavy profit. Because there are a limited supply, these drugs cost a lot of money per dose. At first the user can afford it and that is when they become addicted to prescription medication. Then, when the money runs out and they can’t afford to buy these pills any more they usually do one of two things. They either start stealing or go to the street drug that gives them the same high. An example would be someone who is addicted to oxycontin, can’t afford it anymore and moves on to heroin.
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse
- Doctor Seeking- Seeing more than one doctor to obtain multiple prescriptions
- Poor Concentration
- Dilated Pupils
- Weight Loss
- Excessive Mood Swings
- Stealing, Forging, or Selling Prescriptions
- Missing Medications From Your Home
Treatment For Prescription Drug Abuse
With all the different medications being abused, treatment for the addiction is 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 pharmacological detox coupled with a 28 day behavioral traditional 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 staff at Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person suffering from addiction. For adults with an prescription drug problem, you will be admitted to Clearbrook Manor. The facility is used for the treatment of adults 18 years and older. Please click HEREto learn more about Clearbrook Manor.