Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem in the U.S. While most people use prescription medications as prescribed, misuse and abuse are still common. Opioids (like OxyContin and Fentanyl), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (like Xanax and Valium), and stimulants (like Adderall and Ritalin) are some of the most abused prescription drugs.
Statistics reveal the extent of the problem. In 2017, more than 1 million people in the U.S. misused prescription stimulants for the first time, more than 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and more than 270,000 people misused sedatives.
One reason prescription drug abuse is so common is that many people believe they aren’t addictive or are less harmful than illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine. Many people initially start taking prescription medications for legitimate medical reasons and later become addicted.
Whether and why a person becomes addicted depends on many factors, including how much of the drug they take, their personal history, and their genes. With regular misuse or abuse a drug can hijack the pleasure/reward circuits in the brain. A person starts craving the drug and may eventually need it just to feel normal. The long-term effects of addiction can be serious, including damage to the decision-making center of the brain, known as the prefrontal cortex.
Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives
People who abuse prescription drugs may also steal or forge documents to get their drug of choice, or they might request early refills or say they lost a prescription to get a new one. Some engage in “doctor shopping”—seeing multiple doctors to get prescriptions.
Many people who misuse opioids and other prescription drugs will need professional help to quit, especially if they are long-term users or take drugs in combination (such as opioids and benzodiazepines).
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, it’s important to know that recovery is possible with the right help.
Adelante Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment at our fully licensed treatment center in Orange County, Southern California. Our caring, compassionate staff takes a holistic approach to addiction treatment, creating customized treatment plans to meet each client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
We offer multiple levels of care to accommodate all clients, wherever they are on their journey. Our Southern California prescription drug rehab programs include:
Adelante Recovery Center’s clinical staff includes an experienced medical doctor and certified addiction treatment counselor. We tailor our programs to meet each client’s needs, and we strive to make our centers feel like a home away from home, so clients can put all their energy into recovery.
Recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery Center. Contact us to learn more about prescription drug rehab and treatment in Corona del Mar, Orange County, Southern California.
If you or a loved one are in need of help with addiction, contact us today. Our professional and friendly addiction specialists are able to answer your questions and get things moving in the right direction.