Prescription drugs are one of the biggest contributors to the drug problem in the United States and arguably the most dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose rates have more than tripled since the 90’s, and in 2008, prescription drugs accounted for more of those than both cocaine and heroin combined. The CDC also reports that prescription drugs were the cause for 475,000 emergency room visits in 2009 alone. Two thousand teenagers currently try prescription drugs every day. This is proof that prescription drug abuse is a matter of life and death, and treatment should be sought out as quickly as possible.
No matter what prescription drug you’re addicted to, residential treatment is an option that should always be considered first. Getting through withdrawals isn’t just a matter of willpower; these drugs make biological changes in the brain that cause things such as bone pain, abdominal pain and more. There are rapid detoxification programs that supposedly speed up recovery, though these haven’t been proven to be more or less effective than residential stays. In both programs, you should be surrounded by medical professionals who can apply anesthesia and ease the pain of withdrawals. Afterwards, there will be a vast selection of outpatient and counseling programs that will promote a healthy, sober lifestyle.
One logical question to treating prescription drug addiction is: How is it cured? In the previous articles on substance abuse, you may’ve noticed that many of these drugs come with pharmaceutical options for treatment. Prescription drugs are no different; vivitrol (a drug used for treating alcohol addiction) has been approved in the form of an injection that lasts a significantly longer than other drugs. As withdrawal symptoms from CNS depressants can kill, many detoxification programs will have you continue to take the depressants in diminishing dosages until the addiction passes. Behavioral therapy is also employed, which is the most successful part of these treatments by far.
The median price of rehab is $3,000-$9,000, but a large chunk of it can be paid for by health insurance. Furthermore, people without insurance can consult a government-funded rehab center, which has affordable and sometimes free treatment options. Many rehab centers are flexible enough to offer payment plans and loans. Others will may offer scholarships for treatment, which can be written off as tax deductions so that they profit as well. At the very least, some will grant reduced cost stays when asked, and asking is better than dismissing the option completely. More information can be gleaned from contacting the rehab center of your choice, which can be found at http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.
Treating prescription drug addiction should always be a top priority for those who have one, especially if they want a speedy recovery. Finding residential treatment or a rapid detox program is important because some withdrawal symptoms, particularly those from CNS depressants, can kill you. Contrary to what some say, overcoming addiction isn’t just a matter of mental fortitude. These drugs make real alterations to the body and brain, some of which exacerbate those cravings and make aches impossible to ignore. The first step to removing addiction from your life is accepting that you need help. A willingness to take action can mean the difference between life and death.