Prescription drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Treatment Programs in California

( Vicodin, Soma, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Xanax, Valium, and others )

Treating Prescription Drug addiction comes from places we sometimes over look. Recent newspaper articles and even those of “The King” have told us prescription drugs can be addictive and deadly. When you see mega stars and their households die from drug abuse most will wake up and see where their loved ones are going. It is up to each of us to do our part to make sure prescription drugs do not get out of hand.

Mentally these drugs will make the user look normal but on closer inspection we find things just are not as right as they seem. For instance it would be normal for someone to have a cigarette and a cup of coffee. It would also be normal for someone to come home from work exhausted. It would not be normal for someone to come home from work, make a cup of coffee, light a cigarette, smoke part of the cigarette… then fall in the coffee. If you think that is funny, it actually happens. Now add this to that scene, the individual wakes up, gets a fresh cup of coffee, lights another cigarette and repeats this for hours.

The person listed above had major health issues from years of abuse and finally gave up her life. By itself it does not seem to say much, however the prescription drugs she was on should have been an indicator. Most will think their loved one is becoming eccentric and not pay much attention to such actions and let these incidents go by.

You would not be reading this unless you or someone you know is acting differently than you remember them. Prescription drug abuse grows worse over a period of time, and at first the signs may not stand out. If you think someone you love may be having problems Solutions for Recovery is the path to choose for recovery.

Prescription Drug Treatment Program Details

1. Short Inpatient Stay

2. Medical Detoxification

3. Effective Counter-conditioning Treatment/treating for Prescription Drugs

4. Counseling and Continuing Support

5. Proven by Medical Research

These are commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States.
(Brand names are in brackets)
Opiates (“Narcotics”)

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Tylox)
  • Hydrocodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin aka Vicodan)
  • Meperidine (Demerol, Mepergan)
  • Stimulants (“Uppers”)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Aphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall)
  • Methamphetamine
  • Sedative-hypnotics (“Downers”)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax aka Zanax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)

Are Prescription Drugs Sometimes Addictive?

Addictive drugs mimic the action of chemicals your brain produces to send messages of pleasure to your brain’s reward center. They produce an artificial feeling of pleasure. Most addictive drugs are able to produce pleasurable effects by chemically acting like certain normal brain messenger chemicals, which produce positive feelings in response to signals from the brain.

The result is a dependence on the immediate, fast, predictable drug which, at the same time, short circuits interests in and the motivation to make life’s normal rewards work. More and more confidence is placed in the drug while other survival feelings are ignored and bypassed. The result of this addiction cycle is a lack of concern for, and confidence in, other areas of life.

Why do Prescription Drugs Take Over Your Life?

As this happens, it leads to increased confidence in the drug, and less confidence in the normal rewards of life. This first happens on a physical level. Then, it affects you psychologically. People, places and activities involved with using drugs become more important. People, places and activities or lifestyles that worked through your normal reward system, before using the drug, become less important to you. After a while, a heavy drug user will actually resent people, places, and activities that do not fit in with that drug use.

Is Addiction to Prescription Drugs Age Specific?

No prescription Treating Drug Addiction can affect the young, middle aged, or elderly. Prescription drug addicted individuals may come from any walk of life, hold entry level or high positions, be parents or grandparents, single or married. Often, the addiction develops without the individual realizing it until the drug begins to control their life. When an individual exceeds the dosage prescribed or seeks to obtain the drug after the time prescribed by their physician, they should be alert to the possibility of drug dependency.

Is there Withdrawal from Drug Use?

Yes. The type of symptoms, the severity and length of the withdrawal depends on the particular drug and the amount of the drug an individual is taking. The medical staff of Solutions for Recovery will administer medications to make the withdrawal as comfortable as possible. They have many years of experience in Treating Drug Addiction withdrawal symptoms.

What is drug craving?

Drug craving is the result of the drug’s imprinting in the memory of a pleasant association of euphoria with the drug. The subconscious memory then motivates the individual to seek this drug because of the false imprint. The brain, in effect, has been trained that using the drug is the fastest way to feel good. This learning process then produces a new appetite or drive to seek the drug which we call craving. This craving is most often activated by,

a) Memory of pleasure

b) When we feel bad and have a habit of using the drug to rapidly feel good,

c) When we are in a situation with people, places and activities in which a previous habit pattern of drug use has been established.

Prescription Drug Treatment Involves:

  • Counter-conditioning against old positive brainwashing with the drug.
  • Refocusing on true friends.
  • Developing habits of reacting through people support when we feel bad.
  • Avoiding habits of people, places and activities that were strongly associated with drug use.
  • Using the tools of honesty, open mindedness and support from others to meet our needs and maintain peace of mind
  • Pain issues for those who are treating for “pain pills” worked out between the treating medical staff and your pain clinic or physician.

If you or someone you love may have a problem with prescription drug abuse or pain pill Treating/Treating addiction, please take the time to call us and let us answer your questions. Then we can set up a consultation and get started on recovery. Call us now at (888) 417-1874