Millions of people take prescription medications for numerous reasons. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 48 million people over the age of 12 use prescribed medications for recreational purposes. Prescription drug abuse causes physiological changes in the brain that lead to addiction. After the body and brain has made changes to accommodate the drug of abuse, the drug cannot be withdrawn without the onset of severe symptoms.
Statistics indicate that central nervous system depressants, stimulants and opioid analgesics are the most commonly abused compounds. • Depressants include Ativan, Alprazolam, Clonazepam or Diazepam. Patients take these drugs to help with anxiety, depression or insomnia. Excessive doses decrease blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. Stopping abruptly may cause various symptoms, including seizures. • Stimulants include Adderall, Concerta, Dextroamphetamine and Ritalin. These medications are commonly used for the treatment of ADD, ADHD, depression and other disorders. These substances cause increased body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, which increases the likelihood of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular crisis. • Opiates are narcotic medications that include Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Meperidine and Oxycodone. These preparations are commonly used for short-term pain management. Abused for a sensation of euphoria, these drugs also depress the central nervous system. When combined with other substances, they may produce life-threatening effects.
Recovering from addiction first requires making the decision to change. Sobriety is not easy. However, drug abuse rehabilitation specialists understand the problem and the techniques needed for success. The process is long, but the results can last a lifetime. With commitment, motivation and continued support, recovery is possible. Residential treatment centers offer the best chance for long-term recovery. After completing detoxification, therapy begins. During this phase of treatment, clients learn more about addiction as well as how to deal with everyday stress, find new ways to spend free time and improve self-esteem. When looking for a treatment program, keep in mind that individual needs are different. The length and severity of the addiction, help determine the type of program needed for lifelong success. Long-term sobriety also requires ongoing support. If you need guidance in locating a substance rehabilitation center, talk to one of the counselors by calling (612)216-0058 today.