There are many different drugs that are prescribed to patients and for many different reasons. Most prescriptions are kept in an easily accessible spot in the home where anyone who wasn’t prescribed the drugs can get to them. This is why prescription drug abuse is on the rise, especially among teens. Most teens have abused prescription drugs more than illicit street drugs according to a national study. Just because they are prescribed by a doctor, doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous. Increasing doses, “self-medicating,” or just recreational use of these drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and many other serious risks. Many people react to different prescriptions in different ways due to their body chemistry, which is why they are monitored by a doctor, and should not be taken without a prescription.
Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug abuse usually starts with the addict taking the prescribed medication as told but over time develop a tolerance or craving for the drug. Since these can be prescribed sometimes it is difficult to realize if you or a loved one is addicted. When all you can think about is how you are going to get more and stopping use causes you withdrawal symptoms, you should reach out for help getting clean. If you have started stealing medications, buying the medication from someone else or off the street, or “doctor shopping,” visiting multiple doctors complaining about pain so you get multiple prescriptions, then the Medical staff at Recovery Ways is ready to help you.
Depending on which prescription drugs are being abused there will be different signs. Benzodiazepines make the users seems unnaturally drowsy and relaxed, with slurred speech, poor memory, and maybe even aggressive or paranoid. Someone abusing painkillers may be drowsy, confused, and not feeling pain at normal levels.Stimulant abuse can cause delusions, anxiety, flushed skin, chest pain, and irregular sleep.
Prescription Drug Detox & Withdrawal Symptoms
The amount of time withdrawal from prescription drugs will last depends on how long the user has been taking the drug, how much of the drug, and how they took it. After only a few hours or days they may start to feel the beginning stages of withdrawal which will last a few days. They may have trouble concentrating, drug cravings, mood swings, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle spasms, hallucinations, and even seizures. This can last for a couple weeks to several months. The support from the Master level clinicians at Recovery Ways will aid in the withdrawal process and help them overcome the drug cravings so that they do not relapse during this time. They will also be able to help them with any co-occurring disorders or any resulting anxiety or depression.
Detox from these drugs shouldn’t be conducted alone or without medical supervision because of the difficult withdrawal symptoms that can be life-threatening. Another reason to be medically supervised is because of the overwhelming cravings the user will feel during this time can cause them to relapse and even overdose.
Addiction Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
Recovery Ways, the premier drug rehab in Salt Lake City, is experienced in providing opioid addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds throughout Salt Lake City, Utah. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment. Our Treatment Center for Drug and Alcohol addictions is “Gold Seal” accredited through The Joint Commission. Recovery Ways is licensed by the State of Utah for drug addiction, drug treatment, alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehab levels of treatment with intensive inpatient residential drug and alcohol rehab, intensive outpatient therapy and aftercare programs. Please contact us today to discuss a treatment program for recovery from addiction for you or your loved one. If you are to make the change and live a life free from prescription addiction, please call (844) 294-8130.