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The rapid increase in prescription drug addiction across the U.S. has become one of the most dangerous epidemics the country has faced. The health effects of prescription drug abuse are often serious and can even be fatal. Individuals that abuse prescription drugs find it difficult to function day-to-day without the drugs and the painful withdrawal symptoms make it tough to stop using on their own. Prescription drug rehab with medically-assisted detox is a safe and effective way to begin the recovery process. If you or someone you know are struggling with prescription drug addiction, contact our Prescription Drug Rehab Center today and learn how we can help you begin your journey to a new life!
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are three classes of prescription drugs that are commonly abused — opioids, CNS depressants, and stimulants. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) finds that opioids are now responsible for one in five deaths among young adults. ASAM also reports that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. soared 345 percent – from 9,489 to 42,245 deaths.
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Misuse of prescription drugs like the kind we treat here at our Prescription Drug Rehab Center causes the potential of addiction to rise significantly. The user becomes physically dependent on the drugs and the only way to satisfy intense cravings is to take more of the drug — and in higher doses — to get similar effects. A dependency like this can have devastating consequences. Stopping use of the drug can result in very painful withdrawal symptoms, including physical symptoms like nausea, shaking, sweating, and nervousness, that is why you should consider a prescription drug center like ours in Panama City Beach Florida. Withdrawal from opioids can cause deep bone pain, sleeplessness, vomiting, and involuntary leg movement. Withdrawal from stimulants can cause depression, exhaustion, and sleep issues. In addition, many who are addicted to prescription drugs turn to illegal options like heroin because it is cheaper, easier to obtain and produces similar highs.
Opioids are the most commonly-abused prescription drugs. Though the primary purpose of these drugs is to alleviate pain, they can also produce a euphoric high and dangerous side effects when taken in large doses. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioids include OxyContin, morphine and other surgical standbys, codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and has become one of the most dangerous on the list.
Opioids slow down the brain’s ability to function, causing drowsiness and reducing cognitive abilities. They can cause mood swings, choking, constipation, and slowed breathing which can lead to comas or even death. For women, there are added risks, including the potential of stopping menstrual cycles and infertility. In addition, opioids from the oxycodone family — including OxyContin, Percocet, and Roxicodone — are designed to release slowly over a longer period of time. Unfortunately, this can lead to an even faster path to addiction and need for prescription drug rehab, as many recreational users have discovered that crushing, snorting, or injecting the drug bypasses this slow release. This, however, also significantly increases the chance of overdose.
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants
Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants, more commonly known as tranquilizers or sedatives, slow down the brain’s activity. They are useful in treating sleep disorders and anxiety but can be very dangerous if misused. CNS depressants can cause cardiovascular problems and memory lapses, and can occasionally lead to seizures which can sometimes be fatal. Commonly-prescribed CNS depressants include benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax
Stimulants are drugs that increase focus, energy, and alertness. Today, they are primarily prescribed to treat issues including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Just as with other drugs, stimulants become quickly addictive, in part because of the burst of energy they produce. Withdrawal symptoms exacerbate the addiction, as after the artificial high wears off, feelings of depression and sleeplessness often occur.
Side effects of stimulants include elevated blood pressure and heart rates. They can also help alleviate respiratory issues. Long-term stimulant abuse can lead to paranoia, psychosis, and other strange or aggressive behaviors, even if only being used over a relatively short period. High doses of stimulants can cause an abnormal heartbeat and increase in body temperature. In extreme cases, stimulants can cause cardiac arrest or death.
Why you should choose our Panama city beach Florida Prescription Drug rehab center
Here at our Prescription Drug Rehab Center, we have helped many people addicted to prescription drugs overcome their addiction. We take a comprehensive and holistic approach in our prescription drug rehab center, including medical intervention and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as holistic services like experiential therapies. This approach has successfully helped prescription drug abusers go on to live happy, productive, and sober lives. After treatment, our coaching platform allows us to stay connected for a full year, ensuring long-term sobriety.
If you or someone you know needs a Prescription Drug Rehab Center, please contact us today. It is possible to live a sober and satisfying life without drugs. We’re here to help.