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Prescription Drug Addiction Is Real and Dangerous

Are you misusing or abusing a medication without a prescription, or in a way other than prescribed? It could be a painkiller, a tranquilizer, or a stimulant. Prescription drug addiction is complicated because your medication was prescribed to treat a specific illness or condition. But it is dangerous when you take them just to get high.

Did you know that you’re affected by one of the nation’s fastest growing drug problems? In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every four hours in one month. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also reports that five percent of the U.S. is the world’s population and consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs.

Maybe you inherited genes that make you more likely to become addicted. Do you have family members with addiction problems? Have you experienced childhood trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, losing a parent, or violence?

Mental illness increases your odds of abusing prescription drugs also. The availability of these drugs has made it easier to become addicted to them, they are not illegal, there are fewer side effects, and there is less shame attached to using them. The most common misconception about prescription drugs is that they are safer to use than street drugs, but they are not. In fact, they have the or more serious side effects than street drugs if used improperly.

Where are people getting the drugs from? The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 70 percent of people who abused prescription painkillers got them from friends and relatives, while approximately five percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.

Why is this a problem? Because of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38% of these deaths. So how can you avoid becoming a statistic? By getting yourself the treatment you deserve.

Ask for Help to Overcome Prescription Drug Addiction

Do you want to be free from your prescription drug addiction problem? You didn’t intend to become addicted, so we understand it might be embarrassing to acknowledge that you are. Once you admit this to yourself, you can take the next step toward recovery by changing your habits. Drug addiction is now a medically recognized and treatable brain disease. You don’t have to fear being judged any longer. No more isolation, no more denial, and no more secrecy.

There are so many questions to ask before coming to Willow Springs. Like what kind of treatment prescription drug addiction programs are there? Will the program fit my needs? You might be wondering if there will be activities, group therapy sessions, on-site medical care, or educational workshops. One of our certified counselors will answer these questions, and help you make arrangements for getting your treatment underway.

You will learn more about what happens when you arrive, rules about what you may or may not bring with you, and even visitation. Will you be able to contact your loved ones? Depending on which prescription drug addiction program you choose, you may not be able to contact people in your life during part of or all of your stay. This way, you can be totally focused on your recovery from prescription drug addiction. Many of the facilities that we work with offer extensive aftercare, so once you complete your rehab program, you will never feel alone. Are you ready? If so, a counselor is standing by waiting for your call.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Our staff offers treatment plans that are completely designed for your substance abuse history.

On-Site Detox Program

Removing toxins from prolonged substance abuse is key to successful recovery, and you can receive it while you’re here.

Accept Most Insurances

The cost of going to rehab and getting the treatment you need can easily be handled by your insurance provider.

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Prescription Drug Withdrawal and Detox

We understand how hard the withdrawal and detox process might be, but with help from a certified counselor at Willow Springs, your experience might be better than you are expecting. Detox is necessary for you to do well with any other type of treatment or therapy. You have the potential to become ill. That is because your body is physically dependent on prescription drugs. Medications might be provided to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Sleep Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings

There are dangers associated with detoxing, but our facility is well-equipped so your health can be monitored in a safe and comfortable environment. Our trained medical staff will ensure that a person undergoing detox does not suffer unnecessarily, and also make sure that the basics are covered. This includes hydration, and regular blood pressure and heart rate checks. Are you wondering how long this process might take? This depends upon your level of addiction and the drug being abused. It can be anywhere from 14 to 30 days. It’s important to remember that not everyone responds to drugs in the same way, just as not everyone goes through detox in the same way. To further discuss prescription drug detox, please call to speak with a counselor.

Recognizing and Addressing the Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

The longer you or your loved one struggles with a prescription drug addiction, the more obvious behavioral changes become. Don’t ignore the warning signs:

  • Neglect work or school
  • Show change in overall attitude, and have outbursts of bad temper
  • Talk about partying or drinking more than before
  • Appear jittery, and be secretive
  • Allow grooming and physical appearance to deteriorate
  • Items from the home might go missing
  • Disconnect from family and friends to hang out with a new group of drug using friends or become a loner
  • Financial problems

Prescription Drug Abuse Signs and Symptoms

How do you know if you have a prescription drug addiction? If your doctor is prescribing your medication, it may be difficult to tell if you are addicted. If you have not already noticed changes in your behavior, consider the effects abuse of pills can have on you.

Short-term and Long-term Effects of Prescription Drugs

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Excessive mood swings or hostility
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Poor decision-making
  • Stealing, forging, or selling prescriptions
  • Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or sedated
  • Continually “losing” prescriptions so that more can be filled
  • Consumption of similar over-the-counter drugs

These are all warning signs that you can experience from abusing prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, and Ritalin.

Overdose Symptoms of Prescription Drugs

An overdose occurs when a toxic amount of a drug or medicine is taken, but the signs and symptoms depend upon a variety of factors including what drug is taken, the amount taken, and your state of health at the time. You might experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, confusion, difficulty breathing, internal bleeding, hallucination, turning blue, and coma. It’s important to know that an overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Are You Prepared for Intervention?

You might be scared or feel uncomfortable talking with your loved one, but do your best to have a discussion about their problem. Here are a few tips to help with that process:

  • Don’t bring up the subject when they are under the influence. It might be difficult for them to understand logic, and they could be impatient, dismissive, or angry
  • Establish a time to talk alone and uninterrupted
  • Tell them you care for them and your concern for their well-being led you to have this conversation
  • Don’t expect a dramatic shift in thinking or behavior right away; this might be the first time your loved one has thought about their problem
  • If your loved one tells you that they don’t have a problem, ask to talk with them later. You are not trying to convince them; your goal is simply to let them know that you believe there is a problem based upon the behaviors you’ve seen
  • Create a two-way conversation so they don’t feel lectured or accused
  • Keep in mind that there is no quick fix. Prepare yourself for the long haul

In some cases, a conversation might not be enough. In these situations, we are here to assist you or your loved one. We provide the resources needed to stop prescription drug abuse in an environment where people understand the problem and how to heal from it.

Payment Options for Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

We know you’re tired of abusing prescription drugs. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have made it this far. We know that you’re ready to gain control of your life again. We also understand that finding the right treatment center that accepts your insurance, and that will tailor a treatment program around your specific needs can take a long time. At Willow Springs, we will help you with the process from start to finish. All it takes is a quick call. There is no cost to you to use our services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.