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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, a stimulant, or an variety of prescribed drug. Prescription drug addiction is complicated because your medication was prescribed to treat a specific illness or condition, but many can be addictive, and if you’re not careful a serious addiction could arise.
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 found that over 52 million Americans used prescription drugs in a nonmedical fashion, and over 2 million were addicted to prescription painkillers.
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.
America is currently experiencing the worst drug epidemic in history, and prescription painkillers are one of the main culprits. In 2015, over 20,000 people died from prescription painkiller overdoses alone. 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 why 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 disease. You don’t have to fear being judged any longer. No more isolation, no more denial, and no more shame.
There are so many questions to ask before coming to Willow Springs. For example, what kind of treatment prescription drug addiction programs are there? Will the program fit my needs? You’re probably curious about different activities, group therapy sessions, on-site medical care, or educational workshops. One of our certified counselors will answer all of your questions, and help you make arrangements for getting your treatment underway.
By talking to us, you can learn more about what happens when you arrive, rules about what you may or may not bring with you, and even visitation. 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 easier than you expect. Detox is a difficult but necessary step, and with the right program you’ll be able to move through withdrawal and into our treatment program quickly and easily. Medications might be provided to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Sleep Problems
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 all the basics are covered. This includes hydration, and regular blood pressure and heart rate checks. Depending on how serious your addiction is, detox can take 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 one of our trained counselors.
Recognizing and Addressing the Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
The longer you or our loved one struggles with a prescription drug addiction, the more obvious behavioral changes become. Don’t ignore the warning signs:
- 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
Prescription Drug Abuse Signs and Symptoms
It can actually be hard to tell that you or a loved one has become addicted. A medication you once took to manage chronic pain could end up being addictive without you even realizing it. 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
- Neglecting work or school
- Change in overall attitude and mood swings
- Talking about partying or drinking more than before
- Appearing jittery
- Deteriorating grooming and physical appearance
- Missing items or valuables in your home
- Disconnecting from family and friends to hang out with a new group of drug using friends
- Financial problems
These are all warning signs that you might notice if someone is 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, 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 about their addiction, 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 understand 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, and we’re ready for your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.