According to the NIH, around 20 % of our population has used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Prescription drugs are more easily obtainable and cheaper than street drugs, making them an alarmingly popular choice among the younger population. Behind marijuana, prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused drug in the United States.
There are three main classes of prescription drugs which typically lead to abuse:
Detox from pain medications is not life threatening using alternative medications to detox.
Detox from anxiety medications is life threatening. Medically monitored detox is necessary.
For example, a person who takes Valium® regularly to lessen anxiety may find that, over a period of time, the medication becomes less effective and their anxiety, in turn, actually increases. Used appropriately and under medical supervision, these drugs can have beneficial effects, but can be as damaging and dangerous as illegal street drugs when abused.
Our facility treatment includes pain assessment, pain management and management of continuing symptoms, such as anxiety. Completing your prescription drug treatment is not difficult, but staying away from them afterwards may prove to be very difficult indeed. Aftercare is highly suggested in our treatment.
Abusers of prescription drugs are also skilled in convincing physicians that they have genuine need for a new prescription. Prescription pills and medicine abuse is one of the leading cause in overdeath deaths in teens and adults.
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