Addiction to Prescription Drugs
How to find an effective drug rehab for prescription drug abuse
Most alcohol and drug treatment centers will profess that they can treat prescription drugs when someone is addicted. Talking to individual treatment centers doesn’t give you the information that you need to solve your problem. They tell you that they treat addiction to prescription drugs, but they don’t say much about their success unless you demand an answer. What you need is the assurance that the drug treatment will be effective!
The only way to determine whether a drug treatment center is going to give you the ability to be free of your addiction is to talk to professionals that have inspected the drug treatment offerings in your area and learn from them what drug treatment centers work and which ones create victims who believe that they have a chronic and progressive disease, which, therefore means that they will never be free of their cravings and relapses. The Drug Rehab Network has professionals that can help you understand the complications of finding effective drug treatment.
The most recent statistics report that prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Between 1999 and 2004 the amount of deaths from overdoses from Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Demoral went up 142%
The most common prescription drugs that are abused are benzodiazepines; drugs such as Clonipin or Xanax, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) medication such as Ritalin, Aderal, Welburtin, and pain killers; drugs like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet. In many cases, most people obtain these medications legitimately by their doctors for health conditions in the beginning. Because of their addictive nature, the number of people who consume these drugs as a method to getting high is increasing both with those with legitimate prescriptions and those who are getting them illegally. Here are several ways that drug abusers get a hold of these prescriptions.
The first is doctor shopping. People will call or visit different doctor’s offices looking for someone to prescribe them with the drugs they want. Addicts will also complain of tooth aches and find a dentist in their area that is willing to increase his practice by prescribing opiate pain killers without the necessary evidence that they are truly needed. An addict will call a dentist out of the Yellow Pages, explain that they are in pain, and request a prescription for pain medicine. If the doctor or dentist refuses, the addict simply moves on to the next one. Unfortunately, there are too many that know the game and are willing to embellish their incomes by these unethical prescribing practices.
Addicts will are also known to find home-healthcare workers that are attending severely ill patients who have many prescriptions for these types of drugs and for profits or addiction, these “professionals” jeopardize their integrity and will steal and/or use/sell their patient’s medications. Anyone that has worked in a hospital knows how many addicted doctors will also use the injectable medications of their patients while making rounds.
Addicts don’t have to look very far to get their hands on prescription medications; the medicine cabinet at home has become a favorite spot for a quick fix. The amount of people who leave half full bottles of prescriptions in their home is quite common.