Prescription Pill Addiction Treatment in Georgia
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According to research conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, around 52 million people aged 12 and older have taken prescription drugs for recreational purposes. In fact, due to the rise of opioid addiction in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription mill misuse or abuse.
Because of the internet, acquiring prescription pills is easier than ever. Many doctors are writing more prescriptions than ever before, and online pharmacies sell large quantities of the highly addictive prescription pills. Teens often steal medication from their parents’ medicine cabinets. This is incredibly dangerous because they have no idea what they’re taking and often combine pills or mix pills with alcohol.
If you or a loved one needs help overcoming a prescription pill addiction, our dedicated staff at Mount Sinai Wellness Center are happy to offer guidance and supervision. Call (800) 353-4673 or contact us online for more information.
Guidelines for Safe Usage of Prescription Pills
Due to the increase of prescription pill abuse, the FDA released guidelines for safe prescription medication use.
These guidelines include:
- Make sure you carefully follow the prescription directions
- Make sure you understand how the drug effects your driving and performance of daily tasks
- Make sure you understand how the drug interacts with alcohol or other medications
- Make sure you are honest with your doctor if you have a history of substance abuse
- Do not raise or lower the dosage without consulting your doctor first
- Do not stop taking the medication without your doctor’s approval
- Do not crush or break the pills, especially if you’re taking a time-released capsule
- Do not allow other people to take your prescriptions
- Do not take someone else’s prescription medication
Signs of Prescription Pill Addiction
Research conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that people most commonly abuse opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants. People who use prescription drugs for only a short-term or under a doctor’s strict supervision rarely end up addicted or dependent upon prescription pills. However, long-term or recreational use is what leads to addiction.
Addiction to prescription pills is a process that happens slowly, and many people don’t notice the moment it shifts from recreational abuse to an intense addiction. However, when the addiction sets in, it is so physically and mentally demanding that many people are unable to change their habits on their own.
Addiction to prescription pills occurs when the user’s brain cannot function without the presence of the drugs. This means that the drugs have altered the brain’s chemistry so that the brain believes it needs continued use.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence lists the sings of drug dependence as:
- Tolerance—a person can no longer get the same effect of drug from a normal dosage and they must increase the dosage to feel the desired effect
- Withdrawal—a person feels physically or mentally ill whenever they attempt to stop taking the drug
- Loss of control—a person no longer has control over when they take it or how much they take due to the intensity of the addiction
- Inability to stop using—a person cannot quit or cut back on the pills regardless of how much they wish to do so
- Continued use despite negative consequences—a person continues to use the pills despite getting arrested, dealing with medical crises, or encountering other terrible life events due to drug use
- Intense focus—a person prioritizes the drug over family, friends, pets, careers, and even hobbies
Treatment for Prescription Pill Addiction
Those with prescription drug habits are among the drug users that require specialized help because they need medical detox services. When people come to Mount Sinai to rid themselves of prescription pill dependency, we combine nonaddictive medicinal detoxification with cognitive behavioral therapy and support group work.
During behavioral therapy, we help patients understand how the addiction came about and what must be done to prevent it from returning. Therapy allows patients to practice certain coping mechanisms and activities to avoid triggers so that they can emerge from our wellness center with the proper skills to avoid relapse and overcome any challenges the real world provides. We also spend time helping patients identify their triggers so they will be less likely to encounter them, feel anxious because of them, or risk relapse due to them.