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Prescription Drugs Addiction Treatment

At Real Recovery, we possess a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of prescription drug addiction, a condition affecting a significant portion of the population, with statistics showing that approximately 12% of prescription drug abusers develop an addiction. Our outpatient treatment program is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient, offering a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery. We focus on combining medical treatment, psychological support, and personalized care plans to address every aspect of our patients’ well-being.

Our experienced professionals, including doctors, therapists, and support staff, collaborate to provide a holistic treatment experience. We prioritize treating the person as a whole, not just the addiction. This approach involves addressing underlying issues such as mental health disorders, emotional distress, and life stressors that often contribute to substance abuse.

The program at Real Recovery includes various therapeutic modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing. These are complemented by wellness and lifestyle counseling, and we also offer family therapy sessions to build a supportive environment for our patients. Recognizing that recovery is a journey, we provide ongoing support and resources to aid our patients in maintaining long-term sobriety. This comprehensive care includes relapse prevention strategies, aftercare planning, and access to community resources and support groups.

For those seeking specialized treatment for different types of substance abuse, such as methamphetamine addiction, we invite you to explore further details on our dedicated meth treatment page. This page offers specific insights into our approach to treating meth addiction, emphasizing our commitment to providing targeted and effective care for various substance abuse disorders.

Prescription Drug Addiction: Types & What is It?

Prescription drug addiction is a complex condition characterized by the compulsive use of medication either without a prescription or in a manner not intended by the prescribing doctor. This type of addiction encompasses various medication types, each with unique effects and risks:

Opioids

These are powerful pain relievers that include drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. While effective for pain management, opioids carry a high risk of addiction due to their euphoric effects. Prolonged use can lead to tolerance, requiring higher doses to achieve the same pain relief, and dependence, where the body requires the drug to function normally. Opioid addiction can lead to severe physical and psychological dependence, with withdrawal symptoms including pain, sleep disturbances, and severe mood swings.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, including widely known drugs like Valium, Xanax, and Ativan, are commonly prescribed for anxiety, panic disorders, and insomnia. Effective in the short term, their long-term use, however, can lead to dependence and addiction. In the United States, benzodiazepines and other tranquilizers are the third most commonly used illicit or prescription drugs, with approximately 2.2% of the population using them. This statistic highlights not only the widespread use of these medications but also underscores the potential risk of dependency and addiction they carry.

These drugs function by affecting the brain’s GABA receptors, leading to a calming effect. Over time, this effect diminishes, leading users to increase their dosage, thereby heightening the risk of addiction. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be particularly challenging, with symptoms including anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. Given their high usage rate and the significant risk of dependency, understanding and carefully managing the use of benzodiazepines is critical, both for healthcare providers in prescribing these medications and for patients to be aware of their potential for addiction. At Real Recovery, we address benzodiazepine addiction with a comprehensive, tailored approach, acknowledging the unique challenges it presents in treatment and recovery.

Stimulants

Stimulant medications, such as those used to treat ADHD (like Adderall and Ritalin), increase alertness, attention, and energy. They work by enhancing the effects of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. However, stimulants can be misused for their energizing effects, leading to patterns of abuse. Long-term stimulant abuse can lead to serious health issues, including heart problems, high blood pressure, and mental health disorders like anxiety and paranoia.

Understanding the specific type of prescription drug addiction is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan. Different types of drugs require different approaches to detoxification and treatment. For example, opioid addiction often benefits from Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), whereas benzodiazepine withdrawal may require a carefully managed tapering process to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms.

At Real Recovery, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective treatment for all types of prescription drug addiction. Our programs are designed to offer the best chance for a successful recovery, tailored to the unique needs of each individual. We are committed to helping our patients regain control over their lives and achieve long-lasting sobriety.

Signs of a Prescription Drug Addiction

Recognizing the signs of prescription drug addiction is a critical step in seeking help. Addiction can manifest in various ways, and being aware of these indicators is essential for early intervention. Key signs include:

  • Increased Tolerance: This is one of the earliest signs of addiction. If you find that you need increasingly higher doses of a prescription drug to achieve the desired effect, it may indicate a developing dependence. This escalation is the body’s adaptation to the drug, reducing its effectiveness over time.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing unpleasant physical or psychological symptoms when not using the drug is a hallmark of addiction. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe, life-threatening conditions, depending on the drug and level of dependency. Common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, headaches, agitation, insomnia, sweating, and severe cravings for the drug.
  • Neglecting Responsibilities: If drug use starts to interfere with your daily responsibilities and relationships, it’s a significant warning sign. This might manifest as poor performance at work or school, neglecting family duties, or withdrawing from social activities. Addiction can lead the individual to prioritize drug use over other important aspects of their life.
  • Mood Swings and Behavioral Changes: Significant changes in mood or behavior, such as increased irritability, agitation, or secrecy about drug use, are often associated with addiction.
  • Doctor Shopping: Visiting multiple doctors to obtain additional prescriptions can be a sign of developing addiction, particularly when accompanied by dishonesty about the extent of drug use.

Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Abuse

Understanding the risk factors for prescription drug abuse is crucial for both preventing addiction and identifying those who may be more vulnerable. Recognizing these factors plays a significant role in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies. Notably, in 2015-2016, it was estimated that 0.70% of the population aged 12 or older in Florida experienced an opioid use disorder, highlighting the prevalence and importance of addressing these risks. Key risk factors include:

  • Genetic Predisposition: A family history of addiction significantly increases the risk of developing similar problems. Genetics can influence how an individual responds to drugs and their likelihood of developing addictive behaviors.
  • Mental Health Issues: People with mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are at a higher risk of prescription drug abuse. They may use medication to self-medicate, leading to dependency and addiction.
  • Social and Environmental Factors: The influence of one’s social circle, exposure to drug use, and peer pressure can significantly impact the likelihood of substance abuse. Additionally, stressful or traumatic life events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, or job loss, can trigger the misuse of prescription drugs as a coping mechanism.
  • Chronic Pain and Prolonged Prescription Use: Individuals with chronic pain conditions who are prescribed opioids or other pain relievers for long-term use are at risk of developing dependency and addiction.
  • Accessibility and Misinformation: Easy access to prescription drugs and lack of awareness about their addictive potential can also be contributing factors.

Understanding and acknowledging these risk factors are essential in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies. At Real Recovery, we consider these factors in creating individualized treatment plans, ensuring a more targeted and effective approach to recovery.

Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse – Real Recovery in Tampa

At Real Recovery, we offer a holistic approach to treating prescription drug addiction, which includes:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis: Our team conducts comprehensive evaluations to understand the unique needs of each individual.
  • Detoxification: Under medical supervision, detox ensures safe withdrawal from the drug.
  • Therapy and Counseling: Individual and group therapy sessions provide psychological support and coping strategies.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): We use FDA-approved medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
  • Aftercare Planning: Post-treatment support is crucial for maintaining long-term sobriety.

Our goal at Real Recovery is to provide a nurturing and empowering environment that enables individuals to overcome their addictions and reclaim their lives. We focus on treating the entire spectrum of addiction, addressing both the physical and emotional challenges that come with it.

If you or a loved one is grappling with prescription drug addiction, we encourage you to explore what we treat at Real Recovery. We are committed to guiding you through your journey to recovery, working together towards a healthier, drug-free life.

Carlos Escobar, Clinical Director

As the Clinical Director at Real Recovery Solutions, Carlos Escobar leverages over 15 years of experience in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, focusing on therapies like CBT and REBT to foster client self-understanding and acceptance. His commitment to innovative, personalized care aims to profoundly improve the lives of those battling addiction and related mental health challenges.

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