Memphis Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Prescription Medication Misuse, Abuse & Addiction

One of the most misused substances is prescription drugs. This is partly due to doctors overprescribing pain medications. Individuals that engage in prescription drug abuse often do so because they take too much of their prescription medications to help them manage pain. Many people also engage in prescription drug abuse because they take their prescription medications for a longer period of time than they’re supposed to. Other individuals may intentionally abuse prescription medications to get a euphoric high off of them.

If you believe that you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction, contact Grace Land Recovery. At our prescription drug addiction treatment center in Memphis, we offer a personal and compassionate approach to healing. We treat addiction from the inside out, helping our clients address the underlying causes of their substance use disorders, as well as any co-occurring mental or behavioral health conditions they may be experiencing.

If you would like to learn more about our treatments and therapies, or any of our substance abuse programs, please call (901) 519-2655 or contact us online.

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What Are Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs are medications that doctors prescribe to individuals. Many doctors prescribe patients prescription drugs to help them manage pain related to a medical condition or following a medical procedure. Many of these prescriptions are opioids.

Due to the increasingly high levels of opioid prescription drug abuse, the U.S. is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic. However, these are not the only types of prescription medications that are misused or abused by patients. Other types of prescription drugs that people often misuse include those that treat everything from anxiety to sleep issues to ADHD and more.

Classes of Prescription Drugs

There are a handful of major classes of prescription drugs, including:

  • Opioids/Opiates: Opioids are commonly prescribed to treat severe pain. These medications work by blocking pain and releasing dopamine in the brain. Unfortunately, opioids also produce a euphoric effect that, coupled with the ways in which these drugs alter brain chemistry, can be extremely addicting. Over time, continued opioid use can lead to increased tolerance, dependency, and addiction. Examples of common prescription opioids include Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin. Heroin is a common non-prescription, illegal opiate.
  • Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as seizures, due to their calming, sedative effect. Like other powerful medications, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive. Over time, a person who misuses or abuses benzos can develop a dependency on the drug. This can quickly lead the way to addiction. Common types of benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, and Ambien.
  • Barbiturates: Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs. Doctors prescribe barbiturates to treat everything from seizures to neonatal withdrawal to insomnia and preoperative anxiety. Barbiturates can also be used to induce people into comas or anesthesia. Many people engage in prescription drug abuse of barbiturates because they want to feel the substance’s mildly euphoric effects. Individuals may use barbiturates to induce sleep, reduce anxiety, decrease inhibitions, and treat negative illicit drug effects. Unfortunately, this can lead to increased tolerance, dependency, and addiction. Mixing barbiturates with other substances, such as alcohol or heroin, is particularly dangerous and can lead to fatal overdose.
  • Stimulants: Stimulants are prescription medications that cause the body to feel energized and awake while also increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. Many people that misuse stimulants do so to either increase their performance and productivity in school/work or to experience stimulants’ euphoric effects. Common prescription drug forms of stimulants include Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta. Common illegal drug forms of stimulants include cocaine and methamphetamine.

Common Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse can occur for a number of reasons. Many people abuse prescription drugs because they do not follow their doctors’ guidelines when taking their prescriptions. For example, they choose to take more pills a day of their prescription than they’re supposed to, or they choose to take their prescription for a longer period of time than recommended.

Other people start abusing prescription drugs just to get high. Oftentimes, people with mental illnesses will start abusing prescription drugs to cope with the symptoms of their condition.

Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

There are several classic signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse. These signs can vary depending on the medication that a person is using, as well as how the medication affects the individual.

Some signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Slowed mobility and diminished motor control
  • Chronic drowsiness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty functioning at work or school
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Financial issues
  • Risky behavior
  • Withdrawal from society
  • Unwillingness to handle personal responsibilities

Detoxing from Prescription Drugs

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of ridding the body of substances. Because of their addictive nature, prescription drugs can produce severe withdrawal symptoms during detox. As a result, it’s imperative that individuals who detox from prescription drugs do so at a medical detox facility. This is especially true for individuals who are detoxing from opioids.

Individuals who experience severe withdrawal symptoms in a medical detox facility can receive prescription medications to help them manage those symptoms. This is known as medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.

Common Prescription Painkiller Withdrawal Symptoms

The most common form of prescription drugs is painkillers, such as opioids.

Common painkiller prescription drug withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Respiration issues
  • Blood circulation issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Body convulsions
  • Muscle tremors in arms and legs
  • Severe stomach cramping
  • Loss of motor control
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatments

Once an individual completes medical detox, they must attend prescription drug addiction treatment. Prescription drug addiction treatment programs can be inpatient, meaning the individual lives at the facility, or outpatient, meaning the individual attends numerous treatments at a facility each week and returns home at the end of the day.

Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

Inpatient treatment is addiction treatment that requires patients to live in rehab facilities while receiving care. Inpatient addiction treatment is typically appropriate for people with severe addictions, as it offers a high level of 24-hour treatment and care.

There are two forms of inpatient treatment that individuals who struggle with prescription drug abuse can attend:

  • Standard inpatient treatment
  • Residential inpatient treatment

While both standard inpatient treatment and residential treatment require their patients to live in rehab facilities while receiving 24/7 care, there is a difference between the two. This difference is the fact that standard inpatient treatment is much more structured than residential treatment. Therefore, individuals who attend residential treatment for prescription drug abuse will have more free time to themselves and more time to try out holistic forms of addiction treatment than individuals in standard inpatient treatment programs.

Outpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

Individuals who don’t necessarily suffer from severe prescription drug addictions and/or individuals who have too many outside responsibilities to be able to live in a rehab facility while receiving care can attend outpatient treatment. This is because outpatient forms of rehab allow individuals to live at home when not receiving care.

There are three different forms of outpatient treatment that people who struggle with prescription drug abuse can attend:

  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs): The most intensive form of outpatient treatment—and likely the best form of outpatient treatment for a person who struggles with highly addictive substance abuse, such as most prescription drugs—is partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). Partial hospitalization programs require patients to attend rehab for five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. Because PHPs requires individuals to attend rehab essentially all day, another name for this type of outpatient treatment is “day treatment.”
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs): The second most intensive form of outpatient treatment is intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). IOPs require patients to attend rehab for a few hours a day, a few days a week. IOPs are typically best suited for those with moderate addictions, including moderate prescription drug addictions, who have the necessary resources and support at home to succeed in a less-intensive outpatient program
  • Standard Outpatient Drug Programs (OPs): The standard form of outpatient treatment, or standard outpatient programs (OPs), only require patients to attend rehab for a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week. This is because outpatient program treatment is for individuals that suffer from mild to moderate level addictions. This is only an appropriate option for those with relatively mild addiction or abuse issues, or those who have completed more intensive forms of rehab.

We Are Here to Help You Heal

Grace Land Recovery is a dual-diagnosis treatment center that specializes in treating co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders, as well as substance abuse and addiction. We understand the relationship between substance use disorders, including prescription drug abuse, and mental health. Our specialists work to address the underlying causes of addiction to help our patients develop the foundation they need to achieve long-term sobriety.

We can help if you or your loved one is struggling with prescription opioid abuse, benzodiazepine misuse, or any other type of prescription drug use disorder. Reach out to us today to learn more about our prescription drug addiction treatments in Memphis and the nearby areas.

Call us at (901) 519-2655 or contact us online. We are available 24/7.

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