Prescription Medication Addiction

Prescription Medication Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is an increasing problem that is sometimes not taken as seriously as it should be.


Because the drugs were initially prescribed by a medical doctor, some feel that prescription medication abuse is different from abusing street drugs. Prescription medication addicts are addicted, just like those who are hooked on heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs. You don’t have to face addiction alone.

What is Prescription Medication Addiction? A prescription medication addict uses drugs in other ways than they were prescribed and often to a much larger extent. Medication addicts become dependent on drugs to feel better, and go through cravings between doses. The drug use continues even if there are negative consequences, including problems at work, relationship troubles, or the chance of physical harm from improper medication use. Prescription medications are equally addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Signs of addiction to prescription medications include the following: Little or no interest in treatment other than medications, complaining of indistinguishable symptoms to obtain more medication, history of addiction, visiting several different doctors and pharmacies to get pills, mood swings, relief from anxiety that is on and off, using more than the prescribed dosage or using the medication more frequently than prescribed, and taking pills that are prescribed to other people.

Prescribed medications are drugs that work in the human brain in the same manner as their illegal counterparts. When an individual who is dependent on prescription medications takes the medication, the drug alters the chemistry of their brain, making it less successful at creating chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine. Because the brain has halted production of these chemicals by itself, they must come from another source. When this occurs, the prescription medication addict is physically dependent on the drug. Addiction alters your brain, body, biochemistry and neurochemistry.

Seniors are reported to be at a higher risk for addiction to prescription medication, simply since they are given medications more frequently than other age groups. As an example, a doctor might prescribe a sedative after they have gone through a traumatic event, like the death of a spouse. The individual is able to sleep easier and feels calmer as a result of the medication, so the person takes the medication more often than they are supposed to. Once they run out of the medication, they return to the doctor to get another prescription; this is how prescription medication addiction can begin.

Starting a new medication is easy. Quitting can be torturous. An individual who has become addicted to prescription medications may experience depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping or oversleeping, lack of interest in friendships or relationships with family members and withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to quit taking the medication without help. We offer holistic tapering programs for Lexapro Withdrawal and many other prescription drugs. We employ scientific solutions to end Prescription Medication Addiction.

Prescription drug withdrawal is a crucial part of treatment as successful withdrawal from prescription drugs is vital for successful recovery. Symptoms of medication withdrawal are usually the single largest cause of relapse. Even persons who truly wish to quit taking prescription medications discover that they can’t endure the pain of medication withdrawal. Prescription drug withdrawal symptoms are often predictable depending on what type of drug it is and need to be addressed from medical and therapeutic standpoints by a professional rehab facility. Alternative to Meds Center has one of the few treatment centers dedicated almost exclusively to clients with medication problems and can effectively treat medication withdrawal symptoms. We can effectively relieve your cravings and withdrawal symptoms so that you can comfortably get off prescription medication.

Why does a person experience Prescription Medication Withdrawal? Prescription drug addiction is a tricky illness because it often starts with a legitimate health problem that is diagnosed by a traditional doctor and addressed with medication. For some people though, the medication triggers euphoric feelings and helps suppress emotional pain or other troubles. Soon these people are taking medication for slight discomfort and emotional pain or begin to take much more than the recommended dosage. They may be able to obtain a refill or two from the initial prescribing doctor but then discover that they have to go to other doctors or make up excuses for more prescriptions. The body changes and develops a tolerance during this process and pain may seem to actually increase rather than diminish despite taking double or triple doses of the amount prescribed. It does not take long for an individual to discover that their life has started to center around the drug, and if they attempt to decrease the dosage or quit entirely they suffer from medication withdrawal. With help, you can end your medication addiction with little or no pain.

Prescription medication withdrawal symptoms for opiates such as Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Morphine and Dilaudid include muscle aches, bone pain, cold shakes, diarrhea and vomiting. In some cases, to counter the effects of withdrawal when a person tries to get off a medication without help, they will take too much. In the situation of opiate abuse, using too large of a dose may cause the lungs to quit working and can lead to death.  Don’t delay treatment, when real help is in front of you. 

Xanax, Librium, Valium, Halcion and other central nervous system depressants are prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety. Related withdrawal side effects include racing thoughts caused by the brain rebounding from a depressed state, which can lead to seizures. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines or barbiturates can be dangerous, or life threatening and has to be supervised by a medical professional. Our professional team creates a unique treatment plan for each client.

Alternative to Meds Center provides the best of therapeutic counseling with medical supervision to help develop the necessary responses and behaviors to address prescription drug withdrawal. The luxurious setting of our facility is just what is needed if you or someone you love is struggling with prescription medication addiction or prescription medication withdrawal. We encourage you to give us a call today to find out more information. 


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