What is prescription drug addiction treatment?

Although it might seem that addiction to alcohol is not as serious as drugs, it is completely untrue. We might not even know that our friends and family members might be addicted to alcohol until it gets to the extreme worst point. Thus, it is extremely important to take the matter of alcoholism very seriously. The alcohol rehab program is designed to specifically deal with the grave issue of alcoholism. Dealing with people who are addicted to alcohol can be difficult because of the following reasons:

Drinking alcohol isn’t taken as seriously by many. The “binge-drinking” concept is out there and with an advertisement showing drinking as a “cool” thing, it is often disregarded before it leads to extremity. The availability of alcohol and its easy accessibility makes it easier for people to consume at any point in time. Unlike substance abuse, there is no such law that can prevent alcohol to people who are of the legal age. As like with other drug addiction programs, alcohol addiction is only done with supervised detox programs for the patients to prevent any potential complications.

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The patients who are addicted to alcohol may face severe withdrawal symptoms such as excessive sweating, vomiting, cramps, trembling of the body especially hands, along with other symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures. More often than not, alcoholism not only leads to fatal health issues like liver dysfunctioning and ulcer but people also suffer from mental health related issues leading to severe anxiety and depression. The detox is followed by clinical treatment and a wide variety of medical treatment and counseling and therapies suited for the individuals.

Thus, alcohol rehab is aimed at providing that secure program where people who are under the severe influence of alcohol can receive their treatment and live a sober life. Sunrise Recovery Care offers inpatient and outpatient programs to addicted patients. The programs are suggested by the medical professionals keeping in mind the level of addiction along with keeping other criteria in mind.

Most Common addictive prescription drugs

Prescription drugs, when used often for recreational purpose leads to serious cases of addictions. There are a lot of prescription drugs that can lead the patients towards the serious issue of addiction. Some of the most common prescriptive drug addiction are Opioid addiction, Vicodin addiction, Oxycontin addiction, Clonazepam (Klonopin) and Diazepam (Valium).

The constant use of these drugs can become a serious issue for patients. Because all of these falls under the category of prescriptive medications, there isn’t an initial taboo associated with it. This makes the addiction easier for the patients and is even more difficult to detect the initial case of addiction up until the time it becomes serious.
Drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin which are prescribed for relieving the patients from acute pain can sometimes lead to constant abuse which ultimately leads to serious addiction. It gives the patients an illusion of comfort by creating a calming effect. Different drugs have different effects on users. Some prescription drugs can give a sense of high energy, some make the patients at ease and give them a calming effect and some may even give a sense of euphoria. There are also stimulants and other narcotic drugs which produces a similar effect in the mind of the patients.

This can make the patient addicted to the prescribed drugs to get away from reality and drown themselves in the world of comfort that is created by the illusion effect of prescription drugs. The prescription drug addiction can be extremely serious but because people aren’t aware of the gravity of the issue that it can create, it is extremely important to make people understand the concept of prescription drug addiction so that they don’t abuse their prescribed medicine for recreational purpose.

Prescription Drug Detox

The detox procedures that are done for the patients who are dealing with prescription drug addiction comes under the category of prescription drug detox. The detox from prescription drugs can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms. People are prescribed the medications to aid them in anxiety, ADHD and to relieve them from severe pain. However, the use of the prescribed medications even after the treatment is done can lead to prescription drug addiction.

The cycle of dependence on the medication can be difficult to break away from which is why more often then not it is necessary to seek professional help and also might need to rehabilitate to be free from addiction. The first step that follows once the patients have made their decisions to treat themselves is the detox process.

The detoxification process is done to remove the toxins from the body. The process of detoxification, however, can vary from drugs to drugs. It also depends on the type of drugs abused, the period and the level of addiction on that drug.

Prescription drug detox can be done with the inpatient rehab program so that they can get any help whenever they need it. Also, as the detox process might lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, medical assistance can be immensely helpful for the patients.

Withdrawal symptoms of Prescription Drugs Addiction

The withdrawal symptoms of prescription drugs addiction can vary from drugs to drugs, the length of the usage along with the severity of the abuse. The withdrawal symptoms can be different in the case of anti-depressants medication, pain reliever medications, stimulant, and prescription drugs medication. Thus, the treatment procedures also vary as per the substance that is abused. As the withdrawal can be pretty serious, it should be done under professional medical guidance to deal with the symptoms and to make the treatment process easier.

Some of the common withdrawal symptoms caused by the most common prescription drugs abuse are as follows

Opioid Withdrawal:

The withdrawal from Opioid addiction can lead to the following symptoms

Early Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Muscle ache
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia

Late symptoms

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrohea

Withdrawal from anti-anxiety medications

The withdrawal symptoms most often occur within three days of stopping the antidepressant. Some of the common symptoms are

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Nightmares
  • Tremors
  • Headache
  • Loss of coordination
  • Muscle spasms

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms

The common symptoms that follow after the withdrawal from stimulants are

  • Anxiety
  • Intense craving for the drug
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

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Cost of prescription drug addiction treatment

The prescription drug addiction treatment can be done through inpatient and outpatient programs as well. Usually, the inpatient program is recommended for the treatment process. However, it depends on the severity of the addiction and the mindset of the patient as well. The cost of prescription drug addiction treatment is again dependent on the program that the patient enrolls in. The outpatient program is relatively less expensive than the inpatient program. The cost of treating addiction is covered by insurance in most rehab centers.

At, Sunrise Recovery Center, in Indiana, most of the insurances are covered so that the patient doesn’t have to worry about paying the bills and can divert their attention to treating themselves with the help of medical professionals. It is really important to be in a loving and safe environment where the chances of relapse don’t occur.

The cost for treating the prescription drug addiction includes all the processes from counseling, detoxification process, self-help guides to the medication-assisted treatment process and several therapies from individual to group and family as well. The duration of treatment depends on the situation of the patients as well as their physical and mental ability to cope with the changes that their mind and body go through.

After prescription drug rehab

The after prescription drug rehab is focused on bringing a new direction in the life of the addicted patients. From giving proper care and essential treatment and providing a haven for the patient, the rehab program is designed to not just treat the patient but make them aware of the negative impact that the prescribed drug addiction can bring.
Once the patient is treated, the rehab centers keep track of the patient with the aftercare program to ensure that they don’t fall back on the grip of addiction in the future. Constant counseling and guidance are provided to the patient to make sure that they are leading a healthier life.

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