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Prescription medications help millions of people each day in various ways. From relieving pain to minimizing side effects to recovering from illness or surgery, prescriptions can be quite beneficial—but prescription drug abuse is a big problem.
While most people take their prescriptions as directed, some misuse or abuse them. According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse, in 2017 over 18 million people admitted that they misused prescribed medications within the last 12 months. Not using prescription medications as directed can cause someone to become dependent or addicted to them. Prescription drugs can be just as addictive and dangerous as street drugs. Plus, the abuse of prescription drugs can lead to experimentation with other illicit drug use.
If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug misuse, abuse, or addiction, reach out to our team at SOBA New Jersey. We offer comprehensive prescription drug addiction treatment in New Jersey in a safe, comfortable, and judgment-free setting. We help people from all walks of life, providing the guidance and tools they need to achieve lasting sobriety.
Reach out to us today at (888) 229-7989 or contact us online using our secure submission form to learn more about our drug addiction treatment programs.
What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription drug abuse occurs when you use prescription medication in ways your doctor did not prescribe. Using pills from other people’s prescriptions or taking pills that are not prescribed to you is also prescription drug abuse.
For example, someone may enjoy the way pain pills make them feel, so they steal some of their relative’s pain medication. Another person may lie to their doctor about increased anxiety symptoms so they can get a prescription for anti-anxiety medication that they will abuse.
This kind of drug abuse can turn into an addiction quite easily. Once you become addicted to the drug, it can be quite challenging to stop using it, as withdrawal symptoms can be intensely uncomfortable. However, when you can identify the problem early, you can achieve freedom from drug dependency with proper professional treatment. Even when prescription drug abuse has progressed into full-blown addiction, healing and recovery are possible.
What Types of Prescription Drugs Are Most Commonly Misused or Abuse?
While any prescription medication has the potential for misuse and abuse, some are more likely to lead to substance use disorders, such as addiction. Generally speaking, prescription medications that significantly alter pathways and processes in the brain—including pain medications, opioids, benzodiazepines, and anti-anxiety medications—have the highest potential for misuse, abuse, and addiction.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
- Adderall: A commonly prescribed amphetamine used to treat ADHD
- OxyContin: A narcotic painkiller
- Percocet: A opioid painkiller
- Vicodin: Another potent painkiller
- Ritalin: A stimulant ADHD drug
- Valium and Xanax: Benzodiazepines commonly used for treating anxiety
What Is Prescription Drug Detox?
Recognizing that you’ve become addicted to your medication is the first step toward getting free from prescription drug abuse. The next step is to consult with an addiction specialist to discuss your plan for getting off the drug. Each person is unique, which is why your prescription drug addiction treatment plan should be tailored to your needs. However, most treatment programs involve some form of detoxification. Detoxification, or detox, is the process of quitting a substance and allowing it to leave the body.
There are some drugs you shouldn’t stop using cold turkey because there could be serious or even deadly withdrawal symptoms. For example, opioids and benzodiazepines will require a gradual taper to help minimize symptoms and provide a safe detox.
Some prescription drugs aren’t meant for long-term use, as they can damage your body. This is especially true if you’re taking more of the medication than prescribed. The sooner you seek help and begin the detox process, the sooner you can restore your physical health and emotional wellbeing.
Quitting prescription medications is a process. There are various treatment phases and resources to assist you in overcoming prescription drug addiction. At SOBA New Jersey, we provide a range of customizable prescription medication abuse treatments in New Jersey for adults who are struggling with all types of prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Prescription Drug Detoxification
When you regularly take prescription meds, your body becomes used to them. When you want to stop using them, your body will go into detox. This means that your body works at getting back to homeostasis without that particular drug in its system.
Detoxing typically causes mild to severe withdrawal symptoms. The best way to get through the detox stage is to have supervision by addiction specialists. You can get this at a detox facility or undergo a medical detox at an inpatient treatment center. Some outpatient centers offer medical detox, as well.
The detox phase usually lasts about one week. From there, you’re encouraged to continue treatment at a residential or outpatient facility, depending on your specific needs and the severity of your substance use disorder.
Residential or Outpatient Treatment
It’s helpful to continue treatment at a residential or outpatient treatment center. At SOBA New Jersey you’ll receive individual counseling, addiction recovery education, and group counseling, and we’ll encourage you to attend meetings outside of treatment, such as Narcotics Anonymous.
The time you spend in treatment is a solid investment as you become strong in your recovery. You can learn how to navigate life without allowing addiction to control you. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on any other emotional or mental issues you may be struggling with, as well as co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.
Support groups, like Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery, offer support to stay free from prescription drug abuse. There you can have accountability, learn more about recovery, and connect with peers that may understand what you’ve been going through.
Seek Help for Prescription Drug Abuse Today
Becoming addicted to a prescription drug is nothing to be ashamed of. Regardless of how you’ve become addicted, know that effective treatment is available. The time you put into recovery now will pay off with a lifetime of freedom from the grip of addictive medications.
At SOBA New Jersey, we strive to make the recovery process as comfortable as possible for our clients. Not only do we provide a wide range of prescription drug addiction programs and mental health treatments, but we also ensure that you and your family have direct access to some of the top addiction clinicians in the state throughout the recovery process. Our team is here to help, and we will put a plan in place to help you or your loved one maintain sobriety long after leaving our facility.
Give us a call today at (888) 229-7989 or contact us online. Our admissions coordinators are available 24/7 to discuss any questions or concerns you have.
Whether you are concerned about your own prescription drug use, or you are worried that a loved one may be abusing prescription medications, it isn’t always easy to spot prescription drug misuse, abuse, and addiction. In fact, because so many people take prescription medications—and so many misuse or abuse those medications—it can often feel like your or your loved one’s habits are no big deal.
However, prescription drug abuse is a serious issue that, if left unaddressed, can develop into addiction. Once an individual is addicted to a substance, they are likely to experience numerous negative effects in their life. Additionally, it is much harder to stop taking a drug once the body has become physically dependent on it.
Some of the most common signs of prescription drug abuse include:
- Increased Usage – When someone takes drugs over a prolonged period of time, they begin to grow tolerant to the effects. As a result, they will often begin increasing the dosage to get the same effects and/or start taking the drug more often. If you’re using your medication more and/or at higher doses, you could become addicted.
- Continued Use of the Drug Despite Negative Consequences – If someone becomes dependent on prescription drugs, they may continue to use or abuse it even when they begin to experience negative consequences. This leads some people to “doctor shop,” or seek new/additional doctors to prescribe them their medication because they’ve run out too soon.
- Stealing, Borrowing, or Buying Prescription Drugs – If you’re “borrowing” or stealing medication from family or friends, or buying prescription drugs illegally, you are abusing the drug and could be dependent on it. If your prescription medications have mysteriously gone missing, or if someone in your household is asking to take your medications, your loved one may have a problem with prescription drug abuse or addiction.
- Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms – You may begin to experience various withdrawal symptoms if you go a certain amount of time without taking the medication. Although these symptoms depend on the type of drug being taken, some common prescription drug withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, muscle aches, joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, tremors, dilated pupils, and increased heart rate.
At times, you can feel lost and confused when struggling with addiction or mental health. Our team understands what you are going through and works with you to reclaim the life you deserve.