Many individuals are addicted to “street” drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, but did you know there are more Americans using controlled prescription drugs than all of those illicit drugs combined? Prescription drug addiction can set in quickly, and no single individual is immune to the lure of the intoxicating high from these potent drugs. These would include opioids, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, and stimulants, among others.
A common misperception is that a drug prescribed by a doctor must be harmless; however, many are likely to be abused when not used as directed. Even well-intentioned patients can find they use their prescription drugs as directed at first but appreciate the “high” that accompanies it. With continued use, the patient finds themselves beginning a cycle of pill-popping simply to get that satisfying high. This is destructive, as all-too-quickly, the patient becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the drug. Over time, the very things they hold important, such as family, friends, and their career, will slip by the wayside, and the only thing they care about is finding more money to purchase their drugs. This is when addiction is in full swing, when the patient wants to obtain more pills, even as their personal lives fall into chaos.
How Does Someone Become Addicted to Prescription Medication?
Prescription drug addiction often starts with a legitimate need for a person to take potent pills, even though doctors attempt to prescribe these pills judiciously. Usually, the strongest painkillers are reserved for scenarios where severe pain is present, such as after surgery, a severe injury, or coping with chronic pain. These pills initially fill the need they were intended to treat and provide much-needed relief, say, for pain, anxiety, insomnia, narcolepsy, or any given disorder. However, the more frequently a person takes the pills, the more they build a tolerance to them, and then a person must take higher dosages to achieve the same effect and experience the same high. Chasing this feeling is a classic sign of addiction.
You may be addicted to prescription drugs if you find yourself doing the following;
- Taking more pills than as directed by your doctor
- Using pills prescribed to another person
- Seeking out stronger, illicit drugs such as cocaine or heroin, to get a more potent high at a lower cost
- You “doctor shop” to find other physicians who will prescribe the same pills
Do I Need Drug Treatment Rehab?
While prescription drug dependency may seem less concerning than an addiction to “street” drugs, it could be just as deadly. Many prescription drugs, especially opioids, are deadly when you take more pills than you should. Likewise, many drug dealers selling prescription drugs lace their pills with deadly doses of other, illicit drugs, which is a huge factor in why as many as 130 people die from opioid overdoses in the United States every day. Our program involves inpatient treatment, outpatient services, mental health therapy, medication-assisted treatment, community outreach and education, as well as peer support centers for adolescents and adults.
Our Southern Maryland recovery program will initially put you through a medically-supervised detoxification, then once the drug is out of your system, we begin to do the real work to get your life back on track. Our addiction counselors will explore and address your psychological, medical, spiritual, and nutritional needs, so you can get clean and sober in comfort and safety.
Contact Walden to start your sobriety journey. Simply call (301) 327-2555 to get started. We accept Medicaid, and offer drug rehab in Southern Maryland, including Charlotte Hall, Lexington Park, and Waldorf.