Miami Prescription Drug Rehab
Treating Addiction to Painkillers, Stimulants & More
Thanks to the power of television and the media, we often associate drug addiction with dirty needles and illicit drugs purchased off the street from seedy drug dealers. Not as many people are aware that countless Americans develop addictions from their own prescription medications and the drugs they find in their family medicine cabinets. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 52 million Americans above the age of 12 have used prescription medications for nonmedical purposes. If you or someone you care about are living with an addiction to painkillers, stimulants, or some other prescription drug, Vita Recovery is here to help. Our Miami prescription drug rehab program is effective and housed within our luxurious, downtown facility. Recover in peace today and give our team a call.
Reach out to our team online or by phone at (786) 559-0623 if you have drug addiction-related questions or wish to learn more about our evidence-based treatments.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
People can acquire prescription drugs from their physicians to treat various ailments and health conditions. For some, this can mean taking painkillers for a couple of weeks after major surgery to ease discomfort, and for others, this means taking medications to help you focus at school.
However, there are people who will use prescription medications not to treat their health conditions, but to achieve a high or pleasant feeling that comes with drug use. Sometimes people purchase the drug off others or steal it, but a lot of people with addictions develop them from initially using their prescriptions and developing a dependence on them over time. Some people with addictions are known to “doctor shop” in order to acquire more of the drug from various physicians.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
- Opioids: Opioids describe a class of prescription drugs often prescribed to treat severe or chronic pain, such as post-surgery pain or certain types of cancers. Because of their potency, these painkillers are highly abused and include medications like Oxycontin and Percocet.
- Sedatives: Sedatives are mostly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and sleep issues by acting on the brain to slow down activity, but they also produce a calming high that people crave. Common types of sedatives include Xanax, Valium, and Ambien.
- Stimulants: Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are prescribed to treat ADHD and certain sleep disorders by helping patients focus and stay alert, but they’re frequently abused by people who enjoy the energy the drugs give them.
There are many reasons why people may initially abuse prescription drugs. While some appreciate the high, others will take them to experiment with the mental effects of recreational drug use, and some take them to be accepted by their peers or to help them ease into social interactions. Whatever the reason may be, long-term prescription drug abuse can turn into an addiction and before you know it, you won’t be able to stop using the drug—even when it begins to negatively impact your health and life.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction?
Different types of prescription drugs cause different side effects. For example, stimulant addiction can result in high blood pressure, anxiety, and reduced appetite, while opioid addiction is often associated with drowsiness, nausea, and confusion.
However, there are some common signs of drug addiction to be aware of, whether you’re concerned that you may have a problem or you suspect a family member is hiding an addiction. Some warning signs of addiction include:
Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor (also known as doctor shopping)
Evidence of stealing or forging prescriptions
Appearing to be high, such as unusual bouts of energy or sedation
Noticeable increase or decrease in sleep
Taking higher doses of the medication than prescribed
Loss of interest in other activities and hobbies
It’s also helpful to understand the risk factors for prescription drug abuse. For example, if your loved one’s family has a history of substance abuse problems or they have undergone trauma in their life, they may be at a higher risk of developing an addiction.
Long-Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
How can abusing a prescription drug affect your mental and physical health in the long term? It will depend on what prescription medication is being abused. Each drug has different uses and side effects, so the consequences of abuse will vary just as much. However, the truth remains that abusing any prescription drug is unsafe no matter what.
The worst potential side effects of prescription drug abuse can include:
- Heart failure
- Respiratory failure
- Brain damage
- Severe depression
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Chronic pain
Should You Stop Taking Your Prescription?
If you think you are developing an addiction to prescription medication, then you should speak to a trusted medical professional as soon as possible. It is not advised that you stop taking a prescription without first talking to your doctor. They can warn you about the potential side effects of both abuse and sudden withdrawal. They can also find an alternative medication that might be safer for you to use.
Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs
At Vita Recovery, we proudly offer the people who come to our doors for prescription drug rehab a variety of treatment and therapy options. Everyone gets a chance to personalize their recovery program to what they think will work best for them based on the insight and knowledge of our specialists. Two of our most commonly used programs are partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient.
Get Professional Help Today
Prescription drug addictions come with a host of consequences, some of which aren’t related to your physical health. Addiction can lead to you getting involved in crime, causing serious car accidents that result in injuries and fatalities, and straining your relationships.
At Vita Recovery, we care about you and ensuring your future is bright. We focus on not just helping you get off drugs but learning how to re-engage with life without depending on drugs to make you feel better. Through 12-step modalities, therapies, and more, we can usher you into this new and improved chapter of your life.
Call our Miami prescription drug rehab today at (786) 559-0623 to begin your recovery journey. We speak English and Spanish and offer flexibility in creating your treatment plan.
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