Prescription medication is one of the biggest double-edged swords of our time. Countless previously incurable diseases can now be cured or at the very least averted with a simple meeting with a doctor and a trip to a pharmacy. Living in crippling pain is no longer a grim certainty, and those who could not muster the courage to leave their homes can now find a tool to help them lead healthy, functional, and fulfilling lives. If our description stopped there, we would be living in a medical utopia; but sadly, dependence on pharmaceuticals can all-too-often lead an individual to a worse place than where they started. In such cases, a prescription drug addiction treatment program may be necessary.
Prescription medications don’t carry the same stigma that alcohol, marijuana, or any number of colorful illicit carry. It is, after all, a medication prescribed by a medically licensed professional who clearly has your best interests in mind. While all of these things might be true, the lines start to blur once scheduled narcotics, sedatives, and amphetamines get thrown into the mix. Our prescription drug rehab center in Los Angeles can help you overcome these addictions. For more information about substance abuse treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center, call 213.460.1706 today.
How Do People Gain Access to Prescription Medication?
One of the biggest issues in recent history are cases of unwitting parents providing an easily accessible introduction to the world of recreational substance abuse inside their poorly monitored medicine cabinets. Anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers, and easily obtainable stimulants marketed as focus aids can introduce a younger demographic to psychoactive with a much higher rate of addiction than alcohol or marijuana. Once a user wants a repeat experience, all that is needed is a few hours of time and some carefully chosen words with a doctor. Fifty-two million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.
While most wait until high school to experiment with recreational psychoactive, the legal age restrictions on alcohol and medical marijuana make it at least somewhat difficult for minors to obtain regularly. However, a person of any age can be prescribed painkillers for anything from bronchitis to a broken femur. Why should doctors expect young people to have mastery over impulse control when they have had little to no experience with the substances in question? Prescription pills are fueling a new wave of drug use, as simple pain relief leads straight to the clutches of heroin.
Deaths from opiate painkiller overdose have tripled in the past decade alone, prompting investigation and legislation alike to fix the obvious contributors to the problems. Investigating the overprescription of opiates is a slippery slope because the tools we are using to stop potential abusers also affect those who are in legitimate need of opiate pain management.
The Thin Line Between Relief and Abuse
Separating those who are abusing the system from those who genuinely need it is no easy task. There is no magic algorithm that shows who is faking an injury; instead, these cases are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, only the worst offenders tend to throw up enough red flags to get noticed. These offenders are then dealt with as criminals, clogging an already overcrowded penal system instead of being given help and rehabilitated.
While addiction is not necessarily a moral deficiency, the person is responsible for their recovery. Some may get addicted from taking their prescribed medication as directed, and others might get addicted from abusing their medication. However, the outcome is the same; no matter how socially deviant the user’s behavior is, it is commonly driven by a need for pain relief, either emotional, physical, or spiritual.
Seek Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center Today
Prescription drug addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life. Fortunately, there are treatment options available for prescription pain addiction. For instance, our treatment programs include:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient program
- Case management
- Family program
- Crisis intervention program
To learn about the treatment options available at our prescription drug addiction rehab in Los Angeles, reach out to Silicon Beach Treatment Center today.