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 were not able 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 do not carry the same stigma that alcohol, marijuana, or any number of colorful illicit substances 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 866.520.4881 today.
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 a psychoactive substance 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 a recreational psychoactive substance, 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 over-prescription 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.
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The following data on prescription drug misuse in the United States comes from a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2021:
Among people aged 12 or older in 2021:
In addition, it is estimated that 1.8% of people aged 12 or older had a prescription opioid use disorder between 2020-2021. In 2021, nearly 35,000 people died from an overdose involving prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants.
We understand that it can be overwhelming to make the decision to get help for substance abuse. The caring team at Silicon Beach Treatment Center is standing by ready to help you begin your journey.
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.
Some common signs and symptoms can include:
By understanding the potential risks and take steps to prevent them, one can protect themselves from the dangers of prescription drug abuse. These risks include serious health problems like overdose and organ damage, psychological troubles like mood swings, psychosis, and cognitive impairment, and social difficulties such as relationship issues, financial hardship, and legal trouble.
Be sure to never take medication prescribed for someone else, never buy medicines without a valid prescription, and always follow your doctor’s instructions.
If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse, don’t be afraid to seek help from addiction treatment and support groups in your area.
Prescription drug abuse is a severe problem, but it can be prevented with the correct information and resources.
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:
To learn about the treatment options available at our prescription drug addiction rehab in Los Angeles, reach out to Silicon Beach Treatment Center today by calling 866.520.4881.
Silicon Beach Treatment Center is an outpatient drug & alcohol rehab in Los Angeles, California that offers high-quality treatment in a boutique setting.
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