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Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

prescription drug abuse and addiction.Many prescription drug addicts never meant to become addicted. Perhaps the use of pills began for legitimate medical reasons, and then spiraled out of control. If you’re ready to take back your life or the life of your loved one from the grip of addictive pills, call American Addiction Centers at 800-890-1956.

Prescription pill addiction is a deadly problem.

Under certain circumstances, prescription drugs such as painkillers and anti-anxiety medications can be both safe and appropriate. Where prescription drug users often get into trouble is when they try to use the pills’ feelings of euphoria or relaxation to treat problems for which the pills weren’t intended. Prescription drug addiction often begins by thinking, “These pills did a great job at making my back pain go away, maybe they’ll also help me deal with my emotional pain…”

As prescription drugs have become increasingly more available in our society, the deadly problem of their abuse has dramatically grown, too. According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.9 million people ages 12 and older use prescription medications for non-medical reasons. The drugs abused included pain relievers (which are the most common), as well as tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives.

Legal doesn’t necessarily mean always safe.

Prescription drug abuse is almost identical to other forms of illegal drug abuse such as with cocaine or heroin. Just like cocaine can cost you your job, ruin your relationships and can ultimately kill you, pill-popping can do the same. In fact, use of prescription drugs now causes more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

If you or your loved one suffers from prescription drug addiction, call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956. Delaying treatment could be a fatal mistake.

If addicts want to quit on their own, is treatment needed?

Prescription drug addicts go to extremes such as “doctor shopping” or digging through friends’ medicine cabinets because these pills are extraordinarily addictive. Prescription opiates such as hydrocodone, for example, are in the same opiate drug family as heroin.

One of the most important features of drug rehab within the inpatient residential facilities of American Addiction Centers family is the help you’ll receive during the first few days of sobriety, or the detox period during which withdrawal symptoms begin. These symptoms can include physical illness, mood swings, aggression and depression. The doctors at our high-quality prescription drug addiction treatment centers administer less-addictive medications to prescription opiate addicts in order to ease the withdrawal process.

In addition to easing the withdrawal symptoms of detox, prescription drug addiction treatment programs at American Addiction Centers also get to the root causes of the addiction during individual, family and group counseling sessions, plus relapse prevention programming.

Don’t let prescription drug abuse ruin your life any longer.

With the help of rehab, you can get clean and sober, with a new lease on life. Call American Addiction Centers today 800-890-1956.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find an prescription drug abuse treatment center. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury prescription drug abuse treatment.