Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment in St. Louis, Missouri

Hotel California by the Sea in St. Louis, Missouri, helps people who are addicted to prescription medications, such as opiate painkillers, stimulants, and benzodiazepines, find a way out of their substance abuse issues. In our care, people build a happy and drug-free lifestyle through comprehensive outpatient treatment with a vibrant and like-minded community of other people recovering from substance use disorders and dual diagnoses.  

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Many people find it much easier to justify taking prescription medications to get high rather than taking illicit or illegal substances to achieve the same effects. However, prescription medications are just as dangerous as some street drugs and should be approached with caution and treated as seriously as their consequences can be. 

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing form of drug abuse since 2010. Prescribed substances pose a lethal threat to users through unexpected health and safety-related consequences and severe withdrawal symptoms. Early intervention is crucial when considering getting treatment for the abuse of prescription medications. Doing so can help prevent various prescription drug-related financial, emotional, and physical health consequences. 

With decades of combined experience, our team at Hotel California by the Sea is prepared to help you or your loved one escape the hold of prescription drug addiction and other mental illnesses in Missouri state and pursue a path of freedom from drug abuse. 

Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Levels of Care at Hotel California By The Sea: 

  • Partial Hospitalization Program.  
  • Intensive Outpatient Program. 
  • Outpatient Program. 

Did You Know? In 2017, more than 6% of people over the age of 12 reported misusing substances within the last year?



What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse refers to someone taking prescription medications, such as opiates, stimulants, or sedatives, in a manner that conflicts with their doctor’s directions. Prescription drug abuse can also refer to when someone takes prescriptions that are not prescribed to them. The intentions behind taking prescription medications may differ between a person who is abusing drugs and someone who is taking their prescription medication responsibly and under a physician’s supervision.  

The most common classes of medication commonly misused are opioids, sedatives, and stimulants. Prescription medications are often cheaper and more accessible than illicit substances if someone has insurance coverage. They can also feel safer than illegal drugs that are sold on the streets, but aren’t necessarily any less dangerous than street drugs. 

Treatment for Prescription Opiate Addiction  

Opioids are an inherently addictive class of medications. Therefore, it is easy for people to begin abusing drugs and craving their effects if they are not careful.  

Individuals may be prescribed any one of these opioid painkillers to treat their chronic pain condition, but over time develop substance use disorders since opiates are inherently physically addictive. This is where pain management and prescription drugs can get tricky. When under the influence of even lighter doses of narcotics, it can be challenging for individuals to use proper discernment. When someone adjusts to feeling the medication’s effects, any feeling aside from that could be considered undesirable.  

Popular and well-known opiates that are treated at HCBTS include (but are not limited to): 

  • Oxycodone (Percocet ®). 
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin ®). 
  • Morphine. 
  • Fentanyl. 

Signs and symptoms of opiate abuse may include:

  • Feeling high or euphoric. 
  • Tiredness. 
  • Confusion. 
  • Nausea or constipation. 
  • Slowed breathing. 
  • Stealing or forging prescriptions. 
  • Selling drugs or drug prescriptions. 
  • Building a tolerance to pain medication (requiring more pain medication to achieve one’s desired effects). 

Treatment for Prescription Sedative Medications 

Sedatives are another class of addictive prescription drugs commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and panic disorder, and often help people sleep. 

Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are both forms of sedative medications that have the potential to be abused. These medications can also produce a high in many people, especially when taken at higher doses than prescribed. 


Popular and well-known sedatives that are treated at HCBTS include (but are not limited to): 

  • Alprazolam (Xanax®) 
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin®) 
  • Zolpidem (Ambien®) 
  • Diazepam (Valium®)

Sedatives are Central Nervous System Depressant (CNS) medications. This means that they slow breathing and heart rate, promote relaxation, and may even leave patients less attentive to these drugs’ abusive nature. Withdrawal symptoms of sedatives can potentially be life-threatening, such as seizures. To treat sedative abuse, one may need to first consider detoxification before attending an outpatient treatment program at Hotel California by the Sea, St. Louis.  

Substance Abuse Treatment for Stimulant

Stimulants are often referred to as “uppers”. As opposed to suppressing the brain’s activity, stimulants jump-start alertness and concentration and release the excess flow of certain stimulating chemicals in the brain.  

Central nervous system stimulants are commonly prescribed for people suffering from attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 


Popular and well-known stimulants that are treated at HCBTS include (but are not limited to):

  • Adderall®. 
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin®). 
  • Methylphenidate ER (Concerta®). 
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse®) 
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Stimulants are popular amongst college students and others with demanding schedules. As opposed to trying to seek balance in their lives, many people turn to stimulants to manage their current lifestyle. 

The mental health side effects of stimulant medications can be severe. Those who use stimulants may experience disturbing side effects such as aggravation, irritability, insomnia, and hallucinations. Although withdrawal from stimulants is not deadly, it can be extremely uncomfortable. It may be best for specific clients to handle their withdrawal from stimulants in a reputable detoxification center. 

When Should I Go To Treatment for Prescription Medication?

When and where someone goes to treatment for substance abuse issues are entirely personal decisions that depend on the person at hand. Different people have different breaking points.   

Early intervention is crucial for prescription drug abuse; once someone begins exhibiting signs of drug abuse, it is best to point them out right away and suggest getting professional help. 

Contact our care specialists to learn more about addiction treatment in Bellevue, WA at Hotel California by the Sea.

Beat Addiction in St. Louis, Missouri

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Hotel California provides a safe haven for those in the eastern region of Missouri. Hotel California by the Sea makes sure that all clients suffering from prescription drug abuse are treated appropriately and according to their specific needs. 

Hotel California by the Sea’s treatment center in St. Louis, Missouri offers individualized treatment plans for prescription drug abuse. We utilize a multidisciplinary treatment approach and offer multiple levels of outpatient treatment. It is never too early to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. Call Contact us or call our admissions team to discuss treatment options today if you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse issues.


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