Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Prescription drug abuse is one of the most cunning, baffling, and powerful inflictions currently wreaking havoc upon our society. Hotel California by the Sea in Cincinnati, Ohio, helps people who are addicted to prescription medications find a way out of their substance abuse issues and build a happy and drug-free lifestyle.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing form of drug abuse since 2010. In 2012 the CDC declared prescription drug abuse a full-fledged epidemic. Prescribed substances pose a lethal threat to users through unexpected health and safety-related consequences and excruciating withdrawal symptoms.
With decades of combined experience, our staff members are prepared to help you or your loved one escape the wrath of prescription drug addiction.
Did You Know?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more overdose deaths have involved opioid pills than heroin and cocaine combined since 2003.
What is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription drug abuse refers to ingesting a dose of a medication different than what is prescribed, using someone else’s prescription (even if it is for a legitimate medical reason), or taking a medication for reasons other than what it is intended for. For example, these intentions could refer to taking a medication to feel euphoria or to “get high.”
The most common classes of medication commonly misused are opioids, sedatives, and stimulants. Many people find it easier to justify the misuse of pills prescribed by a doctor, simply because a medical professional condoned their use. Prescription medications are often cheaper and more accessible than illicit substances if one has insurance coverage.
Unfortunately, the risks of prescription medications are far greater than what patients expect from a legal substance. In fact, the risks of substance abuse involving prescription drugs are greater than illegal drugs.
Treatment for Prescription Opiate Addiction
Usually prescribed for pain management, opioids follow national trends of the most life threatening and addictive substance. Some opioids include Oxycodone (Percocet ®), Hydrocodone (Vicodin ®), Morphine, and Fentanyl. Individuals may be prescribed any one of these opioid pain killers to treat their chronic pain condition, but overtime develop substance use disorders since opiates are inherently physically addictive. This is where pain management and prescription drugs can get tricky. Since many medications are directed to be taken “as needed” or some prescriptions even “up to every 4 hours,” patients must use their own judgement when diagnosing their pain levels. When under the influence of even lighter doses of narcotics, it can be very difficult for individuals to use proper discernment. Especially when they become used to feeling the effects of the medication, any feeling aside from that could be considered painful.
Treatment for Prescription Sedatives
Sedatives are another addictive class of prescription drugs which are commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Some of these medications include Alprazolam (Xanax®), Clonazepam (Klonopin®), Zolpidem (Ambien®), and Diazepam (Valium®). Because these medications slow down your brain activity and promote relaxation, they leave patients less attentive to their abusive nature. The withdrawal side effects from sedatives are potentially life threatening, one of the symptoms being seizures. Especially if these substances are mixed with alcohol or in conjunction with any other pills such as stimulants. Furthermore, Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin are often prescribed for sufferers of post-traumatic-stress-disorder, who are already more susceptible to addiction due to the physiological rewiring trauma has on the brain.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Stimulants
Most often prescribed for individuals who suffer from attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulants are considered an upper, opposite of opioids and sedatives. The most popular prescribed stimulants include Amphetamines like Adderall® or methylphenidate (Ritalin®). Stimulants increase nervous activity in the brain, therefore increasing focus and energy levels in patients. Stimulants are most commonly abused by individuals who have ADD/ ADHD and grow a tolerance or people who may not have ADD/ ADHD but are seeking to increase productivity or energy levels so they can complete more tasks. This population typically includes students at the state university, people with busy work schedules, or demanding lives they can no longer fully manage. The mental health side effects of these medications can be severe and include paranoia, agitation, sleeplessness, and even hallucinations. Although the withdrawal side effects differ from the downers previously mentioned (opioids and sedatives), the consequences are an intimidating match.
Building a Tolerance to Prescription Medications
For any of these prescription drugs, the physical body becomes tolerant over time. This goes for almost any substance, meaning the body reaches a new state of equilibrium and to find relief, the person must ingest more of that substance. This is how the vicious cycle of addiction starts for many prescription drug abusers. And for many individuals prescribed medications, they have a much longer history of use due to the slower progression and growing tolerance. In the cases of a long history of use, it becomes much more difficult and dangerous to withdraw from these medications. Although the intentions of many prescription drug abusers were to heal their condition, over time, the physical body will inevitably become dependent on a narcotic substance to operate if the medication is not used properly.
Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Abuse
Although, the state of Ohio has made strides to track prescription misuse, the call to substance abuse recovery is loud and clear. If anything, the numbers have revealed an increased demand for addiction services, making resources for drug and alcohol treatment more plentiful. Rehab centers are finding that individuals can’t recover alone and that more intensive interventions are required.
When it comes to prescription drug addiction, medication assisted treatment is often needed due to the long-term use and dangerous withdrawal side effects. Once the acute withdrawal potential has decreased with the help of doctors and nurses, patients typically step down to residential treatment for therapeutic support. Typically, what gets people addicted to substances in the first place is not just physical, so patients receive psychoeducation, individual counseling, and group therapy. These modalities address the psychological factors and root causes of why patients started using substances in the first place. Once individuals obtain more insight into their substance use disorder and become stable in their home living environment, they attend outpatient treatment to provide a smooth transition into daily life with the new coping skills they have developed. Outpatient treatment services offer ongoing psychotherapy sessions and group support to aid in relapse prevention and overall improvement in patient’s well-being.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Hotel California By the Sea offers individualizes treatment programming for prescription drug abuse. We intervene with a multidisciplinary treatment approach and offer all levels of care ranging from medication assisted treatment, residential treatment, to outpatient treatment. If you are concerned about yourself or a family member struggling with addiction, please contact us or call our admissions team at (866) 502-8200 to discuss treatment options.
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