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Prescription Drug Abuse and Rehab

Hotel California by the Sea recognizes the massive prescription drug problem in the United States and is committed to helping our clients address their unique needs to achieving a happy and healthy life free of their addictions. Our team of medical doctors, industry professionals and clinical staff, evaluate every patient and implement specific prescription drug abuse treatments to meet their needs. 

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Our comprehensive inpatient and outpatient prescription drug rehab for individuals suffering from addiction to prescription medication is designed with the patient in mind. We offer the most updated and evidenced-proven treatment practices ranging from substance detox to intensive cognitive therapies. Because of prescription medication’s dangerous nature, our addiction experts created a rehab program specifically to treat clients struggling with medication abuse. 

What is considered a Prescription Drug and what constitutes Drug Abuse?

Misuse of prescription drugs and medication can have serious medical consequences. Whether it is a result of taking the medication in a manner other than prescribed by a medical doctor, taking a prescription belonging to someone else, or taking medication for the “pleasure” feelings, it is drug abuse. There are generally three categories of commonly abused prescription medications:

Prescription medications are amongst the most widely abused substances in the United States. Many people who end up turning to “harder” drugs such as heroin or methamphetamine, begin by taking prescription drugs that have a similar chemical structure. In many cases, they have nearly identical chemical makeup and can produce identical outcomes.  

Which category of Prescription Drugs are commonly Abused?

Prescription drug abuse occurs when individuals begin improperly using medications. Some people have even gone as far as being dishonest about their medical needs in order to obtain prescription drugs. The general classifications in which the most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids, stimulants and depressants. Individuals who are addicted may find it helpful to seek professional help through prescription drug abuse treatment programs such as Hotel California by the Sea. 

Opioids

Prescription opioids are very powerful prescription painkillers. It is a form of medication that is typically prescribed by doctors to treat patients experiencing severe pain. Although highly effective for treating pain, these drugs are also highly addictive with a high risk of developing a physical dependence. They can be obtained in pill form as well as an injectable form. Some of the most commonly known addictive opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone

Opioids generally produce a eutrophic sensation in which many people become easily addicted to and reliant on to “feel good.” With long term use, prescription opioids can increase the risk of overdose. 

Stimulants

Traditionally prescription stimulants are medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These drugs are meant to increase alertness, attention and energy with some of the most common ones including Adderall, methylphenidate and cocaine. Stimulants increase brain activity chemicals like dopamine, which is what gives us the “pleasure” sensation. Because of its addictive nature, misuse of stimulants even for a short period of time can lead to psychological symptoms such as psychosis, paranoia and anger. The misuse of prescription stimulants is almost always a segway into substance use disorder and addiction. 

Depressants

Prescription medications known as benzodiazepines are a type of central nervous system depressant. They are normally prescribed to treat those with severe anxiety, panic disorder and other dangerous health conditions such as seizures. These drugs produce a calming effect on the brain and body. Depressants can easily become addictive to those seeking that calm and relaxed effect. Over time it will take more and more of this medication for an individual to feel these calming effects. Common prescription depressant drugs include: Ativan, valium and Xanax.

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Leading risk factors to consider with Opioid, Stimulant and Depressant Drug Abuse

Risk factors increase a person’s risk for prescription drug abuse and addiction. Risk factors are characteristics such as biological and family history, social and cultural influence, and mental health conditions that can contribute to a higher outcome of developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol. These factors individually or together produce a higher likelihood for individuals to use prescription drugs, abuse prescription drugs and become addicted to prescription drugs. 

Biology, Genetics, and Family History

According to research, genetics and biological predisposition play a large factor in the risk for substance and prescription drug abuse. In fact there are a handful of genes that can contribute to the development of substance addiction. Especially when multiple genes are interacting with each other and can create a higher outcome for substance addiction. People with substance use disorder can have an underlying genetic cause that is highly likely to be passed on to their offspring. An individual’s biological makeup, genetics and family history should all be taken into consideration when assessing the risk factors for prescription drug abuse and addiction. 

Age and Social Influences

Age, social and cultural influences are also a large risk factors in the development of a prescription drug addiction. Young people are more likely to participate in activities that glorify excessive drug usage in order to be accepted into a desired social group. The more the young person participates in this activity, the more likely they are to become addicted. Individuals who are surrounded by a community that regularly see drug usage as a normal activity are at high risk for addiction. 

Mental Health Conditions

Co-occurring mental health conditions can sometimes lead to substance and prescription drug abuse because individuals can misuse drugs as a form of coping and self-medication. It is used to help alleviate the negative symptoms and stresses of their mental disorder. Mental health conditions cause changes in cognitive functions and behaviors that in turn lead to higher risk of substance addiction. Substance use disorder and prescription drug abuse is most commonly associated with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, ADHD and PTSD. 

How to recognize the signs of someone suffering from an Addiction to Prescription Drugs

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse can vary depending on the type of drugs being used. Across the board, some of the most common signs of a prescription drug addiction includes:

  • Poor coordination 
  • Feelings of euphoria or high
  • Insomnia, agitation and paranoia
  • Increased in required dosage in order to feel any type of relief

Other signs will include stealing prescriptions from friends or loved ones in order to get that euphoric feeling. Those who are abusing prescription drugs will begin taking a higher or more frequent dosage of mediation than recommended and prescribed by a medical doctor. Individuals addicted to drugs will also experience excessive mood swings and poor decision-making skills. 

Myths and Misconceptions surrounding Prescription Drug Abuse

Despite the prevalent prescriptions of pain medications and other pharmaceuticals, there are plenty of misconceptions about these types of drugs and what is considered “abuse.” Many believe because a prescription drug has been vetted by a medical doctor and comes from a pharmacy, it is safer to use compared to illicit drugs. Prescription drugs and illicit drugs often have similar or identical chemical structures.

Many also believe having an addiction and having a physical dependence on drugs are the same. However, it is possible for an individual to develop physical dependence on a substance and not develop addictive characteristics normally associated with usage of the prescription drug. Individuals who suffer from substance use disorder can develop both an addiction and physical dependence, but they are two different components of prescription drug abuse.

Misconception: Prescription Drugs are safer than illicit Drugs

Many people who misuse prescription drugs believe these substances are safer than other illicit drugs. They believe simply because a doctor prescribes a medication that is dispensed through a pharmacist, it doesn’t make this substance dangerous or addictive. On the contrary, prescription drugs can have potential to be as harmful and as addictive as other illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Prescription drugs have similar if not identical chemical structure to other illicit drugs that result in a similar if not identical effect on an individual and their body. For those who have a genetic predisposition to substance use disorders, prescription drugs can be especially dangerous. 

Misconception: Physical dependence and addiction are the same things

Addiction to drugs and physical dependence on drugs are two different conditions. Addiction is defined as the inability to stop using harmful drugs despite its negative consequences related to personal, social and family obligations. Addiction takes an emotional toll on the individual with a substance abuse disorder. Physical dependence refers to when an individual’s body adapts to the drug and is unable to properly function once it has been removed from

the body. This often leads to serious withdrawal symptoms in which some patients may need medication-assisted treatments. Drug dependence can lead to tolerance and the need to take a higher dosage of the medication in order to feel the same effects. It is possible to experience physical dependence without experiencing the mental, social and emotional effects of SUD. 

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Our evidenced-based treatment program for Prescription Drug Abuse

Hotel California by the Sea offers a comprehensive treatment program for those suffering from prescription drug abuse. Throughout each level of care within our prescription drug abuse rehab program, patients will receive individualized care according to their needs. Inpatient and outpatient service programs offer intensive cognitive therapies, group therapies, access to case managers and psychiatrists and regular assessments and adjustments to their treatment plan as needed. Patients are guided throughout each step of the prescription drug abuse treatment as they work towards a life free of drug dependency and drug addiction. 

Effective Therapies For Prescription Drug Abuse

In order to successfully recover from prescription drug abuse, drug and addiction treatment must address all aspects of the patient’s illness holistically. This means implementing several types of cognitive and behavioral therapies on top of medical detox treatments. Some of the most effective addition therapies used for patients suffering from substance use disorder include:

At Hotel California by the Sea, we offer a comprehensive prescription drug abuse rehab program that includes therapies meant to discover and understand the underlying issues contributing to a patient’s substance addiction. Patients will work with certified medical professionals as well as assigned case managers to create an individualized treatment plan that includes the various addiction therapies. 

Client-Specific Treatments

Each patient who enters into our prescription drug abuse rehab program is assigned a team of clinical professionals, which includes medical physicians, psychiatrists and a case manager. Patients work with their clinical team to create a treatment program tailored to their specific needs. Some of our patients enter into rehab with issues such as past trauma, career burnout or co-occurring mental health disorders.

These are all factors that can contribute to the development of prescription drug use disorder and addiction. At Hotel California by the Sea, the patient’s entire medical history as well as co-occurring health issues is taken into consideration when building a custom treatment plan. Every patient in our prescription drug abuse rehab program deserves the dedicated care and knowledge of our experienced professionals to recover from addiction to lead a happy and healthy life. 

Pain Management Treatments

For our clients at Hotel California by the Sea, psychiatrists are available weekly or as often as needed. For those patients experiencing emotional pain, their concerns are addressed immediately. We aim to provide an unparalleled addiction treatment experience that delivers the utmost comfort and safety for our patients. While at Hotel California by The Sea, clients are under the complete supervision of an expert psychiatrist that helps clients identify, understand and manage their pain through a variety of treatment methods.

Prescription Drug Abuse Levels of Care

Addiction to prescription drugs can leave someone feeling hopeless. There are solutions for those who are physically dependent on medications or suffer from addiction to drugs. Hotel California by the Sea’s prescription drugs abuse treatment program offers multiple levels of care including detoxification and MAT, residential treatment program, partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP) and various types of cognitive treatment therapies. With our various options for addiction recovery treatment, expert staff as well as a healthy environment located in beautiful Orange County, Southern California, we can help people from all walks of life recover from addiction to opiates, stimulants and depressant drugs.

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Addiction treatment for alcohol use disorder is available and accessible. If you or a loved one feels overwhelmed by the task of finding the right treatment program option, any one of our admissions specialists are ready to help you in every step of the way. Our alcohol rehab center offers alcohol detox and a variety of other therapeutic treatments needed to help each individual suffering from alcohol abuse. Recovering from a substance use disorder such as alcoholism isn’t easy, but achieving and maintaining recovery is possible. 

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