Prescription Drug Abuse

Addict misusing prescription drugs. This is no safer than using illegal drug because the brain responds to prescriptions drugs the same way as it does to illegal drugs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates nearly one-third of people who use drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically.

Many who misuse prescription drugs believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist, but unfortunately, the brain responds to these chemicals identically to the way it reacts to illicit drugs. It simply cannot tell the difference. More and more men, women and young adults are unwittingly becoming addicted and eventually seek drug abuse treatment.

Seeking treatment for prescription drug abuse is often vital, as a recent CDC study revealed prescription drugs were involved in over half of overdose deaths – many as a result of opioid pain relievers. Drug addiction can leave one feeling hopeless, especially when it happens rapidly after casual or innocent use of prescriptions. Fortunately at our Newport Beach facility, we offer solutions. During your stay in Orange County, Southern California, our compassionate and expert staff create customized treatment programs to help you arrest your dependence on prescriptions like opiates, stimulants or benzodiazepines and help you get your life back.

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