Prescription Drug Addictions

Prescription Drug Addictions


Many people struggle with prescription drug addiction. Treatment is available to help you regain your sobriety and thrive in everyday life.


Get Help for Prescription Drug Addiction


Prescription drugs are prescribed to people for a variety of illnesses and injuries. While doctors typically prescribe them for good reason, many medications can be highly addictive. While taking a prescription medication, a person may experience a certain feeling they like that makes them continue taking it when they don’t need it. Others may take too much of the prescription drug. Either situation can easily lead to an addiction.



Which Prescription Drugs are Commonly Abused?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, three specific classes of medications most often lead to prescription drug addictions. They are:


  • Opioids - Opioids include drugs such as Vicodin, Demerol and OxyContin, which are prescribed to relieve pain.


  • Central Nervous System Depressants - This class of prescription medications includes drugs like Valium, Xanax and Ativan, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.


  • Stimulants - Stimulant drugs like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta are prescribed for problems like ADHD and sleep disorders.



How Is Prescription Drug Addiction Treated?

Prescription drug addictions, just like addictions to illicit drugs, can be treated with detox at an inpatient drug rehabilitation facility such as Qualis Care of America. Committed to your drug recovery, Qualis Care uses a variety of treatment options, including behavioral and cognitive therapy and maintenance medication to wean you off the prescription drug to which you are addicted.


The following medications can help treat prescription drug addictions:


  • Methadone - Methadone is commonly used in the treatment of opiate prescription drug addiction. It is given at specific doses that are minimized over time to wean the individual off the drug.


  • Buprenorphine - This medication is given to people addicted to opioids. It is a good alternative to methadone because it doesn’t give the sensation of being high.


  • Benzodiazepines - Benzodiazepines are used in drug rehab to decrease withdrawal symptoms and reduce the possibility of seizures. They also help relieve the anxiety that often occurs during the detox process.


  • Barbiturates - Like benzodiazepines, barbiturates can help relieve discomfort associated with detoxification. Barbiturates are particularly helpful for reducing the risk of seizures and anxiety.


No matter what prescription drug you are addicted to, you can find the help you need to live drug-free.  We're committed to your drug recovery. Let us help you live the drug- and alcohol-free life you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us for help today

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