Prescription Addiction Treatment

Prescription addiction is a growing problem that many people don’t take as seriously as they should.

Since the medications were originally prescribed by a doctor, they felt that prescription drug abuse is different than when the person is using street drugs. Prescription drugs addicts are addicts, in the same way that those who get hooked on cocaine, heroin, or other illegal drugs.

A prescription drug addict uses medications in a way other than for which they were originally prescribed or to a much greater extent. They come to depend on the drugs to feel better in some way and experience cravings for them in between doses. The prescription drug use continues in spite of negative consequences for the user, including friendship difficulties, problems on the job, or the risk of physical harm from inappropriate use.

Prescription medications are drugs and they work on the user’s brain in the same way illegal counterparts do. When a person who is addicted to prescription drugs uses them, the medication changes the brain’s chemistry, making it less effective as producing chemicals like dopamine or endorphins. Since the brain has stopped producing these chemicals itself, they must be introduced through another source. At this point, the prescription drug addict has become physically dependent on the medication.

Seniors are especially at risk for prescription addiction, simply because they are prescribed drugs more often than other groups. For example, a doctor may prescribe a tranquilizer after they have experienced a traumatic event, such as the death of their spouse. The person feels calmer and is able to sleep better with the medication, so they take it more often than the doctor directs. When they run out, they go back to the doctor for another prescription and this is how the addiction starts.

Faced with prescription addiction, there are options for recovery, AToN Center’s prescription rehab in San Diego offers comprehensive treatment services along with detox for opiates and benzodiazepines.