Prescription drugs continue to be a primary driver of substance abuse and addiction in America. A problem that gained considerable traction decades ago with the advent of drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax, these medications continue to take more and more lives. In 2015, prescription deaths were responsible for 17,536 fatalities in the United States, a four percent increase from the previous year, making them the single largest contributor drug-related deaths. Although federal crackdowns have created some measure of scarcity in the illegal pill market, there remains a significant and urgent prescription drug addiction epidemic in this country. RU Encore is committed to helping our patients overcome prescription addictions and reclaim their lives.
A Multilayered Problem
Common Types of Prescription Drug Abuse
Although public attention has turned to the prescription opioid crisis because of the considerable body count it’s left in its wake, there are various types of prescription drugs that can render users vulnerable to addiction. The two most commonly abused types of prescription drugs include opioids (painkillers) and benzodiazepines or “benzos” (sedatives). Benzodiazepines include drugs like Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin and are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorder. Opioids include drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin, Duragesic (fentanyl) and Dilaudid. These drugs are used to treat end-of-life and post-operative discomfort in addition to other types of severe pain-related conditions.
Although opioids are legal with a doctor’s prescription, these drugs’ effects mirror those of heroin and should only be taken when absolutely necessary. It’s not uncommon for those who have been given a prescription for opioids or even benzos to become addicted because they started using them in a manner inconsistent with their doctor’s instructions. Benzos are particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, as this combination can severely impair and even stop breathing. If you or a loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse, it’s imperative that you get help immediately.
Recovery Is Possible
Detecting and Treating Prescription Abuse
Although each person’s signs and symptoms will vary according to the types of pills they’ve been abusing, some of the more common types of prescription drug abuse symptoms include severe changes in mood, fluctuations in weight, changes in sleeping habits, decline in professional or academic performance and much more. Treatment for prescription drug addiction should include a comprehensive combination of detox and behavioral therapy to address the acute medical risks of prolonged abuse along with long-term behavioral ramifications. RU Encore provides compassionate, effective music-based treatment for all types of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Call us today to start the healing process.