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Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Dealing with “Respectable” Addiction

Prescription drug addictions are the accepted twins of the many common addictions to illegal drugs. Though not socially colored by the aura of criminal activity, prescription drug addictions are fundamentally similar to any other form of chemical addiction.

Basic facts of prescription drug addiction and treatment:

  • All addictive drugs are drugs.
  • What happens when I enter treatment?
  • How long will it take?

Chemistry Doesn’t Play Favorites

There are few major differences between prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs. The primary difference, in fact, is often that the non-prescription drug is simply less effective for medical purposes than a prescription drug. Amphetamines have more possible medical uses than crystal meth. Prescription painkillers are more versatile than morphine. In some cases, prescription drugs are slower killers, allowing doctors to safely prescribe them for longer periods before they do harm. In other cases, a prescription drug may be far more potent and addictive than its nearest illegal analogy – so much, so that it can only be handled as a monitored substance.

This means that an addiction to a prescription drug is just as hard and unpleasant to kick as an addiction to a street drug. Recovering from a prescription drug addiction involves the same processes as those of similar street products.

What is the Process Like?

Recovery from any addictive drug first involves detoxification: the process of waiting until the last traces of a drug are no longer in your system. This is necessary because until the drug is gone, neither your body nor mind will begin the process of readjusting to a new metabolism, new physical experiences, and new habits.

Detox is the process of withdrawal. The duration and the experience will be somewhat dependent on the prescription drug a patient is addicted to. That said, withdrawal is not a pleasant experience. Symptoms can include pain, nausea, convulsions, fever, shivering, severe sleep disruption, nightmares, emotional outbursts, and more. Once begun, a patient can’t afford to go back and there’s little if any way to ease up or rest. Many find the experience humiliating, in spite of respectful treatment and support from doctors, counselors and staff.

After detox, a patient begins the long route to true recovery. This can involve many forms of treatment, but will almost always include some form of behavioral therapy, to help replace old reflexive behaviors with new ones, group counseling, and counseling to prepare a patient for return to a world beyond addiction therapy.

How Long is the Entire Process?

In some ways, an effective prescription drug addiction treatment is endless. In other ways, the process can be said to take approximately six months to a year to accomplish the basic goals of therapy. The amount of time spent in a clinic or other institution may extend as long, but is more likely to be between six weeks to two months. The goal in many cases is to bring a patient through the first anguish of detox, and provide a buffering period in which new skills can be quickly established. After that, the patient is returned to normal life, but with strong support and regular continuing therapy, with the goal of integrating the benefits of the in-clinic program with the realities of every-day life.

Finding Treatment

If you find yourself or a loved one contributing to the rise of prescription drug addiction cases, you should seek treatment. The best route to take is to seek referrals, and then follow through by researching the programs that have been recommended. Your doctor, or a good professional referral service, can be a good place to start your search.


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