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Prescription Drug Rehab

Recovery for America’s New Pandemic of Addiction

As everyone’s favorite television medical professional Dr. Gregory House has shown us, just about anyone can find themselves addicted to prescription medications. As viewers have watched his own drama unfold throughout the seasons, many have witnessed a sampling of the horrors and hells inherent in the world of prescription pain-killer addiction. Not only was his own life and health put into jeopardy, but his relationships with friends, family and colleagues were further strained by the stress and emotional rollercoaster every addict struggles to juggle. However, it’s important to understand that in real life situations – with real people, families and real problems (perhaps less support) – people are looking for ways to escape their addiction to prescriptions. If you or someone you know is fighting this battle, prescription drug rehab may be the solution you’ve been seeking.

  • Prescription drug addiction begins innocently, as a solution for those who are suffering from chronic pain from injuries, disabilities or other ailments.
  • In addition to the other addiction risks, prescription drug addicts also have to worry about the risk of liver damage.
  • Today, prescription drugs are the second most abused drugs, falling right behind marijuana and just ahead of cocaine and other harder drugs.

How Serious is Prescription Drug Abuse?

In 2008, some 6,200,000 Americans admitted to having abused prescription drugs in the last 30 days. But what exactly is prescription drug abuse? There are two definitions that stick out. The first means taking a prescription medication without actually having a prescription. This means that you either purchase or obtain these pills from a friend, family member or another route. It can also mean taking a medication that you have been prescribed but more often than directed. Often, this is done in an attempt to get “high” or to self-medicate in an effort to combat the withdrawal symptoms of other illegal drugs.

Obviously, the intentions people have when they first start taking prescription medications are innocent enough; it’s only after time and heavy usage that a problem begins to emerge. When you consider that some 50 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain, it’s a tough line to toe between finding relief and leaning towards irresponsibility.

The real risks begin to add up when those who are taking prescription drugs improperly seem to think that this is a safer alternative to other drugs that are out there. However, without taking the time out to read over the sometimes extensive and rather scary side effects that could emerge, this is rarely the case. In reality, prescription drugs are just as dangerous as illicit street drugs and in some cases even more dangerous.

Where to Turn for Help

Since an estimated 20% of the population here in the States has taken a prescription drug for non-medical reasons, prescription drug addiction is undoubtedly a serious problem. Drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Valium are just a few of the drugs that are commonly abused, and these are just the narcotics, sedatives and tranquilizers. When you consider the stimulants like Dexedrine, Adderall and Ritalin that are also being abused, the reality of the big picture problems of prescription drug abuse begin to emerge.

Steroids are yet another prescription drug that gets abused regularly and with disastrous results. Teens, adults, Baby Boomers and folks in just about every demographic are affected by prescription drug abuse and when help is needed, prescription drug rehab may be the only alternative that makes any sense.


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