Overcoming Prescription Drug Abuse In 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Prescription drug abuse is a problem that is increasing. In fact, it is estimated that 20 percent of people in the United States have abused prescription drugs. Anti-anxiety medications, sedatives and opioid painkillers are the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Although many people do not realize it, abusing prescription drugs can be just as dangerous to your health as using illicit drugs. Fortunately, treatment for prescription drug abuse is effective and can give you back your health and wellness.

If you or someone you love has a problem with prescription drug abuse, seeking treatment is the first step in regaining control of your life and saving your health.

What are the Steps In Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment?

Step 1: Medical Detoxification

You may need to detoxify from the prescription drug abuse. Because detoxification can be uncomfortable and at times even dangerous, it should only be done under professional supervision. Some medical detox centers may recommend that you use a medication to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. Buprenorphine, Methadone and Buprenorphine with Subaxone are some of the medications that may be recommended for an opioid painkiller addiction.

If your prescription drug abuse includes anti-anxiety medications or sedatives, then it may take a while for you to taper off of them. Under medical supervision, your withdrawal plan may reduce your dosage in order to allow your body to get adjusted to not using the medication. You may need to take a different type of medication to reduce your anxiety and/or stabilize your mood.

Step 2: Counseling

Counseling is a vital part of prescription drug abuse treatment. There are many different types of counseling, including individual, family and group. Counseling will help you resist cravings, and it will also teach you the ways to change your behavior to prevent you from abusing prescription drugs in the future. Additionally, a counselor will help you find meaningful activities that are not related to prescription drugs that you can enjoy once you are out of rehab.

Step 3: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse Relapses

Remember that recovery continues throughout your life.  Preventing relapse requires continual dedication to your health and well being. After rehab, you should be honest with your doctor about your experience.  Before you use a medication, you need to make sure that you inform your doctor of all of the other medications that you are taking, and that includes supplements and herbs. You also want to make sure that you only take this medication as directed. If you feel that the medication is not working, then you should contact your doctor. Furthermore, you should never take another person’s medication. Everyone is different, and a medication that is appropriate for you may not be right for someone else.  Medication that is old should be disposed of properly, as the compounds break down over time, becoming less effective and dangerous to your health.

Remember, prescription drug abuse can be just as dangerous as using an illicit drug. The good news is that you can overcome this problem with prescription drug abuse treatment.  There is never a bad time to start treatment and it is never to late for anyone to seek treatment or to enter rehab for prescription drug abuse.  No one is a lost cause, no matter how long they have been abusing drugs or how many times they may have relapsed. The New Year is a great time to get the help you need.