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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

America’s Most Deadly Addiction Threat

Prescription drug addiction continues to kill thousands of Americans each year. It is unquestionably one of the most pervasive and dominant addiction issues facing the US population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that from 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the US from overdoses related to prescription opioids. This year represented a record high, signifying a dangerous and alarming public health trend. While these drugs have proven enormously effective in the treatment of various moderate to severe medical conditions, they have also proven to be highly addictive and highly susceptible to diversion and abuse by external parties. The problem of prescription drug addiction has grown to be a complex and multi-layered issue involving numerous stakeholders.

Prescription drug addiction is closely linked with economics and politics. The CDC reports that sales of these drugs have quadrupled in the past 20 years, despite significant evidence of their negative impact on individuals and families. The pathology of over-prescription is largely a result of high-level directives to the medical community to do everything in their power to treat patients’ immediate symptoms. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive music-based addiction treatment to patients suffering from prescription drug addiction. Call our experienced and qualified professionals today at (855) 784-3577 to start writing your recovery song and taking your life back.

Types of Prescription Drug Abuse

The most dangerous and commonly abused categories of prescriptions are opioids (prescription painkillers) and benzodiazepines (sedatives). These drugs are responsible for more and more fatal overdoses each year. These two types of drugs yield different symptoms and effects; however, they are both dangerous in their own way. Opioids are responsible for the rampant uptick in overall drug-related deaths, of which there were over 63,000 in 2016; their impact on overall drug fatalities have caused benzos to be often overlooked. The symptomology, origins and effects of opioid and benzo abuse are unique to each individual patient and require customized treatment for ongoing sobriety and balanced health.

Opioids (Prescription Painkillers)

Opioids are a family of prescription painkillers developed to treat severe conditions like cancer-related and post-operative pain. Common brand names include OxyContin® (oxycodone), Vicodin® (hydrocodone) and Percocet® (oxycodone and acetaminophen). Opioids have proven to be the deadliest form of prescription drug, killing over 50,000 Americans last year. One of the newest developments in the opioid addiction epidemic is the emergence of fentanyl, deaths from which have increased over 540 percent over the past few years. These drugs have changed the face of American drug addiction, infiltrating every portion of the United States population, including young adults, senior citizens and even adolescents.

The path to opioid addiction can take multiple forms. Some patients start abusing these drugs out of sheer toxic curiosity and wind up in over their heads; some end up taking the drugs for legitimate medical reasons and wind up dependent before they know what hit them. One of the more recent realities in the prescription opioid saga is the high rates of senior citizens that are becoming addicted. As they get older, their bodies become less able to metabolize the drug, causing them to need to increased doses at more frequent intervals. Senior citizens have some of the highest rates of chronic pain, and more and more of them are taking opioids to help them cope. In 2014, generic hydrocodone was the drug most prescribed to patients on Medicare; and unfortunately, little has been done to safeguard seniors from these drugs in the years since.

Victims of opioid addiction experience significant physical, emotional and lifestyle damage for which they need comprehensive treatment on multiple levels. Opioid addiction withdrawal yields a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, including but not limited to flu-like symptoms, intestinal distress (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea), headache and migraine, excessive perspiration, seizures, convulsions and more. These symptoms can be extremely dangerous and require comprehensive detox from a medical professional. Psychological symptoms can include hallucinations, paranoia, extreme irritability and more. Victims of opioid abuse also experience a significant decline in quality of life, including deterioration of their careers, family lives and personal relationships.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines (“benzos”) are a family of medications with sedative effects used to treat anxiety and other conditions. Common brand-name benzos include Xanax® (alprazolam), Valium® (diazepam) and Klonopin® (clonazepam). Xanax is the most commonly abused prescription across the globe. Benzos are especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol, as both substances are central nervous system depressants and can significantly slow breathing and heart rate. While these drugs have been remarkably effective in managing potentially debilitating conditions like anxiety and trauma, they can also be extremely addictive and life-threatening. Despite clear evidence of their potential dangers, these drugs continue to be among the most commonly prescribed medications in the world.

Over the past twenty years, benzo-related mortality cases have increased consistently in the United States. Overdose rates quadrupled between 1999 and 2010 and they show no signs of tapering. During this period, the percentage of people who used benzodiazepines has increased with age from 2.6 percent (18-35 years) to 5.4 percent (36-50 years) to 7.4 percent (51-64 years) to 8.7 percent (65-80 years). Benzodiazepine use is nearly twice as prevalent in women as men. The proportion of benzodiazepine use that was long-term increased with age from 14.7 percent (18-35 years) to 31.4 percent (65-80 years), while the proportion that received a benzodiazepine prescription from a psychiatrist decreased with age from 15 percent (18-35 years) to 5.7 percent (65-80 years). In all age groups, roughly one-quarter of individuals receiving benzodiazepine treatment involved long-acting benzodiazepine use.

The percentage of adults in the United States who filled a benzodiazepine prescription per year has increased by close to 30 percent. In addition, the amount of benzodiazepine medicine — whether Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin or other drugs in this class — in a prescription has more than doubled over the past 20 years. Anxiety is the most frequent reason these medications were given, accounting for 56 percent of prescriptions.

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What Causes Prescription Drug Addiction?

Each person starts abusing prescription drugs for their own reasons. No two cases of addiction are identical; however, there are a few common circumstances that drive the onset of abuse, including:

Improper Use – Using a legitimate supply outside of recommended guidelines established by a physician. This can include taking more drugs in a given dose or taking them in more frequent intervals than is advised.

Theft and Diversion – This includes intentionally abusive behaviors like stealing pills from a loved one for recreational use or sale on the streets. Although it has become increasingly more difficult to divert prescription drugs, this phenomenon is still very much part of the problem.

One of the unfortunate realities of prescription drug abuse, particularly opioid painkillers, is that addicts often wind up turning to heroin for a cheaper and more accessible high.

Prescription Drug Rehab in Fort Lauderdale

At one point during the height of the epidemic, Florida was considered the “pill mill capital of the United States”. The state was heavily populated with storefronts occupied by unscrupulous physicians from whom addicts could acquire pills for profit. In the wake of heightened regulation, Florida has now become a haven for treatment and recovery. Recovery Unplugged offers quality, compassionate and music-based addiction treatment in Fort Lauderdale. We are the only prescription drug rehab program in Florida, or throughout the United States, to offer an entirely music-based approach to long-term care. Our programs also include detox and behavior modification.

Much like alcohol and other regulated yet addictive substances, prescription pills are a fact of life. Any rehab program must prepare patients for coming into contact with these drugs without falling victim to relapse. Recovery Unplugged places a high emphasis on personal empowerment and building patients’ confidence so they can successfully live independently in recovery. Patients leave our Fort Lauderdale treatment facility with the behavioral tools they need to maintain success and take control of their own recovery. Our aftercare plans give patients the resources they need to seamlessly continue psychiatric counseling and their 12-step program.

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Recovery Unplugged

Blending traditional modalities like medical detox, group therapy, individualized counseling and more with cutting-edge, music-based therapy techniques like songwriting, production, performance and more, Recovery Unplugged offers our patients a well-rounded recovery experience using the healing powers of music. Recovery Unplugged offers a variety of treatment options, including inpatient, outpatient, long-term, PHP and more. We are committed to providing care options that suit each patient’s care needs and lifestyle. We believe that each patient as an individual and not merely a composite of prescription addiction symptoms.

Prescription Drug Detox

Detox is the first step to prescription drug addiction treatment. It allows patients to safely and effectively purge the symptoms that have built up in their systems through prolonged and untreated prescription drug abuse. Detox should be administered by an experienced and qualified medical professional who is trained in the alleviation of withdrawal symptoms and can intervene in the event of a medical emergency. Prescription drug users often make the mistake of thinking they can detox from the drugs on their own, a line of thinking that commonly leads to relapse once dependency has manifested. The withdrawal process for benzos and opioids can be completely different, and it’s important that patients have the right kind of help during detox.

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