More than 50 million Americans abuse prescription medications during their lifetime, according to recent studies. In fact, many suffer full-blown prescription drug addiction after a period of time abusing these, otherwise helpful, medications. For addiction to these drugs, the path to recovery is like any other substance addiction, through detox and a prescription drug addiction treatment center.
About Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug addiction begins for many reasons and along with many life pathways. For example, recreational prescription drug abuse affects 52 million U.S. residents over the age of 12, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Most of these people start abusing these medications thinking little of the possibility of addiction, if at all. However, many face addiction and require lifesaving treatment through drug detox and rehab.
Presently, three main categories of prescription drugs provide most concern for addiction. These include opioids, central nervous system stimulants, and central nervous system depressants. These prescription drugs lead so many people to abuse and addiction. Moreover, people abusing these drugs seem willing to do almost anything to keep their supply coming.
Opioid Prescription Drug Addiction
Opioid medications treat pain by changing how the brain recognizes that pain. They do not actually help the source of the pain heal. In other words, opioid painkillers trick your brain into thinking there is no pain. These tricks come from changes in the chemicals in your brain after taking opioids.
The pleasurable high of these opioid painkillers leads many people to abuse the drugs. No doubt, you’ve heard recent news on television or in other media about Vicodin, oxycodone, or hydrocodone addiction. These addictions take many users into the darkness of prescription drug addiction, transitioning to more widely available heroin. Each year, according to NIDA, more than 15,000 people suffer deadly overdose on opioids.
Central Nervous System Stimulants and Depressants
Central nervous system stimulants and depressants cause many people to suffer addiction. In fact, CNS stimulants boost or speed up brain function. CNS depressants, however, slow down brain function.
Examples of CNS stimulants include amphetamines, such as ADHD medications. Methamphetamine, caffeine, nicotine, and cocaine are other CNS stimulants. Each of these drugs provides side effects and symptoms of use. For example, CNS stimulants provide an energetic, talkative, alert, and confidence-boosting high.
Examples of CNS depressants include tranquilizers and sedatives. These drugs, when properly used, treat sleep problems, anxiety, panic attacks, and stress disorders. People abuse these drugs for their calming, soothing effects and a pleasurable high.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Center in North Carolina
In the mountains of Western NC, Crest View Recovery Center provides the addiction treatment you deserve for addiction to prescription medication. This includes rehab treatment with gender-specific housing and intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Addiction therapy at Crest View Recovery Center include:
- Individual counseling
- Gender-specific group therapy
- Group therapy program
- Reality-based therapy
- Family therapy program
- Psychotherapy program
- Trauma treatment therapy
Call Crest View Recovery Center now at 866.327.2505 for more information about available programs at our prescription drug addiction treatment center. Make this call now to begin on a path to sobriety and overall wellness.