Treating Prescription Drug Addiction

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Perhaps you’ve heard in the news over the past two years how serious the prescription drug addiction epidemic has gotten in the United States. It is a serious problem, and chances are, you or a loved one is personally affected by this type of addiction. The good news is there is help for prescription drug addiction. Treatment involves detox, rehabilitation, and long term care. With a few simple steps, a person can learn how to get their life back together. With support and a long term plan, sobriety can be achieved.

California Highlands Addiction Treatment helps individuals gain control over prescription drug addiction. We offer the highest quality treatment in a luxurious and comfortable, yet peaceful and quiet facility. Together we can get you feeling better and well on your way to living a healthy life once again. Please contact us at (888) 969-8755 to learn more about our program.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics in America

Prescription drug addiction is a killer. In 2013, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death, greater than car accidents and homicides (CDC). It is also a growing problem. The CDC reports that:

  • Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the S. has nearly quadrupled.
  • Every day, 46 people in the S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, two deaths an hour, and 17,000 annually.
  • Each day, almost 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments for using prescription drugs in a manner other than as directed.

According to the NIDA:

  • 52 Million people in the US, over the age of 12, have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. 6.1 Million people have used them non-medically in the past month.
  • The United States makes up 5 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs.
  • In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every 4 hours for 1 month.

Reasons for Prescription Drug Abuse

People get hooked on prescription drugs for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is that they were prescribed medication from their doctor for pain, insomnia, anxiety, or attention disorder, and over time they became addicted to them. Others switch to prescription opiates because they are cheaper or easier to get than street drugs. Still others experiment with the medications because of the high they provide.

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Our clinicians are adaptive and have a breadth of treatment modalities to effectively treat the needs of each individual client.

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If your loved one is being controlled by addiction, don’t let this continue on any longer.

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Why Do People Abuse Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs are abused by people in all 50 states, in all age ranges, and in every income level. People use these drugs for different reasons, to meet different needs. Below are twelve reasons teens use prescription drugs, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin:

  1. 62%: Easy to get from parent’s medicine cabinets
  2. 52%: Available everywhere
  3. 51%: They are not illegal drugs
  4. 50%: Easy to get through other people’s prescriptions
  5. 49%: Can claim to have prescription if caught
  6. 43%: They are cheap
  7. 35%: Safer to use than illegal drugs
  8. 33%: Less shame attached to using
  9. 32%: Easy to purchase over the internet
  10. 32%: Fewer side effects than street drugs
  11. 25%: Can be used as study aids
  12. 21%: Parents don’t care as much if caught

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Types of Prescription Drugs Abused

Most types of prescription drugs that are abused fall into one of three categories: painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants. Painkillers are the most commonly abused prescription medication, partly because they are so widely prescribed and very addicting. Tranquilizers are the second group of misused prescription medication. These are the sleep aids and anti-anxiety medications that can be habit-forming and addictive. Finally, prescription stimulants include medications for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These medications are commonly abused by individuals wanting increased energy and alertness, such as when they are studying for a test or just want a boost to get through the day.

Abused prescription painkillers:

  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Oxymorphone

Abused prescription tranquilizers:

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Sleep aids (Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien)

Abused prescription stimulants:

  • Adderall
  • Benzedrine
  • Concerta

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Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

Treating prescription drug addiction does not happen overnight. It is a process that can take weeks, months, or years. But it is a necessary process in order to help the person live the life they want to live and achieve their goals. To treat prescription drug addiction, we first offer a safe, monitored detox program. The next step is residential treatment and therapy, where the individual will address the issues surrounding their addiction. Finally, we help all of our clients create a long term plan that will help them ensure sustained recovery and avoid relapse.

At California Highlands Addiction Treatment, we offer hope and healing to individuals and families. Whether it is you or a loved one that is struggling with prescription drug addiction, give us a call and learn more about treatment options. What sets us apart from other rehabs is the way we customize the treatment program for the individual. We welcome your input during the entire rehab process, and we work with families to offer the treatment that is right for everyone involved.

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Get Help for Addiction Today (888) 969-8755

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Treatment with Dignity and Respect

At California Highlands, we understand the science behind addiction and how it affects people and families:
families like yours and people like you. You are an individual and we know there is much more to you than addiction.
We will treat you as an individual, and help you nurture your own goals and desires for life.
Our goal is to help you get back to where you want to be in life, without the distractions of addiction.

We create individualized treatment programs for everyone who experiences our residential treatment program.
We do not adhere to any religion, and your spiritual and personal beliefs are respected. In fact, we will teach you how to use your own strengths and beliefs to achieve a life beyond your imagination.

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