Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment in Orange County
How Does Someone Become Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
Addiction can happen in the blink of an eye and no one is immune from becoming an addict. It can happen as quickly and easily as depicted in this scenario:
Let’s say you’re in a car accident which severely injures your back. You’re in tremendous pain, need to see a doctor and possibly begin physical therapy. When the pain becomes too much to bear, the doctor prescribes you painkillers. You only have a bottle of 10 pills. Not only can these painkillers help you find much need pain relief, but they can also create a pleasant “high” feeling. You then decide to take your next dosage sooner than recommended once the pain starts to reappear.
This begins a dangerous cycle. The more frequently you take painkillers, the less effective they become. As a result, it takes higher dosages to achieve the same effect. Chasing the feelings of elation and relief provided by painkillers is part of what leads to addiction.
Addiction is a Vicious Cycle
It’s true these drugs can be generally safe when you take them for a short time and as prescribed by your doctor. However, some people may be predisposed to addiction based on factors of which they’re unaware. In addition to helping to lessen the pain, these prescription opioids can give you a feeling of elation, exuberance, and euphoria.
While seemingly harmless at first, these drugs artificially produce these feelings of euphoria by manipulating your brain’s chemistry making you feel something exciting and exhilarating is happening. To feel this amazing euphoria again, you may choose to use drugs again and again. In some cases, you find yourself:
- Taking a higher dose than initially prescribed
- Taking someone else’s prescription, even for a medically-diagnosed problem, like extreme pain
- Illegally seeking out other illicit drugs, like cocaine and heroin, to achieve the same high at a lower cost
How Can Rehab Help?
Like addiction to illicit drugs, prescription drug addiction can be treated with therapy and counseling in a dedicated rehabilitation program. The first step in your journey towards recovery should be detoxification. It can be dangerous to stop taking prescribed medications all at once. In a detoxification program, you can cleanse substances from your system in a safe, monitored environment. You may also need to take medications such as methadone or naltrexone to ease the withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Detox alone is not enough to curb addiction. It is important to address the underlying causes of an addiction in order to change your relationship with the abused substance and develop techniques that can prevent relapse. This is the kind of treatment you will receive at Dana Point Rehab Campus.
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