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Prescription Addiction Treatment

Treating Prescription Addiction

At Genesis Recovery in California, we treat a dynamic set of addictions concerning alcohol and drugs. Many of the patients that we see are addicted to a combination of these substances, and our treatment options reflect this possibility. We hope to offer adaptable methods of treatment that can target any combination of addictions whether they be multiple drug addictions or drugs and alcohol. Prescription drug addiction is one of these addictions that we focus on here at Genesis Recovery as it is one of the leading forms of addiction in the world today.

What is prescription drug addiction?

Addiction of any kind is the inability to function without consumption of the substance, but prescription drug addiction is an unintentional medically assisted type of addiction. Prescription drugs become the center of the brain’s focus and are often sought out through any means possible. Drug addiction is considered a brain disease because of its ability to alter the normal brain functioning, ultimately resulting in loss of performance and although a person might initially choose to take drugs, continued use can lead to addictive behaviors caused by structural changes in the brain.

Prescription drug addiction becomes a disease of the brain because these prescription specific drugs are often associated with rerouted neurological function and altered sensory perception. Often those who are affected by prescription drug addiction are those patients that suffer from severe pain after a traumatic injury, those who are chronically depressed, or those who have difficulty sleeping.

Types of Prescription Drugs

The types of prescription drugs that correspond with those vulnerable to addiction are summed up in the form of anti-depressants or CNS drugs, Opioids, and stimulants such as diet pills. There are other types of prescription medications an individual can develop an addiction to, but these are some of the most common classifications we see at Genesis Recovery.

The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Of these specific prescription drug types above, the most addictive drugs by name are the following:

  • Vicodin
  • Xanax
  • Adderrall
  • Prozac
  • Ritalin
  • Ambien
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Percocet
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Pseudophedrine

We understand that previous illness, trauma, and mental health issues can be a precursor to developing these addictions, and want our clients to know that the rapid availability can make this addiction one of the most difficult to break away from. We offer supportive and all- encompassing prescription drug addiction treatment that provides all clients with the essential tools they need to avoid relapse. We also educate our clients on their particular addictions and want them to deconstruct their desire for these drugs and physical or emotional triggers that lead to abuse over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

Because of the viral availability of various types of prescription drugs, and the deep seated reasons people start taking those drugs, can and often times does make it difficult for us to recognize addiction beginning to form in those that are close to us like friends and family. These addictions can slowly become difficult to see within ourselves as well. Addiction can creep up on us especially in the situation of chronic pain. When a doctor prescribes pain meds for drug therapy for an injury, sleep disorders, mood disorders and weight management these philosophies can become overwhelming and simply put outright discouraging. The dependency on these drugs may come as a surprise until our addiction is well under way.

Noticing these signs and symptoms within ourselves as we make use of these prescription drugs can save us years of lost time, pain and suffering and even our family. It is critical that during the time you or a family member is prescribed medication, that the prescribing physician explain in detail the dependency that’s associated with each drug. If you or a loved one are already predisposed to developing an addiction, you should be highly aware of this before opting to take prescription drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken under necessary circumstances with physician monitoring only and our opinion is not at all.

Symptoms and behavior changes:

  • Memory loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Speech problems
  • Muscle spasms
  • Periods of increased energy or the complete opposite
  • Spectrum mood swings
  • Frequent unnecessary hospital visits
  • Isolation
  • Extreme weight loss

These symptoms vary with each prescription drug addiction and if they are in combination with other addictive substances. If you are experiencing these symptoms related to the list of drugs above, call to speak with an intake counselor at Genesis Recovery and let’s get you started on a treatment plan to stop the addiction.

How We Treat Prescription Drug Addiction

At Genesis Recovery, our clients range from their late teens to men well into their fifties and beyond. A combination of treatments are required to help any addiction, and prescription drug addiction requires a variety of behavioral therapy methods.

At Genesis Recovery, we use a comprehensive treatment approach to help you recover. We call our method of Prescription drug treatment as Spiritually Therapeutic Treatment Approach, which includes faith-based learning, clinical treatment and the 12-step process, and it is done in a protected environment. Our goal is to provide treatment in a serious yet engaging manner so that residents can recover in the strongest way possible. Typically, residents will participate in spiritual activities that take place three times a day. Afterward they attend individual therapy sessions and 12-step meetings. The rest of the day is left for recreational activities and other positive events that support recovery.

Our disciplined faith-based approach stems from the belief in a higher power and the influence God has on endurance and recovery. Through prayer, meditation, bible study and weekly church services, our residents learn to accept the power of a spiritual presence.

Clinical recovery methods are employed in addition with our faith-based and 12-step activities, and include group and individual therapy. Our Christian certified psychiatrists hold sessions with each of our residents and provide counseling for anger management, grief and loss, trauma and other topics. This helps the individual to recover fast.

The 12-step meetings typically take place off-site and involve engaging, recovery-related activities that encourage residents to continue a life of sobriety. Many times, other community members will join 12-step meetings to share their personal experiences with addiction in hopes of promoting a productive and drug-free existence.

No matter where you are in your stage of addiction, Genesis Recovery can provide individualized services that are designed to help you recover from drug abuse. Our licensed staff has the personal and professional experience necessary to work with you to create long- term sobriety, mend relationships and learn the life skills needed to become a positive member of society.