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As defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication in a way other than as prescribed and for non-medical reasons. In some cases however, prescription drug abuse occurs as a result of a build-up of tolerance levels when these medications are prescribed for long term use. The NIDA also explains that tolerance occurs when it requires a higher dose of the medication to achieve the same level of response that was initially experienced. People take more and more to manage their pain and end up overdosing or with a prescription pill addiction.
Based on various national surveys, death due to overdose is the most serious consequence of prescription drug abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), prescription drug abuse kills more people in the U.S. than motor vehicle accidents. The rate of these deaths has been steadily increasing, leading to the need for specialized prescription drug treatment programs.
Opioids are prescribed for patients to help alleviate pain. These drugs are highly addictive if the dosage is not monitored by a medical professional. The most common prescribed opiates include:
Sedatives are designed to induce a sense of calm, drowsiness or restfulness. Tranquilizers are sedatives that help to minimize irritability or excitement. At high doses however, the drugs slow down the breathing process, which limits oxygen to the brain. Slurred speech, instability, slow reflexes are common symptoms. Popular sedatives include:
• Benzodiazepines such as valium, Rohypnol, Ativan, Halcion, Librium and Xanax.
• Herbal sedatives include Marijuana, Kava and Valerian.
• Barbiturates such as Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Luminal.
Stimulants are drugs that increase alertness, attention, and energy, as well as elevate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. These were originally used to treat patients suffering with respiratory problems such as asthma, as well as obesity and neurological disorders. Overtime however, some physicians stopped prescribing them because of their potential for abuse. For patients who do not respond well to other treatment, stimulants are still used for conditions such as ADHD, narcolepsy and depression.
Rehabilitation from prescription drug addiction is critical to avoid a drug overdose fatality. Prescription Alcohol Treatment Centers Houston provides patients with customized treatment plans that focus on, and address their specific needs. We provide both residential inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment.
Our rehab programs treat the individual, not just the addiction. We ensure that all underlying issues or conditions are addressed and treated by conducting a thorough evaluation of the patient’s physical and psychological condition prior to the design and implementation of their treatment program. This assessment tool enables our board certified clinicians to identify suitable remedies and rehabilitation treatment protocols that will best suit the patient and will ensure long term sobriety.
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