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Prescription Drug Abuse –
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Prescription drug abuse or utilizing these substances to “get high” or feel euphoria is on the rise. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that unintentional overdose from prescription drugs has quadrupled since 1999 and surpassed deaths associated with heroin and cocaine since 2002. Much of the abuse has been attributed to a fixation in the medical community to recognize and aggressively treat subjective diagnosis of pain by patients.

What are the Different Types of Prescription Drugs that Can Be Abused?

Several prescription drugs are typically abused and lead to dependence. The primary classes of these drugs are as follows:

  • Benzodiazepine or Central Nervous System Depressants – Most of these drugs are utilized to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Xanax, Valium, Ambien and Lunesta are a few of the most common CNS depressants that may be abused. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be extremely serious and needs to be treated by professionals who understand detox protocols.
  • Stimulants– These include medications like Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin and Concerta. The most common usage of this class is to treat attention deficit disorder.  Common abuse of this class includes snorting the drug; thus, entering the blood stream quickly.  Snorting Adderall is a common form of abuse typically seen in college students and high school students.  The high attained from Snorting Adderall makes this drug very dangerous.  Another prescription drug in this class is Gabapentin.  Many individuals who suffer from gabapentin abuse report that in high doses, gabapentin provides a high equal to opioids.  Gabapentin abuse is increasing due to the availability of the drug and the thought that it was relatively difficult to abuse.  This fallacy has been proven wrong as young adults are finding that Gabapentin has an opiate effect.
  • Opiate Painkillers – Painkillers are commonly prescribed and they are also widely abused. A couple of the most common in this class include OxyContin, Vicodin and Deladid.  Typically, OxyContin, Vicodin and Deladid are either snorted or injected into the addict’s vein.

What are the Adverse Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse has the potential to be extremely dangerous. A primary side-effect that may lead to death is dramatic reduction in respiratory function. Additionally, many prescription drugs may lead to physical addiction and thus, may be followed by severe withdrawal symptoms upon cessation. For example, Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms has a potential for respiratory depression and potential death if not treated by professionals.

How We Help?

SLO Recovery Centers Treatment Center in Florida, specializes in treatment of prescription drug addiction. Our first step in the process is to assess the patient to determine whether detox is necessary. In this case, we refer the client to one of our preferred detox centers whereby medically assisted drugs are utilized to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. After detox, the client returns to SLO Recovery Centers whereby the client is capable of addressing core underlying issues that have led to substance abuse and dependence. Moreover, the community will provide support and love as the client continues on his journey to recovery. SLO Recovery Centers is built on healthy attachments, love and strong community support.