Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Despite prescription drugs being legal, addiction is a serious condition whereby a person continually takes prescription medication for recreational reasons, or due to developing a dependency over the course of legitimately requiring the drugs for insomnia, chronic pain or sickness. This can lead a person to be psychologically and physically reliant on the drugs in order to carry out their normal daily routine.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids, benzodiazepines and stimulants. Medical professionals may prescribe them as a temporary way to ease pain from injury or an operation as well as a variety of other psychological or medical conditions, despite some people being highly susceptible to addiction to these substances due to the euphoric and tranquil feelings the medication evokes in the user. This can be seen particularly often with opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and can lead to devastating consequences.
At Cornerstone we understand that it is not important which type of prescription drugs you have become addicted to. Chronic use of any of these drugs has the potential to cause significant damage to a wide range of aspects of life, including your work, education, interests, and relationships with family, friends, colleagues and partners. Consequences for prescription drug addiction can escalate and become critical over time, if left untreated by professional drug addiction practitioners.
However, recovery is possible at any stage of addiction; it is never too late. Cornerstone can provide the help you need from highly trained and dedicated psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other highly skilled practitioners, to overcome your addiction and allow the promise of the possibility for a happy, rewarding life free from addiction, which everyone deserves.
Free Addiction Assessment
If you have concerns that you, or a loved one may be suffering from a prescription drug addiction, Cornerstone can offer a free, totally confidential addiction assessment. There are many different indicators that a person may be struggling with prescription drug addiction, and it can be a great relief to discuss these with an experienced professional. This assessment provides a safe, non-judgemental space to discuss what options are available, and best for you or your loved one. A highly experienced, qualified practitioner will go through the assessment with you, with plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Prescription Drug Addiction Detox
Cornerstone’s prescription drug addiction treatment program starts with a medically assisted detox program at our rehabilitation center. It is important that this is done with care, as sudden withdrawal from prescription drugs can cause severe complications and can be fatal.
This process can last between a few days and a few weeks; dependent on the volume and frequency of drug use. The detoxification process will be assisted by a medical professional who will be prepared for any complications, and available for assistance around the clock, ensuring you are as safe and comfortable as possible.
As the withdrawal process can be difficult to cope with, there is the possibility of some controlled medication to alleviate the symptoms, if deemed necessary.
Highly trained and experienced mental health professionals will be available for non-judgemental and compassionate support.
A Team and Environment Dedicated to Recovery
The practitioners you will find at Cornerstone have extensive experience in a vast range of clinical treatments for prescription drug addiction that ensures flexibility, accessibility and safety. Our drug treatment specialists provide a safe and non-judgemental space to support you through your treatment, to discuss challenges and motivations and help guide you through your recovery.
The extensive range of therapeutic methods Cornerstone offers means that we can design a personal, unique treatment program, to help you understand the underlying causes and triggers of your addiction and achieve your goals to boost confidence and self-esteem.
At Cornerstone we believe that there should be transparency between patient and practitioner, placing you at the center of the treatment plan with the ability to make decisions about the treatment you receive. We understand that addiction is unique from person to person, and so strive to deliver a treatment plan that takes into account all your needs in order to address and identify the addiction, and heal the underlying causes in order to achieve lasting recovery from addiction and a rewarding and fulfilling future.
Seek Help for Your Prescription Drug Addiction
It is important to remember that leaving a prescription drug addiction to develop and worsen over time can lead to exacerbated symptoms that may be difficult to recognize, while in active addiction, as the prescription drugs may become the priority over basic needs. These worsened symptoms can mean using more, stronger or cheaper and more dangerous substances to achieve a satisfactory high, this has most commonly been seen in people addicted to Oxycontin moving to prescription drugs or Fentanyl.
As your dedication to addiction increases, so can the strains and tensions on your personal, professional and romantic life, leading to isolation and the potential for further physical and psychological problems. There is also the risk of developing a secondary, or multiple addictions, such as alcoholism, psychological and behavioral issues which can have serious implications and reduce a person’s quality of life.
However, recovery is possible at any stage of addiction; it is never too late. Cornerstone can provide the help you need to overcome your addiction and allow the promise of possibility for a happy, rewarding life free from addiction, which everyone deserves.
Prescription Drug Treatment at Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s prescription drug addiction treatment program typically consists of an intensive 28-day program which takes place at our treatment center where you will stay, following assessments from both our drug addiction specialists, and psychiatrist. 28 days is the recommended length of time to treat drug addiction. However, we do not set rigid time limits, the duration of your stay will depend entirely on the severity and nature of your addiction and on what commitments and responsibilities you may have.
Prescription drug addiction treatment at Cornerstone is built upon the 12-step addiction treatment model; based on abstinence from the Alcoholics Anonymous organization (AA). This treatment ideology is based on empirical evidence and is customized to each person’s needs, circumstances and held within clinical guidelines. The philosophy behind the 12-step program is to focus motivation for recovery beside a set of guiding values and beliefs, challenging addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes that fuel addiction, underpinned by spiritual influences that teaches both humility and self-worth.
Cornerstone’s prescription drug treatment program consists of:
- A complimentary, optional drug addiction assessment to allow confidential and non-judgemental discussion of any concerns and to learn what treatments are available, and best suited for your needs, based on the information you share
- An optional 7 to 10 day withdrawal detoxification with medical assistance, consisting of evaluation, stabilization and education; following detox anti-craving medications can be administered
- 1 on 1 and structured group therapy programs
- Couples and family therapy
- Information to seek legal support
- Licensed recovery homes for post-treatment
If, for whatever reason you would prefer not to take part in a residential treatment program, we also provide high quality treatment programs for day treatment, or outpatient treatment, depending on your unique needs.
Cornerstone’s prescription drug treatment options can be used either as a first admission point into treatment, or as you begin to reduce the quantity and intensity of treatment for those who have gone through an intensive residential program; this will largely depend on the severity and nature of your addiction and the style of support you feel is necessary.
What Types of Prescription Drug Addictions are Treated at Cornerstone?
While there is a vast variety of prescription medications that can be addictive, the most common substances that people suffer with are the following;
- Prescription opioids – including oxycodone (Oxycontin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), fentanyl, codeine, tramadol and co-codamol
- Prescription benzodiazepines (also known as tranquilizers or sedatives) – including diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and zolpidem (Ambien)
- Prescription stimulants – including methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and dextroamphetamines (Dexedrine and Adderall)
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
Indicators that you or a loved one is struggling with a prescription drug addiction will vary depending on the severity of the addiction and what sort of prescription drug is being abused. Symptoms of prescription drug addiction will also vary from person to person depending on their environment and personality. However, experience has indicated that there are some general signs you can be aware of that can suggest you or a loved one is addicted to prescription drugs, for example;
- Feeling a need to consume the prescription drug more often, and in larger quantities due to an increased tolerance to the drug and in order to experience the same feelings as the earlier stages of taking the drug
- Using prescription medication more regularly than advised by a medical professional
- Ordering prescription medication online, rather than going to see a doctor
- Requesting medication from several different doctors for the same ailment or repeatedly requesting more medication against the medical professionals judgement
- Stealing other people’s prescriptions, pretending to lose or creating counterfeit prescriptions
- Experiencing negative consequences of the drug, on your work, home or social life but persisting prescription drug use
- Feeling extreme cravings for the drug
- Finding that your mood is dependent on the availability of prescription drugs, when you are without the drug feeling chronically anxious, depressed or short-tempered
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug, or when it is not available
Causes of Prescription Drug Addiction
There is not necessarily a determined, fixed cause for prescription drugs addiction. However, much research has focused on what could make a person more susceptible to prescription drugs dependency and addiction than others. Research studies have found that the following factors can increase the chances of a person developing an addiction to prescription drugs:
- If you have a member of your immediate family that struggles with addiction, research has shown that this increases the risk of developing a drug addiction due to hereditary factors that are aligned with addiction, as opposed to people with no history of addiction in their family
- A biological theory has stated that if a person’s brain is not able to produce sufficient amounts of natural endorphins that usually occur natural when we exercise, eat food we like or spend time with loved ones. If it is not possible to feel these naturally, a person is more likely to find another source of these “feel good” chemicals.
- Environmental factors; including living with someone with an addiction or being subjected to witnessing prescription drugs use, or the behaviors caused by prescription drugs addiction from a young age, it can teach a person that this is normal behavior, and not recognize dangerous risks associated with drug use and see prescription drugs use as a normal response to stressful events
- Prescription drugs use can be used to self-medicate or disguise the symptoms of a pre-existing, or co-existing mental health condition; such as anxiety, depression, stress or panic disorder, this is especially likely if the disorder has not been formally identified, diagnosed or treated.
Additionally, if a person is not educated on the risks of abusing prescription drugs or the harm it causes this can increase the likelihood of escalating use, dependence and addiction, even more so if these drugs are readily available, or already easily accessible in your home.
Self-Help Pointers for Dealing with the Initial Stages of Prescription Drug Addiction
It can be difficult to know where to begin when seeking recovery; below are some useful suggestions to support the early stages of prescription drug addiction;
- Be open and honest with people you love about the amount of drugs you take, and how often
- Accept that your drug use has become problematic and you are no longer in control of how much or how often you take drugs
- Make initial changes in your life to avoid negative influences and people that have historically enabled or triggered drug use
- Begin to prepare to make significant changes in order to engage in treatment and maintain recovery from addiction
- Accept that the process of change is challenging and requires motivation and dedication
Cornerstone’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, delivering excellent, prompt support to those in crisis.
Our drug addiction specialists are there to support those in urgent need of stabilization, providing immediate assistance and providing access to withdrawal detoxification, assisted by a medical professional when necessary.