Prescription drug addiction is unique compared to other drug addictions we treat in that they are legal and are oftentimes taken to alleviate a medical or psychological condition under a doctor’s supervision. Treating insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, or other common conditions with medication can be a valuable part of a patient’s treatment. However, addiction can become a serious condition when a patient takes medications for recreational reasons or due to a developing dependency over the course of a prescription. Eventually, a person can become physically and psychologically reliant on their prescription drugs in order to carry out their normal daily routine.
Like many places throughout the US, the most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids (such as Oxycontin and Percocet), sedative-hypnotics (like benzodiazepines and Xanax), and stimulants (like Adderall or Vyvanse) in Orange County. These drugs are prescribed by medical professionals as a temporary way to ease pain from injury or an operation or for a variety of other psychological or medical conditions. For patients who are susceptible to addiction, these substances can provide euphoria and tranquility to which they become dependent.
Regardless of the type of prescription medication, someone is addicted to, the chronic use or abuse of these drugs can potentially cause serious damage to every aspect of a person’s life. Despite them being “legal,” consequences for prescription drug addiction can escalate and become just as critical or even life-threatening as any street drug (if left untreated).
At Cornerstone, we believe that no matter how deep into your prescription drug addiction you are or how bad the consequences you’re facing are, it’s never too late for recovery. We 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 of a happy, rewarding life free from prescription drugs whether they are opioids, sedative-hypnotics, or stimulants.
Free Prescription Drug Addiction Assessment & Treatment Planning
For every addiction we treat, there are underlying mental and medical conditions that impact a person’s drug dependency. For many prescription drug users who first became addicted by treating a mental or medical condition, this can be even more prevalent. Accordingly, before we start any treatment we do an addiction assessment. This benefits the patient and ultimately their treatment in a few ways:
- Provides a non judgmental and confidential space to openly discuss the addiction
- Gives mental and medical context to our treatment professionals as to how the addiction started and subsequently progressed
- Allows an opportunity to dispel uncertainty or answer questions a potential patient has about treatment itself
- If a patient moves forward with treatment, it jumpstarts our mutual planning of treatment
If you or someone you love may be suffering from prescription drug addiction, Cornerstone can offer a free initial assessment that can either start your road to recovery or at least give you an opportunity to explore that option and understand what it’s all about. With no cost and no commitment, it’s a great relief to many of our potential patients to discuss their experiences and concerns with our highly experienced and qualified practitioners.
Prescription Drug Addiction Detox
Because sudden withdrawal from prescription drugs can cause severe health complications and could even be fatal, the first step in treatment is to assess the health implications of detox. After reviewing the medical history, depth, and duration of drug use, our doctors and nurses start the addiction treatment program with a medically assisted detox at our rehabilitation center.
This process can last between a few days or weeks depending on a patient’s condition. Regardless of the length of withdrawal, the detoxification process is assisted and overseen by our medical professionals who are prepared for any complications, and available for assistance around the clock, ensuring you are as safe and comfortable as possible.
During withdrawal from certain prescription drugs, it may be necessary for medical staff to provide medications that alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms. Most commonly, methadone and buprenorphine can be used to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms and buspirone and Flumazenil can be used for benzodiazepine detox. Each of these drugs can help in coping with the physical and psychological distress that prescription drug withdrawal can bring.
Our Team and Environment are Dedicated to Recovery In Orange County
The team at Cornerstone that you’ll be working and learning with is comprised of a variety of disciplines, each bringing their own set of expertise and experiences. This allows our drug treatment specialists to provide treatment that is personalized, flexible, accessible to all, and most of all safe. We create a secure, non-judgmental space to support you through your treatment - addressing the core challenges and motivations that will help guide you through your recovery.
At your and our staff’s fingertips, are a variety of therapeutic methods that customizes a unique treatment program that mixes and matches the best treatment options available. Building self-esteem and achieving goals throughout your treatment not only benefits your immediate treatment but provides the foundation for long-lasting recovery from prescription drug addiction.
Cornerstone drug treatment practitioners place the individual at the center of our treatment plans and we do this by giving patients full transparency in the process of the addiction treatment we’re collaborating on. Our skilled staff has enough experience to know that addiction is not a uniform condition and therefore treating the underlying cause of addiction must be individualized.
Seek Help for Your Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction only gets worse over time. The consequences of habitual use stack up over time and psychological and physical harm is compounded as the addiction continues. These negative consequences and harm often push an addict further into addiction as they will seek stronger or cheaper (and more dangerous) substances to achieve a satisfactory high.
Left untreated, prescription opioid, benzodiazepine, and Adderall addictions fester and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life. As one’s addiction fully manifests, personal, professional, and romantic relationships become strained and full of tension. Furthermore, their risk of developing a secondary, or several other addictions (such as alcoholism), psychological neurosis, behavioral issues, and antisocial attitudes increases over time.
Regardless of how far prescription drug abuse has progressed, Cornerstone believes that treatment and recovery are possible at any stage of addiction. We provide our patients with the help they need to overcome an addiction and allow for the promise and possibility of a happy, rewarding life, free from addiction. We believe every person we treat deserves this promise and possibility.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Cornerstone of Southern California
For most patients, their prescription drug addiction treatment consists of an intensive 28-day inpatient program at our treatment center. The program starts with our team of psychiatrists and drug addiction specialists assessing your condition and working with you to develop a plan forward. It’s important to note that while 28 days is our general recommended length of time, we don’t set rigid time limits or milestones. The duration of your stay, the pace of your treatment, and the goals set are all determined by you and our team based on the severity and nature of your addiction.
This focus on transparency and flexibility allows Cornerstone to work with patients in various ways that are centered around the person being treated. Accordingly, we offer other options for treatment if the 28-day residential program isn’t optimal for a patient seeking help. This includes our day treatment and outpatient program that allows patients to be treated at the times and manner most effective for them.
Whether you are an inpatient or an outpatient, our treatment program is built on the 12-step addiction model. This treatment methodology uses a mix of empirical evidence, decades of experience, and clinical guidelines to make it an effective, patient-centered approach to abstinence. Cornerstone helps patients juxtapose their motivation for recovery next to a set of guiding values and beliefs. We challenge addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes that help fuel the addiction itself while underpinning treatment with both humility and self-worth.
What Types of Prescription Drug Addictions are Treated at Cornerstone of Southern California?
While there is a vast variety of prescription medications that can be addictive, the most common substances that people suffer from 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 dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine and Adderall)
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
Indicators that someone 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. Opioids, sedative-hypnotics, and stimulants all have their own unique addiction profile. Symptoms of prescription drug addiction will also vary from person to person depending on their environment and personality. However, 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/or 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' judgment
- 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
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 number 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. Contact us immediately.