By: Lakeview Health
Families are negatively impacted by loved ones who are addicted to prescription pain medicine. People suffering with addiction to prescription pain medicine need to have a certain dosage of the medication in their body at all times to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms. This can interfere with things like work, school and family vacations. If the individual misses a dose, he or she will go into withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms from prescription medication can include:
- Mood swings
- Physical pain
- Sleep changes
- Stomach discomfort
Withdrawal symptoms can cause great discomfort for an addict and be extremely debilitating. Medical detox is essential to help decrease further damage from prescription pill addiction. Accredited Christian drug rehabs should have an inpatient medical detox component to their rehab program that is followed by residential addiction treatment. This will help ensure that both the physical and psychological factors of prescription addiction are addressed. The two most commonly abused prescription medications are:
Developing Addiction to Prescription Medications
In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the United States spent $234.1 billion on prescription meds. Admissions to Christian drug rehab programs show this number continuing to grow. Many Christians begin taking prescription pills for chronic pain or anxiety, but doctors don’t readily tell you that many medications are addictive and require medical detox to allow you to stop using them safely. Because of the lack of education about the addictive qualities of prescription medication, users may unknowingly develop addiction. Others may start using prescription medication as a way to escape daily pressures and feel that it is okay because the drugs are legal. Prescription drug addiction prevents you from fully experiencing your relationship with God. We cut God, family and friends out of our lives when we are abusing prescription medications. Addiction to prescription medications can leave you feeling extremely lonely and misunderstood by loved ones. Get your spiritual life back on track by eliminating substance abuse. Call one of our trained addiction specialists at 888-616-0460 to learn more about the admissions process at Lakeview Health Systems’ Christian drug treatment program. All calls are confidential and our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.