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November 05, 2010

The Deadly Prescription Addiction

 

Prescription drug addiction is just as harmful as illegal street drugs. The number of deaths caused by prescription pain medication has steadily increased over the years. If used as prescribed by doctors prescription drugs can have worthwhile effects either physiologically or psychologically. Opiates such as Hydrocodone, Percocet, and Oxycontin are prescribed to individuals that suffer from chronic pain or need to recover from a surgery.  People who suffer from anxiety may be prescribed benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax.  Prescription drug abuse starts when an individual needs the prescription drug and then starts to abuse them as they become either physically or mentally addicted.  Taking prescription drugs over just a couple of months can lead to addiction.

The key to recovering from prescription drug addiction is to remain completely abstinent from drugs.  If someone who is addicted to prescription drugs is able to stop their addiction on their own for a while chances are the cravings for drugs will eventually become too strong for them to resist.  Individuals who are addicted to prescription drugs will not instantly be cured.  Help can be sought through treatment centers that specialize in prescription drug abuse.  A quality treatment center will help its clients achieve long-lasting abstinence from drugs.  The first stage of prescription addiction treatment is the medical management of withdrawal syndrome.  Individual and group therapy are aspects of an overall therapeutic process in prescription drug addiction treatment.

Don’t let a prescription addiction ruin yours or a loved one’s life. Get the help that is needed today. The hardest part in overcoming addiction is taking the first step and asking for help.  Call the help hotline at 1-800-939-3869 and speak with an addiction specialist today.

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