Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in San Diego
Do Not Attempt to Overcome Your Addiction Alone
Regardless of whether you were originally prescribed the drug you are now addicted to or obtained the drug via other methods, prescription drug addiction is incredibly serious and dangerous. If you wish to overcome your addiction and live a happier, drug-free life, the caring, dedicated team at Pacific Bay Recovery can help.
For years, we have assisted individuals throughout Southern California gain the strength and will needed to overcome their prescription drug addictions. No matter what type of prescription drug you are addicted to, we have the training and support system needed to help you recover from your addiction.
We can assist individuals who are addicted to many types of prescription drugs including:
Our facility always offers complimentary and confidential evaluations, so if you would like to learn how we can help you at Pacific Bay Recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us at (858) 263-9700 today.
FAQs on Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a serious chemical dependency. A prescription drug is any medication regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), requiring a doctor’s prescription. Prescription drugs work by either suppressing or promoting certain brain chemical reactions.
What are the main prescription drugs abused?
- Opiates – Also called narcotics and prescribed for severe or chronic pain.
- Stimulants – Used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Sedatives – Benzodiazepines used for sleep and to treat anxiety disorders.
What are the warning signs of prescription drug abuse?
Drug-seeking behaviors alert others to prescription drug addiction. These behaviors include:
- Losing prescriptions and asking for early refills.
- Stealing or borrowing medications from friends, family members, and co-workers.
- Consuming the entire prescription much faster than indicated.
- Breaking or crushing pills.
- Visiting multiple doctors.
- Forging or stealing prescriptions.
- Inconsistent answers to questions regarding medication usage.
- Ordering medications off the Internet.
- Changes in sleep patterns.
- Noticeable mood swings related to the absence or availability of drugs.
- Frequent alcohol use.
- Increasing irritability when drugs are not available.
What are the symptoms of sedative abuse and/or addiction?
Visible symptoms include:
- Confusion, drowsiness, and intoxicated appearance
- Poor decision-making and judgement
- Memory problems
- Rapid eye movements
What are the symptoms of stimulant abuse?
When someone is abusing a prescription stimulant, symptoms include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, agitation, irritability, seizures, hostility, elevated body temperature, and unexplained weight loss.
What are the symptoms of opiate addiction?
Opiate analgesics can produce common symptoms of abuse, such as low blood pressure, depression, constipation, diarrhea, disorientation, and confusion.
What are the effects of prescription drug addiction?
Prescription drug addiction and abuse are often accompanied by serious emotional problems and mental health issues. The abuse of drugs can result in problems with relationships, job loss, employment difficulties, financial trouble, and legal issues.
What causes prescription drug addiction?
While most people take prescribed medicines as they are recommended, a few people are predisposed to become addicted when they use prescription medications. Often the prescription is written following an injury, surgery, or for a real medical condition. Most people do not intend to become addicted, but after feeling the pleasurable effects of the drug, they begin to take more and more of the medication.
How common is prescription drug addiction?
According to statistics, around 2.6 million people in the U.S. abuse drugs. In a 2007 survey, 6% of persons aged 17 to 25 years report abusing prescription drugs within the past month. Prescription drug abuse causes many overdose deaths, with reports of around 23,000 per year. In 2007, the DEA found that Fentanyl killed more than 1,000 people in one year, and it is reported to be around 40 times more powerful than heroin.
What are the consequences of prescription drug use among teenagers?
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice as likely to drink alcohol and five times as likely to smoke marijuana. In addition, these teens are 20 times as likely to use illegal street drugs, such as cocaine, Ecstasy, and heroin than teens who do not use any prescription medications.
What medications can treat prescription drug addiction?
The antagonist medication naltrexone is used to prevent opioids from activating their receptors. This drug is available by mouth or in an injectable, long-acting form (Vivitrol). This drug eliminates withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings by working on the same areas of the brain as the addictive substance. Another commonly used treatment option is buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist. This drug helps with prescription drug cravings and curbs desire to abuse a medication.