When it comes to detoxing from prescription drugs, a number of things must be taken into account. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, our physician and team of specialists understand the needs of individuals wanting to detox from prescription medications. So, we work to best understand each patient’s needs, desires, and motivations for achieving sobriety through detox. And, we develop individualized detox and treatment plans for each individual wanting to break free from prescription drug dependency.
Exploring Prescription Medications and Their Dangers
Patients seeking detox from prescription medications may differ as far as patient needs, prescription use history, and desires for detox outcomes. In many cases, individuals receive prescription medications for chronic pain, due to surgery or injury. Other individuals may use prescription medications without a prescription, either self-medicating medical issues or using recreationally. Unfortunately, while prescription medications do their part to help individuals struggling with various medical issues, many are addictive. And, with long-term use, can lead to increased tolerance, dependence, and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. No matter the reason for detoxing, it’s imperative that individuals using prescription medications understand drug dependency. And, the importance to choose a medical detox facility when facing the dangers of withdrawing from prescription medications.
Before detox and treatment may begin, it’s important to identify the specific prescription medication a person may be dependent upon. This way, treatment plans may be specific to an individual’s exact needs. Types of prescription drugs individuals may become addicted to include:
Stimulants: These types of prescription medications are usually prescribed to individuals diagnosed with ADHD or narcolepsy. One example of a prescription stimulant medication is Adderall.
Opiates: These are narcotic pain medications used to treat severe pain due to chronic injury, surgery, or autoimmune/neurological diseases that result in chronic pain symptoms. Examples of prescription opiate medications include Percocet, Oxycodone, and Fentanyl and Vicodin.
Sedatives: This type of prescription medication, also known as tranquilizers, are used to treat mood disorders and insomnia. Examples of prescription sedative medications include Xanax, Valium, and Lunesta.
Symptoms of Prescription Abuse and Dependence
While each prescription medication may have its own effects, symptoms of abuse, and withdrawal symptoms, there are a few signs to look that may generally characterize prescription drug abuse. Mostly, these are drug-seeking behaviors. These behaviors and signs may include:
- Doctor shopping (going to more than one doctor for prescriptions)
- Crushing pills to snort/inject
- Taking more than the suggested dose
- Purchasing prescription drugs illegally
- Stealing/taking prescription medications from family or friends
- Inability to answer questions about medication use
Along with prescription seeking behaviors, some other signs of prescription drug abuse may include:
- Mood swings and irritability when prescription medications run out or are unavailable
- Using alternative medications, drugs, or alcohol when prescriptions run out or are unavailable
- Erratic sleep schedules
Detox from Prescription Medications at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
Experiencing the effects of prescription drug dependence or abuse in your own life? Or, notice that a loved one may be struggling with this issue? Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we believe that there are alternatives to addictive prescription medications. And, we also believe that every person should have access to detox that works best for their own lives. That’s why we offer an outpatient, medically-assisted prescription medication detox program. Additionally, we offer outpatient treatment and a number of therapeutic services to help individuals gain lasting recovery once detox concludes. If you’re ready to find a life without the use of addictive prescription medications, contact us today!