Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

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a person talks to a therapist in a prescription drug addiction treatment program There has been an epidemic rise in prescription drug abuse in recent years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that 48 million people aged 12 and older in the U.S. have taken prescription drugs recreationally. This rise in prescription drug abuse and misuse has led to a corresponding rise in ER visits for accidental overdose, as well as increased prescription drug addiction treatment program admissions.

At BlueCrest Recovery, we know how important substance abuse treatment programs are to long-term recovery. Our center in Woodland Park, NJ is run by professionals with years of experience helping people overcome their dependence on drugs. Our prescription drug addiction treatment programs combine evidence-based therapies with a holistic approach, so our clients stay engaged and fulfilled on their way to a healthier, happier future. Call 888.292.9652 today to get help.

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The following three classes of prescription drugs are some of the most commonly abused:

  • Opioids – Including oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and others.
  • Stimulants – Including amphetamine, methylphenidate (such as Ritalin), and dextroamphetamine (such as Adderall).
  • Sedatives (central nervous system depressants) – Including benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Valium), which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.

Abuse of fentanyl, an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, has also seen a dramatic rise in recent years. One of the strongest opiates available today, Fentanyl has a high risk for addiction and dependence.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Drug-seeking behavior is a key warning sign of prescription drug abuse, regardless of drug class. These behaviors can include (but aren’t limited to):

  • “Doctor shopping” – Visiting multiple doctors for the same/similar condition in order to get multiple prescriptions
  • Regularly requesting replacements for “lost” prescriptions
  • Ordering prescription medications online
  • Frequently requesting prescription refills
  • Stealing or forging prescriptions
  • Crushing or breaking pills (which could be a sign that the person is shooting or snorting the pills)
  • Consuming prescriptions much faster than indicated

Different Prescriptions Cause Different Symptoms

Here are some additional prescription drug abuse signs to watch for by drug class:

Opiate Abuse

Signs and symptoms of opiate addiction can include:

  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Constipation or other digestive problems
  • Shortness of breath

Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and may include restlessness, vomiting, severe bone and muscle pains, diarrhea, cold flashes, and, in severe cases, seizures, and cardiac arrest. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates can be serious or life-threatening—get help right away if you or a loved one is experiencing severe symptoms.

Stimulant Abuse

Symptoms of stimulant addiction can include:

  • Extreme irritability or agitation
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased body temperature (not due to environment or activity)
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Unexplained weight loss

In severe circumstances, symptoms can include seizures and cardiovascular failure.

Sedative Abuse

Symptoms of sedative addiction are often particularly noticeable and can include:

  • A drowsy or intoxicated appearance
  • Unsteady movements
  • Confusion
  • Involuntary gestures or tics
  • Rapid involuntary eye movement
  • Difficulty remembering

Why People Get Addicted to Prescription Drugs

It’s not always clear why some people become addicted while others don’t, but there are many factors likely at play, including family history, environment, trauma, mental illness, and others.

What begins as use for legitimate pain, such as migraine headaches, back pain, or post-surgery pain, can morph into a prescription drug addiction and chemical dependence over time. Some people try prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons and become hooked, while others don’t.

While the reasons for what causes addiction are unclear, one thing isn’t—breaking the cycle of addiction is challenging and even dangerous. Prescription medications are designed to interact with the brain and body to manage pain receptors, calm nerve pathways, and influence how the body reacts. When someone becomes addicted to a drug that changes brain and body chemistry, getting back to normal is difficult. It will take time for the body to readjust to life without prescription drugs. During this period, a person will experience a myriad of symptoms as the body relearns how to function on its own.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

While the severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on how many pills a person was taking a day, the typical symptoms of prescription drug abuse withdrawal can be seen across most users. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Shakiness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Muscle and joint aches

Prescription drug dependency is a serious medical condition that requires treatment by trained specialists. Detoxification from prescription drugs requires medical supervision, as withdrawal symptoms can be serious or even life-threatening.

Comprehensive Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

If you or a loved one has a chemical dependency on prescription drugs, it’s important not to attempt detox on your own—seek an outpatient drug detox program overseen by medical professionals. BlueCrest Recovery Center can arrange care for you or a loved one in a safe, well-managed detoxification program.

After detox, our comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs are the next step in the recovery process, helping clients understand all aspects of addiction and providing opportunities to participate in individual, group, and family therapy sessions. BlueCrest Recovery offers both non-intensive and intensive addiction treatment programs in New Jersey, administered and overseen by a skilled team of clinicians, licensed drug counselors, psychiatrists, registered nurses, and other professionals.

Get Help Today at BlueCrest Recovery Center

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, our New Jersey rehab center can help. BlueCrest Recovery Center provides a whole-person approach in our prescription drug addiction treatment program, considering not only a person’s physical needs but also their emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs. Learn more about our approach to treatment, and contact us at 888.292.9652 today for help.

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Yes, all information provided is kept confidential and once engaged in treatment; all aspects of treatment are confidential unless otherwise noted by a signed release of information.

We accept most major private insurances. If you do not have insurance, private pay options can be discussed.

At BlueCrest Recovery Center, you will receive a comprehensive multifaceted approach to treatment that includes both group therapy sessions and individual one-on-one therapy sessions based on your unique needs.

Yes, we offer both family support and education groups run by a licensed clinician as well as individual family sessions. Every family and every person is unique, our clinicians will work with you to determine the best approach to healing for yourself and your family.

BlueCrest Recovery Center will conduct an assessment, or level of care evaluation. The goal is to determine the appropriate level of care to meet the client’s individual needs and to provide a recommendation.

Yes, in fact clients with co-occurring illnesses tend to be very successful in our program. Every client that comes to BlueCrest receives a comprehensive psychological evaluation to determine what specific mental health needs they have. From there, a personalized treatment plan that addresses both the substance use and mental health concerns.

BlueCrest Recovery adheres to the highest treatment standards established by its accrediting agencies. BlueCrest is currently accredited by Joint Commission and   The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities also known as CARF. These governing agencies certify that our services are consistently meeting rigorous treatment standards and to ensure the highest quality of care is always being provided.

Group schedules for all treatment days are outlined by a clinical curriculum that integrates a multitude of the treatment modalities we offer. Our therapists will conduct weekly individual sessions with each client. These one-on-one sessions most often occurs during treatment hours in lieu of a group session. BlueCrest’s clinical schedule offers comprehensive and diverse therapeutic approaches including, among many others, process (discussion) group, 12-step education/didactic groups, yoga and meditation sessions and life skills training.

Transitioning from treatment to independent living is a common relapse trigger. BlueCrest’s multiple levels of care are intended to gradually “step-down” clinical structure as clients build independence and grow their 12-step program. Clinicians and our Case Manager will assist in making any necessary aftercare referrals for continued care including but not limited to psychiatrists, doctors and therapists.