While prescription drugs may seem safer than illicit drugs, they can still lead to addiction. Doctors prescribe medications like benzos and opioids every day to help support patients’ quality of life, but these medications are easy to abuse. Prescription drugs often work like a bandaid to stop symptoms without treating the underlying cause. When someone takes prescription medications and lives with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or PTSD, they are more likely to develop an addiction. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we’re here to help patients uncover the cause of prescription drug abuse in our dual diagnosis prescription drug rehab program.
If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drugs, know you are not alone. The team at Evoke Wellness at Miramar is here to support your journey with holistic dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment. Call us now at 866.931.9312 to speak to our staff and start treatment today.
What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?
Prescription drugs may seem safe because they are regulated by the FDA, medically tested for safety, and dispensed at a pharmacy. Unfortunately, even when taken as prescribed by a doctor, prescription drugs can lead to addiction. The most common prescription drugs that lead to chemical dependence and substance abuse include:
Opioids are synthetic medications that mimic natural opiates. They’re made from the opium poppy and work by stopping pain receptors in the brain, which also causes euphoria. They can be especially difficult to stop taking without prescription drug rehab and medically assisted detox. Common opioids include Vicodin, OxyContin, and fentanyl. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we prescribe Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol for opioid detox. These medications provide safe and effective treatment to limit withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
Benzodiazepines, also called benzos, are a type of drug that relaxes the nervous system. They release dopamine and GABA to promote sleep and relieve anxiety. Often prescribed for short-term use, they are highly addictive. Long-term use can cause changes in the language center of a person’s brain. Common benzos include Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan. At Evoke Wellness at Miramar, we know treating the underlying causes of anxiety can help those in benzo recovery. Our range of holistic dual diagnosis therapies supports patients throughout detox and early recovery.
Adderall is the most commonly prescribed amphetamine on the market, and is a common treatment for ADHD. These medications speed up reactions from the brain to the body and can be highly addictive whether someone is taking it as prescribed or abusing it.
Prescription drugs work by altering a person’s brain chemistry. Unfortunately, most times this can lead to substance abuse and addiction.
Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse
While each class of prescription drugs has its own side effects, common signs of prescription drug abuse include:
- Changes in mood
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in eating habits
- Weight loss
- Flu-like symptoms during withdrawal
Withdrawal is the first sign of addiction. During withdrawal, the brain tells the body it needs more drugs to survive. This is a natural reaction and a sign it’s time for prescription drug rehab. During our prescription drug rehab in Florida, patients undergo medically assisted detox to manage withdrawal symptoms alongside a range of therapies to help uncover and treat co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Studies show that treating mental health alongside substance abuse can decrease the risk of relapse and increase quality of life.
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Doctors prescribe medications every day. While many save lives, others can lead to addiction. If you or someone you love is ready for long-term sobriety, we can help. Evoke Wellness at Miramar is here to help you feel better today. Our residential and outpatient programs provide patients with medically assisted detox and dual diagnosis treatment for drugs and alcohol. Our holistic approach provides a wide range of therapies to help patients find the right combination of treatments for their unique needs. Some of our therapies include:
- Acupuncture therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Person-centered therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Meditative therapy
- Yoga therapy
Our mental health team specializes in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD to help patients uncover and treat the root causes of substance abuse. With individual, group, and family therapy programs, our patients feel supported every step of the way.