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Prescription Drug Abuse: Signs, Symptoms and Proper Treatment

Prescription drug abuse has steadily been on the rise in recent years and is more prevalent than ever before. In addition to recreational use, prescription drug addiction can also develop from perfectly legitimate use following an injury or ailment. Drug abuse does not discriminate – it can hit people of any age, race, gender and income bracket.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a prescription drug abuse problem, it’s time to get help. Safe detoxification from prescription drugs requires professional treatment.

Which Prescription Drugs Are Often Abused?

There are hundreds upon hundreds of prescription drugs. But there are a few that are the most commonly abused or taken without being prescribed.

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Amphetamines (Adderall)
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta)
  • Morphine Sulfate
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet or Acetaminophen)
  • Oxymorphone (Darvon)
  • Pentobarbital Sodium (Nembutal)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Zolpidem Tartrate (Ambien)

Street Names For Various Prescription Drugs

There are countless street names for prescription drugs themselves as well as for the act of taking the prescription drug. Below are some examples. If you hear these being thrown around in a loved one’s daily vocabulary, they may be abusing prescription drugs.

  • Beans
  • Benzos
  • Big Boys
  • Black Beauties
  • Blues
  • Bricks
  • Chill Pills
  • Christmas Trees
  • Cotton
  • Double Trouble
  • French Fries
  • Jif
  • Kicker
  • Morph
  • OC
  • Percs
  • Pilz
  • R-ball
  • Rid
  • Rits
  • Rittys
  • Tranqs
  • Tuss
  • Vike
  • Vitamin R
  • Watson-387
  • Z-Bar

Street Names for Taking and/or Abusing Prescription Drugs

  • Pharming
  • Pharm Parties
  • Recipe (the mixing of prescription drugs with alcoholic beverages)
  • Trail Mix (the mixing of various prescription drugs while at “pharm parties”)

Physical and Behavioral Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

The physical and behavioral prescription drug abuse symptoms can vary based on the type of prescription the person is using. The following are some symptoms to look out for.

Opioids (Oxycodone, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, etc.)

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Euphoria
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Increased pain with higher doses
  • Poor coordination

Stimulants (Methylphenidate, Dextroamphetamine, Amphetamine, etc.)

  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • High body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeat

Sedatives or Anti-Anxiety Medication (Alprazolam, Diazepam, Ambien, etc.)

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteady walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor concentration
  • Problems with memory
  • Slowed breathing

Other signs of prescription drug abuse can include one or more of the following:

  • Excessive mood swings
  • Hostility
  • Stealing, forging or even selling prescriptions
  • Taking a higher dose than is prescribed
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Continually “losing” prescriptions to have new ones written
  • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
  • Appearing high, overly energetic or sedated

Learn More About Specific Kinds of Prescription Drug Abuse

Daylight Recovery offers treatment programs for a variety of prescription drug addictions. Each treatment plan is customized based on individual needs following extensive evaluations at the time of admission. The following are just some of the addictions our skilled staff can help treat:

Why Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Is Important

Early recognition and professional treatment increases the possibility for successful substance abuse help. Rehabilitation can address all kinds of prescription drug addictions, from opioid addiction to Klonopin addiction, Ativan addiction, and others — even less common addictions. Prescription drug abuse treatment programs should be customized based on several factors, such as the severity of addiction, mental state and other behavioral health issues.

What to Expect at Our Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Program

Prescription drug addiction rehabilitation at Daylight Recovery Services begins with residential drug treatment. The first step of the program is the drug detoxification phase. During this time, the body will flush itself of any substances that have created a dependence. This process is necessary to heal clients from chemical dependency.

Following detox, clients will partake in professional counseling sessions, as well as a variety of therapeutic treatments, services and activities, which may include:

  • Trauma therapy
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Sound healing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Custom-tailored case management
  • And time to use our other calming amenities

Each schedule is determined by each individual’s unique needs. Our experienced team can help design a personalized prescription drug treatment plan for you or your loved one.

Once inpatient drug treatment has been completed, clients will then begin our intensive outpatient treatment program. Whether you’re going through Xanax rehab, Valium treatment or another type of recovery, outpatient treatment consists of several hours of treatment per day, several days a week. This process allows clients to still attend work or school and family obligations while transitioning to life outside of rehab. This lets clients complete treatment so that they can live a healthy, drug-free life.

Get Professional Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Today

The experts at Daylight Recovery Services are trained to help you or your loved on your journey to sobriety. Don’t suffer in silence. Reach out for help. Call or contact us today for a free prescription drug rehab consultation.

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