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Prescription Drug Addiction TreatmentThere is a tremendous need for prescription drug addiction treatment today. Prescription drugs are administered by a doctor to manage things such as pain and infection. Addiction to these drugs has become an epidemic over the past few decades. Some of the most common prescription drugs that people develop addictions to are Percocet, Vicodin, and Oxycontin. These are very strong opioid medications that are often mixed with substances such as acetaminophen. They work by attaching themselves to the opioid receptors in the brain and blocking out the feeling of pain. After the drugs are taken for a certain amount of time the patient develops a physical tolerance which means he or she must take it to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.

An Individual May Need to Seek Out Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

If a high tolerance develops, it may be necessary for the individual to seek out prescription addiction treatment before serious side-effects occur.  The list of side-effects is extensive, but some of the most common include dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, sleepiness, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and hallucinations.  A person attempting to withdraw from these drugs on their own can experience serious side-effects such as increased heart rate, changes in blood pressure, depression, thoughts of suicide, stroke or death.

Treating prescription drug addiction involves first entering a detoxification program. In order to detoxify, a person must go a certain amount of time without taking the medication. This time period may be three days to seven days depending on the substance involved and duration of use.  A professional detox will provide 24-hour care by addiction specialists to monitor withdrawal symptoms and ensure a safe withdrawal process.  Detox should then be followed by rehabilitation in an inpatient treatment facility.

Inpatient Drug Abuse Treatment is Beneficial

An inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment is the most beneficial treatment method for a person who has been taking the medication long-term. Being checked into the care facility will significantly decrease the patient’s chances of relapsing during treatment because they will have no access to drugs while at the facility. Inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment usually lasts for a period of thirty days but could be longer or shorter depending on the patient’s response.

If you are in need of inpatient prescription drug addiction treatment, call Stop Your Addiction today to learn more about our programs.

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