Street drugs aren’t the only dangerous addictive substances. Doctors prescribe addictive drugs in their practices, too. They have a place in medicine under a doctor’s supervision because they’re effective. But, sometimes, patients misuse them. Consequently, they develop an addiction to them. A prescription drug addiction treatment program can help people recover.
A common misunderstanding is that people with substance addiction are lazy or don’t care. To the outside observer, the person can lose their job, their home, their family and even more. All the while their only care in the world seems to be getting their next fix.
On the contrary, this person is suffering an overpowering mental health disorder: addiction. National Geographic explains that substance abuse creates a chemical imbalance in the brain. “Drugs override the natural flow of dopamine and, in the process, ‘hijack’ our reward system.” In other words, it floods the brain with dopamine and other “happy” chemicals.
Eventually, brain function adjusts to accommodate the rush of dopamine. Soon, the addicted person’s only priority is maintaining that particular level of drug use. If they can’t keep up with what the brain expects, they feel withdrawal symptoms.
For example, a doctor may prescribe oxycodone to manage pain after a surgery. The patient may appreciate the pain relief at first. However, addiction tends to sneak up on you. If pain is mild and you’re still anxious for your next dose, an addiction may be developing.
Don’t worry; a prescription drug addiction treatment program probably isn’t necessary just yet. But it could be a warning sign, especially for people who are vulnerable to addiction. It’s a good idea to discuss what you’re feeling with your doctor.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Program
Below is a list of vulnerabilities for addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
- Genetic Vulnerabilities – Addiction is hereditary. NIDA points out that “40-60 percent of an individual’s vulnerability to substance abuse is attributed to genetics.”
- Epigenetic Influences – This is the study of “changes in the regulation of gene activity and expression that are not dependent on gene sequence.”
- Environmental Influences – For example, chronic stress, trauma, adverse childhood experience, and more.
- Mental Illness – Co-occurring disorders is the presence of addiction with at least one other mental illness. Addiction and mental illnesses exasperate each other.
Signs of an Addiction
WebMD’s list of signs that indicate a substance addiction is below. If you recognize at least a few of these signs, you may have an addiction. In that case, a prescription drug addiction treatment program might be appropriate for you.
- You keep taking a drug after it’s no longer needed for a health problem
- You need more and more of a substance to get the same effects and you can take more before you feel an effect
- Withdrawal symptoms when a drug wears off (shaky, depressed, nausea, sweating, headaches, fatigue, and loss of appetite)
- You can’t stop using the drug, regardless of how much you try
- The drug is on your mind a lot (using it, recovering from it, buying it, etc.)
- You’ve lost interest in things you used to enjoy
- Your daily routines are disrupted or nonexistent
- Dangerous behavior while on the drug
- New financial problems
- You hide how much you use the drug
- Your relationships are suffering
- Your normal sleep patterns are off
- You stop taking care of yourself
- Spend time with different friends
- You see multiple doctors
- You look in other people’s medicine cabinets for drugs to take
- Prescription medication isn’t the only substance you use. For example, you also drink.
For someone you love:
- Changes in personality and behavior, for example: lack of motivation, irritability, agitation
- Bloodshot eyes, frequently have a bloody nose
- Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech
- Change in their daily routines
- Lack of concern for personal hygiene
- Unusual need for money
- Changes in friends and activities
Prescription Drug Treatment at Recovery in Motion
It’s difficult to admit that you can’t control your drug and alcohol use. However, the sooner you attend a prescription drug addiction treatment program, the sooner you will get your life back.
We invite you to contact us. Recovery in Motion is a partial hospital and intensive outpatient program. We offer immersive treatment for moderate to severe addictions. Furthermore, we welcome the support of loved ones at home in the recovery process. In fact, we encourage the family’s participation in the program.
Research shows that family participation in therapy is an overall effective component. Not only does it benefit the addicted person, but also individuals in their family. The family unit is strengthened as it heals together. In fact, our families often find joy in spending time with each other again.
Our patients are important to us. Sometimes they’re not ready to live on their own after completing the program. For that reason, we’ve partnered with Paxton House Sober Living. Paxton House offers clean and comfortable living environments for program graduates.
If you or someone you love has a prescription medication addiction, we can help. You can take your life back. Let us show you how. Contact us today.
 Casarella, Jennifer. “Signs of Drug Addiction.” WebMD, WebMD, 28 Sept. 2020, www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/signs-of-drug-addiction#1.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Family Behavior Therapy.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1 June 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-therapies/family.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Why Is There Comorbidity Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illnesses?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 25 June 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/why-there-comorbidity-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illnesses.
 “The Science of Addiction: Here’s Your Brain on Drugs.” National Geographic Video, 22 Aug. 2017, video.nationalgeographic.com/video/magazine/focal-point/0000015e-0536-d466-a57e-9dbeb48b0000.