Prescription drug abuse is currently the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. Recent numbers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that nearly 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses. Combining the numbers for heroin and cocaine only amounts to about 16,000 deaths per year. The prescription drug crisis in America has become a big problem, but there is a way for you to recover.
Prescription Drug Abuse in America
In the United States, we grow up in a society that tells us that there are medications to fix any problem we have. From mental health to physical injury, as well as many other issues, there are different medications for each one. Many of us have a bias that prescription medications are the only way to deal with certain issues. The reality is that here in the United States, we prescribe 81 percent of the world’s opioid supply each year.
This number shows you how much our country relies on prescription pain medications in comparison to other countries. Now, looking at this situation logically, it’s safe to say that other countries suffer from pain as well. When we acknowledge this, it’s much easier to see that there are other ways to deal with medical issues. Unfortunately, since we believe medications are the only way to be well, addiction develops.
How Prescription Drug Abuse Develops
Medications serve the purpose of healing certain ailments, and we’re naturally drawn toward them for comfort. Nobody likes being in pain or having thoughts or emotions that are troubling, and medications are a quick solution. The problem is that many medications also release dopamine to our brain, so it’s possible to develop a dependence. When dopamine is constantly flowing because of the medications, our brain then needs the medication in order to feel well.
The most commonly abused narcotic medication include:
- Opiates and opioids – Prescribed for pain management
- Benzodiazepines – Prescribed for various anxiety disorders
- Amphetamines – Prescribed for ADD and ADHD
After using these medications regularly for an extended period, the body builds a tolerance along with the dependence. The brain makes the person feel like he or she needs more of the medication to feel well. The brain will actually intensify symptoms of pain or anxiety as a way to have the person take more of the medication. Eventually, the person loses control of his or her use of the medication, and that’s when addiction occurs.
Addiction Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
Silver Pines offers a variety of different programs for you or your loved one to overcome an addiction to prescription medications. This starts with a holistic detox, which is extremely beneficial for those recovering from this type of addiction. From here, clients go through different types of therapies that can include some of the following:
- Individual sessions
- Group sessions with peers
- Dual diagnosis
- Meditation and yoga
One of the crucial forms of therapy is family therapy because addiction affects the loved ones as well. It’s important for the clients as well as family members to have an understanding of addiction first, and then healing begins. Families learn that the person with an addiction is suffering from an illness, and he or she isn’t a bad person. This is also beneficial so the family can help provide support to the person in his or her recovery from addiction.
Silver Pines is located just south of Hazleton in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and we offer treatment for both men and women. You can find out more about our program by calling us today at 866-345-2147.