In general, “prescription drugs” refers to any class of drugs that are able to be prescribed by a licensed medical doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. In our experience and practice, however, when friends and family members tell us their loved one is suffering from prescription drug addiction, we typically find those people are dependent on one of two classes of drugs that are most often abused, namely, opioid pain medications and benzodiazepines. Regardless of the class of drugs in question, prescription drug addiction treatment maintains the same goals: physical stabilization, overcoming the underlying mental causes of addiction, and transitioning out of treatment back into a life free from prescription drug abuse.
Opioid pain medications are prescribed by medical professionals for a wide variety of reasons in America. The danger with opioid pain medications is that many of them are very addictive, prevalent and easy for people to acquire legally and illegally. Common opioid pain medications of abuse include, but are not limited to:
The reason why so many people seek detox and treatment for prescription pain medications (opioids) is that they are not only highly addictive, but the withdrawal symptoms from them are severe and very much like withdrawals from heroin. During the withdrawal phase, opioid pain medication addicts will experience sweating, chills, runny nose, flu-like symptoms, leg cramps and muscle aches, nausea and a host of other terrible symptoms. It is the withdrawal symptoms themselves that make many people addicted to this class of medication seek residential detox treatment before prescription drug rehab and for good reason.
Detoxing from benzodiazepines is dangerous and, if unsupervised or attempted “cold-turkey” can prove fatal. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers prescribed by medical professionals for the treatment of anxiety, severe alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, some forms of muscle tension and to reduce the occurrence and limit the symptoms of seizures in clients. In our modern era, more and more people are being prescribed benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia and the result is that many are becoming physically and psychologically dependent on them. Their effects are relaxing and benzodiazepines are widely available on the black market and sell for high dollar value making criminal activity a closely related behavior to the long-term abuse of this class of drugs. Symptoms are severe and it’s no wonder people will resort to acquiring these drugs illegally. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: sweating, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, headache, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, shakes, seizures, hallucinations and symptoms that may appear as though they are severe psychiatric reactions such as psychosis. Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, it’s best to seek out a professionally-managed detox program before attempting to stop using or seeking prescription drug rehab, as the dangerous side effects are too dangerous to be reasonably and safely managed on your own.
Common benzodiazepines of abuse include, but are not limited to:
Clearly, prescription drug addiction treatment is complex and opioid pain medications and benzodiazepines are not the only classes of drugs within the wide spectrum of prescription medication abuse and addiction. Inland Detox is prepared to treat most all forms of prescription medication addiction in a safe, secluded and upscale environment. Our primary goals are accurate, high-quality client assessment, reduction of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and carefully coordinated exit planning. If you or someone you know is addicted to prescription medication and would like more information about our detox program, call (888) 739-8296 today.
Client assessment is a multi-stage process that begins when you first call and continues during the onsite intake process. When you call Inland Detox you’ll speak to an Admissions Advisor that will help you understand the admissions process. They’ll ask you about your needs and help you determine if Inland Detox is a right fit for you. Upon admission, you’ll be assessed by staff that will identify your immediate needs and they will work with clinical staff to design a custom treatment plan.
Client stabilization is the second goal of effective detox treatment. At this stage of care, our Clinical Director addresses the client’s immediate needs while taking in to account the unique history of each client. Inland Detox staff will coordinate efforts with your primary physician or a local physician if you need to continue a course of prescribed medication or begin a new course of medication in the process of detox.
Our clinical staff members design a custom treatment plan for each client of Inland Detox. Our treatment plans take in to consideration the substance abuse history of each client, their immediate medical, psychological, nutritional and social needs as well. Our understanding of the detox process is that it is the first step towards recovery. As such, our clinical and supportive staff members work in concert to suggest effective care upon discharge. This may include finding appropriate long-term residential care provider or making a transition to outpatient care.
When it’s time for our clients to transition from our detox program to their next level of care, we insure a smooth transition. Our clinical and administrative staff members will coordinate travel from our facility to our client’s next destination. Our goal is to insure that from the time our client’s reach us until the time they transition to their next stage in life, we are with them the entire way.