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Stimulant Addiction vs. Benzodiazepine Addiction?

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There is a common misconception that being addicted to prescription drugs is not as dangerous as being addicted to street-level drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, for example. However, nothing can be further from the truth as both are very addictive and often require medically-assisted detoxing as part of a successful recovery from addiction. That said, having a prescription for a medication doesn’t mean you’re impervious to addiction; in fact, for many people, the very prescription that was prescribed to treat a specific health condition is what led to their addiction in the first place. In this article, we will detail the differences between pill and stimulant detox programs and why choosing the right program is essential in your quest to overcome your addiction.

Commonly Abused Prescription Medication

Before moving forward in discerning the differences between pill and stimulant detox programs, let’s take a moment to go over some of the more popular prescribed medications that are being abused including

  • Percocet
  • Oxycontin
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin

Along with these medications, benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin are also commonly abused stimulants.

Treating Benzodiazepine Addiction

Whether you received your benzodiazepine pills illegally or through a reputable pharmacy, the general treatment process is the same. You will have to undergo a detox program that will enable you to safely and effectively flush these substances from the body; this part of the process is critical in that it will help lessen the impact of the accompanying withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop using. Some of these most commonly reported symptoms include

  • Delirium
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping

Needless to say, medically-assisted detox, offered by most treatment facilities, will allow you to avoid the ill-effects of withdrawal as you try to break free of your addiction for good. As such, your physician will likely prescribe additional medications as well as with detox prescriptions, which can help soothe any unpleasant feelings you may be experiencing, not to mention acute withdrawal symptoms. This part of the process is critical, especially since severe withdrawal symptoms can result in relapse. To better put this into context, those who are struggling with addiction want to feel better/normal again, and if this can’t be achieved through a drug treatment program, they look for alternatives means for satisfying such a need even if it means relapsing.

Opiate Addiction

Along with benzodiazepines, opiate addiction is very common, especially when it comes narcotic pain medications, and Hydrocodone is not too far behind in that respect. The process for overcoming an addiction to pain pills is not too different when compared to that of benzodiazepines; however, painful withdrawal symptoms are very common when one abruptly stop taking them. As such, you can expect your physician to prescribe medication aimed at resolving the pain and discomfort you may feel as you go through detoxification.

Stimulant Addiction

When it comes to drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, two of the most abused stimulants, successful treatment may require a strong emphasis on counseling as a strong psychological dependence is very common with both medications. That said, quitting cold turkey is possible with this class of medication as the withdrawal symptoms are significantly milder when compared to that of benzodiazepines or opiates. It’s worth mentioning that, as of the writing of this article, there are no approved prescription drug protocols in place with respect to overcoming addiction to stimulants. In saying that, antidepressants have been shown to be an effective mood stabilizer and are commonly prescribed during a stimulant detox.

Signs Of Addiction

If someone you know is struggling with addiction, as a friend or family member, you will naturally want to help them conquer their demons and get back to living a drug-free life; however, this requires first establishing the fact that he or she has an addiction. As such, this part of the article will be delving into pinpointing the signs of addictions. Many of the tell-tale signs of drug abuse become apparent when an individual has either overdosed or is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, which are typically a byproduct of depriving the body of the substance it has become accustomed to receiving. Typically, the signs of addiction include

  • Extreme weight gain or weight loss
  • Foul body odors
  • Insomnia
  • Poor physical shape
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Slurred speech
  • Unusually large or small pupils
  • Eyes that are bloodshot

Of course, these are not all of the signs that someone you know may be abusing drugs, but they are, however, some of the most common ones. In offering help, you could consider an intervention; however, this should be followed up by helping him or her receive professional treatment that can help them overcome their addiction. As a corollary, you should be prepared to expect some push-back as most addicts will not openly admit that they have an addiction problem.

All in all, the treatments involved in prescription pill detox programs for stimulant addiction and benzodiazepine addiction are more similar than different. Nonetheless, there are some differences, and your specific addiction will dictate which treatment option will work best for you. Understandably, going through detox is one of the most exciting and challenging parts of overcoming an addiction; however, being in a controlled environment with compassionate and knowledgeable staff ensures that you receive the best treatment possible.

That said, you can expect to have your progress measured every step of the way, which include being monitored for physical and mental symptoms that may impede your recovery. Also, most inpatient facilities will work with you to outline an exit strategy for when you finally leave the facility, which can help you avoid the triggers that could derail your progress and cause you to relapse. If you or someone you know has a problem with prescription medication, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 877-497-6180.

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