Prescription Drug Detox in Florida
Prescription drug detox can prevent unpleasant or fatal consequences resulting from the rapid cessation of use and can help the client to become abstinent from drugs.
Most prescription drugs that are prone to abuse fall into one of three categories: painkillers, depressants, and stimulants. Prescription painkillers are called opioids, and they include drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Depressants, such as benzodiazepines including Xanax and Valium, are intended to reduce anxiety or promote sleep. Stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but are commonly abused by other for their energizing effects.
The high rate of misuse of these drugs is attributable to their wide availability and easy access. And because they are legal, they can easily be pilfered from a family member’s medicine cabinet, or simply given away or sold. And of course, these drugs all have the potential to cause dependence.
Signs And Symptoms Of Prescription Drug Use And Misuse
Opioids are also depressants, and misusing them in conjunction with other depressants, such as benzodiazepines or alcohol, can result in severe complications or even death.
Misuse of depressants and painkillers can cause severe sleepiness, disorientation, shallow breathing, and lack of coordination. Death is possible when an overdose occurs, and the person enters a coma or breathing stops altogether.
Conversely, stimulants can cause increase heart rate and blood pressure, and result in dangerously high body temperature, heart problems, seizures, hallucinations, aggressiveness, or paranoia.
Behavioral effects of prescription drug abuse typically include drug-seeking behavior, not unlike people who seek out cocaine or heroin.
Such effects may include doctor-shopping, in which an individual visits multiple doctors or pharmacies attempting to get more drugs. Some people have even been accused of diverting drugs from their pets.
Other potential consequences include:
- Engaging in risky behavior, impulsivity
- Initiating use of illegal drugs
- Criminal activity
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Poor academic or work performance
- Problems with relationships
Risk Factors For Prescription Drug Abuse
People of any age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status can develop a prescription drug addiction. However, certain factors put some people at a heightened risk of developing dependence. One of these is genetics – people with a family history of addiction are more likely to suffer from substance use disorders.
Also, people who suffered childhood trauma, neglect, or abuse, or have been diagnosed with a mental illness (i.e., depression), are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as they attempt to self-medicate.
Other factors include:
- A history of addiction to other substances
- Exposure to peer pressure or a social environment where drug use is occurring
- Easier access to prescription drugs, such as having prescription medications in the home
- Lack of knowledge about the potential hazards of prescription drug use
Prescription Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
When a prescription drug is used for a prolonged period, the body grows accustomed to its presence and begins to need it to function normally. Common withdrawal symptoms from prescription drugs may include:
- stomach pain
- abdominal pain
- drug cravings,
- yawing and fatigue
- nausea and vomiting
- body aches
Symptoms may last from hours to weeks depending on individual circumstances, such as the duration and frequency in which the drug was used. Our goal at Just Believe Detox Center is to ensure the client is safe and as comfortable as possible during this challenging process.
Indeed, it is the side effects of drug withdrawal that often prompt people to relapse. When you undergo a medically-supervised detox, this problem is easily preventable.
What To Expect During A Prescription Drug Detox
Upon intake, each client is given a comprehensive medical and physical evaluation. We also gather information about family history, home life, and current drug use. We use this information to develop a detox plan that we believe will be the most appropriate and effective for the individual.
During a prescription drug detox, patients receive around-the-clock supervision, and vital signs are constantly monitored. If complications do occur, we are equipped to administer the treatment needed to stabilize the client.
After a prescription drug detox, most clients enter a treatment program, either as residential inpatients or outpatients. Just Believe Detox offers a smooth transition from our center to treatment recovery facilities, where clients can receive therapy, counseling, and learn the life skills needed to return to society and maintain long-term sobriety.
We understand that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing. You will never have to be ashamed of your condition, and you will be always be treated with kindness and respect by our medical and mental health professionals.
Let’s End Addiction
If you or someone you know is addicted to prescription drugs, please contact us today for a consultation. You can regain your life and have the healthy mind and body that you deserve. You are NOT alone. We promise to help you every step of the way on your road to recovery.