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Prescription Drug Addiction: Information and Treatment
Do you have a prescription drug problem?
If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have a problem with prescription drugs. Please keep reading for further information and helpful resources.
Addiction to Prescription Medications: A Growing Problem
Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health published in 2004, more than 6.3 million Americans reported current use of prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in the previous year.
Opiates or opiate-related drugs such as hydrocodone prescribed for pain relief are becoming the leading type of drug that leads to addiction. For example, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a study in late 2010 showing that the treatment admission rate for opiates other than heroin (like narcotic pain relievers) rose 345% from 1998-2008.
Short and Long-Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
The effects of prescription drug abuse vary depending on the type of medication being abused. These are general short- and long-term effects:
Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction
Drug Rehab Programs Available from Support Systems Homes
At Support Systems Homes, we provide a variety of effective treatments and services for addiction to prescription medications. Depending on which rehab method would be most successful, we may combine several of the following.
All treatments are given at our California rehab centers by certified medical professionals.
Detoxification helps you stabilize physically. Support Systems staff helps you cope with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. Afterward we help you find a suitable longer-term rehab program, such as residential treatment.
Participants receive drug education, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, introduction to community-based self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, and referrals to community resources. We help you develop a plan to achieve and maintain long-term abstinence.
Residential treatment also offers the chance to form support networks with others in recovery, and to learn about making healthy lifestyle choices (nutrition, exercise).
Community-Based Self-Help Groups:
Call Support Systems Homes for Help with Prescription Drug Abuse
Addiction to prescription medications needs professional treatment, like any other abused drug. Support Systems Homes' rehab programs cover prescription drug detox, treatment for addiction, and supportive rehab centers.
If you or someone you know suffers from prescription drug abuse in Northern California, call us at (800) 811-1800 to discuss treatment options. Or email us at email@example.com.
Further Resources and Information
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
Support Systems drug rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment programs provide comprehensive services for recovery from drug addiction, methamphetamine abuse and alcoholism. We provide Suboxone and Subutex opiate detox, drug-free sober living homes and recovery homes, co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis treatment, plus court and probation approved day and outpatient programs. We serve families from San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, Milpitas and other cities throughout Northern California.