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What is prescription drug rehab?

Prescription drug rehab is a specific type of rehabilitation that caters to individuals that have been abusing prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.  The National Institute on Drug abuse (NIDA) defines prescription drug abuse as “the use of a medication without a prescription in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience of feelings elicited”.  For some prescription drug rehab can be needed and then need can come on as somewhat of a surprise.  A highly addictive prescription for conditions including anxiety, ADD, pain, and other disorders can lead to tolerance and abuse relatively quickly.  This is why access to quality prescription drug rehab is so essential.

Prescription drug rehab can be inpatient or outpatient although in the case of prescription drug rehab it is suggested that the individual first attends an inpatient program.  This is in part because prescription drug abuse can go relatively undetected for extremely long periods of time because it has just become part of a person’s daily life.  If a person is in outpatient treatment it can be too tempting to say “I have this under control”, but then be unable to control the cravings and give into temptation.  When there is more accountability it becomes easy to stay off the pills and start to maintain a new, healthy lifestyle.

Who suffers from prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse just like all other forms of substance abuse does not discriminate by race, class, creed or socioeconomic backgrounds.  This type of drug abuse can arise from a teenager getting into a medicine cabinet, finding and buying the drugs off the street or being prescribed a prescription and not taking the drug as instructed.  Commonly abused prescription drugs include opiates such morephine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone; stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamine; and CNS depressants including diazepam, alprazolam, zolpidem and others.

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