Prescription Drug Rehab & Treatment
A prescription drug is defined as a licensed medicine which is regulated by legislation, such as the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. These types of drugs require a person to obtain a valid script before they can get them from a pharmacy. In America alone, around $100 Billion is spent each year on prescription drugs. In addition, out of the top 50 prescribed, 10 of these are used for anxiety and depression. Many of the top drugs are used for hypertension or high blood pressure. But, the number one prescribed drug is an addictive narcotic used for pain relief. Currently, prescription drug addiction is the second most common addiction in the United States.
The Most Popular Prescribed Drug
The country’s most popular prescription drug combines the narcotic hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is sold under a number of trademarks, including; Vicodin, Lorcet, Loritab, Norco, and many more. Hydrocodone causes a euphoric, sedated sensation in its users, and as a result has become a popular recreational drug with young adults.
This drug has caused dependency with a number of users, who unsuspecting, become addicted after receiving a valid prescription. Hydrocodone can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, including body aches, anxiety, sweating, restlessness, flu-like symptoms, and extreme drug cravings. Hydrocodone addiction generally progresses into a more serious condition once tolerance levels increase. A panel of doctors recently recommended that it be banned.
However, the drug still continues to top the list of prescription drugs sold yearly even with the numbers of abusers continuing to grow.
Other Dangerous Prescriptions
Besides hydrocodone there are many other dangerous and addictive prescriptions. Some of these include OxyContin, Methadone. Oxycodone, Valium, Ultram, Percocet, Vicoden and Xanax.
Many of these drugs are prescribed by doctors for problems and illnesses such as chronic pain, anxiety, after an injury or as a sleeping aid. Many side effects of these drugs include:
• Slow breathing
• Tolerance (where more of the drug is needed to create an effect compared to the amount needed when it was initially prescribed)
• Severe withdrawal symptoms including muscle and bone pain, restlessness, diarrhea, insomnia, hot and cold flashes and even seizure
According to a study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.8% of the population has used prescription meds for non-medical reasons in a one month period. Moreover, past month non-medical use of prescription rose from 4.7 million to 5.2 million in a one year period. (This was back in 2005 and has increased greatly since this time.)
A Full Scope of Prescription Addiction
According to a new study done by the White House there has been a 400% increase in prescription addiction over a 10 year period. In addition, the number of prescriptions has increased from 22 million to 354 million.
Even with more than 37 states using prescription drug monitoring, there are a number of people getting prescriptions fraudulently daily from Pill Mills and off the street. The Director of the Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, outlines the prescription drug abuse problem as, “dramatic, pervasive, and deeply disturbing.”
Death by Medicine reports that out of the number of causalities because of medical mistakes, 106,000 are from prescription drugs. The total numbers of deaths from medical mistakes are 786,936 currently. During the years of 2004 and 2008, there was a 111% increase in emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse. Some of the most common drugs include OxyContin, Oxycodone,Vicoden and Hydrocodone.
Prescription addiction has been described as a national epidemic. However, there is a real solution to the problem through treatment. On average those who enter treatment centers that follow the below criteria are able to recover from prescription drug abuse:
1. The facility achieves positive results for recovery and has a proven success rate for prescription addiction.
2. That the addiction treatment lasts long enough to produce a real and stable result.
3. That the treatment does not involve giving an already addicted person more prescriptions.
The Narconon program has successfully treated thousands of people struggling with prescription drug addiction and achieved a more than 70% success rate.
This success rate is based on permanent recovery from addiction. Testimonials can be found by clicking here.
To get help now for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with any type of addiction to prescription drugs, call Narconon now at 800-468-6933.
Refs: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS – Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Statistical Briefing #91, http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st91/stat91.pdf.
The Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0715/Prescription-drug-abuse-surged-400-percent-in-past-decade.
Furious Seasons, http://www.furiousseasons.com/archives/2009/07/fda_panel_votes_to_ban_percocet_vicodin.html
Office Of the National Drug Control Policy, http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/news/press10/071510.html.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, Prescription and Over-The-Counter Medications, http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/painmed.html.