At Genesis Recovery in San Diego, we treat a dynamic set of addictions concerning alcohol and drugs. Many of the patients that we see are addicted to a combination of these substances, and our treatment options reflect this possibility. We hope to offer adaptable methods of treatment that can target any combination of addictions whether they be multiple drug addictions or drugs and alcohol. Prescription drug addiction is one of these addictions that we focus on here at Genesis Recovery as it is one of the leading forms of addiction in the world today.

What is prescription drug addiction?

Addiction of any kind is the inability to function without consumption of the substance, but prescription drug addiction is an unintentional medically assisted type of addiction. Prescription drugs become the center of the brain’s focus and are often sought out through any means possible. Addiction can tear apart relationships and completely unravel financial responsibility, among other things. Addiction can reorder a person’s life completely and make it difficult to perform the necessary steps required in a functional and healthy lifestyle.

Prescription drug addiction becomes a disease of the brain because these prescription specific drugs are often associated with rerouted neurological function and altered sensory perception. Often those who are affected by prescription drug addiction are those patients that suffer from severe pain after a traumatic injury, those who are chronically depressed, or those who have difficulty sleeping.

Types of Prescription Drugs

The types of prescription drugs that correspond with those vulnerable to addiction are summed up in the form of anti-depressants or CNS drugs, Opioids, and stimulants such as diet pills. There are other types of prescription medications an individual can develop an addiction to, but these are some of the most common classifications we see at Genesis Recovery.

The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Of these specific prescription drug types above, the most addictive drugs by name are the following:

  • Vicodin
  • Xanax
  • Adderrall
  • Prozac
  • Ritalin
  • Ambien
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Percocet
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Pseudophedrine

There are many restrictions set in place, and many new rules within medical facilities are being put into effect soon to prevent the availability of these prescription drugs. Purchasing cold medicine, sleep tablets and behind the counter allergy medications require an identification log before purchase. These drugs are prescribed every single day, and more and more people are finding out ways to work the system to get a hold of these drugs.

We understand that previous illness, trauma, and mental health issues can be a precursor to developing these addictions, and want our clients to know that the availability can make this addiction one of the most difficult to break away from. We offer supportive and all-encompassing prescription drug addiction treatment, that provides all clients with the essential tools they need to avoid relapse. We also educate our clients on their particular addictions and want them to deconstruct their desire for these drugs and physical or emotional triggers that lead to abuse over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

Because of the availability of various types of prescription drugs, and the reasons people start taking them, can make it difficult for us to see addiction begin to form in our close friends and family. These addictions can slowly become difficult to see within ourselves as the reasons for beginning drug therapy for an injury, sleep disorders, mood disorders and weight management can become overwhelming. The dependency on these drugs may come as a surprise until our addiction is well under way.

Noticing these signs and symptoms within ourselves as we make use of these prescription drugs can save us years of lost time so that we can monitor our own use and manage them. It is critical that during the time you or a family member is prescribed, the prescribing physician explain in detail the dependency that’s associated with each drug. If you or a loved one are already predisposed to developing an addiction, you should be highly aware of this before opting to take prescription drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken under necessary circumstances during times of illness if needed.

Symptoms and behavior changes:

  • Memory loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Speech problems
  • Muscle spasms
  • Periods of increased energy or the complete opposite
  • Spectrum mood swings
  • Frequent unnecessary hospital visits
  • Isolation
  • Extreme weight loss

These symptoms vary with each prescription drug addiction and if they are in combination with other addictive substances. If you are experiencing these symptoms related to the list of drugs above, call to speak with an intake counselor at Genesis Recovery and let’s get you started on a treatment plan to stop the addiction.

How We Treat Prescription Drug Addiction

At Genesis Recovery, our clients range from their late teens to men well into their fifties and beyond. A combination of treatments are required to help any addiction, and prescription drug addiction requires a variety of behavioral therapy methods. To begin treatment, we start with an introductory counseling session to learn more about the individual and their particular lifestyle, needs and addiction type. Once counseling is through, and all prescription drug addictions are known, we can begin a thorough detoxification treatment.

Because there are a variety of prescription drug types, the withdrawal symptoms will vary and so will the detox steps required. During your consultation, our medical team will talk you through the steps and answer any questions you may have before beginning treatment. After detox is successfully completed, we work to incorporate group therapy and individual creative therapies that will cater to personality and need. Mindfulness and meditation, yoga and art therapy are among some of the effective alternative treatments that can allow an individual to focus on their body, mind, and spirit.

These treatments will help the individual ween themselves off of the addictive prescription drug and to find what their triggers are for use emotionally and physically. We look to offer alternative holistic methods to replacing the need for these drugs and to understand better where addiction comes from. At the core of addiction, we find the cause and treatment.

Call Genesis Recovery today to find out more about our prescription drug treatment program. There are treatments available, and it is possible to see recovery!