Tulsa prescription drug abuse treatment has become a necessary service due to the prevalence of addicts in the area. Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing epidemics in the United States with more than 48 million people over the age of twelve having taking them for a non-medical reason over the past year. The most commonly abused drugs include benzodiazepines that are used to treat anxiety disorders and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and codeine. Many people mistakenly believe that prescription drug abuse is less harmful than taking illegal drugs. However, almost a third of all hospital admissions for drug-related causes last year were for prescription drug abuse. Those that attempt to quit prescription drugs after a period of heavy abuse experience extreme withdrawal symptoms such as abdominal pain hallucinations, panic attacks and psychosis.
Tulsa drug addiction rehab can help you conquer prescription drug abuse. Call (918) 770-8043 to learn more.
Prescription drug abuse occurs when a person takes a prescription drug for a non-medical reason or for longer than advised. As the body develops a tolerance to medications over time, addicts will begin to take more pills in order to feel an effect. Mixing prescription medications with other substances such as alcohol is extremely dangerous as it could lead to an accidental overdose.
There are three main categories of prescription drugs that are often abused:
Opiates - Opiate medications are usually prescribed to relieve severe pain but can also be given for other reasons. Oxycodone, morphine and methadone are all commonly abused opiates that suppress the central nervous system and decrease brain function.
Sedatives - Common sedatives include Nembutal, Amytal and Seconal as well as sleeping medications such as Lunesta. Sedatives promote feelings of relaxation and calm.
Stimulants - Stimulants are often prescribed to treat sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Adderall, Ritalin and Dexedrine are common stimulants that raise the heartbeat, increase alertness and boost energy.
Most prescription medications that are abused fall under schedule II of the DEA's drug scheduling list. Schedule II refers to drugs that have a high potential for abuse and can result in severe physical and psychological dependence.
After initial detox treatment, Tulsa relapse prevention programs are recommended, including cognitive behavioral therapy. In Narcotics Anonymous meetings, addicts can share experiences with like-minded people in order to avoid relapse.
If you or a member of your family is struggling with prescription drug abuse, call Tulsa drug detox centers today.