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A prescription drug addiction can start anywhere. One way is from the abuse of an existing prescription. The process of prescription drug rehab can be especially difficult for these patients, because they are searching for that same feeling of relief they got from the drug when they were injured and taking the drugs legitimately. Reversing the course of these types of addiction requires thorough education of their brain’s activity during cravings and complete behavior modification and corrective thinking. The intricacies of a prescription drug rehab routine will vary depending on the specific prescription drug being abused.
Who is abusing Prescription Drugs?
Millions of people have fallen victim to prescription drug addiction in the United States. Recent US Goverment statistics cite prescription drug abuse as the fastest growing segment of any type of drug abuse. The three main types of prescription drugs to which people commonly become addicted are opioids, central nervous system depressants, and central nervous system stimulants. The availability and inexpensive nature of prescription drugs have made them a popular choice for addicts and abusers. Many become addicted by using a legitimately prescribed drug in a manner inconsistent with their doctor’s orders. Many times people who are abusing prescription drugs don't believe that they have a real problem. Or, they hold a misperception about what they perceive to be a "real drug addict". They often will try to rationalize their drug abuse by saying to themselves or others that they are just taking what the doctor told them to or "following doctors order's".
Recent years have also seen a dramatic rsie in the number of people who intentionally misuse prescription drugs simply to get high. One of the largest population segments that make up these prescription drugs abusers are adolescents who will steal their parents’ prescriptions for themselves or turn around and sell them to other adolescents.
Choosing the right Prescription Drug Rehab
As with any drug rehab, anyone seeking help for prescription drugs abuse should only consider a program that offers comprehensive treatment that addresses both the behavioral mental health aspect and the physical health aspect of the patient. Unfortunately many prescription drug abuse treatment programs only address the physical symptoms of the patient while ignoring or spending too little time on the patient's mental health, which often holds the real reason for the patient's drug addiction.
The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of prescription drug rehab centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended prescription drug rehab centers in the United States and around the world.