Prescription drug addiction can start anywhere, and commonly starts with 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 level of relief that the drugs first gave them for their injuries. Reversing the course of these types of addiction requires addressing the impact of prescription on the brain’s activity during cravings, as well as complete behavior modification and corrective thinking. Prescription drug rehab will vary depending on the specific drug in question, as well the scope and severity of patients' addictions.
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 type of drug abuse. The three main types of prescription drugs to which people commonly become addicted are opioids, depressants, and stimulants. 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 harbor a misconception about what they perceive to be a "real drug addict." They will often try to rationalize their drug abuse by saying to themselves or others that they are just taking what the doctor told them to. Many also abuse prescriptions recreationally. This is a particularly serious problem among teenagers and adolescents who start off by raiding their parents' medicine cabinet or buying them from a friend.
As with any form of drug rehab, anyone seeking help for prescription drugs abuse should only consider a program that offers comprehensive treatment that addresses both the behavioral and the physical health aspects of the addiction. 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 history, which often explains the real reason for their 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.