Prescription Drug Addiction Knowledge and Treatment

Prescription Drug Addiction Knowledge and Treatment

If you're addicted to prescription drugs and not sure what treatment options are available today to help you overcome your addiction, you're not alone. One of the most severe drug problems throughout the United States is the abuse of prescription drugs which continues to increase at an alarming rate even though drastic measures have been taken to reduce their misuse.

Controlled prescription medications are being abused today more than hallucinogens, cocaine, inhalants, and heroin combined which is frightening because they can be just as dangerous and addictive as illegal street drugs.

Legitimate Use of Prescription Drugs

Besides marijuana, prescription painkillers are the most widely abused drugs in the United States now and sadly an enormous amount of people aren't receiving help for their addiction. Not everyone that's addicted to prescription drugs started out abusing them though. Many people that are addicted to prescriptions medications today have never abused drugs in their life before. Unfortunately after being prescribed prescription pain medications for legitimate medical reasons, a tremendous amount of people have found themselves addicted to them after long term use.

Seeking Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

It doesn't matter what the reasons are behind a person's addiction to prescription drugs, it's never easy admitting we're suffering from addiction to ourselves, let alone anyone else, even though that's exactly what we need to do. By the time a person has become addicted to painkillers or other habit forming prescription drugs, even though their emotional and physical health is being affected, due to addiction they're unable to stop. Most people don't seek help for their prescription drug addiction because they're in denial or apprehensive about treatment and want to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal.

Why Can't a Person Stop Taking Prescription Drugs?

Depending on a person's level of prescription drug addiction, uncontrollable cravings for the drug are experienced which can be extremely intense and overwhelming. Withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable too depending on the prescription drug a person is addicted to. They become consumed with the need to repeat their use of the prescription medication even though their drug addiction is destroying their life. Addiction to prescription drugs or any other substance causes uncontrollable drug seeking behavior and sadly, most people will go to great lengths to obtain painkillers or other medications once they're addicted.

Many people that are addicted to prescription drugs will even steal money or medications from family or friends to feed their addiction even though this behavior goes against everything they believed in prior to becoming addicted. Left untreated, prescription drug addiction eventually destroys all areas of a person's life, which includes the lives of family, friends and loved ones who care about them the most.

Treatment Options for Treating Prescription Drug Addiction?

Medications and behavioral therapy are effective forms of treatment for individuals addicted to prescription drugs especially when they're combined together. Depending on the type of prescription drug a person has become addicted to, there are also medications available today that help eliminate drug cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal.

Prescription Drug Addiction Detoxification

Detoxification whether its medication assisted or not, is just the first step of the prescription drug addiction recovery process. Don't make the mistake in thinking detox is all you need to do in order to overcome any drug addiction. If you want to overcome your prescription drug addiction and remain drug free in the future, additional individualized treatment and support is needed to achieve that goal successfully.

Treating Prescription Pain Pill Addiction

Opiate pain medications like Oxycontin or Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin or Hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and codeine are common pain medications that many people throughout the U.S. have become addicted to. There are approved medications available today that help with opiate cravings and withdrawal symptoms which include Methadone, and Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine comes in two formulas, Subutex which is a pure form and Suboxone which is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine.

Overcoming addiction to painkillers or any other drug takes time and entails effort, change, knowledge, tremendous support and developing effective ways for dealing with stress and daily challenges. Everyone's treatment needs for prescription drug addiction are different, so the help they receive has to be designed to address their own unique needs during their recovery.

Don't be ashamed, embarrassed or afraid of seeking help if you're addicted to prescription drugs no matter what the reasons are behind your addiction. You're definitely not alone and due to research, there are effective treatment options available today to help you stop abusing prescription drugs so you can 'free yourself from this addiction' and be happy again.

If you're not sure where to even begin finding the help you or a loved one needs to overcome addiction of any kind, just call 1-800-559-9503 and let us help. Life can and will get better!

Topic Discussion

  1. There are no comments for this post yet. Use the form below to be the first!

Leave a comment


To protect the integrity of our site all comments are reviewed prior to being shown, we apologize for the small delay, but this brings a better experience for our readers. SPAM & rude comments are not tolerated. Using the 'Connect with Facebook' option will get your comment up faster!

Contact A Substance Abuse Counselor

We help people take the first steps toward getting help for their drug and alcohol usage and having drug-free lifestyles. To contact an alcohol/drug abuse counselor, please call 1-800-591-6474(Info iconWho Answers?).

Socialize with us
Close Icon

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by one of our treatment partners, a paid advertiser on

All calls are private and confidential.