Over the past twenty years, the number of people who suffer from prescription drugs throughout the country with addiction issues related to pills has risen dramatically. The widespread of medications like Xanax, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, and Klonopin has caused a dramatic increase in abuse and addiction rates. Those who struggle with physical or mental dependence issues should always seek out professional help. Divine Detox understands that keeping a client comfortable through this trying time is extremely important to their long term success.
Prescribing an Addiction
If you or someone you care about has had surgery, struggled with severe anxiety or panic disorders, it’s easy to appreciate how beneficial prescription medications can be. Sadly, some of the medications that help people also have a very high potential for abuse. Over the past two decades, the need for prescription drug detoxes has risen exponentially. People often have a false impression that these drugs are harmless because a doctor or psychologist prescribed them. This is just not the case. Prescription drugs have become one of the most commonly abused and sought after classifications of street drugs. More than 70% of current heroin addicts report that they started using opiates in pill form. When that became unmanageable due to prices, they moved to heroin, a cheaper and more potent alternative.
It is normal for someone to assume “if a doctor/therapist prescribed it and pharmacist gave it to me, then it must be safe!” This is not always the case. Many prescription drugs were not designed to be taken daily for an extended period of time. The longer someone is on a specific medication the higher their tolerance will become. It is possible to become physically dependant on prescription painkillers and benzodiazepines without ever taking more than the prescribed dose. If you or someone you care about have become physically hooked on pills and need help overcoming the withdrawals, call us today to learn more about our prescription drug detox.
Many people will seek help from a doctor if they are struggling with issues regarding pain management or anxiety. They may leave that doctor’s appointment with a prescription for a drug designed to help them overcome their specific problem. They will then take their medication exactly as they were meant to be taken and finish the prescription without any issues. They might experience some mild discomfort if they were taking Percocet for two weeks straight, but nothing overwhelmingly serious.
Others might start off taking their medication as prescribed, but before they know it they have built a tolerance and one pill doesn’t seem to do the job anymore. Soon they will find themselves physically or mentally addicted, especially if they begin to abuse their medication. Then there are those who will seek out these medications without a prescription, they want to experience the mood and mind-altering effects caused by these drugs. Those who use prescription drugs recreationally have a much higher risk of becoming dependent on them. This is because they tend to take much more than what a doctor would prescribe and can do this multiple times a day. No matter what the case is if you or a loved one are struggling with pills please seek out help from a prescription drug detox.
A Cold Turkey Detox
Some of those who are physically and/or mentally hooked on pills will attempt to detox themselves at home and without proper medication and supervision. No medical or addiction professional would ever suggest this route. Not only will it be extremely difficult and painful, it can also be dangerous. If someone is hooked on narcotic prescription drugs and attempt to stop cold turkey, they will face a variety of physically painful and mentally draining symptoms.
Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin and prescription painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin are both physically and mentally addictive. Once someone has built a tolerance to these substances they will need the help of prescription drug detox to avoid the intense withdrawal pains. Without proper medication on will experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms including cold sweats, insomnia, muscle aches, vomiting, goosebumps, crawling skin, sneezing, watering eyes, diarrhea, nausea, racing thoughts, intense drug cravings, anxiety, and mood swings.
These symptoms are common ground for both benzos and prescription painkillers, but the detox from benzodiazepines can actually be life-threatening. Anyone struggling with an addiction to this drug class has a high risk of having a grand-mal seizure if they are not detoxed properly. This can lead to brain failure and/or heart failure which can be fatal.
Finding a Detox Center
If you or someone you care about are currently struggling with substance abuse disorder, please do not hesitate to contact our toll-free line today. A staff member at Divine Detox is always standing by ready to help you through this difficult time however they can. Calls into our prescription drug detox are always free of charge and completely confidential. Whether you are just in need of some advice or would like to enter a substance abuse program, we can help. The road to recovery should never be traveled alone, let us help you take the first steps toward a better life free from the powerful grip of prescription drugs.