Many Americans take medication daily for a variety of reasons, for physical and mental well-being we rely on prescription medication.Prescription medications are beneficial for a number of different reasons. As we age, the more deficiencies our bodies suffer and this results in a large amount of people taking health maintenance medications.
There are many prescription pills that are also abused, the most often abused pills are used to treat anxiety, depression, severe pain, and ADHD. The prescription pill crisis in our nation is no joke. People are dying at drastic rates and overdose has recently been the number one killer of people under the age of 55. Even with these scary statistics, many believe prescription pill abuse is somewhat safer than other drug abuse considering these drugs are prescribed by a medical doctor and FDA approved. This is exactly the thinking behind why this opioid crisis is such a large issue of concern in our country right now.
Many of these prescribed medications are mind-altering, psychoactive and can lead to addiction problems. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 52 million people 12 and older have used prescription medications without a prescription for recreational use.
Once abuse turns to an addiction, this is when the problem arises. Prescription drugs of abuse fall into three main classes: opioid pain relievers, stimulants, and central nervous system depressants. Each type of drug can create a physical and chemical dependence, making changes in the brain that take time to reverse. Withdrawal occurs when the drug use is stopped or quantities are decreased. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can even be life-threatening if not managed correctly and safely.
Addiction can be a difficult cycle to break and usually requires professional treatment options. The first step in most recovery based programs is detox. Detox is short for detoxification and it refers to the process by which toxins are purged from the body. The length of the detox process may vary depending on the type of drug abused, time abused, and the severity of the dependence.
Since there are a number of different prescription medications that people become addicted to, the withdrawal symptoms will vary. The prescription pills we see frequently abused are opiates, benzos, and amphetamines. You can learn more in depth, about those specific prescription withdrawals and detox by clicking the links.
In any prescription pill detoxification the user’s body will be affected physically, mentally, and emotionally. The withdrawal symptoms from these prescription medications are so severe that detoxing without medical supervision often fails. The best chance at a successful start to the recovery journey is to have a medically supervised detox program along with therapy to treat all aspects of the person during this fragile time.
As previously mentioned, the detoxification is the most important part of the process to break free from addiction. Medically detoxing a person is important for anyone beginning the journey of recovery. There is anxiety and pain from the withdrawal, for many, it is too much to handle. This is the main cause of relapse. With the help of a proper medical detox and added support with a recovery treatment plan, the individual will be more likely to live a successful life in sobriety. It is important to treat the withdrawal medically but also correlating with a strong therapy program so all aspects of the individual are treated- mind, body, and soul.
The most successful way to detox from any form of prescription pills would be a medically supervised prescription pill detox program. At Daylight Detox and Recovery we offer a safe and comfortable detoxification setting so our clients can begin their recovery journey. We also offer the next levels of care for addiction treatment so our clients can maintain their clean and sober life successfully.