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Finding Rehab for Prescription Drug Abuse

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Rehab programs can help you stop abusing prescription drugs and get your life back on track.

There is no single factor that determines whether a person will abuse prescription drugs or who will become addicted to them although, some people are more at risk than others due to biological, environmental, or development influences throughout their life.

Prescription Drug Abuse Signs

There are multiple signs of prescription drug abuse and with every episode the person draws closer to an addiction. The following signs may be recognizable when a person is abusing prescription drugs and are an indication that help is needed.

  • Using prescription drugs recreationally, by someone other than intended, or in ways other than intended such as frequently, in high amounts, or by alternative routes such as crushing and snorting or injecting them..
  • Physical signs such as weight loss, lack of coordination, impaired motor functioning, tremors, excessive sleeping, dilated pupils or pinpointed pupils, sweating, frequent nausea and illness, or other physical impairments.
  • Psychological issues such as anxiety, nervousness, irritability, depression, insomnia, aggression, hyperactivity, violent outburst, hallucinations, deliriums, and other unusual, irrational, or immoral behaviors.
  • Tolerance, dependency, or withdrawals.
  • Overdose

Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab

The first thing that a person abusing prescription drugs needs is to detox in a safe environment. Once stabilized, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,” Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society.”

These services can be provided in an outpatient or inpatient rehab and the choice mainly depends on the person’s levels of abuse, the drugs being abused, and the intensity needed to overcome the abuse. Counseling and behavioral therapies are important elements of treatment and may be combined with appropriate medications to relieve cravings anxiety, or withdrawals. Relapse preventions and after care services are other important aspects of rehab.

Finding Rehab for Prescription Drug Abuse

Important factors to consider when finding rehab for prescription drug abuse are: duration requirements, accreditations, cost, time involvement for travel and being away from home and other obligations, and physical or psychological health. This does not have to be a difficult task, and a rehab can be found by:

  • Searching online, in local phone books for local treatment facilities
  • Contacting the community health departments
  • Going to AA or NA meetings in your local area to speak with individuals who have had similar experiences and may be able to refer you to an appropriate source.
  • Using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Facility Locator or by calling the 24 hour Help Hotline: 800-481-6320
  • Contact clergy and other sources such as community agencies, churches, or other referral sources.
  • Contact your doctor, local hospital, or other agencies that may sponsor treatment programs or be able to refer you to one.

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