Prescription Drug / Pill Addiction & Abuse Treatment
What is prescription drug addiction?
Drug addiction or dependence, also referred to as substance use disorder, is a dependence on a drug — which can include prescription medications, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Drug addiction means that a person is not able to control his or her drug use and this addiction drives a person to continue taking that drug, despite the harmful effects it has on that person’s life and those around them. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the three most commonly abused prescription drugs are:
- Opiates (prescription medications used for pain)
- Stimulants (prescription medications used for conditions such as ADHD and narcolepsy)
- Depressants (prescription medications used for conditions such as anxiety and sleep disorders)
The Psychiatry Group is currently treating patients with prescription drug addiction in Washington state and will soon be providing treatment for patients in other States in the Pacific Northwest. Reach out today.
What causes prescription medication abuse?
When painkillers or other prescription medications are used as directed, with careful doctor supervision — be it for short-term pain relief, long-term chronic pain, or other medical conditions — they are less likely to result in addiction or dependence. However, when people use medications long-term, without close monitoring from a doctor, without a prescription, or in quantities that are not recommended, there is a high risk of dependence as well as the possibility of overdosing.
Some prescription drugs are inherently more addictive than others, which may result in faster development of addiction than other drugs.
How do I know if I am dependent on a prescription medication?
Some signs and symptoms that you may be addicted or dependent on a prescription medication include the following:
- Feeling that you have to use the drug on a regular basis
- Feeling intense urges to take the drug
- Needing more and more of the drug to feel the same effects
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do in order to obtain the drug (e.g. lying, stealing)
- Using the drug more often than prescribed
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using the drug
- Failing in your attempt(s) to stop using the drug
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may have a prescription drug dependence. It is always best to discuss your symptoms with a trained professional, such as a psychiatrist. At The Psychiatry Group, we offer professional addiction evaluations.
What are the risk factors for prescription pill addiction?
Some people are at a greater risk of addiction than others, based on factors including social environment and family history. Research shows that using an addictive drug at a young age increases the chances of addiction and long-term drug problems.
The more risk factors a person has, the higher the chances of becoming addicted to a drug. Some examples of potential risk factors include:
Having family, friends or co-workers who use a drug can increase the chance that a person will use the drug as well.
In general, males are more likely to develop problems with drugs than females, but the progression of addictive disorders is known to be faster in females.
Having a family history of addiction can increase your risk of becoming addicted to a drug as well.
Mental health disorders
Having mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD, may make it more likely that you become drug dependent. In some cases, using drugs may become a way of coping with painful psychological feelings associated with these disorders.
What does prescription drug addiction treatment involve?
Long-term prescription drug abuse can lead to significant damage, including health problems, mental illness, family problems, legal issues, and more. The Psychiatry Group offers pill addiction treatment that can help you avoid or minimize these potential outcomes.
Prescription drug abuse treatment options include:
Prescription Drug Addiction Evaluations
Prescription drug addiction evaluations are performed to determine if abuse or dependence is present. Evaluations also help establish the best treatment plan for the individual, based on the type of medication addiction, symptoms, and other personal needs.
Psychological evaluations are sometimes used to evaluate potential psychological effects that prescription drug use may have had on the patient.
In some cases, dependence on prescription drugs may require additional medications in order to help a patient achieve relief from withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.
Medication addiction psychotherapy, also known as drug addiction counseling, is used to help patients develop strategies to cope with drug cravings, avoid relapse, and rebuild relationships that have suffered due to drug use. Addiction follow-up therapy is used to continue support for patients after they have stopped using in order to help prevent relapse and monitor emotional and physical health.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from prescription drug addiction, an experienced psychiatrist may be able to help. The Psychiatry Group is known for providing high-quality addiction consultations and prescription drug abuse treatment. Call 844-495-HELP(4357) today to schedule a consultation.
Our services are currently available to patients in Washington and soon other States in the Pacific Northwest. Reach out today.