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Prescription Drug Detox

About Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drugs serve several functions. They treat diseases, fight infection, and restore mental and physical health, thus allowing millions of people to lead healthy lives. However, some prescription drugs are addictive enough to form a physical and/or physiological dependence in the user. These kinds of drugs are usually controlled substances, the most addictive of which include as opiates, stimulants, and depressants. Fortunately, this kind of addiction can be treated through prescription drug detox.

Recognizing When the Line Has Been Crossed

Using prescribed medications as instructed does not normally lead to drug dependency, but self-medicating or changing your dosages can inadvertently trigger an addiction. Much like drinking alcohol, using prescription medication is not suspicious or illegal. This means it can be difficult to tell if you’ve crossed the line into addiction or not. If you are unsure whether or not you or a loved one are addicted to your prescription medication(s), some signs of dependence include:

  • going to multiple doctorsprescription-drug-detox
  • going to multiple pharmacies
  • requesting extra refills
  • running out of medications before your next scheduled refill
  • regularly taking more than the prescribed dose
  • forging prescriptions
  • using a prescription medication that belongs to family or friends
  • overdosing on prescribed medication
  • purchasing illegal pharmaceuticals online

The Effects of Untreated Prescription Drug Addiction

Abusing prescriptions drugs can cause:

  • blackouts
  • brain damage
  • depression
  • gastroparesis
  • high blood pressure
  • hyperalgesia
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • lung damage
  • malnutrition
  • mood swings
  • muscle pain
  • myoclonus
  • psychosis
  • respiratory upset

The Important of Medical Detox

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of prescription drug abuse, seeking treatment is unarguably necessary. Addiction can lead to serious repercussions, both psychological and physical. Prescription drug detox can prevent this, but undergoing it alone can lead to serious medical complications and painful withdrawal symptoms. This is why professional and medically-supervised detox programs are essential for recovery.

Prescription Drug Detox at Discovery Institute

The prescription drug detox programs at Discovery Institute put the safety and comfort of our patients first. We offer medically-assisted detox for patients suffering from prescription drug addiction. To begin, each patient in recovery receives a thorough examination upon admission for the purposes of assessing health, identifying any concurrent issues, and collecting a full drug use history. This information is then used to create an all-inclusive treatment plan tailored to the needs of each individual client.

From that point forward, patients are administered medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and supervised so symptoms can be tracked and addressed when they arise. In addition to doctors and nurses, the therapeutic staff is also on call to assist with the emotional healing of the detox process.

For patients who still need prescription drugs for conditions like post-surgery pain or chronic pain management, non-addictive treatments are available so that the prescription drug dependency is reduced during detox. These kinds of treatments can include traditional therapy, holistic treatments, and non-narcotic medications administered by the medical staff.


Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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