Prescription medication addiction often begins when individuals receive a legitimate prescription (perhaps following surgery, etc.), but then gradually develop a dependence to the drug over time. While the substance use may feel normal at the time, you might find yourself needing greater doses to achieve the same physical and mental effects, and craving the drug when not using.
Addiction to prescription medication has become an increasing crisis in the United States over the last decade, with upwards of 15 million individuals using prescription drugs non-medically every year.
At CAST Centers, we want you to know that you are not alone, and that you can heal and feel empowered once again. If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from prescription medication addiction, we encourage you to call us at 424-302-2598.
Treatment at CAST Centers
CAST Centers is a local treatment center in West Hollywood. We strive to be integrated in the community, and serve all individuals who may be struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems. We understand that these are often co-occurring struggles, and therefore the treatment approach must take all health factors into account.
Your experiences, past and present, are unique. At CAST Centers, we focus on developing an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your life circumstances. You will have a team of people who you can rely on, and who are dedicated to helping guide you through the healing and empowerment process.
We offer an Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Program (IOP/PHP) or Custom Outpatient Care, depending upon what works best for you and your family. We take into account your background, present struggles, and goals moving forward.
We are here to discuss prescription medication abuse treatment options and help you create treatment plan.
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How does prescription medication addiction begin?
Many individuals who receive prescriptions following surgery, etc. may fear that they are at risk to become addicted to prescription medication. This is often not the case, however. There are various risk factors which can contribute to the development of a substance abuse problem. They may include:
Family history of drug addiction
Exposure to drug use and abuse from a young age
Easy access to prescription medication, such as in a family medicine cabinet
Lack of education or knowledge about the addictive properties and potential harm of prescription medication
What are the symptoms of prescription drug abuse?
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if you or a loved one is addicted to prescription medication. If you are experiencing substance abuse, the following symptoms may be present:
Taking a higher dose of medication than you’ve been prescribed
Feeling that your emotions are uncontrollable
Irregular sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling asleep or difficulty waking up
Poor decision making
Stealing or forging prescriptions in an attempt to get access to more drugs
Regularly “losing” prescriptions, requiring additional prescriptions to be written
Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors
Physical Dependence vs. Addiction
Though they might sound similar, physical dependence and addiction to drugs is actually somewhat different. Most prescription drugs that are abused trigger the brain’s reward center, which make them easier to become addicted to.
Physical Dependence: This is rooted in the body’s response to long term drug use. Signs of this may include needing a higher dosage of the drug to receive the same physical or mental effects. Withdrawal symptoms will often come on suddenly if an attempt is made to stop taking the drug.
Addiction: Is characterized by a physical dependence and mental compulsion to take the drug. This is noticeable particularly when drug abuse starts to adversely affect your life, however, you may find it impossible to stop using.
Managing prescription medication addiction can feel daunting, but know that you are not alone. At CAST Centers, we are here to help you through the healing process.
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