Prescription Drug Addiction & Detox Treatment

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About Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

One of the most significant growing problems in the United States is Prescription Drug Abuse. According to the National Study on Drug Use and Health, more than 18 million people misused prescription drugs in 2017. If a patient is addicted to a central nervous system depressant such as sedatives and hypnotics, they should seek treatment immediately. Withdrawal symptoms from CNS Depressants can be severe and potentially life-threatening. The first step towards recovery would be to enter into our medically supervised detox program to begin tapering down the dosage to assist with withdrawal effects.

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What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

While prescription antibiotic drugs such as Keflex or cephalexin are not addictive, some other prescription drugs and vital medicines such as pain killers, muscle relaxants, CNS depressants, or stimulants prescribed for relieving pain, anxiety, depression, and other disorders are addictive.

Prescription drug abuse or addiction affects the human body’s physical and psychological conditions, leading to severe consequences.

Let’s have a look at the types of commonly abused prescription drugs:

Prescription Opioids:

Prescription Opioids or painkillers are used to treat pains and sometimes even to treat diarrhea or coughing. They provide relief from moderate to severe pain.

Some common prescription opioids are hydrocodone (Vicodin / Lortab / m365 pills), Fentanyl, Morphine, Codeine, and Oxycodone (Percocet or Perc 30 or Oxycontin).

Prescription Opioid misuse and drug overdose deaths from prescription opioids have increased significantly since 1999. Approximately 2 million people age 12 or older had an opioid use disorder in 2018.

Prescription opioids side effects include vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, constipation, tiredness, and more.
Prescription opioids are also called Oxy, Percs, and Vikes in slang.

Avatar, an inpatient treatment center, offers the best opioid addiction recovery services with an individualized opioid addiction program.

Prescription CNS Depressants:

Prescription CNS depressants or Central Nervous System depressants are often prescribed to slow brain activity and increase GABA activity in the patient’s brain to help with anxiety, sleep disorders, and stress. They are also called sedatives in simple terms.
Prescription CNS Depressants fall into three main drug classes:

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs prescribed to increase sleep time, sleep quality, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and seizure disorders. They include Diazepam or Valium, Clonazepam or Klonopin, Alprazolam or Xanax, Triazolam or Halcion and Estazolam or Prosom.
Our drug detox treatments in NJ offer the best Benzodiazepine detox services to help our clients lead healthy lives free from addiction.

Barbiturates

Barbiturates are effective sedative-hypnotic drugs that have calming effects. They are helpful as anxiolytics, anticonvulsants, and hypnotics. Barbiturates are prescription CNS depressants with origins in the 19th century. Abuse of barbiturates began in the 1960s and 70s when they came to be recreational drugs.

Abuse of barbiturates such as butabarbital, Butalbital (Fioricet), mephobarbital or Mebaral, phenobarbital or Luminal, and pentobarbital sodium Nembutal has psychological as well as physical risks. The chances of fatal barbiturates overdose are significantly higher than on other drugs.

Some street names for barbiturates are barbs, blue heavens, blues, Christmas trees, rainbows, sleepers, reds, red devils, goofballs, double trouble, and more.
Benzodiazepines have majorly replaced barbiturates as prescription drugs to relieve anxiety, induce sleep and prevent seizures.

Non-Benzodiazepines

Non-Benzodiazepine prescription drugs perform a similar function to benzodiazepine by binding to GABA receptors but cause less disruption to standard sleep architecture and hypnotic efficacy.

Some standard non-benzodiazepine prescription CNS depressants are Zolpidem or Ambien, Eszopiclone or Lunesta, and Zaleplon or Sonata.

They are often used to treat insomnia. Non-benzodiazepines are better for use in patients with respiratory disorders as they cause minimal respiratory depression.
Drug abuse treatment services at Avatar help clients overcome non-benzodiazepine prescription drug addiction, such as Ambien addiction.

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Prescription Stimulants or Antidepressants:

Medicines typically used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy are known as prescription stimulants.

Some common prescription stimulants are Adderall or Dextroamphetamine, such as Dexedrine, Ritalin, or Concerta, containing Methylphenidate, Cymbalta Duloxetine, or Bupropion, which are antidepressants.

Slang for prescription stimulants includes Speed, Vitamin R, and Uppers.

Prescription stimulants increase patients’ alertness, energy, and attention by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Dopamine is responsible for positive reinforcement, and norepinephrine works on the physiological level by affecting blood pressure, blood vessels, blood sugar levels, heart rate, and breathing.

Some Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Lexapro and Cipralex contain escitalopram, which helps improve the balance of serotonin in the brain and act as antidepressants.
Antidepressant SSRI drugs like Lexapro or Escitalopram’s side effects include changes in weight, drowsiness, decreased libido, nausea, restlessness, and more.

Prescription stimulant detox treatment programs such as the Adderall detox program at our inpatient rehab center focus on helping clients detox safely, manage withdrawal symptoms, and avoid relapses.

Over the years, Avatar Residential Detox Center has established its position as one of New Jersey’s well-known prescription drug detox centers. We are committed to helping clients overcome their prescription drug addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drugs Withdrawal

When someone has a prescription drug, Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and discontinues consumption, withdrawal symptoms set in. Sometimes the withdrawal symptoms appear within just a few hours of the last dose.

Just as prescription drugs’ effects vary, withdrawal symptoms of prescription drugs also vary with each medication and from person to person.

Here is a categorized list of prescription drug withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Prescription Opioids or Painkillers:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Strong cravings
  • Bone and muscle pain
Withdrawal Symptoms of Prescription CNS Depressants or Sedatives:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased temperature and blood pressure
Withdrawal Symptoms of Prescription Stimulants or Antidepressants:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Bad Temper
  • Tiredness

About Detox

Prescription Drug Addiction Detox New Jersey

The best way to detox from prescription drugs is to undergo medically supervised detox and drug rehabilitation programs that ultimately lead to sobriety. At Avatar Residential Detox Center in New Jersey, the best inpatient drug rehab center in NJ, we offer exemplary treatments that help you safely detox and end prescription drug abuse once and for all.
Avatar’s drug detox and treatment services are effective and customized for your needs regardless of whether your substance use disorder is opioid use disorder, prescription stimulant addiction, or prescription sedatives addiction.

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Prescription Drug Detox Timeline

Like all other drugs, the detox schedule for prescription drugs depends on various factors, such as the length of the addiction period, type of medicine, and drug addiction intensity. The patient will experience withdrawal symptoms while undergoing the drug detox process within the first six to twenty-four hours of detox treatment.

In some cases, the withdrawal symptoms and other consequences might remain for several months. Relapse after detox can be risky, as returning to previous levels of substance addiction when the body is no longer used to them can result in overdose and even death. Our addiction treatment programs at Avatar, a prominent prescription drug treatment center in NJ, provide individuals the tools to maintain long-term recovery after the detox process.