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5 Reasons to Seek Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Audra Franchini

Authored by Audra Franchini

Understanding long-term consequences may help your loved one enroll in one of our drug and alcohol treatment centers.

Prescription drug addiction not only influences physical and mental health, but can also wreak havoc on an individual’s job performance, relationships, and home life. If your loved one struggles with prescription drug addiction, you may already know this to be true.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that approximately 52 million people in the US use prescription drugs for unintended purposes every year. Surprisingly, a relative or friend is often responsible for first time use when they share their prescription drugs. This kind of transfer is irresponsible and potentially dangerous. When used for non-prescribed, recreational purposes, prescription drugs can be harmful and even deadly.

If your loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse, help them by finding prescription drug and alcohol treatment centers today. Use the outline below to help talk with your loved one about seeking treatment.

5 Reasons To Seek Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Prescription drug addiction can have many long-term impacts that vary depending on type of drug and intake method.

  1. Opiates, such as Percocet and Oxycontin, can cause a variety of long-term effects. These effects can include abdominal distention, constipation, liver damage, and brain damage. Opiates are highly addictive and reduce reaction times, making individuals under the influence of opiates more prone to car accidents. Prescription drug and alcohol treatment centers can help alleviate the withdrawal process through medically assisted detox.
  2. Depressants, including benzodiazepines and barbiturates, can result in increased tolerance and physical dependence. When long-term users develop physical dependence, withdrawal can result in physical reactions such as seizures. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, and barbiturate withdrawal can cause life-threatening health complications.  A prescription drug and alcohol treatment center best assists those in need of depressant detox.
  3. Stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, can result in long-term psychological consequences including paranoia, hostility, and even psychosis. High doses can cause physical disturbances such as extremely high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and seizures. In order to prevent these negative health costs, it’s recommended that individuals enter a treatment facility for prescription drug abuse.
  4. Many individuals who abuse prescription drugs take them in alternative ways to increase the high with which they’re associated. Injecting drugs can lead to heart problems, pulmonary embolisms, gangrene, and chronic infections such as viral hepatitis and HIV. Individuals suffering health complications as a result of injecting prescription drugs should enter a recovery center for prescription drug abuse immediately.
  5. Professional care from a treatment facility for prescription drug addiction can lead to long-term psychical and mental health benefits.  Patients can obtain better coping skills to deal with everyday stressors and improved family relationships.

Finding Prescription Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Near You

If your loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse, Lighthouse is here to help. Don’t wait for long-term consequences to take hold; dial 1-800-RECOVERY today for more information about services and treatment centers near you.

Authored by

Audra Franchini

Audra Franchini

Audra Franchini holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing & English. As RCA's Senior Communications Manager, Audra creates impactful content for RCA's website, advertisements, and internal and external communications to drive awareness to the disease of addiction and the importance of seeking help.


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