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Prescription Drug Rehab in Arizona

Arizona Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Center

Overcoming addiction to prescription medications is possible with the right help. At Decision Point Center, our Arizona prescription drug addiction treatment center offers a wide range range of inpatient and outpatient programs to help you overcome addiction in a holistic manner in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

We use respectful and communicative approaches to therapies and treatments. We never shame the people who come to us for help, but instead offer genuine care backed by professional knowledge and abilities. When you come to our addiction treatment center, we will take the time to design a recovery program based on your needs, not anyone else’s.

When coming up with a recovery program, we will want to review your:

  • Psychological and psychiatric histories
  • Medical records
  • Family’s past with similar addictions
  • Employment history
  • Nutritional routines

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Prescription Drugs Can Be Just As Addictive as Illegal Drugs

As frightful as illegal and “street level” substances may be, the truth is prescription drugs can often prove to be just as addictive and dangerous. Much of the opioid epidemic can be traced back to prescription drugs given to patients by medical providers who had not been properly warned of the addictive power of opiates and benzodiazepines. Now, thousands upon thousands of Americans are turning to drug rehabilitation centers to help them defeat prescription drug addiction and restart their lives on a better, brighter track.

Doctors prescribe medications for a variety of reasons, such as to relieve pain after a surgery or severe injury. While many prescription drugs are safe to use under a doctor's supervision and in strict accordance to their instructed use, over time many people find that they need more of the medication to achieve the same effect.

Some of the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs include:

What Is Prescription Drug Misuse?

Prescription drug misuse, also called prescription drug abuse, is defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as the act of taking a medicine in a way that is different from what the doctor prescribed. This can take any of the following forms:

  • Taking a medication prescribed for someone else
  • Taking a larger dose of a medication than prescribed
  • Taking medicine in a different way than prescribed, such as crushing tablets and then snorting or injecting them
  • Using medication for another purpose than prescribed, such as for getting high
  • Consuming prescription medication with other drugs or alcohol

Abusing prescription drugs can quickly lead to addiction, leading to health issues, damaged interpersonal relationships, issues with employment, or even death by overdose. If your or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug addiction, it is imperative you seek help from a licensed addiction treatment facility.

Here are some general short-term effects that are commonly associated with prescription drug misuse:

  • Euphoria or Sedation: Many prescription drugs, such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and certain stimulants, can induce feelings of euphoria or extreme relaxation. This can result in a sense of pleasure or intense calmness.
  • Drowsiness or Fatigue: Sedative medications, like benzodiazepines or certain opioids, can cause drowsiness, leading to fatigue and a decrease in alertness. This effect can impair a person's ability to operate machinery or drive safely.
  • Confusion and Disorientation: Some prescription drugs can cause confusion, disorientation, or impaired cognitive function. This can affect decision-making abilities and general awareness.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Many prescription drugs can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, leading to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset.
  • Respiratory Depression: Opioids, in particular, can significantly slow down breathing in high doses, which can be life-threatening.
  • Increased Heart Rate or Blood Pressure: Stimulant medications, like certain types of ADHD medications, can increase heart rate and blood pressure, leading to potential cardiovascular issues.
  • Mood Swings or Irritability: Some prescription drugs can cause rapid changes in mood or heightened irritability.
  • Physical Coordination Impairment: Certain drugs can impair motor skills and coordination, leading to an increased risk of accidents or injuries.
  • Addiction or Dependence: Even in the short term, prescription drug misuse can lead to the development of dependence or addiction, causing cravings and compulsive drug-seeking behavior.

Long-term prescription drug abuse can have severe and sometimes irreversible effects on both physical and mental health. The specific long-term effects can vary based on the type of drug abused, dosage, duration of abuse, individual factors, and whether the drug was used in combination with other substances. 

Here are some general long-term effects associated with prescription drug abuse:

  • Physical Health Issues: Chronic abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioids, can lead to serious physical health problems such as respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, liver damage, and cardiovascular complications. Long-term use of certain medications can also weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections.
  • Tolerance and Dependence: Continued abuse of prescription drugs often leads to tolerance, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effects. Dependence can develop, causing withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not taken. This cycle of tolerance and dependence contributes to the risk of addiction.
  • Mental Health Conditions: Prolonged abuse of prescription drugs can lead to or exacerbate mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, paranoia, and even psychosis in some cases. It can also impair cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and decision-making abilities.
  • Social and Relationship Problems: Long-term drug abuse can strain relationships with family and friends, lead to isolation, and cause difficulties in professional or educational settings. Financial issues can arise due to the cost of acquiring prescription drugs illegally or spending on excessive amounts of medication.
    Increased Risk of Overdose: With continued use and tolerance buildup, individuals may take higher doses of prescription drugs, increasing the risk of accidental overdose. Opioids, in particular, can depress the respiratory system to a dangerous extent, potentially leading to fatal consequences.
  • Physical Dependence and Withdrawal: Long-term abuse can result in a profound physical dependence on the drug, making it challenging to quit without experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from certain prescription drugs can be extremely uncomfortable and, in some cases, life-threatening.
    Organ Damage and Systemic Health Issues: Chronic abuse of prescription drugs can damage various organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. It can also contribute to systemic health issues like hormonal imbalances and compromised immune function.
  • Legal and Behavioral Consequences: Long-term prescription drug abuse can lead to legal issues due to illicit procurement or possession of controlled substances. It may also result in risky behaviors, increasing the likelihood of accidents, injuries, or engaging in criminal activities to obtain drugs.
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Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

One of the most difficult aspects of identifying prescription drug addiction is that every medication has different effects, making it difficult to spot certain common "tells." For example, a person addicted to opioid medications may exhibit symptoms such as nausea or impaired coordination, while a person addicted to sedatives may have slurred speech or dizziness. When combined with alcohol, these effects can be amplified or otherwise altered.

While the signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse may be difficult to spot if you don't know what to look for, there are some behaviors that are common regardless of the specific medication involved:

  • Stealing medications from other people
  • Forging or selling prescriptions
  • Major changes in sleep patterns
  • Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors, or "doctor shopping"
  • Constantly "losing" prescriptions or needing more frequent refills
  • Altered decision-making

Treatments & Therapies for Prescription Drug Addiction

Everyone is different and will need a different path to sobriety after becoming addicted to prescription medications. Our team of addiction treatment specialists at Decision Point Center has created a variety of therapies, treatments, and recovery programs to meet all sorts of needs. We are certain we will have something to help you stand on your own again.

A few of our more popular and proven-effective programs include:

  • Residential inpatient treatment: A specialized program that integrates psychology, physical activity, nutritional health, and positive work and family relationships.
  • Extended residential treatment: Furthered residential care for those who need it the most. New concepts are incorporated, such as learning about money management and interviewing skills for a stronger starting point after leaving our center.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): A process of identifying specific negative thoughts and behaviors in order to remove or replace them with more positive connotations.
  • Family therapy: Planning therapy sessions that include your family, who are likely your strongest source of support outside of Decision Point Center. Family therapy is not right for everyone, so we always want to discuss this option thoroughly with you before continuing.

Helping a Loved One Addicted to Prescription Drugs

There are few things as painful as seeing a son, daughter, parent, or other loved one struggle with an addiction. If someone you know has developed an addiction to a prescription medication, it is crucial that you speak up and urge them to get help as soon as possible. While it may be uncomfortable to approach them, letting them know about your concerns could potentially be the push they need to face their struggles and get sober. You could be saving their life.

If someone you know is in need of treatment for prescription drug addiction, here's how you can help:

  • Do your research ahead of time and learn as much as you can about prescription drug addiction. This will help you better understand what they are going through and put you in a better position to empathize with their struggles.
  • Be honest about your concerns, but make sure to come to them from a place of love and compassion, not judgment. Shaming them for their struggles may make things worse.
  • Understand that they may not seek help after your first attempt to talk to them. Remain persistent and do not become discouraged. They may not fully realize the extent of their addiction, or they may outright deny that they have a problem at all.
  • If they agree to seek treatment, stay involved in their recovery. They will need you the most during this time.
  • If your loved one refuses to acknowledge an obvious addiction after being confronted multiple times, consider enlisting the help of an intervention professional.

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Prescription drug addiction can cause widespread and significant problems in your daily life and your health. Before things get out of hand and all the more dangerous, come to Decision Point Center in Prescott, Arizona for help, support, guidance, and care. We want you to find the strength you have inside to stop prescription drug addiction. Using our alumni support program, you can even continue to depend on us when you need us the most after your treatments at our center end.

How Common Is Prescription Medication Abuse?

According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have abused prescription medication at some point in their lives. According to a 2017 survey, an estimated 18 million people reported misusing medications at least once in the past year. Prescription drug misuse is most prevalent in young adults ages 18 to 25, with 14.4% of people in this age group reporting non-medical use of medications in the past year. With that being said, older adults are also at risk of developing an addiction to prescription medication as 80% of older patients ages 57 to 85 report using at least one prescription medication daily.

  • Continuum of Care

    At Decision Point Center we are committed to ALWAYS walking alongside you. Even once you have completed our program, we make ourselves and our resources available to you any time you need.

  • Array of Possibilities

    Just like no two individuals are alike, neither are two addictions. We offer many different services in order to ensure your program is customized to your unique needs and goals.

  • Full-Person Plan

    Unlike other centers, we treat the individual, not the addiction. We work with you both during treatment and then work to help prepare you for once you leave. The journey begins with us but continues with you.

  • Decades of Experience

    Experience one of the most comprehensive assessments in the treatment world today and we understand that in order to treat the addiction, we must also treat the underlying cause.

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