PRESCRIPTION DRUG DETOX
People from all over the country come to Malibu Beach Recovery Centers’ state of the art detoxification facility in West Los Angeles because we are renowned for our unmatched commitment to providing top-notch care to each and every patient that comes to us for care. Our staff is comprised of highly skilled medical professionals who have chosen to dedicate their lives to help people from all walks of life detox from prescription drugs.
Over the years, we have worked hard to fine-tune our treatment process to promote safe detox and long-term success. We are able to serve our clients so well because we take the time to fit each recovery patient with a detoxification plan that is suited to meet their specific needs. We understand that no two recovery patients are the exact same, so their detoxification plan should not be the same either.
We conduct a series of comprehensive evaluations of each patient, looking at their history of prescription drug use, mental and physical state, home and work life, and much more. This crucial information informs our physicians on how to proceed with detox in a specialized manner. If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to a prescription medication, contact our experts at Malibu Beach Recovery Center to begin your initial consultation, and begin your journey to long-term sobriety.
Understanding Prescription Drug Use
Prescription medications are broken up into three main groups: opioids, depressants, and stimulants. Opioids are most commonly used to treat pain. The most well-known opioids on the market today are Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine. Depressant drugs, such as Valium and Xanax, are used to relieve anxiety or to promote sleep in an individual that is suffering from insomnia. Stimulants are a group of prescription medications that speed the body up, and are used to treat ailments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some of the most common stimulant medications are Ritalin and Adderall.
Because of the high prevalence of prescription drug misuse and abuse, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared abuse of these medications to be an epidemic. In 2012 alone, almost 17,000 people lost their lives due to abuse of a prescription drug. Further, it is estimated that almost 1,400 individuals aged 12 and over use a prescription pain relieve non-medically for the first time. The high rate of use of these medications can be attributed to the fact that they are so widely available and easy to access. They are legal, and therefore many individuals believe that they cannot be dangerous.
Signs of Prescription Drug Use and Abuse
An addiction to prescription medications can result in a number of short and long-term health complications, especially if not taken as directed under the guidance of a medical professional. Some of the common side effects of taking prescriptions drugs include:
Opioids: sleepiness, constipation, stomach sickness, and trouble breathing.
Stimulants: increased body temperature, increased heart rate, dilated pupils, nausea, loss of appetite, and increased blood pressure.
Depressants: slurred speech, sleepiness, disorientation, shallow breathing, lack of coordination, and seizures.
There are a number of behavioral side effects people suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs may start to display as well. One of the most common behaviors is visiting multiple doctors in order to secure additional prescriptions. Further, you may notice that someone appears to be spending more and more of his or her money with nothing to show for it. They may actually be stocking up on their prescription drug of choice.
If these signs and symptoms are present and you suspect someone you know is suffering from a prescription drug addiction, it is critical that they enter a detoxification center like Malibu Beach Recovery Center to receive the life-saving care they need.
Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Abuse
Individuals of any economic status, gender, age, and race can suffer from an addiction to prescription drugs. However, there are certain risk factors that make some individuals more likely to suffer an addiction to these drugs. One common risk factor in determining the likelihood of developing an addiction to prescription drugs is family history of addiction. There is a genetic component to addiction, therefore someone who has a relative that has battled addiction has a higher risk for developing an addiction themselves.
Another risk factor for addiction is peer pressure. Teenagers make up a large portion of individuals misusing prescription drugs. Peer pressure likely plays a role in some young people using these drugs, as they may be pushed to use a way to fit in and appear cool to their peers. Unfortunately, some people are unable to stop their use even when the pressure is off. Another well-known risk factor for addiction is lack of family involvement. Individuals that have experienced parental neglect or abuse have an increased for developing an addiction.
Prescription Drug Detox at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers
People from Malibu, West Los Angeles, and beyond come to Malibu Beach Recovery Centers to undergo their life-saving detoxification from prescription drugs in a safe and stable environment. During detox, we constantly monitor each patient’s progress, keeping a careful eye on their vital signs to ensure that complications do not occur. Should any complications come about, we are equipped to administer the care necessary to return clients to a stable condition.
At our detox center, we know how important it is for our patients to stay motivated and committed to bettering their lives and overcoming their addiction to prescription drugs. For this reason, we offer group and individual therapies to all clients as a way to provide a strong support network that is in place to help people push through negative withdrawal symptoms and fight the urge to use. Further, counseling allows us to uncover what drives each person to use in the first place, allowing us to offer the tools necessary to resist the urge to use in the future. Detoxing at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers means detoxing with a partner by your side. We are wholly committed to your success.
Prescription Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
After prolonged use of a prescription drug, the body becomes reliant on the medication just to function normally. During detoxification at our center, we will work to remove the medication from your body in the safest and most comfortable manner as possible. Despite all of our efforts, it is likely that patients will experience withdrawal symptoms as their bodies attempt to adjust to life without prescription drugs. Some of the most common prescription drug withdrawal symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, cravings, yawning, chills, nausea, and vomiting, body aches, and agitation.
Withdrawal can last from hours to weeks depending on an individual’s duration and severity of addiction.
Let’s End Prescription Drug Addiction Together
If you or someone you know is ready to take back their life and end their addiction to prescription drugs once and for all, please contact our staff here at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers today. Attempting to detox on your own can be incredibly difficult and even dangerous. Let us guide you through the process, and help you build the foundation for a happy, healthy, and sober life. Our experts are standing by to take your call and begin your initial consultation right now.