Prescription drug detox is required in almost every case when you have a prescription drug addiction and are looking to discontinue the use of prescription drugs. The withdrawal symptoms associated with prescription drug addiction can be mild to severe and at the same time, life threatening. Prescription drug detox is designed to manage the withdrawal symptoms that can range from anxiety, nausea to seizures and convulsions.
With prescription drug addiction, the body becomes dependent on the amount of drugs it is consuming and reacts when that level drops. For those taking prescription medication for pain, such as Vicodin or OxyContin, the level of pain is heightened greatly. For those taking anti-anxiety prescription medication or prescription medication for sleep disorders such as, Xanax or Valium, (benzodiazepines and barbiturates), the feelings of anxiety and panic increases as the level of prescription drug use decreases. This physical dependence is the reason why many people cannot stop their prescription drug addiction despite desperately wanting to, but more importantly, this type of prescription drug detox is quite challenging and can be life threatening if not treated correctly.
Prescription drug addictions to barbiturates include Mebaral and Nembutal and can have life threatening withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued. For this reason, prescription drug detox should only be done in a medically monitored drug detox facility under the supervision of a physician trained in addiction medicine. Prescription drug addictions to benzodiazepines include Valium, Librium, Xanax, Halcion, and ProSom.
As previously mentioned, prescription drug detox should take place in a medically monitored detox program, capable of providing 24 hour nursing and staffed with a physician trained in addiction medicine. The other significant factor in detox is that it takes time and depending upon the level prescription medication addiction can take up to 10 days. It is in the best interest of the patient if the prescription medication detox program is located within a quality drug rehab such as Bridge Centre. The reason for this is that many people suffering from prescription drug addiction will require ongoing inpatient drug rehab. The drug rehab and addiction treatment continuity will remain intact during this transition if the drug detox program and the drug rehab program are one in the same. Not every drug rehab has its own drug detox, so remember to ask.
Prescription drugs are used by millions of Kenyans. Prescription drug addiction and abuse, are often unmentioned sources of frustration and pain. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are in categories called opiates, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants. These prescription medications are widely abused because they actually alter the user’s brain and many times in result dependency and prescription drug addiction. Prescription drugs such as opiates are used to treat pain. They are often called narcotics and include Morphine, Codeine OxyContin, Darvon, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol or Lomotil.
People often become dependent on these drugs after receiving a prescription after an accident or surgery to better cope with pain. The prescription drug addiction begins with taking the pills as needed, but somewhere along the line then deciding you require additional prescription medication. This decision is usually made independent of your physician and is generally because you feel the pain is too great or you like the feeling the prescription medication provides. It is this feeling of euphoria that is so desired by the mind that creates the strong connection between taking the pills and feeling good.
The exact same can be said for prescription drugs for central nervous system depressants. Such drugs are used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders. There is a sub-category between benzodiazepines and barbiturates, which is important when it comes to withdrawal.
Dependency on central nervous system depressants results from a strong physical and psychological tolerance for the drug. Often a psychiatrist or medical doctor will prescribe one of the above listed prescription drugs for depression, anxiety or sleeping disorders and will not track the increased usage of the patient. Soon the patient finds him or herself taking well beyond the originally prescribed amount.
Prescription drugs also include stimulants such as Dexedrine and Ritalin. These prescription drugs directly stimulate the brains pleasure centers and are also on the list of drugs that can be abused
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