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Anyone who thinks that someone they love may be abusing prescription drugs must consider looking into their options for a prescription drug addiction intervention.
Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that over 18 million people misused prescription drugs to the point of abuse in 2017. In the same year, around 3.3 million people misused such drugs for the first time. Prescription drugs are pharmaceuticals that require a doctor’s permission to purchase and use.
One contributing factor to this statistic is misinformation. People may assume that prescription drugs have lesser addictive properties than illicit drugs. As such, they become complacent and believe that nothing is wrong because they are only taking drugs as their doctor indicates. With this mindset, the number of initiates who may abuse prescription drugs is only likely to grow.
Anyone who thinks that someone they love may be abusing prescription drugs must consider looking into their options for a prescription drug addiction intervention. This professional treatment method helps addicts overcome their dependence on prescription drugs.
Addiction to prescription drugs is the continued use of such substances while ignoring the consequences a patient may face. Patients do not use prescription drugs to become addicted. Their bodies naturally develop tolerance to the medication, thus requiring more of the substance to feel their effects.
Prescription drugs are regulated substances that patients can only take when a doctor advises them to use specific substances for their condition. Although this regulation exists for substance control, people find ways to obtain most prescription drugs illegally.
Patients may get their family and friends to bring them these prescription narcotics. A patient’s family and friends may be oblivious to the fact that their loved one is already abusing the substance because they have a prescription, after all.
Alternatively, patients may seek illegal street drugs that offer similar effects to their prescription drugs. Although these street drugs do not offer the exact effects an addict seeks, they are cheaper and more accessible than prescription drugs. As such, they may end up using more of these substances and worsen their addiction.
America has three categories of prescription drugs that patients commonly abuse:
- Central Nervous System Depressants: Prescription CNS depressants treat acute stress reactions, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and sleep disorders. These drugs slow brain activity and may cause drowsiness. This category includes three drug classes. Here are common brands that fall under CNS depressants:
- Benzodiazepines: Valium® (diazepam), Klonopin® (clonazepam), Xanax® (alprazolam), Halcion® (triazolam), Prosom® (estazolam)
- Sedatives: Ambien® (zolpidem), Lunesta® (eszopiclone), Sonata® (zaleplon)
- Barbiturates: Mebaral® (mephobarbital), Luminal® (phenobarbital), Nembutal® (pentobarbital sodium)
- Central Nervous System Stimulants: CNS stimulants help treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy, a condition where patients experience uncontrollable sleeping spells. These prescription drugs help patients boost their alertness and energy. Common prescription stimulants include the following brands:
- Dexedrine® (dextroamphetamine)
- Adderall® (combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine)
- Ritalin® (methylphenidate)
- Concerta® (methylphenidate)
- Prescription Opioids: These prescription drugs contain chemicals that relieve pain and relax the body. Prescription opioids are either natural from the poppy plant, or synthetic from laboratory manufacturers. Medical use of prescription opioids also includes drug addiction control and treatment. The following brands are common prescription opioids that patients may abuse:
- Vicodin® (hydrocodone)
- OxyContin® (oxycodone)
- Percocet® (oxycodone)
- Opana® (oxymorphone)
- Kadian® (morphine)
- Avinza® (morphine)
Professional drug interventions are ways to convince addicts to proceed with medical treatment to overcome their dependence on prescription drugs of any classification. These meetings involve the addicted patient, their concerned family and friends, and a seasoned drug addiction interventionist to facilitate the process. A successful prescription drug intervention ends with the patient accepting the help they need to prevent their condition from worsening.
Anyone is at risk of becoming addicted to prescription drugs due to the substances’ potential for abuse. Abuse potential may remain low as long as a patient takes the drugs as their doctor prescribes. However, the pain-relieving and euphoric effects these substances offer may boost the abuse potential. Thus, patients may end up seeking ways to feel these effects regardless of their methods.
How Does a Prescription Drug Addiction Intervention Work?
Professional interventionists organize the entire process. These professionals will cooperate with a patient’s family and friends to gather the addict’s drug use history. Once they know which kinds of prescription drugs are involved, the drug addiction interventionists will offer the possible treatment options a patient may take.
The professional interventionists will then help the concerned family and friends find the ideal treatment facility for their loved one. These facilities will have the medical treatment services to help a patient overcome their substance addiction.
In addition, the interventionist will provide continued assistance for the family while the patient is in intensive care. Continued assistance beyond the actual meeting between the patient and the family is an important step in overcoming drug addiction.
However, prescription drug interventions may fail. The patient may refuse the help that a concerned family has prepared for them with the help of a professional interventionist. In that case, the interventionist will proceed with their plans should the drug addict refuse treatment.
When preparing for drug abuse interventions, professional interventionists help the patient’s family and friends cope with the rejection. In general, the interventionist will guide the patient’s loved ones in coming up with an ultimatum if the patient refuses treatment.
Drug abuse affects more than just the patient. Thus, family and friends may leave the patient until they proceed with treatment. This case is common when an addict exhibits abusive behavior due to their substance abuse, which makes leaving a necessary decision for a family, especially when children are at risk of getting hurt.
We Can Help.
Interventions help patients prevent dependency on these drugs as soon as their family and friends notice behavioral changes in the patient. Professional interventionists can successfully guide an addicted patient to recovery. These licensed professionals help a patient realize how drug addiction’s consequences affect them and the people around them.
Concerned individuals may call Addiction Interventions to get the assistance they need in preparing an effective prescription drug addiction intervention for their loved ones. Trained professionals have the resources to help a prescription drug addict start a course to a sober lifestyle.