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Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab in Orange County

Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in excess or not as intended by the prescribing doctor. It can range from taking someone else’s prescription to cure a pain you have to injecting or snorting crushed up pills to get high. Prescription drugs are very strong and readily accessible, which have made them a highly abused drug. It’s simple to distribute prescription drugs.

There are a few types of prescriptions that people abuse: opioids (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Vicodin), anti-anxiety medications/sedatives/hypnotics (Xanax, Valium, Ambien), and stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin).

Opioid Painkiller Addiction Symptoms

Sedatives/Anti-Anxiety Medication Addiction Symptoms

Stimulant Addiction Symptoms

• Drowsiness/confusion • Slurred speech/poor concentration • Reduced appetite
• Poor coordination  • Unsteady walking • Agitation
• Increased pain with higher doses • Memory problems • Irregular heartbeat

Medical Effects of Long-Term Prescription Drug Abuse

Opioids can cause low blood pressure, slowed breathing rate, a potential for breathing to stop, or a coma. Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications can cause memory problems, low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. An overdose can cause coma or death. Stopping the medication abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms including nervous system hyperactivity and seizures. Stimulants can cause dangerously high body temperature, heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures or tremors, hallucinations, aggressiveness, and paranoia.

Withdrawal Symptoms from Prescription Drugs

While withdrawal from most prescription drugs isn’t extremely dangerous, it can produce uncomfortable and severe symptoms. Some sedatives and anti-anxiety medications can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nervous system hyperactivity and seizures. Always make sure to talk to your doctor to make sure that the medication you’re taking is the right one and you’re taking the right dosage. 

Get Help from Prescription Drug Abuse at CASA Recovery

We here at CASA Recovery can help you or your loved one through prescription drug detox and into rehabilitation. Our comprehensive program creates an individualized program that fits what you need for your specific addiction. Contact us today for more information from our staff here in San Juan Capistrano.