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Prescription Drug Abuse in Greenville


Prescription drug abuse is the inappropriate and progressively increased use of prescription drugs. Forty-eight million Americans have used prescription drugs for reasons other than those for which they were prescribed by a physician. In any given year, about 15 million people suffer from issues related to prescription drug abuse.


Most cases of prescription drug abuse involve Schedule II drugs, which are not as dangerous or as addictive as Schedule I drugs like heroin and ecstasy, but that still have a high potential for severe physical or psychological dependence. Schedule II prescription drugs include opiates like OxyContin, sedatives like Valium, and stimulants like Adderall.


Prescription Drug Abuse Has Far-Reaching Consequences


Abusing prescription drugs can lead to serious long-term health effects, including:


  • Brain and heart damage, major depression, and impaired cognitive function from abusing opiates.
  • Anxiety, hostility, psychosis, and malnutrition from abusing stimulants.
  • Paranoia, memory problems, and low blood pressure from abusing sedatives.
  • A risk of coma or death due to overdose or taking prescription medications with alcohol or other drugs.


Additionally, social problems are often severe for those who abuse prescription medications. These include:


  • A loss of productivity at work, school, and home
  • Family problems
  • Legal problems that may include incarceration
  • Financial difficulties


Signs and Symptoms of Abuse


Each of the three types of commonly abused prescription drugs has its own signs and symptoms of abuse. However, general signs that may indicate abuse include:


  • Forging or stealing prescriptions
  • Getting prescriptions from more than one doctor
  • “Losing” prescriptions so that another must be issued
  • Excessive mood swings or hostility
  • Poor decision-making
  • The appearance of being high, which may include being either sedated or suddenly energized
  • An increase or decrease in sleep


Getting help for a prescription drug abuse problem is a matter of in-patient or outpatient drug treatment, which begins with the detox process to remove traces of the drug from the body so that comprehensive treatment may begin. Medical detox is the supervised detoxification of the body using drugs to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and it’s far more successful than trying to detox at home, which can be extremely painful and often results in near-immediate relapse.



Treatment Following Detox


During the detox process, the patient’s physical symptoms are continually assessed, and various underlying physical and mental health conditions are evaluated to formulate an individualized treatment plan that will include individual, group, and family counseling, cognitive therapy, and activities to address the mind, body, and spirit to bring about self-awareness and change.


After treatment is complete, an aftercare program will be put in place to provide ongoing support through therapy, counseling, and personalized strategies to help prevent relapse.


Call Drug Treatment Centers Greenville at 864-607-9031 today to find out more about the treatment options available to you. Don’t live one more day addicted to prescribed medications; the time to seek help is now.


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