Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drug Abuse & Treatment

When your doctor prescribes a medicine, he or she does so knowing that there are possible side effects, and that is why all prescription medications come with specific instructions. If you take a medication other than how it was prescribed by your doctor, this is defined as drug abuse. Drug abuse can lead to drug addiction. This is especially the case with painkillersstimulantstranquilizers, and sedatives that can all be habit forming, depending on dosage, genetics, and a variety of other factors. Just because a medicine is prescribed for you doesn’t mean that you could not or would not become addicted to using it. Cornerstone Recovery Center provides a safe and comfortable setting for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Please call 1-888-711-0354 or contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor. All communications with our staff are confidential.

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

If you are questioning whether yourself or a loved one might have a problem with prescription drugs, there are signs to look for that can indicate drug abuse or drug addiction. The types of prescription drugs that can become addictive usually have a physical and a psychological dependency, making it very difficult to stop taking them. In most cases, stopping cold turkey is not advised because that can be very dangerous as well.
What types of prescription drugs can be addictive if abused? Mind altering drugs include painkillers that are opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, such as alprazolam and diazepam; hypnotics prescribed to help people sleep such as zolpidem; stimulants such as methylphenidate; amphetamines such as Adderall; and even prescription cough syrup with flavor additives called Sizzurp are all different types of drugs that can become problematic if abused. Here are 6 questions to help you determine if prescription drug use has become a problem for you or a loved one.

  1. Have you tried to stop taking prescription drugs but cannot stop? With habit-forming medications, often you will feel physically ill or unable to function if you do not keep taking the drug on a regular basis.
  2. Are you taking higher doses of the drugs than you were prescribed? In some cases, higher doses are taken in order to achieve a “high”. In other cases, a tolerance has been built up and more of the same drug is needed to achieve the same effect.
  3. Do you take more drugs just to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms? Prescription drugs can cause a physical and psychological dependency, which makes the person feel like taking more pills is the only way to feel better.
  4. Have you said you lost a prescription just to get more drugs? Once addiction sets in, people who are addicted will start to do exhibit poor decision-making. This can also lead to forging or stealing prescriptions to try to obtain more pills or seeing more than one doctor for the same prescription.
  5. Do you continue to use drugs even though you realize they are harmful? Prescription drugs can cause excessive mood swings, hostile behavior, and changes in sleeping habits. If you realize this is happening, but still can’t stop using, it is time to get help.
  6. Are you spending all of your money on prescription drugs? Neglecting your bills and using money that was supposed to be set aside for food, hobbies, and other expenses to purchase drugs is a sign of addiction.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or are familiar with these signs of addiction to prescription drugs, you are in the right place. We understand that dependency can make you feel like you are not in control, but help is available. Once an addiction to a drug takes, hold it can have serious effects on your life, your health, and your relationships. Drug addiction can make you feel helpless and alone, but it is important to know that you are not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 48 million people age 12 or older have taken prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at some point in their lifetime. If you or someone you care about needs help for a prescription drug addiction, there is hope and you are in the right place. Here at Cornerstone Recovery Center, we customize our treatment plans for each individual to formulate the best combination of programs and services to achieve freedom from addiction and all of its negative side effects.

The Effects of Prescription Pill Abuse

Prescription drug addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Even though they are prescribed by a doctor, taking prescription drugs incorrectly can be life threatening and can have lasting effects. There are different health risks and side effects depending on which type of prescription drug.
Side effects from painkillers include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased breathing rate
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Sweating

Side effects from sedatives and anti-anxiety medications include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Unsteady walking
  • Poor judgment
  • Rapid eyeball movement

Side effects from stimulants include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Weight loss

Persons abusing or addicted to prescription drugs usually suffer from health side effects as well as problems keeping their job and maintaining relationships. Drug addiction does not just affect the person with the addiction; their family, friends, and loved ones feel the effects too. Not only do they have to watch the effects of drug addiction, they also experience the turmoil of trying to help. Addiction often interferes with work and jobs are often lost when performance and attendance are not kept up. This affects family and loved ones too when a source of income is cut off. Cornerstone Recovery Center treats all aspects of prescription drug addiction and focuses on mending relationships with family and friends so that they can help support clients through the recovery process.

When is it time to Seek Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction?

If these signs of prescription drug abuse sound familiar, you are in the right place. If prescription drugs have become a problem for you or someone you love, make the call to Cornerstone Recovery Center and speak with one of our understanding and knowledgably counselors to find out more about our individualized approach. We provide a family approach to recovery and we focus on treating all aspects of addiction, including relationships with family and helping clients get acclimated back to everyday living once recovery is complete. At Cornerstone, we know that there is no universal treatment plan and that is why we customize a different plan for each individual based on the client’s needs and situation. It also means clients can choose from a variety of our different programs including the traditional 12 step programHolisticSMART Recovery®, and more.
Treatment usually begins with an inpatient stay at our newly renovated residential drug rehab facilities on the Intracoastal Waterway and just steps from the beach. Clients who arrive from Illinois or other northern areas like Clifton, Camden, Brick Township, Cherry Hill, or Passaic will love the warm weather and tropical breezes. We provide transportation to and from the treatment facility and round-the-clock care. Clients can then move to our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Outpatient  Program (OP) and Aftercare depending on their individual progress. We also offer relapse prevention services for ongoing maintenance and support.

Make the Call. . . Get Help for Prescription Pill Abuse

Do you feel that prescription drug abuse is ruining your life or controlling the life of your loved one? Prescription drug addiction can wreak havoc on your life, job, and relationships. Cornerstone’s family-centered and individualized approach to recovery has been very successful for clients looking to stop abusing prescription drugs. If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol or drug addiction, please contact our admissions counselor today by contacting us online or calling 1-888-711-0354. All communications with our staff are confidential.