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Prescription Drug Detox

The United States has a serious prescription drug addiction problem. The demand for prescription drug detox has been climbing steadily for more than a decade. It is estimate that as many as 9.3 million Americans are abusing prescription opioids (painkillers). That’s about 3.43% of the U.S. adult population and it’s substantially higher than any other industrialized nation. While more than half of prescription drug detox visits are due to opioid dependence, benzodiazepine and stimulant abuse statistics are significant as well.

A clinical detox from prescription drugs is often medically necessary. This is particularly true in the case of benzodiazepine or barbiturate abuse. Sudden cessation or even a rapid decline in dose of medications in those classes can be especially dangerous due to the risk of seizures. People abusing prescription opioids often find the withdrawal symptoms intolerable when attempting to detox off opioids at home. These attempts are rarely successful. TruHealing Centers has considerable experience in detoxing people from prescription drugs at our facilities. For the sake of safety as well as comfort, a medically supervised prescription drug detox is almost always the best course of action.

 

Advantages of Prescription Drug Detox at TruHealing Centers:

  • The safety and security of 24-hour detox nurses on duty for observation.
  • Medications to ensure clients are able to sleep and rest comfortably.
  • Counseling and therapy are available as soon as the client is willing and ready.
  • Careful detox protocol prevents most withdrawal symptoms before they can occur.
  • Additional addiction treatment is available at TruHealing Centers for continuity of care.

What Prescription Drugs do People Detox From?

There is a fairly long list of prescription drugs which are abused in the U.S. The three primary categories we will focus on here are opioids (aka painkillers), benzodiazepines (anxiety meds) and stimulants (most often prescribed for ADHD). There are other substances which bring people into prescription drug detox, however. Non-benzodiazepine sedatives like Ambien and Lunesta would be one example. Another is prescription cough syrups which have both codeine and Dextromethorphan or Promethazine.

 

However, the majority of people seeking prescription detox are abusing drugs in one or more of the categories below. This is by no means a complete list of prescription drugs which are abused, but it is more thorough than most. If you or someone you love is abusing any of the drugs on the lists below, TruHealing Centers can help you stop the cycle of addiction with a prescription drug detox and treatment.

 

OPIOIDS:

  • Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin, Percodan, Tylox)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Xodol, Zohydro)
  • Morphine (MSContin, Kadian, Avinza)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze)
  • Codeine (Tylenol 3, Antituss AC)
  • Methadone

 

BENZODIAZEPINES:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax, Niravam)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan, Loreev XR)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Midazolam (Versed)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Oxazepam (Serax)

 

STIMULANTS:

  • Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta)
  • Dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride (Focalin)
  • Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • Methamphetamine (Desoxyn)

How Does Prescription Drug Detox Work?

When considering prescription drug detox and treatment people are often concerned about withdrawal symptoms. These can be largely mitigated with detox medications. One of the best reasons to get professional help for addiction is so you can avoid the risk and discomfort associated with withdrawal in the first place. Another concern we often see comes from people who were prescribed the drugs they abused for diagnosed conditions. In other words, if you have chronic pain or anxiety and were prescribed a controlled substance, what happens after prescription drug detox?

Rest assured that this is a scenario we are prepared for at TruHealing Centers. We have treated thousands of clients with chronic pain, anxiety or ADHD. TruHealing Centers programs are comprehensive in nature. We treat the mind, body and soul. This is sometimes referred to as holistic care. What it means to the person living with one of these conditions is that your condition will not go untreated here. The good news is there are a wide range of new medications and therapies available for these conditions which are proven effective but avoid the serious consequences of addiction.

Prescription Drug Detox at TruHealing Centers

The prescription drug detox and addiction treatment at TruHealing Centers is designed to help you or your loved one put their best foot forward. The detox process is the beginning of recovery. Clearing the body of intoxicants and stabilizing the client. This prepares the person for the deeper therapeutic work of recovery which will help them stay drug-free for the long term. TruHealing Centers addiction treatment identifies core issues and applies practical and effective solutions.

You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

If you or a loved one would like more information on prescription drug detox and treatment, TruHealing Centers can help. Contact us today to discuss your treatment options with an addiction treatment specialist. 

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