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Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery

Medications are often prescribed by doctors to alleviate pain, anxiety, or depression for people with chronic illnesses and medical conditions. However, if you find yourself taking these medications recreationally, it can escalate into a prescription drug addiction that can impact your quality of life fairly quickly. Are you or a loved one struggling with a prescription drug addiction? Wyoming Recovery offers a comprehensive prescription drug addiction treatment program to help you get and stay drug-free. Prescription drug addictions may be devastating and powerful, but they are treatable with our expert assistance. We take a holistic, customized approach with every patient, tailoring each treatment to your specific rehab needs. Please contact us today to learn more about our prescription drug rehab program in Casper and surrounding areas of Wyoming.

The Most Common Prescription Drug Addictions

The most common prescription drug addictions typically fall into one of three categories: stimulants, depressants, and opioids. Each comes with its own known risk factors and rates of addiction, although these can vary from person to person. The reason so many prescription drug addictions fall under these three categories is each affects your brain’s creation of dopamine. Dopamine is the body’s natural chemical response for feelings of pleasure or reward. When an individual associates these drugs with the positive emotions produced by their body’s dopamine levels, it can cause the person to want to use them more frequently until this grows into an eventual addiction. The prescription drug addictions we see and treat most often at Wyoming Recovery include:

  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone/OxyContin
  • Fentanyl
  • Ambien
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Ativan
  • Hydromorphone
  • Trazodone
  • Methadone
  • Narcan
  • Fioricet
  • Ultram
  • Suboxone
  • Tramadol

What Factors Increase Risk for Prescription Drug Addiction?

There are many reasons why a person may develop a prescription drug addiction. They could be relying on prescription drugs to relieve anxiety or tension, to reduce their appetite and lose weight, to remain alert or improve their concentration, or to be accepted by others. Are you wondering why some individuals seem more prone to develop a prescription drug addiction than others? There are myriad factors that may increase a person’s risk for developing an addiction, including any of the following:

  • Family or personal history of substance addictions, including alcohol and tobacco
  • Specific pre-existing mental illnesses and psychiatric conditions
  • Peer pressure, especially if the person is a teen or in their early 20s
  • Easy access to prescription drugs (such as in a shared family medicine cabinet)
  • Lack of awareness about the harmful effects of prescription drug addictions

What Are Common Signs of a Prescription Drug Addiction?

A person with a prescription drug addiction may exhibit uncontrollable cravings and behaviors that aren’t indicative of their true personality. This is usually because of the chemical changes occurring in their brain, as well as the physical and mental symptoms caused by withdrawal. Common signs of prescription drug addiction may include:

  • Erratic mood swings exhibiting hostility, agitation, anxiety, or paranoia
  • Changes in energy levels (feeling euphoric or lethargic)
  • Changes in sleep patterns (increases or decreases)
  • Taking higher-than-prescribed doses of medicines
  • Requesting early refills for prescriptions
  • Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors
  • Theft of or forging prescriptions from others
  • Poor decision-making and concentration
  • Slurred speech and poor coordination
  • Issues with memory or confusion
  • Physical changes in blood pressure, heartbeat, body temperature, or appetite

The symptoms of prescription drug addiction will vary by person and the type of prescription drug. Potential consequences of prescription drug addiction include adverse health effects, increased risky behaviors caused by poor judgment, compromised relationships with others, decreased academic or work performance, and an increased risk of involvement in motor vehicle accidents or illegal activities.

How Our Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Program Works

Customized for every patient’s needs, our prescription drug addiction treatments vary from the initial detoxification to ongoing inpatient and outpatient prescription drug rehab. A person struggling with a prescription drug addiction will need time to heal physically, emotionally, and mentally. We often use non-habit-forming medications to help individuals overcome their severe withdrawal symptoms during detox. From there, we may recommend individual and group therapy sessions to offer ongoing support. Our team has over two decades of experience in providing compassionate, comprehensive rehab care.

Learn More About Prescription Drug Rehab at Wyoming Recovery

If you or a loved one has a suspected prescription drug addiction, Wyoming Recovery encourages you to reach out to us to learn more about our prescription drug rehab program. You’re probably riddled with many questions and concerns. You may also view FAQ, which include helpful links, the answers to frequently asked questions, and a self-assessment quiz to help determine if you have an addiction. We also maintain an informative blog with useful tips for our recovering patients and their families.