RX Addiction Programs in New York, NY

Prescription drug abuse and addiction are a serious problem familiar to many people in the United States. Medications that are a high risk for addiction have been too readily prescribed by doctors, causing many patients to become addicted to them. Americans are also saturated with television ads for medications that promise relief from a number of ailments. 

In some cases, patients who took their medications as prescribed became addicted1 to them. In other cases, addiction and overdose was caused because the patient abused the medication. However someone became addicted to an RX medication, the most important thing to understand is that help is available and you can break free from this addiction. People who seek help at rehab centers for RX addiction1 have experienced at least two out of three stages of RX addiction, which are:

  1. Dependence occurs when an individual develops a physical or psychological dependence on the drug. The individual will experience physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms if he stops taking the drug. The withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to debilitating, and the individual will be extremely motivated to take the drug to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Treatment programs at rehab centers are designed to get individuals off of RX drugs and remain sober.
  2. Tolerance is when the body becomes used to the drug’s presence. The body compensates for the extra chemicals from the drug by reducing or ceasing the natural production of chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Because of this action, the individual will have to take more of the drug to achieve the desired balance of chemicals that it had at the onset. Tolerance is a predictable result of drug abuse, and can occur long before an individual seeks help at a rehab center. 
  3. Overdose is a serious matter that occurs when an individual takes more of a medication than what is prescribed. Because some people are more sensitive to certain substances, they are more prone to experiencing an overdose. An overdose can cause toxicity in the body, or death. Individuals who relapse after being clean for a while are a high risk for an overdose, especially when they begin taking a drug in large amounts like they did before. 

Understanding Signs of RX Addiction

By learning how to identify the signs of RX addiction2, you will be able to seek help for yourself or someone else. The signs of addiction are psychological, behavioral, and physical, and include:

Behavioral Signs:

  • Obsessing about getting the drug and using it becomes the primary focus of the individual, and all other responsibilities and obligations are not as important.
  • The individual loses the ability to control his drug use and cannot stop.
  • Although the drug abuse is causing all types of problems for the individual, (physically, mentally, socially, financially, etc.), he ignores them.
  • The individual will deny having a drug problem, and will try to hide any evidence of taking drugs.
  • An individual will isolate himself from others for the purpose of using drugs. 
  • Borrowing money to buy drugs.
  • Losing one’s job because of drug abuse. 
  • Getting involved in criminal activities for the purpose of getting money for drugs.

Physical Signs can indicate drug use, withdrawal symptoms or overdose, and include:

  • Poor physical condition, unkempt appearance
  • Bloodshot eyes, enlarged pupils, headaches
  • Slurred speech, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, seizures
  • Insomnia, drowsiness, trouble walking
  • Unusual body odors, sudden weight loss or gain
  • Nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat

Psychological Signs:

  • Agitation, aggression, violent behavior
  • Hallucinations, delusions, paranoia
  • Change in personality, lack of motivation
  • Confusion, depression, anxiety, mood swings

Why RX Addiction is On the Rise (readily available)

Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence3 reveal that about 20 percent of adults in the U.S. admit to abusing their RX medications. Not only are they exceeding the prescribed dosage, they are combining RX drugs with alcohol and other substances to increase its effect, and are also cutting, snorting, and injecting their drugs instead of taking them orally.

Addiction from RX4 drugs can also occur because of the way an individual’s brain processes the drug, even when the prescribed dosage is taken. RX drugs of addiction include: sedatives, depressants, stimulants and opioid pain relievers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that about 18 million Americans are abusing their RX drugs, and the numbers are increasing daily. 

The Most Abused RX Medications

Not only is the U.S. facing an opioid epidemic, but it is also facing addiction and overdose deaths from other RX drugs. Addiction and overdose deaths from opioid pain relief medications are at epidemic proportions in the Northeast U.S. Other RX drugs are wreaking havoc on American’s lives too, and include:

  • OxyContin and Hydrocodone are opioid medications used to treat pain.
  • Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It is often abused by college students as a study drug, and to stay awake and active during weekend parties, etc. 
  • Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication with a high risk of addiction. Xanax can be mixed with alcohol to increase its effect, and can cause risky behavior, jaundice, depression, lightheadedness, and seizures. 
  • Ambien is a hypnotic drug used to treat insomnia. It has a high addiction risk factor, and is one of the most commonly abused drugs.
  • Valium is used to treat anxiety disorders, and is recommended for short-term use because it has a high-risk factor for tolerance in the body.
  • Ativan is a benzodiazepine medication prescribed to alleviate anxiety symptoms and reduce symptoms of depression. Ativan is a high risk for death by overdose.

Sober Friendly Attractions near New York City

Garden Heights Recovery Center is committed to helping you make the transition from addiction to sobriety. Many people choose New York City as the location to enter into an RX addiction rehab program. During your time enrolled in rehab, you will have free/personal time to use as you wish. You may want to use this free time to enjoy some of the New York City’s greatest attractions and areas, such as:

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in New York City, and you can find countless sober activities and attractions as you enjoy life from a new found place of sobriety and clarity. Learn more about RX addiction programs that can help you by calling Garden Heights Recovery at 855-924-1990.